2 FAST 2 FURIOUS
NEAL H. MORITZ
is the owner of
Original, an established feature film, television, commercial and music video
production/talent management company. Neal has a degree in economics from UCLA
and a graduate degree from the Peter Stark Motion Picture Producing Program at
the University of Southern California.
last year's blockbusters Sweet Home Alabama, the Reese Witherspoon
romantic comedy, and XXX, a modern-day James Bond with Vin Diesel and Samuel L.
Jackson. XXX was the filmmaker's fourth collaboration with director Rob Cohen,
following 200l's $145 million-plus sleeper hit The Fast and the Furious, starring
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster. His other
collaborations with Cohen include The Skulls (also starring Paul Walker
and Josh Jackson) and the HBO movie The Rat Pack (with Ray Liorra and Don
Cheadle, which received 11 Emmy nominations).
earlier credits helped establish him as one of the most profitable producers in
Hollywood. Juice was his first major film, followed up by the hit I
Know What You Did Last Summer, which featured breakthrough performances by
Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillipe and Freddie Prinze,
Jr. Its sequel, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, followed, adding
pop sensation Brandy to the cast. Neal's next film, Urban Legend, spawned
a successful sequel, Urban Legends: Final Gut. The Sarah Michelle Gellar
/ Ryan Phillipe / Reese Wirherspoon starrer Cruel Intentions was Original
Film's first self-financed feature.
recent credits include Not Another Teen Movie, a spoof of the genre of
teen movies that Neal helped to create, and the college comedy Slackers, starring
Jason Schwarrzman and Devon Sawa. Other films Neal has produced include Volcano,
Blue Streak with Martin Lawrence; Saving Silverman with Jack Black,
Steve Zahn and Jason Biggs; and the Leelee Sobieski-starrer, The
slate includes the Denzel Washington thriller Out of Time, directed by
Carl Franklin; Torque, a motorcycle action movie helmed by music video
veteran Joseph Kahn; and two summer blockbusters S.W.A.T. (based on the 70's
TV show), starring Cohn Farrell, Samuel L. Jackson and Michelle Rodriguez; and 2
Fast 2 Furious.
In 2002, Original
added a talent management division, headed by Marry Adelstein, a former founder
and partner at the Endeavor Agency. Clients include actors Dwayne "The
Rock" Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, Timothy Olyphant, James Van Der Beek, Lucy
Lawless, Jeri Ryan, Gary Dourdan, Ashley Scott and writers David E. Kelley,
Bonnie Turner, Glen Morgan & James Wong, Brad Hall and Jack Handey, as well
as director Rob Cohen.
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