Lorenzo di Bonaventura
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United States
2018

Di Bonaventura Pictures, Inc.

Lorenzo
di
Bonaventura

Producer

If there’s a global mega-franchise thrilling audiences out there, chances are di Bonaventura had a piece of it —think “Transformers,” “G.I. Joe” and “Red,” to name just a few. The “Transformers” series alone has generated $4.4 billion at the box office, despite the critical carping. The former Warners exec set up his own film and TV production company in 2003, with recent output including shark-tale screamer “The Meg,” which ruled its opening weekend with $45.3 million, and “Transformers” spinoff “Bumblebee” on the way. Among his many other projects in the works are a “Pet Sematary” remake, Mel Gibson and Colin Farrell in revenge thriller “War Pigs” and “Starfall,” a $100 million sci-fi actioner to be shot at Wanda’s new Qingdao Studios in China.

Career

  • THE MEG
  • G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA
  • TRANSFORMERS

Education

  • Harvard University (MA, USA)
  • University of Pennsylvania (PA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • Variety Billion Dollar Producer
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Paramount Taps Corin Hardy for Lorenzo di Bonaventura's 'Hell Bent'

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Paramount has attached "The Hallow" director Corin Hardy to direct action movie "Hell Bent" with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian producing.The script, written by Mike Finch, follows a group of mercenaries who are murdered in a Brazilian jail and led into hell by a priest in order to kill Satan.Hardy was attached to direct Relativity's reboot of "The Crow" in late 2014 before the company went through bankruptcy. The company emerged from bankruptcy protection in March but it's not...

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Q&A

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your career?

“I was given two simple and great pieces of advice. The first was dare to fail. In a world of difficult decision-making the credo of "dare to fail" has served as a beacon of choice. The second was, if you are in a group, ask yourself if a picture was taken, do you belong in that picture. It's a great way of looking at how you handle yourself in a group.”

What or who inspires you?

“Two things motivate me daily. The opportunity to entertain the audience and the satisfaction when you pull it off. It is so much fun to try and figure out what can move the audience, and then it doesn't get any better than sitting in the theater and hearing and feeling their response.”

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