Following his time at Paramount, McDonnell was head of Steven Seagal's company, Seagal-Nasso Productions, where he supervised the development and production for the films Out for Justice, Under Seige, Under Seige 2: Dark Territory and On Deadly Ground, giving him the opportunity to work all over the globe.
McDonnell next became president of Witt/Thomas Films, producing the action-drama Three Kings, one of 1999's most critically acclaimed films, starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube, and originated Insomnia, starring Al Pacino and directed by Christopher Nolan.
He then moved on to Di Novi Pictures where he produced A Walk to Remember starring Mandy Moore and Original Sin, starring Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas. His most recent producing effort was the hit Shanghai Knights with Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson.
Currently, McDonnell runs Maple Shade Productions under the Warner Bros. banner, with whom he has an exclusive first look deal. His next project is the family film Racing Stripes, tentatively scheduled for release in 2005, starring the voices of Whoopi Goldberg, Dustin Hoffman, David Spade and Frankie Muniz.
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