Veteran producer Frank Marshall says 2016 is shaping up to be his biggest year — quite a claim for the man who, alongside Steven Spielberg, gave the world Indiana Jones and Back to the Future.
The five-time Oscar nominee defined the blockbuster for a generation of cinemagoers alongside the legendary director and their artistic partner Kathleen Kennedy — whom Marshall went on to marry.
As the founders of Amblin Entertainment, the trio reigned supreme from 1982’s ET: The Extra-Terrestrial through a string of milestones including Gremlins, The Goonies and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
He’d be forgiven for resting on his laurels at age 70, but Marshall revealed he is busier than ever with the release of Jason Bourne on DVD and Blu-ray.
Film finance website Box Office Mojo attributes worldwide ticket receipts of just under $10 billion (Dh36.7 billion) for Marshall’s body of work, which includes directing stints, most notably on Arachnophobia and Congo.
Born in Los Angeles, Marshall excelled in both music and sport, running track and cross-country for UCLA before entering his film career as an assistant to director Peter Bogdanovich.
His 1980s output alongside Spielberg and Kennedy include critical hits such as The Color Purple, Empire of the Sun and Always, which featured a cameo by Audrey Hepburn in her last role.
In 1991, Kennedy and Marshall branched out to form the prosaically-titled Kennedy/Marshall Company, producing 35 movies including The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, M. Night Shyamalan’s The Sixth Sense and the Bourne franchise.
Among the extras for Jason Bourne, released on DVD and Blu-ray next week, is a behind-the-scenes featurette about filming a car chase on the Las Vegas Strip that Marshall describes as among his most challenging.
Marshall became sole head of the couple’s company when Kennedy was made chairwoman of Lucasfilm in 2012, taking on responsibility for the Star Wars sequels and spin-offs.
The couple — who have 13 Oscar nominations between them and yet no statuettes — live in a $10 million beachfront pad in Malibu, in what Marshall describes as a “very comfortable home life.”
His next big project — perhaps his biggest ever — will be Jurassic World II, which begins shooting in London in February.
Co-written by Colin Trevorrow — who helmed Jurassic World and is slated to direct 2019’s Star Wars IX — the film carries a weight of expectation after its predecessor made an astonishing $1.7 billion.
The internet has been abuzz with rumours of a darker episode than previous movies in the Jurassic stable, featuring weaponize dinosaurs.
Marshall will also be producing as Harrison Ford picks up the famous fedora and bullwhip for Indiana Jones V in 2019.
Whatever the filmmaker goes on to do after that, he intends to remain faithful to his formula for blockbuster success.