Dino De Laurentiis has nurtured Thomas Harris stories from the beginning and was determined to bring a truer representation of the book to this adaptation of Red Dragon.
Winner of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 2001, De Laurentiis, has produced such diverse films as Bitter Rice, War and Peace, The Nights of Cabiria, Barrabas, Death Wish, The Bible, Waterloo, Serpico, Three Days of the Condor, Ragtime, King Kong, The Bounty, Tai-Pan, Dune, Anzio and Conan the Barbarian.
He received Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film for La Strada and The Nights of the Cabiria; both directed by Federico Fellini. Collectively his films have received 30 Oscar nominations and 59 foreign awards, most notably three Golden Lions, a Palme dOr and three Golden Globes. With his wife Martha, he has produced such films as Crimes of the Heart, Bound, Breakdown and U-571.
Brett Ratner (Director of Red Dragon) says of De Laurentiis, Dino is instinctive, visceral and responds to people, said Ratner. Hes successful because hes a risk taker.