Even with the opening weekend of the Olympics, fans still flocked to theaters to see Warner Bros. Dark Knight.Â While Pineapple Express came in a close second, the Chris Nolan flick brought in an additional $26 million over the weekend.Â This brings the grand total to $441.5 million, meaning the Batman film has passed Shrek 2 to become the third highest domestic grosser of all time.
If that has you sitting up and taking notice, get ready for a major head trip – by this time next week, The Dark Knight should bring in enough money to pass Star Wars for the number 2 spot.
Sony has announced that it has signed writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless to pen the next big screen adaptation of Flash Gordon.Â The update to the series has been passed around from Universal back to Hearst owned King Features Syndication, and now finally to Sony, who picked up the rights a few months ago.
Joining the writers are producer Neal Moritz and director Breck Eisner.
There are a lot of people who still have an affection for the 1980′s Flash Gordon flick, those that get a kick out of Buster Crabbe’s 1930′s serial, and not a single person I know that likes the Sci-Fi Channel’s attempt at a reboot.Â This brings us to the question of the day; will audiences take to a new Flash Gordon?
It was a tough battle at the box office this weekend as The Dark Knight went toe to toe with Brendon Fraser’s The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.Â While the Jet Li flick was able to bring in $42.5 millon for the weekend, Dark Knight barely edged out the fight with an estimated $43.8 million. Batman’s win brings the grand total to $394.9 million.
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Bryan Singer’s Bad Hat Harry Productions has made several plays in the comic book marketplace, first snagging up Rob Liefeld’s Capeshooters, and now Radical Publishing’s Freedom Formula by Edmund Shern.
Freedom Formula is a five-issue mini-series that is very mecha-esque with exo-suits replacing fighter jets, and the racer who learns his bloodline has the power to change society.Â Like Capeshooters, Singer will only produce this flick through his production company.
For Radicial, this is another feather in the cap of a week of major movie announcements.Â With the hype over Freedom Formula, the company told Variety that it has plans to expand the comic book into interactive games and anime.
I like Darren Aronofsky.Â I think his films are something quite different than what we get from the usual mill of standard movie fare.Â So when I heard he is going to be directing the Robocop reboot flick, I’m suddenly excited about the franchise, even if Peter Weller won’t be in it.
“RoboCop,” which is being fast-tracked for a 2010 release, becomes the first potential tentpole to come together since Mary Parent took the reins of MGM in March. Aronofsky’s involvement has been one of the worst kept secrets, with rumors rampant in the blogosphere that “The Fountain” helmer was eyeing the project.
There has been a flurry of franchise reboot films announced over the last couple of months.Â Is this a good thing, or a bad thing?Â For years H’wood has been diving into the remake bin in hopes of attracting new audiences, and I had hoped with the tidal wave of comic properties being adapted, tinsel town was going to put a stop to the remakes for a while.
In the Major Spoilers Bonus Podcast #2 (get it now before it’s gone), I proclaimed 2008 to be the year of the comic book movie.Â The major motion picture run of comic book adaptation won’t end in December, Dear Reader, oh no.Â Expect to see every publishing company to make a deal with H’wood to get their property into the big screen in hopes of raking in millions.
The latest to go into prepro hell is Magdalena from Top Cow.Â Announced to star in the flick are Luke Goss and Jenna Dewan.
Dewan is set to play Patience, a woman who discovers that she’s a part of the lineage of female warriors descended from Mary Magdalene who fight supernatural evil.
Goss will play Kristof, an agent sent by the secret organization that has been the guardian of the lineage.
Hey, if Magdalena can get picked up, I wonder if anyone is interested in my detective series?
The complete name and the logo for next installment of the Michael Bay robots in disguise flick is now up on the official site.
Looks pretty cool, I know I’ll go just to see Megan Fox.
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We already know the Avengers movie is scheduled from Marvel Entertainment in the coming years as he culmination of years of individual character titles.Â The big question on every fanboys lips has been, “Will the individual movie actors appear in the team movie?”
According to Den of Geek and Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier, the answer is yes.
Leterrier is reported to have said that 2011 will definitely bring Jackson, Downey Jr., Hulk actor Ed Norton and two other ‘A-list actors’ – presumably whichever A-listers get cast as Thor and Captain America in their respective upcoming movies that Marvel is also producing – together for the Avengers movie.
Could those other two be Brad Pitt and Leonardo DeCaprio?Â Those are the rumors of who would play Thor and Cap respectively.Â Of course with nothing announced, this story will have to be filed in the Rumor Mill, but it makes perfect sense; if you are going to build a franchise of films that lead to the big enchillada, you better be able to bring the original actors back to the flick.Â As cool as the Avengers cast sounds, I know there are those that say it will never happen because of the big names attached to the project.Â I would respond by saying watch Ocean’s 11.
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Radical Publishing has been getting a lot of play this week; the small publisher has announced its five-issueÂ Hercules: Thracian Wars series is being turned into a feature film for Universal Pictures.Â Today it was announced, Hancock’s Peter Berg will produce and direct the adaptation with Ryan Condal writing.
This announcement is really interesting as there are already two other movie studios producing Clash of the Titans-esqe movies set to debut within months of each other.Â With the addition of Hercules, we could be seeing a release slate similar to the Alexander/Troy movie battle a few years ago.
Hellboy II: The Golden Army came out on the top of the heap this weekend, bringing in an estimated $35.9 million at the box office.Â I went to check the movie out on Friday, and while it was a very good movie, I still like the first Hellboy flick better.Â The acting was great, the makeup and special effects superb, but for some reason Hellboy II felt a whole lot like the first Men in Black movie.Â I think it had something to do with the background gags and music.
Speaking of Will Smith, Hancock slipped 47% from last week, but was still able to bring in $33 million.
Check out this poster for the upcoming Wonder Woman animated direct to DVD movie.Â The flick stars Keri Russell (Wonder Woman) and Nathan Fillion (Steve Rogers Trevor) and will be an origin story.
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