Neal H. Moritz

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Neal H. Moritz
Neal Moritz by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Moritz at the 2010 San Diego Comic Con
Born (1959-06-06) June 6, 1959 (age 60)
Alma materUSC School of Cinematic Arts
OccupationFilm producer
Spouse(s)Sarah Trimble Moritz

Neal H. Moritz (born June 6, 1959) is an American film producer and executive at Sony Pictures. He is the founder of Original Film and most known for I Know What You Did Last Summer, I Am Legend and The Fast and the Furious franchise, and the television shows Prison Break and The Big C, his films have earned more than $5 billion as of 2012.[2]

Early life and family[edit]

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 8, 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.[3][4][5][6]

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.[4] He earned a master's degree from the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television in 1985, he is a member of the school's Alumni Development Council.[7] As of April 2017, Moritz has been married for 15 years and has two children, aged 17 and 14.[4]

One of his earliest movies was Juice with Tupac Shakur.[4] Moritz has more than 70 films to his credit, including I Know What You Did Last Summer, Urban Legend, Cruel Intentions, The Skulls, The Fast and the Furious franchise, Not Another Teen Movie, XXX, S.W.A.T., Evan Almighty, I Am Legend, Made of Honor, Total Recall and 21 Jump Street.

Moritz is also credited for Prison Break, and he produced Cabin by the Lake, its sequel Return to Cabin by the Lake and The Glass House. In December 2011, Moritz announced plans to produce a reboot of the Starship Troopers film franchise; this reboot is said to be more faithful to the source material than the previous films, which feature little in common with the original novel apart from the general setting and character names.[8][9]

Starting in 2018, Moritz and Original Film began a first-look deal for Paramount Pictures starting Jan. 1, 2018, leaving his longtime home, Sony Pictures after 20+ years.[10] However, he still maintains his overall deal at Sony Pictures Television.[11] A month later, the rights for the Sonic the Hedgehog film were transferred from Sony to Paramount, leaving most of the original staff intact.[12]

In October 2018, Moritz filed a lawsuit against Universal Pictures for breach of oral contract and committed promissory fraud after the distributor removed him as lead producer on Hobbs & Shaw. Furthermore, it was revealed in May 2019 that Universal had blacklisted Moritz from any future Fast & Furious installments.[13]


As producer[edit]

Year Title Director Notes
1992 Juice Ernest Dickerson
1994 The Stoned Age James Melkonian
Blind Justice Richard Spence Television film
1997 Volcano Lee Tamahori
I Know What You Did Last Summer Jim Gillespie
1998 Urban Legend Jamie Blanks
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer Danny Cannon
1999 Cruel Intentions Roger Kumble
Blue Streak Les Mayfield
Held Up Steve Rash
2000 The Skulls Rob Cohen
Urban Legends: Final Cut John Ottman
Cruel Intentions 2 Roger Kumble Direct-to-video
2001 Saving Silverman Dennis Dugan
The Fast and the Furious Rob Cohen Cameo appearance
Class Warfare Richard Shepard Television film
Soul Survivors Stephen Carpenter
The Glass House Daniel Sackheim
Not Another Teen Movie Joel Gallen
2002 Slackers Dewey Nicks
XXX Rob Cohen
Sweet Home Alabama Andy Tennant
2003 Static Lee Perkins
2 Fast 2 Furious John Singleton Uncredited cameo
S.W.A.T Clark Johnson Uncredited cameo
Out of Time Carl Franklin
Rammstein: Lichtspielhaus (video "Feuer Frei!") Rob Cohen Direct-to-video
2004 Torque Joseph Kahn
The Skulls III J. Miles Dale Direct-to-video
Cruel Intentions 3 Scott Ziehl Direct-to-video
2005 XXX: State of the Union Lee Tamahori
Stealth Rob Cohen
2006 The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Justin Lin
Click Frank Coraci Feature film
I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer Sylvain White Direct-to-video
Gridiron Gang Phil Joanou Feature film
2007 Evan Almighty Tom Shadyac Feature film
I Am Legend Francis Lawrence Feature film
2008 Vantage Point Pete Travis Feature film
Prom Night Nelson McCormick Feature film
Made of Honor Paul Weiland Feature film
2009 Fast & Furious Justin Lin
2010 The Bounty Hunter Andy Tennant Feature film
2011 S.W.A.T.: Firefight Benny Boom Direct-to-video
The Green Hornet Michel Gondry Feature film
Battle: Los Angeles Jonathan Liebesman Feature film
Fast Five Justin Lin
The Change-Up David Dobkin
2012 21 Jump Street Phil Lord & Chris Miller
Total Recall Len Wiseman
2013 Jack the Giant Slayer Bryan Singer
R.I.P.D. Robert Schwentke
Fast & Furious 6 Justin Lin
2014 22 Jump Street Phil Lord & Chris Miller
2015 Furious 7 James Wan
Goosebumps Rob Letterman
Search Party Scot Armstrong
2016 Passengers Morten Tyldum
2017 The Fate of the Furious F. Gary Gray
S.W.A.T.: Under Siege Tony Giglio Direct-to-video
2018 Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween Ari Sandel
Hunter Killer Donovan Marsh
2019 Escape Room Adam Robitel
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw[14] David Leitch
Wonderland Peter Berg Filming
2020 Sonic the Hedgehog Jeff Fowler Post-production
TBA Sexcrimes D.J. Caruso Development
TBA Danger Mouse[15] Development

