Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe to Empire!
Save up to 63%
Want To Be An Empire Journalist?
We're looking for reporters for the BFI London Film Festival
Movie News

02 October 2015
Final Spectre Trailer Flies In
''I came here to kill you...''
First Image From The New Bridget Jones
Renée Zellweger gets technical
Empire Podcast 181: Anne Hathaway And Robert De Niro
The Intern stars stop by for a chat
Sony Plans An Animated Ghostbusters Film
Toon you gonna call?
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Has A New Role In Sight
He's attached to the thriller pitch
More Movie News

Jake Eberts Is Dead
The producer has passed away, age 71

08 September 2012  |  Written by Empire Empire  

submit to reddit

Jake Eberts Is Dead

*In response to the death of producer Jake Eberts this week, frequent collaborator and film publicist Pete Daly asked if he could pay tribute to him. Here is his personal obituary for Eberts.*

The word “legend” is thrown around in film like cheap popcorn, but for Jake Eberts, who died on September 6 aged 71, the label seems almost an understatement. Despite not entering the industry until his mid-30s, Eberts produced or financed over 50 films, garnering 65 Academy nominations and winning 37 Oscars.

Canadian-born, Jake was working in the City of London when approached to invest in the development of Watership Down. When this made a profit he re-invested the funds into the film’s production, and was bitten by the movie bug.

It was not long before Eberts almost single-handedly dragged the British film industry out of an abyss of soft porn and TV spin-offs. Commercial success and critical acclaim followed, with Jake involved in slew of hits including Ghandi, The Dresser, Chariots of Fire, Driving Miss Daisy, Chicken Run and Dances With Wolves.

Kevin Costner once said to me (Jake would appreciate the name-dropping), “Hollywood is full of people who either have intelligence or integrity. Jake is the only one with both”.

I was privileged to have worked with Jake for the last ten years or so (he emailed me a script a mere six days before his death). In a business apparently powered by ego, aggression and arrogance here was a gentle and modest man who had more reason to boast than most, but chose to let his spiritual and deep movies (from Open Range to The Killing Fields) do the talking for him.

Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

DreamWorks Dates Dragon 3 & More
Massive film slate announced
Arrested Development S4 Extended?
Update: More episodes will be shot!

Jessica Chastain On The Martian
On becoming an astronaut and rescuing Matt Damon AGAIN

My Movie Life: Justin Kurzel
The Macbeth director on how Rocky changed his life and the worst ever date movie

Life On Mars: Trips To The Red Planet
A dozen of cinema's Martian misadventures

Hallowed Ground: Folk Horror In British Film
Ten tales from our island's dark past

All Hail Macbeth! The Scottish Play On Film
By the pricking of our thumbs, ten adaptations this way come(s)

Licence Denied: The Bond Themes You Didn't Get To Hear
A dozen of 007's greatest misses

10 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Toys You’ll Want To Own
Falcon quad copter? BB-8 Sphero? We’re already asking for pay raises…

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe now and save up to 63%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)