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Kevin Feige & 9 Other Hollywood Producers Who Have Raked in Billions

The combined efforts of an astounding number of people go into the production of every film. If the director, screenwriter, composer, cinematographer, and all the others are taken as building blocks, then the one in charge of putting all those blocks in the correct place where they can come together to create something wonderful is the producer. It’s a role of utmost responsibility and importance, and yet it’s almost ignored by the general audience, in most cases.

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People mostly choose movies based on their favorite actors or directors, but it would be hard to find someone with a favorite producer. In recognition of all the Hollywood behind-the-scenes powerhouses whose names go overlooked, the following list looks at some of the highest-grossing movie producers of all time, with data taken from the reputable website, The Numbers.

Lauren Shuler Donner – $7.5 Billion

X-Men franchise full cast Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Patrick Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence

While most high-profile producers can be usually found associated with blockbuster movies of varying nature from multiple studios and franchises, for most of her professional career, Lauren Shuler Donner has been involved with only one – the X-Men franchise.
After purchasing the rights for the films in 1994, she has since then been on board as a producer of the series from the original trilogy to even the Deadpool and Wolverine solo films. She also served as executive producer for the X-Men spin-off TV shows, Legion and The Gifted. 

Ian Bryce – $7.6 Billion

combined posters of Brad Pitt in World War Z, Ryan Reynolds in 6 Underground, Spider-Man 1

Ian Bryce’s name can be found attached to some of the biggest action blockbusters in recent years, from 2002’s Spider-Man and World War Z to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. His first time working on a film was in 1983’s Return of the Jedi as a production assistant, following which he enjoyed further success as a producer with films like Speed and Saving Private Ryan.
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A frequent collaborator of action director Michale Bay, the two have worked together on many hit films, such as the Transformers franchise, Netflix’s 6 Underground, and the upcoming Ambulance.

Lorenzo Di Bonaventura – $7.8 Billion

combined posters of G.I. Joe Retaliation, Optimus Prime in Transformers, The Meg

Preceded by an esteemed tenure at Warner Bros. Pictures, Lorenzo di Bonaventura’s first project as a producer came in the form of the Keanu Reeves starring superhero film, Constantine. 
He would then go on to c0-produce the Transformers franchise, whose financial success ($4.8 billion across six films) unfortunately does not match up with their critical reception, with every entry in the series being marked as “Rotten” by Rotten Tomatoes. Some of his other hits include the G.I. Joe and Red series of films. and the shark movie, The Meg. 

Charles Roven – $8 Billion

combined images of The Dark Knight, Henry Cavill in Man of Steel, Tom Holland in Uncharted

The DCEU might not have a “one man to rule them all” type of figure like the MCU has Kevin Feige, but producer Charles Roven has been involved in the production of almost every DC movie made this century. From Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and Man of Steel to the recent Snyder Cut and the upcoming The Suicide Squad, all have been co-produced by him, and all were box-office hits.
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The cult-classic 12 Monkeys and the upcoming film adaptation of Uncharted are also a few of the films he has worked on.

Frank Marshall – $9.4 Billion

combined posters of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Assasin's Creed, Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom

With a career spanning over 50 years, Frank Marshall started with small films like 1973’s Paper Moon and then moved on to bigger and bigger projects, like Back to the Future and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
The husband of Kathleen Kennedy, the two have worked together on almost every film, other than a few, such as the Bourne series, Assassin’s Creed, and Steven Spielberg’s The BFG, films which Marshal produced/co-produced on his own. He is also one of the co-founders of the successful film production company, Amblin Entertainment.

Neal H. Moritz – $9.5 Billion

Fast and Furious 9 characters poster

The Fast and Furious franchise has been a literal money-printing machine for years now, and Neal H. Moritz has been a producer for the films from 2001’s The Fast and the Furious to the repeatedly delayed F9. 
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Following a dispute between Moritz and Universal Pictures related to the spin-off film Hobbs & Shaw, he has now been removed from the series, but the fact remains that with his help, it grew to a franchise with over $5.8 billion in box-office gross.

Jerry Bruckheimer – $10.6 Billion

combined posters of Pirates of the Caribbean, Bad Boys 3, and Top Gun Maverick

The man responsible for bringing everybody’s all-time favorite pirate Jack Sparrow to the live screens, Jerry Bruckheimer has been the sole producer for the Pirates of the Caribbean series since the first film in 2003 and all the ones that followed.
The films have gone through the hands of many directors and writers, but Bruckheimer is one factor that has remained constant throughout and their total gross across five films amounts to over $4.5 billion. Some of his other popular projects include the Will Smith starring Bad Boys series and Tom Cruise’s Top Gun.

David Heyman – $11.5 Billion

combined posters of Harry Potter, I Am Legend, and Gravity from producer David Heyman

From Gravity to I am Legend, David Heyman has acted as the producer for many blockbusters in recent years, but his biggest success comes in the form of one of the biggest and most popular franchises ever –  the Harry Potter series.
From Philosopher’s Stone to Deathly Hallows, he produced every single film in the series and also the spin-off Fantastic Beasts films. J.K. might have written the books, but it was David Heyman who recognized their potential and consequently birthed the cinematic universe after purchasing the movie rights.

Kathleen Kennedy – $12.8 Billion

combined posters of Star Wars The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, The Rise of Skywalker

Disney’s movie sector in its entirety is basically run by two people. One is Kathleen Kennedy, the president of Lucasfilm and responsible for all things Star Wars, and the other is Kevin Feige, who is basically in charge of the MCU.
One of the most accomplished women in the film industry, she has not only produced all the recent Star Wars films and TV shows but a plethora of other hits, as well as Back to the Future and War of the Worlds. Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was her first film as a producer and since then, the two have collaborated numerous times, namely on the Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones franchise.

Kevin Feige – $22.6 Billion

Image of full cast of Marvel Cinematic Universe

The difference in the numbers between Kevin Feige and everybody else says all there is to say about the man. His achievement in the world of cinema through the MCU cannot be understated. Across a total of 23 films, with a lot more to come, for 13 years and counting, Feige has been at the helm of the most successful and wonderfully designed and planned cinematic universe in history.
He hasn’t directed or written any of the films, nor has he created any of the characters that the films are based on, but it is impossible to imagine the MCU being what it is without his leadership.
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Fast & Furious 11 Release Delay & Filming Start Date Confirmed By Director


Fast and Furious 11
is facing a release date delay to Summer 2026 due to strikes, with director Louis Leterrier confirming the sequel will not be hitting its April 4, 2025 date.
Leterrier also confirms that filming starts in Fall 2025 after finishing a horror movie in September.
The final installment in the
Fast Saga
reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto for one last ride, while also leaving the door open for other spinoffs.

After facing multiple delays due to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA and Writers Guild of America strikes, Fast and Furious 11 is seeing its release date delayed. The next installment in the Vin Diesel-fronted franchise is expected to be the last mainline sequel, while development continues on the Dwayne Johnson-led spinoff Hobbs & Reyes, a mysterious standalone movie penned by Fast X’s Zach Dean and a potential female-led spinoff. While a filming start date was never confirmed, Universal had previously set the movie for an April 2025 release date.

During a recent interview with Collider at a CCXP MX panel, Louis Leterrier was asked for an update on Fast and Furious 11. The director went on to confirm that the final mainline installment in the action franchise will no longer be making its April 4, 2025 release date, instead now aiming for a Summer 2026 release window with the filming start date being set for this fall. Check out what Leterrier said below:

It’s happening. It’s happening very, very soon. I’m able to shoot a little horror movie this summer. I’m finishing my horror movie on September 15th, and I start Fast on September 16th.

Will Fast 11’s Multiple Delays Help Or Hurt The Sequel?

Much like the tenth film before it, Fast and Furious 11 has faced a few behind-the-scenes hardships in its road to getting off the ground, namely the delays stemming from the 2023 strikes. While the latest movie seems to have retained its core creative team in comparison to the shift in directors from franchise vet Justin Lin to Leterrier on Fast X after reported creative differences between the former and Diesel, this change didn’t seem to help much with the continued downward trend recent sequels have seen from critics. Check out how the franchise’s Rotten Tomatoes scores compare below:

Title RT Critical Score RT Audience Score The Fast and the Furious 54% 74% 2 Fast 2 Furious 37% 50% The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 37% 69% Fast & Furious 28% 67% Fast Five 78% 83% Fast & Furious 6 71% 84% Furious 7 81% 82% The Fate of the Furious 67% 72% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 67% 88% F9: The Fast Saga 59% 82% Fast X 56% 84%

Even looking outside the Fast and Furious franchise, many movie sequels have found themselves hurt by various delays, be they from creative changes, general release shifts or other factors. The action genre in particular is one in which lengthier development periods can lead to diminishing returns, be it A Good Day to Die Hard, Rambo: Last Blood or Diesel’s own xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. While Fast and Furious 11 may only be getting pushed back by a year, the delay is nonetheless a concern that the final installment could find itself in trouble.

Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) looking angry with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) looking unimpressed in Fast & Furious

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On the other hand, the longer wait for Fast and Furious 11 to close out the mainline series of movies could actually prove beneficial for the sequel. Though Leterrier may be busy with another project in the lead-up to filming the next installment, writers Oren Uziel and Christina Hodson should now have more than enough time to really look back at the script and ensure it learns from the critical missteps of recent installments to deliver a satisfying conclusion to the Dominic Toretto saga.

Source: Collider

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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Vin Diesel Already Has His Perfect Fast & Furious Replacement Franchise With 51-Year-Old Remake


Vin Diesel’s dominance in Fast & Furious is ending, but Kojak could kick off a new action franchise for him.
Kojak’s reboot faces an uncertain future, but its similarity to Fast & Furious makes it a worthy project for Diesel.
Diesel’s potential shift from criminal racer to cop signifies a fresh start in a possible Fast & Furious-like series.

Vin Diesel’s days of playing Dominic Toretto are numbered, but the actor has already found his perfect Fast & Furious replacement. Diesel found a major breakout role in the early 2000s thanks to participating in The Fast and the Furious. The original 2001 street racing crime movie became the springboard for a sprawling franchise that has lasted for over two decades. The success of the Fast & Furious movies transformed Vin Diesel’s career, turning him into an even bigger star, especially in the action movie genre. But, Fast & Furious 11 is planned as the final chapter for him and the franchise.

The Fast & Furious franchise’s end will put Vin Diesel in an unfamiliar position of not having a major franchise to lean back on. This presents the actor with various options, such as changing the course of his career to pursue non-franchise roles. However, the more likely outcome is that Diesel will attempt to find a new IP that can replace Fast & Furious. He has had trouble in that regard recently, with franchises like xXx or Riddick running cold and Bloodshot and The Last Witch Hunter failing to launch franchises. There is another option for Diesel, though.

2:03 Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto from The Fast & Furious Franchise

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Kojak Can Be Vin Diesel’s New Action Crime Franchise After Fast & Furious
Diesel Has Been Developing The Reboot Since 2015

The impending conclusion of the Fast & Furious franchise means it is finally time for Vin Diesel’s Kojak reboot to get off the ground. The project was announced back in 2015 with Diesel re-teaming with Universal Pictures, the studio behind Fast & Furious, to develop a movie based on Kojak. The original TV series starred Telly Savalas as Theo Kokaj and ran for three seasons after debuting in 1973. The series revolves around Kojak, a New York detective known for being willing to go beyond the law and a love for cars and lollipops, and follows him as he investigates different cases.

Kojak was rebooted in 2005 as a TV show starring Ving Rhames, but it only ran for six episodes

Development on Vin Diesel’s Kojak movie has not been very active in the nine years since it was announced. However, it still maintains the base similarities to Fast & Furious, which makes the project a worthwhile endeavor for Diesel in terms of finding a new action franchise. He would now have another big action series about cars and crime, essentially making Kojak into a newer version of Fast & Furious. The irony here is that Diesel takes on the role of a cop after playing criminal racer Dominic Toretto.

Vin Diesel’s Involvement Can Morph Kojak Into A Major Action Franchise
Kojak Could Be A Fast & Furious Clone
Telly Savalas talking on the phone in Kojak

Looking at the original TV show, Kojak might not necessarily project to be a major blockbuster action franchise akin to Fast & Furious. The TV series was relatively grounded and small due to the nature of its production. However, the fact that Diesel and Universal pinpointed this property as something they wanted to revive together is telling. The announcement of Kojak’s reboot came months after Furious 7 debuted in theaters and took the franchise to new heights at the box office and in terms of how ridiculously big the action and story could get.

It’s sometimes difficult to remember that Fast & Furious started off with a story about DVD thieves who were also street racers before Diesel helped turn it into something much bigger. With that experience and success already behind him, it would be understandable if a similar path was envisioned for Kojak. The series could then morph into a Fast & Furious clone, one that gives Vin Diesel a new franchise to headline and Universal a “fresh” action franchise to grow.

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The Rock’s WWE Run Means Fast & Furious 11 Must Make 1 Major Hobbs Change


Hobbs from Fast & Furious 11 needs a gritty edge like The Rock’s WWE character to keep the franchise fresh and exciting.
The Rock’s time away from the Fast & Furious universe provides the perfect reason for Hobbs to return with a personal vendetta and a more savage attitude.
While Hobbs shouldn’t become a full-fledged villain in Fast & Furious 11, adding some edginess and dirty tricks could make his character more intriguing and dynamic.