As executive producer[edit]

Year Title Director or Creator Note
1990 Framed Dean Parisot Television film
1998 The Rat Pack Rob Cohen Television film
1999–2000 Shasta McNasty Jeff Eastin TV series
2000 Electra's Guy TBA Television film
Cabin by the Lake Po-Chih Leong Television film
Hendrix Leon Ichaso Television film
2001 Shotgun Love Dolls T.J. Scott Television film
Return to Cabin by the Lake Po-Chih Leong Television film
2002–2006 Greg the Bunny Spencer Chinoy & Dan Milano TV series
2002 The Skulls II Joe Chappelle Direct-to-video
2003–2005 Tru Calling Jon Harmon Feldman TV series
2003 The Pool at Maddy Breaker's Gerry Cohen Television film
Vegas Dick Frederick King Keller Television film
2004 Mr. Ed Joe Chappelle TV Pilot
2005–2017 Prison Break Paul Scheuring TV series
2005 Still Life Kip Koenig & Marti Noxon TV series
Devour David Winkler Direct-to-video
Point Pleasant John McLaughlin & Marti Noxon TV series
2007 Not Another High School Show Mike Bender Television film
2008 SIS John Herzfeld Television film
2009 Prison Break: The Final Break Brad Turner (Part One)
Kevin Hooks (Part Two)
Television film
2010–2013 The Big C Darlene Hunt TV series
2011 The Music Never Stopped Jim Kohlberg Post-production
2013 Save Me John Scott Shepherd TV series
2016 Cruel Intentions Roger Kumble TV pilot
2016–2018 Preacher Sam Catlin, Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg TV series
2017–present S.W.A.T. Aaron Rahsaan Thomas & Shawn Ryan TV series
2017–present Happy! Brian Taylor & David Petrarca TV series


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  2. ^ Fernandez, Jay A. (March 9, 2012). "'21 Jump Street' Producer Neal H. Moritz Talks Tips for Surviving on Set". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  3. ^ Shollar, Masha (August 3, 2016). "Native son recalls hand in 'Golden Age' of B movies". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d "'B.S. Pod': The History of the 'Fast & Furious' Franchise With Neal Moritz". The Ringer. April 11, 2017. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  5. ^ "Neal Moritz, a producer with his finger on the pulse of the populace". Los Angeles Times. March 14, 2011. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  6. ^ Goldstein, Patrick (March 9, 1999). "Moritz Makes His 'Intentionsxxx' Clear". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  7. ^ "Alumni Development Council" (PDF). In Motion. USC: 2. Fall 2016. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  8. ^ "A New Invasion: 'Starship Troopers' Headed for a Remake". Archived from the original on December 4, 2011. Retrieved December 3, 2011.
  9. ^ "'Starship Troopers' Reboot Officially In The Works". Screen Rant. December 2, 2011. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  10. ^ McNary, Dave (September 6, 2017). "Neal Moritz Signs First-Look Deal With Paramount". Variety. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  11. ^ Galuppo, Mia (September 6, 2017). "Neal Moritz Moves First-Look Deal to Paramount". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  12. ^ McNary, Dave (October 2, 2017). "'Sonic the Hedgehog' Movie Lands at Paramount". Variety. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  13. ^ Holmes, Adam (May 9, 2019). "The Fast And Furious Franchise Has Fired Its Longtime Producer". Cinema Blend. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
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