Dan Lin Sees a 'Ruthless' Future for Hollywood DEI
The 'Easter Sunday' producer on Lego, 'Lethal Weapon 5', 'Aladdin' and his answer to a town's hiring and firing
As his new film Easter Sunday, starring Jo Koy, hits theaters, tentpole producer Dan Lin chats with hosts Janice Min and Tatiana Siegel about his legendary career, coming projects and current passion: Rideback Rise, a non-profit to increase Hollywood inclusion by “taking diverse talent [and] making content for the masses” that is currently fundraising as DEI initiatives fall to Hollywood’s new slash-and-burn culture (23:48). During the wide-ranging conversation, Lin also discusses his start at Warner Bros., a wild tale about Jeff Robinov’s pivotal impact on his career (38:14), how he laid his career on the line for The Departed (43:05), mentor Alan Horn joining Warner Bros. again (36:32), and, in an alternate universe, that he wishes he ran DC (46:51). Also, how a chance sushi restaurant encounter and Steven Spielberg helped Easter Sunday become the quickest start-to-completion for a film he’s ever had (16:03). Plus: Richard Donner’s dying wish for Lethal Weapon 5, Mel Gibson and its future (44:52) that he intends to fulfill.