Tuesday, April 23, 2024

MIchael Lynne, Heralded Film Producer and Co-Founder of New Line Cinema, Is Dead at Age 77, Was Instrumental in Films Like “Lord of the Rings,” “Austin Powers”


I am so sad to report the passing of Michael Lynne, co-founder of New Line Cinema with Bob Shaye. The great film producer and devoted movie lover, family man was 77 and had suffered from cancer for about a year.

Lynne and Shaye were responsible for a quarter century of excellent films from the “Lord of the Rings” series to the “Austin Powers” series and so many more. I am sending condolences to his wife Ninah and their family and friends. He was a great friend to me, and I’m going to miss him very much. One of the great pleasures of his career, and a lot of ours, was gathering at Elaine’s on a Friday night as the box office figures came in. Michael made it an event, with computers or phones plugged in, like it was an election night.

Michael and Bob were visionaries, making movies that were moneymakers and cinematically satisfying. They also made the “Rush Hour” series and also made movies like “Magnolia” and “The Player” as well as “Wag the Dog” and “Pleasantville.” They also backed Adam Sandler when he had hits. More recently they were plotting an animated film with Paul McCartney.

All together, Lynne and Shaye’s movies made $7.4 billion over 25 years, 274 films.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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