Michael De Luca

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Michael De Luca
Michael De Luca 2012.jpg
Born (1965-08-13) August 13, 1965 (age 55)
OccupationProducer, writer
EmployerMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
TitleChairman of MGM Motion Picture Group
Spouse(s)
Angelique (Madrid) De Luca
(m. 2009)
Children2

Michael De Luca (born August 13, 1965) is an American film studio executive, film producer and screenwriter. The former president of production at both New Line Cinema and DreamWorks, De Luca has been nominated for three Academy Awards for Best Picture. De Luca is also the chairman of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Motion Picture Group.

Early life[edit]

De Luca was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. His mother was a German-Jewish immigrant, and his father, who was Italian American and Catholic, worked at ConEdison.[1][2] De Luca began pursuing a career in show business in 1986. Originally tapped to work as a story editor, he rose fairly quickly through the ranks, thanks in part to his mentor, chair and co-founder Robert Shaye. De Luca did complete his degree from Tisch School of the Arts of New York University in 1995.[3]

Career[edit]

In 1990, De Luca made his debut in the film industry as an associate producer on Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III. De Luca has been collecting comics since childhood and is a huge fan of comic books and graphic novels, in particular the works of Frank Miller, and sci-fi properties such as Star Trek.

He wrote the 1994 horror film In the Mouth of Madness, directed by John Carpenter. De Luca co-wrote the story for the 1995 film adaptation of the popular British comic book character Judge Dredd, starring Sylvester Stallone as the eponymous lead.[4] In 1996, De Luca, a self-proclaimed "Trekkie", was approached by the producers Brannon Braga and Ronald D. Moore for Star Trek: Voyager and pitched an idea which turned into an opportunity to write an episode for the series, Threshold.

De Luca is a former President of Production for New Line Cinema. During his tenure at New Line Cinema, he oversaw a variety of films that would come to define the studio, including Seven, Friday, Boogie Nights, Austin Powers, Rush Hour, Blade, American History X, and Magnolia. DeLuca wrote and produced Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, the sixth entry in the long-running Nightmare on Elm Street franchise.

After New Line Cinema, De Luca became President of Production at DreamWorks, his tenure lasting between 2001 and 2004.

After his contract with DreamWorks ended, De Luca signed a production deal with Sony Pictures and started his own production company, Michael De Luca Productions. His first release under his production company was Ghost Rider (2007) starring Nicolas Cage, followed by 21 and The Love Guru (both 2008) starring Mike Myers.

He was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar two years in a row for 2010's The Social Network (2010) and Moneyball (2011). He received a third nomination in 2014 for producing Paul Greengrass' Captain Phillips.

De Luca also produced the 2011 remake of the cult classic vampire horror film Fright Night. De Luca and Dana Brunetti reunited for Fifty Shades of Grey, the 2015 film adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name.[5][6] It was a massive financial success, becoming one of the highest-grossing R-rated films of all time.

On January 3, 2020, it was announced that De Luca had been appointed Chairman of the MGM Motion Picture Group.[7]

Personal life[edit]

De Luca was previously in a relationship with actress Julianne Moore, star of New Line's Boogie Nights.[8] In 2009, he married actress Angelique Madrid (born 1974) from Ft. Worth, Texas, who was a contestant on the first season of ABC's The Bachelor. They have a daughter, Skylar (born 2008), and a son, Caden (born 2012).[2]

Filmography[edit]

All films producer unless otherwise noted.

Film[edit]

As executive producer

As producer

As co-executive producer

As writer

Television[edit]

Year Title Credit Notes
2006 The Way Executive producer Television pilot
2013 Mob City Executive producer
2015 Childhood's End Executive producer
2017 Embeds Executive producer
89th Academy Awards
2018 90th Academy Awards
Escape at Dannemora Executive producer
2020 The Baby-Sitters Club Executive producer
TBA
Hue 1968 Executive producer
Shōgun Executive producer
As writer
Year Title
1988−89 Freddy's Nightmares
1991−93 Dark Justice
1996 Star Trek: Voyager

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Michael De Luca Biography (1965–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved July 11, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Galloway, Stephen. "The Confessions of Mike De Luca". The Hollywood Reporter.
  3. ^ "NYU Alumnus Mark Bridges Wins Oscar for Best Costume Design for "The Artist"". New York University. February 27, 2012. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
  4. ^ "Judge Dredd". June 30, 1995. Retrieved October 31, 2016 – via IMDb.
  5. ^ "The Social Network Producers Team Up Again For Fifty Shades of Grey Adaptation". BusinessInsider.com. Retrieved July 10, 2012.
  6. ^ "'Sony Fires Up 'Gran Turismo' Movie With 'Fifty Shades' Producers". The Wrap. July 23, 2013. Archived from the original on July 25, 2013.
  7. ^ "MGM Film Boss Jonathan Glickman Exiting; Mike De Luca To Become Chairman Of Film Group". Deadline Hollywood. January 3, 2020. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  8. ^ "Livin'Thing". Grantland.
  9. ^ Kit, Borys (November 15, 2019). "Amblin, Michael De Luca Tackling 'Martian' Author's Fantasy Graphic Novel 'Cheshire Crossing' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 2, 2020.

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