Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: March 1st, 2009

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This week:

Madea is the champ at the box office; Jim Carrey and Jake Gyllenhaal sing; Zorro meets Woody; Original Films remakes Total Recall and Arthur will have something to say soon.

Box Office

Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes To Jail stayed locked up in the top spot with an estimated weekend take of $16 million.

Jonas Brothers: 3-D Concert Experience underperformed with an estimated weekend take of about $12.5 million. Not bad for a film showing on only 1, 271 screens, but the film was expected to gross double that!

Slumdog Millionaire rides the train of Oscar success and manages another $12 million for a $115 million total. Expect Danny Boyle to do whatever he pleases for his next film.

Liam Neeson’s Taken continues to impress with another $9 million in the bank. So far Taken has…er… taken over $100 million.

He’s Just Not That Into You, Coraline and Paul Blart: Mall Cop all managed about another $5-6 million each while Street Fighter: The Legend Of Chun Li was pummelled at the box office with a dismal $4.5 million opening. Expect to see Kristin Kreuk back on Smallville soon.

Movie News

1. In some totally bizarre casting news Jim Carrey and Jake Gyllenhaal will star in a new film version of Damn Yankees. What’s odd about that I hear you say?

Well, it’s a musical!

According to Variety:

Damn Yankees, which bowed on Broadway in 1955 and won seven Tony Awards, focuses on Joe Boyd, a happily married middle-aged man whose devotion to a hapless pro baseball team prompts him to make a Faustian bargain with the devil to help the team. He’s transformed into slugger Joe Hardy, in exchange for Boyd’s soul. Boyd can break the deal, but the deadline occurs during the World Series. For good measure, the devil engages Lola, a gorgeous lost soul, to seduce the slugger and seal his fate.”

Source: Variety

2. Antonio Banderas has signed on to Woody Allen’s new and as yet untitled film.

The Zorro actor will join the star packed cast that includes, ¬†Josh Brolin, Naomi Watts, Anthony Hopkins and Slumdog Millionaire’s Freida Pinto.

The film will shoot in London this summer.

3. An unnecessary remake of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Total Recall is in the works at Columbia. The irony of the story being that the film is being produced by Neil Moritz’s Original Films.

The original film was based on the Philip K. Dick story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale.

What next, a reboot of Schwarzenegger’s Terminator?

Source: Hollywood Reporter

4. While we’re talking about remakes – Peter Baynham has been hired to write the remake of Arthur. The film about a drunken millionaire is being developed as a starring vehicle for UK comedian Russell Brand.

Baynham co-wrote Borat and Sacha Baron Cohen’s forthcoming Bruno.

Source: Variety

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

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  1. I’m not against a remake of Total Recall. I love the movie and watched it countless times, but it is still a typical Arnie flick – dominated by action, special effects and Arnie lines.

    If they go for the psychological angle and explore the delusion/reality state more, I’d like to see it.

  2. Wasn’t there a TV series based on the movie at one point in time?

  3. But steve, that’s what made Total Recall so great! lol

  4. There was a tv series. Not seen much but been told it was quite good.

    I do love Total Recall, Ken. Whenever it is on, I’ll watch it. Young Sharon Stone, Johnny cabs, Michael Ironside growling at Arnie whenever he can.

    If they make a new one which is just action then there’s no point. But if someone were to try a darker and more introspective version, along the lines of Dark City and Videodrome and all that, I’d like to see it.

    I love the scene where that bloke tells him it is all a delusion and then lays out the plot depending on if he kills him, which, being Arnie, he does.
    Like to see someone go with that.

    ‘The walls of reality will come crashing down’ — shortly followed by an explosion through the wall. :D

  5. Ugh! More remakes. It’s one thing to remake a movie that is 50 years old and adding a modern spin on it, but c’mon Total Recall? The rule should be you can only make a movie after the main star of the film is dead. LOL.

  6. Oops, I meant the main star of the ORIGINAL film is dead.

  7. Hey, don’t suggest anything Andy, don’t want anyone getting any ideas for the Governator. He’s a weak politician but I still like seeing the guy on the big screen, lol.