Brad Fuller and Andrew Form founded Platinum Dunes in 2001, along with partner Michael Bay. Established with the intent of creating opportunities for first-time directors, the partners strive to make commercially viable films on modest budgets for a global audience. Since its inception, the company has released 11 films. This past August, the partners renewed their three-year first-look deal with Paramount Pictures.
In 2013, Platinum Dunes produced The Purge for Universal Pictures for a mere $3 million. The innovative sleeper hit surprised the industry when it grossed $34.1 million its opening weekend. The sequel, The Purge: Anarchy, grossed $29.8 million its opening weekend and is on its way to earning over $112 million worldwide. A third installment is being prepared for production in the coming year.
Fuller and Form produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, starring Megan Fox, Will Arnett and William Fichtner, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, both for Paramount Pictures.
In October 2014, Universal released the Platinum Dunes produced Ouija, a horror film based on the popular Hasbro board game. Made for $5 million, the film has made $96 million in box office receipts with additional markets opening month to month into 2015.
The duo’s film for Paramount, Project Almanac, was released on January 2015. The film introduces a cast of exciting new talent including Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Sam Lerner, Allen Evangelista and Virginia Gardner as a group of friends who embark on the adventure of their lives when they stumble upon secret designs for an experimental time machine. The film is directed by Dean Israelite.
This year, the Platinum Dunes partners made their first foray into television with two hugely successful shows. Black Sails, starring Toby Stephens, debuted on Starz in January 2014, and the second season in January 2015. The Last Ship, starring Eric Dane, first aired on TNT in June 2015 and is in production on a second season.