LUCAS FOSTER - President & CEO
Lucas Foster has produced or supervised more than 50 feature films, including BAD BOYS, CRIMSON TIDE, DANGEROUS MINDS, THE MASK OF ZORRO, ENEMY OF THE STATE, MAN ON FIRE and MR. AND MRS. SMITH. All together, his movies have grossed more than three billion dollars in worldwide revenue.
Mr. Foster was born in New York City. After attending Princeton University to study applied physics, and UCLA for film school, Mr. Foster began his film career working on low-budget films for legendary cult film producers such as Roger Corman and Charlie Band. He then transitioned to the major studio side of the industry, becoming Executive Assistant to Frank Yablans of MGM/UA, and later Alan Ladd Jr., the Chairman of MGM/UA.
Mr. Foster then moved into motion picture development and production working for various major film producers, including Frank Yablans, Scott Rudin and Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer. During this period, Mr. Foster found, acquired and developed the suspense thrillers FLATLINERS for Columbia Pictures, worked on RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, WHITE SANDS, SISTER ACT, JENNIFER EIGHT, and the Tom Cruise/Sydney Pollack film, THE FIRM, finding and acquiring the that novel, while it was still an unpublished manuscript.
At Simpson/Bruckheimer, Mr. Foster developed and produced THE REF, starring Denis Leary and Kevin Spacey, DANGEROUS MINDS, starring Michelle Pfeiffer, CRIMSON TIDE, starring Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman, and BAD BOYS, the film which kicked off the feature film careers of Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, and director Michael Bay. In addition, Mr. Foster was heavily involved in the development of the very successful action-thrillers, THE ROCK, starring Sean Connery and Nicholas Cage, and ENEMY OF THE STATE, starring Will Smith and Gene Hackman, which Mr. Foster developed from a two-line pitch.
After Simpson/Bruckheimer, Mr. Foster joined Ted Turner’s company, Turner Pictures, as Executive Vice-President of Production where he helped acquire and oversaw production of MICHAEL, starring John Travolta, and FALLEN, starring Denzel Washington.
In May of 1996 Mr. Foster started his own company, Warp Film, with an exclusive production deal at Columbia Pictures. Mr. Foster was heavily involved in the pre-production and casting process of the Mandalay feature WILD THINGS before serving as a key consultant and un-credited producer on the Amblin/Tri-Star adventure THE MASK OF ZORRO, starring Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Mr. Foster subsequently produced EQUILIBRIUM, directed by Kurt Wimmer and starring Christian Bale, MAN ON FIRE, reuniting with director Tony Scott and Denzel Washington, as well as producing the remake of WALKING TALL, starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. Mr. Foster was also heavily involved in the production and post-production of VAN WILDER and JEEPERS CREEPERS II, and also involved in an advisor/supervisory capacity on EULOGY, IMAGINING ARGENTINA, KINSEY, DEATH DEFYING ACTS and THE GOOD GIRL.
Mr. Foster, along with Akiva Goldsman, then produced the major hit film, MR And MRS SMITH, which starred Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and Vince Vaughn. Released by 20th Century Fox in June 2005, the film grossed almost $500 million in theaters worldwide, and another $375 million in ancillary revenue (home video, and pay and free television, VOD, EST).
Mr. Foster also produced JUMPER, STREET KINGS and LAW ABIDING CITIZEN. On JUMPER, he re-teamed with MR & MRS. SMITH director Doug Liman, for the successful sci-fi adventure that stars Hayden Christensen, Jamie Bell, Rachel Bilson, and Samuel L. Jackson. STREET KINGS is an LA crime drama based on a James Ellroy original story that starred Keanu Reeves, Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, Hugh Laurie, Chris Evans, Cedric the Entertainer, Common and several other venerable actors. Mr. Foster’s notable and highly regarded recent thriller, LAW ABIDING CITIZEN, starring Jamie Foxx, Gerard Butler, Viola Davis, and Bruce McGill among others, was very successful at the theatrical box office, and in it’s ancillary revenue windows. Law Abiding citizen is one of the top ten most successful ‘R’ rated thrillers ever with over $225 million dollars in gross revenue and still counting.
The next wave of projects for Mr. Foster include, RUN LIKE HELL, which could be described as ‘The Raid’ with Zombies; TRIBE, an adventure tale set on a remote island that closely examines ‘civilization,’ and how rapidly it goes away; STRANGER a smash-mouth action movie mixed with a modern-day western; ISS, a thriller set on the International Space Station; ; THE ELDER, a thriller about a woman whose destiny is to fight an ancient evil, endlessly through time; BLOOD LILY set in Rhodesia during the civil war; SEVERENCE, a very clever old-school heist movie; and GO LIKE HELL, an epic car racing adventure to be directed by Michael Mann, about the rivalry between Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari set in Le Mans in ‘64/65/66.
Mr. Foster is a storyteller, filmmaker and businessman with many years of experience, and there are many other innovative projects incubating in various stages of development at Mr. Foster’s group of companies.
Mr. Foster has contributed time and energy to the Lung Cancer Alliance. Mr. Foster has also frequently spoken at the American Film Institute, UCLA Film School, USC Film School, New York Film School, the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, and at the Nokia Forum and various other content organizations concerned with the future intersection of media and technology.
Mr. Foster is married with three children, and currently resides in Southern California.