Lorenzo di Bonaventura
di Bonaventura Pictures & di Bonaventura Pictures Television&Producer of Matrix trilogy & Transformers franchise
Lorenzo di Bonaventura is a film producer best known for the Transformers, GI Joe and Red film franchises. He is CEO of di Bonaventura Pictures and di Bonaventura Pictures Television.
In February 1989, Mr. di Bonaventura joined Warner Brothers as Vice President of Production. While at Warner Brothers, he was involved in over 130 productions and eventually became President of Worldwide Production. Amongst his biggest commercial and critical successes were: Falling Down (1993), A Time to Kill (1996), The Matrix (1999), Analyze This (2000), The Perfect Storm (2000), Ocean’s Eleven (2001), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001) and Training Day (2001).
In 2002 he left Warner Brothers and started di Bonaventura Pictures, based at Paramount Pictures. Since then he has produced over 30 movies including Constantine (2005) starring Keanu Reeves; Shooter directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Mark Wahlberg (2007); the psychological horror 1408 (2007), based on the short story by Stephen King; the espionage thriller Salt (2010) for Sony Pictures, starring Angelina Jolie; Paramount Pictures’ revival of Tom Clancy’s famed franchise Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) directed by Kenneth Branagh, starring Chris Pine, Keira Knightley and Kevin Costner; critically acclaimed thriller Side Effects (2013), directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Rooney Mara, Jude Law and Channing Tatum; Deepwater Horizon directed by Peter Berg, starring Mark Wahlberg and Kurt Russell (2016); the thriller Kidnap starring Halle Berry (2017); American Assassin (2017), the film adaptation of Vince Flynn’s best-selling political thriller, starring Dylan O’Brien and Michael Keaton and the recent global box-office hit The Meg (2018) starring Jason Statham and Li Bingbing for Warner Bros.
Upcoming releases are the Transformers spin-off Bumblebee (2018), directed by Travis Knight and starring Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena and Pet Sematary (2019). Films in development include a Sammy Davis Jnr biopic and Snake Eyes, both for Paramount Pictures.
In 2011, the company branched into television production with the formation of di Bonaventura Pictures Television, which produced The Real O’Neals and Shooter. Upcoming TV productions include the adaptation of Mark Millars’ graphic novel, Jupiters Legacy with Netflix.
Mr. di Bonaventura received his undergraduate degree in Intellectual History at Harvard College and his Master of Business Administration at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He was awarded the Golden Eye Career Achievement Award from the Zurich Film Festival in 2016. He is on the Board of Directors for the American Cinematheque, the board of advisors for Claremont Graduate Colleges and the honorary committee of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles.