After nearly a five-decade creative relationship, Paramount Pictures and iconic film executive Robert Evans have parted ways.
Evans served as the president of production at Paramount in the late 1960s and early 1970s and transitioned to a production deal in 1974 which has consistently been renewed for over 45 years. Recently, however, it expired and will be dissolved according to a studio spokesperson.
In his time, Evans shepherded some of the most famous films ever made including Roman Polanski’s “Chinatown” and “Rosemary’s Baby,” Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather” and Arthur Hiller’s “Love Story”. His signature look, narcissism and mannerisms served as the basis for Dustin Hoffman’s character in “Wag the Dog”.
In a statement to Variety, a Paramount spokesperson says: “Bob Evans has been an iconic part of the Paramount legacy for over half a century. His contributions to the studio and film industry have been innumerable, Today we mark the end of our formal relationship with Bob as a producer, but his legacy will endure in our studio and in our hearts. There aren’t words to express our gratitude and reverence for the man whose name is synonymous with this company and the magic of movies.”
The 89-year-old Evans has not made a film since 2003 rom-com “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”. He was also the subject of the 2002 documentary “The Kid Stays in the Picture,” based on the 1995 book of the same name, which he narrates and chronicles his rise from failed actor to film exec, independent producer, his addiction, banishment from Paramount and return to the studio years later.