Richard Zanuck, the son of legendary 20th Century Fox mogul Darryl F. Zanuck who carved out his own career as the Oscar-winning producer of Driving Miss Daisy, the blockbuster Jaws and several Tim Burton films, including Big Fish, Sweeney Todd, Planet of the Apes, Dark Shadows and Alice in Wonderland, died Friday from a heart attack. He was 77.
Variety reports that Zanuck’s association with Burton — which began with 2001’s Planet of the Apes, a remake of the 1968 Fox hit made under Zanuck’s own watch as a high-level executive at the studio in his younger days — would largely define the last decade of his career, spanning six films, including their most recent collaboration, Dark Shadows, based on the paranormal TV series of the ’60s. Although the film opened to a disappointing $29.7 million domestically, the film has grossed $233.8 worldwide to date.
Their collective output had generated more than $2 billion in worldwide grosses, with Alice alone accounting for about half of that.