PROFILE: Producer Gianni Nunnari on his portfolio of blockbusters


With the year already half over, only four films have managed thus far to join Hollywood's $200 Million Club. 

Three of them, which are easy to guess, are the blockbuster franchise three-quels that blossomed in May. "Transformers," which just opened July 3, has already done around $175 million and before long will be joining the group as its fifth member. But naming that fourth film requires thinking back to the quieter days of spring when "300," from Warner Bros. Pictures in association with Legendary Pictures and Virtual Studios, opened March 9 to nearly $71 million. The Mark Canton/Gianni Nunnari Prod. directed by Zack Snyder went on to gross $210.6 million domestically. It goes into DVD release July 31 and should be a big seller for Warner Home Video. 

Nunnari, who produced "300" with Canton, Bernie Goldmann and Jeffrey Silver, has been associated with many hits over the years, including as an executive producer of Martin Scorsese's "The Departed" and David Fincher's "Se7en." In the case of "300," Warner Bros.' production notes explain, "Five years ago, producer Gianni Nunnari and Snyder were discussing future projects on which to collaborate when Snyder noticed Nunnari's copy of the graphic novel on his desk. Nunnari championed the project solo for several years. He was able to reach out to convince producer Mark Canton to get involved with him and develop the project in earnest with Snyder as director and co-writer." 

(Source: Hollywood Reporter)

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