Lorenzo di Bonaventura

Lorenzo di Bonaventura

Highest Rated: 90% Bumblebee (2018)

Lowest Rated: 5% The Devil Inside (2012)

Birthday: Jan 13, 1957

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura parlayed his lengthy, successful career as a production head at Warner Bros. into an even more lucrative run as producer on such films as "Transformers" (2007), "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" (2009), "RED" (2010), as well as various sequels and additional franchises. Born in New York in 1957, di Bonaventura was raised in New Hampshire and attended Harvard University before earning his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. He worked on Wall Street before launching his film career in 1986 with Columbia Pictures, where he worked in distribution and marketing before moving to Warner Bros. in 1989. There, he began a wildly successful 13-year stint as an executive, overseeing such blockbuster properties as "The Matrix" franchise (1999-2003), "Ocean's Eleven" (2001), and the first three titles in the "Harry Potter" franchise (2001-2011) as president of worldwide production. In 2002, di Bonaventura was phased out of Warners as part of a executive realignment, which prompted him to launch his own production shingle, di Bonaventura Productions, which set up shop at Paramount Pictures. The company debuted with a property he had brought from Warners: "Constantine" (2005), an adaptation of the popular graphic novel series, with Keanu Reeves as its star. Though a modest hit, the supernatural action film would serve as a template for di Bonaventura's subsequent productions: splashy, big-budget action-dramas with top-name talent that included recurring appearances by Reeves and Mark Wahlberg, who was top-lined in "Four Brothers" (2005), "Shooter" and "Transformers: Age of Extinction" (2014). The company did not earn its first breakout hit until 2007, when he adapted the wildly popular line of Transformers robot toys into a feature film. A major hit, it led to further tentpole action titles, including a second collaboration with the Transformers' creators, Hasbro, on "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" (2009), and three additional "Transformers" features with director Michael Bay. Di Bonaventura moved successfully from action features like "Salt" (2010) and the popular Bruce Willis vehicle "Red" (2010) to smaller productions like "The Devil Inside" (2012), a "found footage" horror film about an alleged exorcism that performed exceptionally well at the box office. Di Bonaventura also found time to produce more arthouse-minded efforts like "Side Effects" (2013) for "Ocean's Eleven" director Steven Soderbergh, and relaunched both the film career of Arnold Schwarzenegger with "The Last Stand" (2013) and the Jack Ryan franchise, based on the character created by Tom Clancy, with "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" (2014). That same year, he rebooted the "Transformers" franchise with "Transformers: Age of Extinction" (2014) which became the highest-grossing film of 2014. Its success gave di Bonaventura exceptional leverage to oversee a slew of projects, including new "Transformers," "Salt" and "Red" entries, as well as a feature and television series based on the popular "Dead Rising" (Capcom, 2006- ) video game franchise.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Transformers: Rise of the Beasts Producer - 2022
16% 34% Infinite Producer - 2021
36% 74% Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins Producer $28.1M 2021
63% 38% The Secrets We Keep Producer $207.9K 2020
57% 32% Pet Sematary Producer $54.7M 2019
43% 15% Doom: Annihilation Executive Producer - 2019
No Score Yet 41% Higher Power Producer $299 2018
46% 42% The Meg Producer $142.8M 2018
11% 32% Replicas Producer $4.0M 2018
90% 74% Bumblebee Producer $127.2M 2018
40% 55% El Chicano Producer,
Executive Producer
$1.4M 2018
87% 91% Only the Brave Producer $18.1M 2017
15% 43% Transformers: The Last Knight Producer $130.1M 2017
34% 60% American Assassin Producer $36.2M 2017
35% 50% Kidnap Producer $30.7M 2017
26% 44% Unlocked Producer - 2017
83% 82% Deepwater Horizon Producer $61.4M 2016
No Score Yet 31% Dead Rising: Watchtower Executive Producer - 2015
54% 53% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Producer $50.5M 2014
17% 50% Transformers: Age of Extinction Producer $245.4M 2014
29% 48% G.I. Joe: Retaliation Producer $122.5M 2013
81% 70% Side Effects Producer $32.2M 2013
61% 53% The Last Stand Producer $12.0M 2013
44% 63% Red 2 Producer $53.2M 2013
31% 52% Man on a Ledge Producer $18.6M 2012
5% 22% The Devil Inside Executive Producer $53.2M 2012
35% 55% Transformers: Dark of the Moon Producer $352.4M 2011
61% 59% Salt Producer - 2010
72% 72% Red Producer $90.4M 2010
41% 40% Imagine That Producer $16.1M 2009
33% 50% G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Producer $150.2M 2009
20% 57% Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Producer $402.1M 2009
79% 61% 1408 Producer $72.0M 2007
47% 80% Shooter Producer $47.0M 2007
58% 85% Transformers Producer $319.0M 2007
77% 86% Stardust Producer $38.3M 2007
21% 58% Derailed Producer $36.0M 2005
52% 80% Four Brothers Producer $74.5M 2005
46% 72% Constantine Producer $75.5M 2005
18% 34% Doom Producer $28.0M 2005

TV

Credit
39% 73% Jupiter's Legacy Executive Producer 2021
No Score Yet 78% Shooter Executive Producer 2016-2018
67% 89% The Real O'Neals Executive Producer 2016-2017
42% 40% Zero Hour Executive Producer 2013