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Founded in 2001 by Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, Platinum Dunes’ remit was simple: low budget horror remakes from no-name directors with backgrounds similar to Bay. The more uniform the product, the greater the chance of predicting its success.
Horror had provided a dependable revenue stream for New Line (A Nightmare On Elm Street), Miramax (Scream) and Dark Castle (House On Haunted Hill), and with a commercials director at the helm, the resulting pictures, beginning with Marcus Nispel’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), looked like Mini-Me versions of Bay’s movies. It was the perfect formula and it paid off in spades, with Chainsaw raking in over $100m on a $9m budget.
It also proved what Bay’s harshest critics had been saying all along: he had the instincts of a marketer, not a filmmaker, and was more interested in profits than quality pictures.
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Furman Alton Miller (F.A.), a production manager and producer on TV series, including “Moonlighting” and “Walker, Texas Ranger,” died Tuesday at the USC/Verdugo Hills hospital from complications associated with multiple sclerosis. He was 79.
Over a period of 33 years, Miller worked on more than 50 TV shows and features, including “Freedom Road,” “The Chisholms,” “Tales From the Crypt,” “Demon Knight,” “House on Haunted Hill” and “The Defenders.”
Born in Mishawaka, Ind., Miller moved with his family to Arizona in the late 1940s. He attended Arizona State College before taking a job at Arizona Public Service and eventually moving to Los Angeles, where he started working at the Hollywood Stage as a stage hand.
A celebration of Miller’s life will be held in the near future.
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