Neal H. Moritz is the owner of Original, an established feature film, television, commercial and music video production/talent management company. Moritz 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.
Moritz recently produced this summer's hit "2 Fast 2 Furious," which opened to over $50 million and easily roared past $100 million. Last year, he had blockbusters with "Sweet Home Alabama," the Reese Witherspoon romantic comedy, and "XXX," the modern-day James Bond with Vin Diesel and Samuel L. Jackson which was his fourth collaboration with director Rob Cohen, following 2001's $145 million-plus sleeper hit "The Fast And The Furious," starring Vin Diesel and Paul Walker. Other film credits include "The Skulls" and the cable movie "The Rat Pack," which starred Ray Liotta and Don Cheadle and was nominated for 11 Emmy Awards.
Moritz's 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," added pop sensation Brandy to the cast. Moritz's next film "Urban Legend" spawned a successful sequel, "Urban Legends: Final Cut." "Cruel Intentions" was Original Film's first self-financed feature.
His most recent credits include "Not Another Teen Movie," a spoof of the genre of teen movies that Moritz helped to create, and the college comedy "Slackers" starring Jason Schwartzman and Devon Sawa. Other films Moritz has produced include "Volcano," "Blue Streak" with Martin Lawrence, "Saving Silverman" with Jack Black, Steve Zahn and Jason Biggs, and "The Glass House" starring Leelee Sobieski.
Moritz's future 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 later this summer "S.W.A.T.," which is based on the 70's TV show and stars Colin Farrell, Samuel L. Jackson and Michelle Rodriguez.
In 2002, Original added a talent management division, headed by Marty Adelstein (Moritz and Adelstein are also executive producers of TRU CALLING), a former founder and partner at the Endeavor Agency.
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