Neal H. Moritz
Neal H. Moritz
|Alma mater||USC School of Cinematic Arts|
|Spouse(s)||Sarah Trimble Moritz|
Neal H. Moritz (born June 6, 1959) is an American film producer and founder of Original Film. He has produced over 70 major motion pictures which have grossed a total of over $11 billion worldwide as of 2021. He is best known for the Fast & Furious franchise, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Jump Street films, as well as the television series Prison Break and Emmy-nominated The Boys. His early credits include teen classics I Know What You Did Last Summer and Cruel Intentions. Original Film currently has a first look deal with Paramount Pictures for features and an overall deal with Sony TV for television.
Neal H. Moritz was born in Los Angeles, California, to Milton Moritz and Barbara (née Levin). His paternal grandfather, Joseph Moritz, owned movie theaters in Pittsburgh and was an early investor in American International Pictures (AIP). Milton Moritz was born in Pittsburgh and moved to California after falling ill with rheumatic fever at age eight, when his doctor suggested the family move to a better climate. He was head of marketing at AIP and was later CEO and president of the National Association of Theatre Owners of California/Nevada. Moritz is from a Jewish family.
Moritz grew up in Westwood and graduated from UCLA, where he participated in a Semester at Sea program. When he came back, he gave away several backpacks that were popular with Chinese students. He had so many requests for the backpacks that he and a friend began a company importing purses and bags from Taiwan. He sold the company to an investor, and returned to school. He earned a master's degree from the Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television in 1985. He is a member of the school's Alumni Development Council. As of 2021, Moritz has been married for 20 years and has two children, aged 19 and 16.
Moritz has more than 70 films to his credit, including Juice starring Tupac Shakur, I Know What You Did Last Summer, the first two films of the Urban Legend franchise, Cruel Intentions, The Skulls, the Fast & Furious franchise, Not Another Teen Movie, the first two films of the XXX film series, S.W.A.T., Evan Almighty, I Am Legend, Made of Honor, Sweet Home Alabama, Total Recall and the Jump Street films.
Recent credits include Sonic the Hedgehog, Spenser Confidential, Bloodshot, Escape Room, and Goosebumps 1 & 2.
He has also produced the television series The Boys, SWAT, Preacher, Happy!, Prison Break, and The Big C.
In September 2017, Moritz and Original Film signed a first-look deal for Paramount Pictures that began on January 1, 2019, leaving his longtime home, Sony Pictures, after over 20 years. However, he still maintains his overall deal at Sony Pictures Television.
In October 2018, Moritz filed a lawsuit against Universal Pictures for breach of oral contract and committing promissory fraud after the distributor removed him as lead producer on Hobbs & Shaw. His lawsuit was settled in September 2020 and he received producer credit for the 2021 film F9.
He was a producer in all films unless otherwise noted.
|2000||The Skulls||Rob Cohen||Under Universal Pictures|
|2001||The Fast and the Furious|
|2003||2 Fast 2 Furious||John Singleton|
|2006||The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift||Justin Lin|
|2007||Evan Almighty||Tom Shadyac|
|2009||Fast & Furious||Justin Lin|
|The Change-Up||David Dobkin|
|2013||Fast & Furious 6||Justin Lin|
|2014||Search Party||Scot Armstrong||Under Focus World|
|2015||Furious 7||James Wan||Under Universal Pictures|
|2017||The Fate of the Furious||F. Gary Gray|
|1994||The Stoned Age||James Melkonian||Under Trimark Pictures|
|1999||Held Up||Steve Rash|
|2001||Soul Survivors||Stephen Carpenter||Under Artisan Entertainment|
|2011||The Music Never Stopped||Jim Kohlberg||Under Lionsgate Films and Roadside Attractions|
|2018||Hunter Killer||Donovan Marsh||Under Lionsgate Films and Summit Premiere|
The Walt Disney Studios
|1997||Volcano||Mick Jackson||Under 20th Century Fox|
|2002||Sweet Home Alabama||Andy Tennant||Under Touchstone Pictures|
|2019||The Art of Racing in the Rain||Simon Curtis||Under 20th Century Fox|
|2004||Torque||Joseph Kahn||Under Warner Bros.|
|2007||I Am Legend||Francis Lawrence|
|2013||Jack the Giant Slayer||Bryan Singer||Under Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema|
|1992||Juice||Ernest R. Dickerson||Under Paramount Pictures|
|2020||Sonic the Hedgehog||Jeff Fowler|
|2022||Sonic the Hedgehog 2|
|TBA||Untitled Face/Off Sequel||Adam Wingard|
|2003||Out of Time||MGM Distribution Co.|
|2013||Dead Man Down||FilmDistrict|
|TBA||Shadow Run||Solstice Studios||In Development|
- Cruel Intentions 2 (2000)
- The Skulls II (2002) (Executive producer)
- The Skulls III (2004)
- Cruel Intentions 3 (2004)
- Devour (2005)
- I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer (2006)
- Species: The Awakening (2007)
- S.W.A.T.: Firefight (2011)
- S.W.A.T.: Under Siege (2017)
As an actor
|2001||The Fast and the Furious||Ferrari Driver|
|2003||2 Fast 2 Furious||Swerving Cop|
|S.W.A.T.||Luxury Car Driver|
- My Trip to the Dark Side (2011)
All works, he was executive producer unless otherwise noted.
- Shasta McNasty (1999)
- Still Life (2003)
- Greg the Bunny (2002–04)
- Tru Calling (2003–05)
- Point Pleasant (2005–06)
- The Big C (2010–13)
- Save Me (2013)
- Prison Break (2005–17)
- Happy! (2017–19)
- The Boys (2019–present)
- Fast & Furious Spy Racers (2019–present)
- Preacher (2016–19)
- S.W.A.T. (2017–present)
- I Know What You Did Last Summer (2021–present)
- Framed (1990)
- Blind Justice (1994)
- The Rat Pack (1998)
- Monster! (1999)
- Cabin by the Lake (2000)
- Hendrix (2000)
- Electra's Guy (2000)
- Class Warfare (2001)
- Return to Cabin by the Lake (2001)
- Shotgun Love Dolls (2001)
- The Pool at Maddy Breaker's (2003)
- Vegas Dick (2003)
- Not Another High School Show (2007)
- SIS (2008)
- Prison Break: The Final Break (2009)
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- "Neal Moritz, a producer with his finger on the pulse of the populace". Los Angeles Times. March 14, 2011. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
- Goldstein, Patrick (March 9, 1999). "Moritz Makes His 'Intentionsxxx' Clear". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
- D'Alessandro, Anthony (June 30, 2020). "Solstice Studios & Original Film Team For Action Thriller 'Shadow Run'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on August 11, 2020. Retrieved November 15, 2020.
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