RIP Richard D Zanuck

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Some truly sad news for the start of this weekend: Legendary Hollywood producer Richard D. Zanuck has passed away at the age of 77.

Deadline is reporting that Mr. Zanuck passed away “very suddenly”, and that’s all we know right now.

Zanuck, of course, produced Steven Spielberg’s immortal classic Jaws (pictured below). It was a watershed moment for the prolific producer because of his support of the relatively unknown Spielberg at the time. The 1975 adaptation of Peter Benchley’s novel hasn’t aged a day in its nearly 40 years of existence, and the end result led to the creation of the “summer movie blockbuster.”

In recent years, Mr. Zanuck collaborated with Tim Burton on a number of projects beginning with 2001’s remake of Planet of the Apes and culminating with this summer’s Dark Shadows. Mr. Zanuck’s legacy is truly a lasting one, and we here at Dread Central extend our warmest sympathies to his family at this time. Thanks for all the memories, Dick, there sure are a lot of them!

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Written by Steve Barton

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