Jon Turteltaub is an American film producer and director with a net worth of $80 million dollars. Jon graduated from Connecticut’s Wesleyan University and after the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. Turteltaub is an effective director that has done most of his movie work with Walt Disney Studios. His first foray into directing and screenwriting came about the 1990 movie “Think Big”, which he followed up with “Driving Me Crazy” in 1991. 3 also produced the postapocalyptic CBS TV series “Jericho”, which ran for 2 seasons on CBS.
Jon Turteltaub Net Worth $80 Million Dollars
Turteltaub directed the show’s first three episodes. He additionally produced CBS’ horror miniseries “Harper’s Island” and USA Network’s “Common Law”; Turteltaub directed the pilot episodes for both shows. He’s been married to his own wife, Amy Eldon, since 2006. His wife is the creator of the Creative Visions Foundation, which works to support those using the media to spread knowledge about problems they have confidence in.
August 8, 1963
New York City, New York, USA
Producer, Director, Writer
Wesleyan University, University of Southern California, Beverly Hills High School
DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television Film/Miniseries
The Sorcerer's Apprentice, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, National Treasure, Last Vegas, Cool Runnings, While You Were Sleeping, Phenomenon, Disney's The Kid, 3 Ninjas, National Treasure 3, Instinct, Think Big, Trabbi Goes to Hollywood, Meg, More, Patience
Nic [Nicolas Cage] was a junior and I was a senior. It's hard to believe he's younger than I am. Nic was like the cool outsider - he kind of had this James Dean quality - but he thinks he was the loser who didn't fit in. But he doesn't realize all the girls think that's hot.
Then I was in college being miserable and studying and [Nicolas Cage] was making a lot of money and getting fame and fortune and being on the cover of GQ. I have since become successful and still never been asked to be on the cover of GQ.
It was really important to me - and it might have been the obnoxious director thing - but I just insisted that we go to the places where we were shooting. It felt like if we're going to celebrate these aspects of American history, I want the movie to look real, not fake. [on shooting on location]
Most treasure hunt movies take place abroad and in the past, which from the audience standpoint means laws are different, rules are different, the people in the third world can get shot in bunches and that's okay. But we couldn't shoot our own cops, our own FBI. We couldn't have the public get endangered. So suddenly we had all of these restrictions that made it much harder to do an action film.
There's something more literary about adventure films [that keeps them timeless]. That quality may be hard to define, but you know it when you see it. 'Pirates of the Caribbean' harks back to Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Treasure Island.'
In adventure films, the danger is more important than the violence. And I think wish-fulfillment plays into the appeal. For adults, a good adventure film can really tap into childhood passions.