Mid-Week Movie News Wrap Up – Jan. 8, 2009

Published 5 years ago by , Updated July 7th, 2014 at 10:04 am,

It’s time for another Mid-Week Movie News Wrap Up.

In this week’s installment:

There’s half the blood in The Half Blooded Prince; The Mutant Chronicles finally sees the darkened theater; Mangold gets romantic with Juliet; Ender’s Game comes to the end of the road; nobody does it better than Quantum of Solace.

1. Harry Potter fans may be worried to discover that Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince  has been given a PG rating by the MPAA. This rating is due to “scary images, some violence, language and mild sensuality.”

Considering that the Potter books get darker (and thicker) this comes as a bit of a surprise. Could the MPAA be getting softer or have large chunks of the novel been ignored?

You can find out when Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince is released on July, 17 2009.

Source: Rope of Silicon

2. Fans of Thomas Jane rejoice! Mutant Chronicles finally has a distributor and a release date. Magnet Releasing have acquired the US distribution rights to the Sci-Fi film that co-stars John Malkovich and Ron Perlman. The film will open in selected cities on April 24th.

Source: Moviehole.net

3. James Mangold director of such broad reaching fare as 3,10 To Yuma, Walk The Line and Kate and Leopold will next be helming an adaptation of  Anne Fortier’s Juliet. According to The Hollywood Reporter:

“The story, which takes a cue from Romeo and Juliet, toggles from medieval Siena to the present day in a story about a woman who discovers she may be descended from the people who inspired one of the most popular and tragic love stories of all time.”

So it’s kind of like Rumor Has It – with Shakespeare instead of The Graduate. Come to think of it, isn’t this Shakespeare in Love?

Well, if anyone can make it work it’s Mangold. The man(gold) is able to knock out decent movies in nearly every genre.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

4. The film adaptation of Ender’s Game has died in development. Wolfgang Petersen was in the line of fire to direct the film but he dropped out because he was unhappy with the direction the project was going. According to The LA Times the film was scrapped early in November.

Source: LA Times

5. Quantum of Solace has become the highest grossing James Bond film of all time at the US box office by grossing $167.1 million, beating Die Another Day to the title. The film has taken $550 million in total since it’s October release compared to $591 that Casino Royale grossed in its entire theatrical run. Solace is still on release and it hasn’t opened in Japan yet so that gross will only rise and we could see the film become the all time Bond box office champion.

These figures make Quantum of Solace the unadjusted champion – consider that Moonraker grossed $200 million back in 1978 or that Thunderball grossed a staggering $141 million in 1965. Imagine how much they’d be worth in 2009 ticket prices!

Source: Coming Soon

That’s it for now. See you at the movies!

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TAGS: ender's game, harry potter, juliet, quantum of solace, the mutant chronicles

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  1. Quantum of Solace doesn’t deserve it…

  2. I can’t wait for the Mutant Chronicles

  3. Enders game is one of my all time fave books, but I never thought it would work as a film. There are a lot of reasons I think that but the number one reasons is that it would be very hard for them to resist making it a kids movie since the movie would be all about kids.

  4. Someday ,
    another Bond film will break Quantums record.
    Records are made to be broken.

  5. They need to do these comparisons adjusting for inflating ticket prices. I still remember watching movies for under $3…

  6. @ Niall

    Thunderballs domestic gross would equal about 538 million today which would put it just ahead of TDK…Moonraker would have generated about 200 million in domestic box office adjusted for inflation..taking into account worldwide box office adjusted for inflation and a lot of the Bond films would surpass QoS..Bottom line is that QoS never put as near as many butts in seats as many other Bond films..

    Cheers

  7. I agree with Daniel F. However, I hoped that someone someday would bring Ender’s Game to the Big-Screen. As long as they would stick as close to the book as possible and not leave out any of the philisophical aspects of the book, it could make for a great movie… for me at least!

  8. Mutant Chronicles comes out April 24th? That’s the day the greatest man in America was born! Cool! :-)