Fast & Furious 11 must make one major Hobbs change after The Rock’s incredible WWE run. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s WWE return surpassed his recent movies, with the actor creating some of the best work of his career. Having returned to a thunderous reception, The Rock was able to flip the crowd’s reception by becoming a heel and playing a major part in WrestleMania’s main events. The Rock hasn’t played a villain on screen for years, as even his depiction of Black Adam lent more into the character’s anti-hero side, which made his wrestling run all the more refreshing.

While his wrestling character may not perfectly translate into the Fast & Furious universe, there is one aspect of The Rock’s WWE run that the franchise should attempt to implement. After debuting in Fast Five, The Rock’s best Fast & Furious scenes helped contribute to the movie series becoming so popular, with Luke Hobbs becoming an instrumental part of the story. He was even given his own spinoff alongside Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and is set to get a solo movie in the future. Despite this, Hobbs would still benefit from adding one key aspect of The Rock’s WWE run.

The Rock’s WWE Run Proves Fast & Furious 11 Needs To Give Hobbs More Of An Edge
Fast & Furious Would Benefit From Hobbs Adopting Some Of The Rock’s WWE Tendancies
Dwayne The Rock Johnson in Black Adam, WWE, and Hobbs and Shaw

Given how electrifying The Rock’s recent WWE run was, there is no doubt Fast & Furious 11 needs to give Hobbs more of an edge. Although the character has had his more serious moments, like most of the Fast & Furious cast, Hobbs tends to mix action with comedy. Hobbs and Shaw are supposed to be two of the more stoic heroes, yet they are constantly at each other’s throats and cracking jokes to help maintain the franchise’s lighthearted core. However, giving Hobbs a grittier side would help the character thrive upon his return.

The Rock’s Fast & Furious return may redeem Fast X’s box office, but the character needs to come back stronger than ever. By allowing him to be more ruthless, he can still maintain some elements of comedy but also become more interesting in the process. Johnson proved that despite being a detestable heel, he was still as hilarious as ever during his recent WWE tenure. This proves that he can maintain Fast & Furious’ tone and humorous style while being more layered; therefore, Hobbs adopting some of The Rock’s WWE characteristics could make him even more entertaining.

Fast & Furious Already Has A Reason For Hobbs To Be More Savage
Hobbs Has Been Away From The Franchise For Several Years

Making a major change to Hobbs’ character could be tough to explain, but Fast & Furious 11 already has a great reason to make him more savage. His four-year absence from the franchise gives him a perfect excuse to come back with a vengeance and potentially have a personal attachment to Fast & Furious 11’s villains. Hobbs’ time away from the main story could be explained through a connection to Fast X’s secondary villain, Aimes. Aimes’ villain twist in Fast X was well executed and suggests he’ll be around for the sequel, which is the perfect reason to bring back Hobbs.

Having a more personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, but it would also give him more of an edge.

Fast X never explained why he’s back, but having a personal vendetta against Aimes could be an intriguing reason. Given Dom and Dante are the focal point of the franchise’s conclusion, Hobbs returning to take down Aimes would avoid overshadowing the main story while still giving him an interesting role. Having a personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, while also giving him more of an edge. This provides The Rock with the perfect reason to implement some of his heel traits while still portraying a morally good hero.

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Why Fast & Furious Can’t Bring The Rock Back As A Villain
Hobbs Already Appeared As An Antagonist In Fast Five
A custom image featuring Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs in the Fast and Furious movies Custom image by Debanjana Chowdhury

Although The Rock’s villainous tendencies worked well in the WWE, Fast & Furious can’t bring him back as an antagonist. Johnson already played the main villain of Fast Five, as Hobbs was originally an enemy of Dom and his crew before becoming an ally. Hobbs’ role in Fast Five was one of his best, but despite being the main antagonist, he always had a level of integrity. Dropping all of this to make him a villain in the final movie would be completely unnecessary, especially as the franchise needs him to remain a hero for his spinoff.

Fast & Furious 11 may end the main story, but The Rock will be part of the franchise beyond this, and altering his character so drastically wouldn’t make any sense. Instead, adding some extra edge to his character would have the same effect and would avoid stealing the thunder from Dante and Aimes. Although Fast & Furious 11 shouldn’t make him a villain, the film can still allow Hobbs to play dirty and pull some cheap tricks in order to show a grittier side, while letting him taunt his enemies when he inevitably helps save the day.

Fast & Furious 11
is scheduled to be released in theaters on April 4, 2025.

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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