Named Best Science Fiction Fantasy Picture by the 2004 Saturn Awards, X2 opened to $85 million, the fifth largest opening of all time, while the first X-Men opened to the largest non-sequel box office opening in history at the time, $54.4 million. Both pictures star Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, and Halle Berry. Between those films he executive produced Planet of the Apes, directed by Tim Burton for Twentieth Century Fox. The film opened to $68.5 million, then the largest non-holiday three day gross in history.
Winter had four movies released in 2003, starting with Shoot or Be Shot, a comedy starring William Shatner and Harry Hamlin; Blizzard, with LeVar Burton directing, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Christopher Plummer, Brenda Blethyn and Kevin Pollak, which won the 2004 Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) Award for Best Family Feature; and, along with Joe Goodman and Bobby Neutz, Winter produced Hangman's Curse, a movie based on a Frank Perretti novel, directed by Sundance Award-winning director Rafael Zelinski (Fun) and starring David Keith and Mel Harris.
He also executive produced Inspector Gadget, for Walt Disney Pictures, a box-office hit for that summer. Along with Tom Jacobson, he produced Disney's remake of the 1949 RKO classic, Mighty Joe Young, directed by Ron Underwood (City Slickers). Additionally he produced the movie Hackers for United Artists, directed by Ian Softley and the ABC-TV series High Incident for Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks in '95-'96. This led to his directorial debut on the special Halloween episode, Masquerade.
In the fall of '96, he headed to Warner Brothers to work with director Sam Raimi. That same year, he also produced an award winning short film entitled Opie Gone Mad.
Winter produced Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, nominated for two Academy Awards and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, which was nominated for four Oscars.
At the Walt Disney Company, he produced The Puppet Masters and served as Executive Producer on the live-action comedies, Hocus Pocus starring Bette Midler, Sara Jessica Parker, and Captain Ron, starring Kurt Russell and Martin Short.
Winter produced the feature film, The Perfect Weapon, co-executive produced Paramount's Flight of the Intruder and Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, and Walt Disney's television pilot, Plymouth. During the summer of 1997, Winter produced an 18-minute short film for Academy Award consideration, Spittin' Image, based on a Walt Wangerin short story.
As Executive in Charge of Production for Harve Bennett Productions, Winter supervised the highly acclaimed Jesse Owens Story, as well as the 1982 Emmy Award- winning Drama Special, A Woman Called Golda.
He also served as a producer on the movie Left Behind, starring Brad Johnson and Kirk Cameron, which was based on a blockbuster book for the Christian market and which sold over three million home video units.
Winter is developing several movies and television specials as part of his deal at Twentieth Century Fox, including Nightmare Academy for Fox Searchlight/FHV and Breaking the Box, which will be directed by multiple MTV Video Music Award-winner Dave Meyers.
Winter is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.
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