This is sad news. Jim Jacks has died. The former Universal Pictures production executive transitioned to a film partnership with Sean Daniel in Universal-based Alphaville, and together they produced The Mummy franchise and films that included Tombstone, Dazed And Confused, A Simple Plan, Michael, and The Jackal. He was an exec producer of Raising Arizona and Intolerable Cruelty. They were among Universal’s biggest producing teams during the 1990s and early 2000s before they split. Daniel posted a tribute on his Facebook page: “Here’s to Jim Jacks. Nobody loved movies more. Passionate, loyal, generous, accomplished, noble, caring, heavily armed, creative, dare I say obsessive on occasion. A good man, a good friend, a wonderful partner, a loving son to his family. You will be missed.”
I am getting ready to leave Sundance, but will provide more details when I can. According to my Variety pal Dave McNary, Jacks was 66 and died of a heart attack in Los Angeles. I recall him as a strong-willed guy who loved films, who especially loved developing scripts alongside filmmakers, and who spent a lot of time writing his own screenplays as well.