After a single credit on the wonderful, overlooked Disney telemovie You Ruined My Life (1987), starring Paul Reiser and Soleil Moon Frye, producer Dylan Sellers spent the 1990s establishing himself as a production force, and the 2000s building up a fat resumé of glossy and lucrative Hollywood blockbusters. Sellers demonstrated no genre predilection overall, veering fluidly and swiftly from sports dramas to slasher horror to geriatric comedy, and grossing healthy returns in many arenas. His first major effort was the Wesley Snipes action vehicle Passenger 57, a nail-biter about a hijacking that found a substantial audience when it premiered in the holiday season of 1992. Despite fascinating content, the producer's next venture -- the enigmatic Paul Auster adaptation The Music of Chance (1993) -- clocked in as an unmitigated disaster, grossing only a few hundred thousand dollars nationally in an extremely limited release and orienting Sellers toward more commercial material. He received a production credit on the ambitious Ron Howard social drama The Paper (1994) and the Walter Matthau/Jack Lemmon vehicle Out to Sea (1997), both of which performed admirably.
Sellers gravitated toward safer and more conventional material in the 2000s, and (perhaps as a result) consistently scored as a box-office topper. His releases included the Gene Hackman/Keanu Reeves inspirational sports drama The Replacements (2000), the serial killer-themed horror movie Valentine (2001) and -- most profitably -- the multi-installment Agent Cody Banks series, about a pint-sized super-spy played by Frankie Muniz. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi