Just when I thought Brett Ratner's primary goal in life was to become a clone of Hugh Hefner -- not that I blame him -- we now find out that he also wouldn't mind becoming a Michael Bay. Ratner has taken his Rat Entertainment banner and moved it from New Line, where it has been stationed since 1996, and moved it to Paramount Pictures.
Why you ask?
Brett Ratner Wants Tentpoles
For the move Ratner emphasized that he "will not be pitching art films. I want to make mainstream tentpole projects," he said. "I was also encouraged by Bob Evans to come to his home studio, and our goal is to team up on a project or two at Paramount."
He did, however, have other reasons for leaving New Line Cinema.
"I thought I’d stay at New Line for the rest of my life, but when Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne left, it was time to make a change," Ratner told Daily Variety.
By joining Paramount Ratner is now available to work next to other banners including: Nicolas Cage’s Saturn Prods., Jim Carrey’s JC 23 Entertainment, George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse, Chris Columbus’ 1492, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone, Brad Pitt’s Plan B and Jay Roach’s Everyman Pictures.
Ratner's first move will be two tentpoles that should include Beverly Hills Cop 4, which is currently being written by Wanted scribes Michaell Brandt and Derek Haas, and Harbinger.