SANTA MONICA, Calif. — On a quiet morning amid the awards-season rush, Jerry Bruckheimer’s shaggy golden retriever, Harper, is easily the most animated in the building.
She trots about the production company headquarters, occasionally flopping onto her side for a belly rub, oblivious that her human — one of the most powerful men in Hollywood — is starting a new chapter.
After more than two decades with Disney, where he produced the juggernaut “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “National Treasure” film franchises among many box-office hits, Bruckheimer begins a new partnership with Paramount this month.
Bruckheimer insists things won’t change much as he begins his three-year stint with Paramount. He’ll still be making movies.
He anticipates digging into edgier, potentially R-rated fare that wouldn’t have fit into Disney’s family-oriented slate. He also plans to produce sequels to his original Paramount hits “Beverly Hills Cop” and “Top Gun,” and said he hopes Eddie Murphy and Tom Cruise will reprise their starring roles.