Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: November 30, 2008

Published 6 years ago by , Updated January 23rd, 2013 at 7:47 pm,

Hope you had a good Thanksgiving. This weekend the news wrap up features:

What hit the top of the box office; Oldboy gets a scriptwriter; Genesis: Apes is real; there will be a New Moon in March and Hugh Jackman discusses the end of Wolverine.

Box Office

The box office was dominated by Four Christmases over the Thanksgiving weekend. The Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon film should bank about $46 million over the five day weekend. Ho Ho Ho!

Last week’s number one film – Twilight dropped one place this week, but should manage another $40 million over the five days.

Animated Disney effort Bolt should bark up another $35 million over the weekend, while Quantum of Solace should manage another $30 million over the five days.

Baz Lurhmann’s 3 hour epic Australia underperformed with a five day weekend take of just $20 million. The Hugh Jackman – Nicole Kidman film cost $140 million to produce, and it’ll need amazing word of mouth if it’s going to be profitable.

Transporter 3 starring Jason Statham should manage about $18 million over the five days ensuring that he will keep making modestly budgeted and modestly successful action pics.

Movie News

1. Mark Protosevich will write Steven Spielberg’s adaptation/remake of Oldboy.

Protosevich wrote the original script for Will Smith starrer I Am Legend (which is supposed to be fantastic) and an unmade Batman 5 called Batman Triumphant (back in the Schumacher days) that featured the Scarecrow.

Will this version of Oldboy be any good?

Who knows, but I am intrigued to see how it turns out.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

2. We told you before that an odd prequel/origin story to the original Planet of The Apes was in development at Fox titled Genesis: Apes, but that it might never see the light of day. However it now looks like things are moving along at a relatively nice pace.

Tom Rothman recently spoke about the film on the Fox Move Channel. The executive said this:

“We are very close at Fox on a new Apes script- this one a kind of prequel story before the first story, with a return to the social thematics that mark the first one, but with an entirely contemporary setting – Earth 2009.”

Source: CHUD

3. New Moon – the sequel to smash hit film Twilight is set to go before cameras this coming March.

Kristen Stewart has revealed that the film will shoot (partly) in Italy:

“A lot of the book takes place in Italy, and I think we’re going to get to go to Italy, which is so cool. For a while there, they were like, Oh, we don’t know if we have the money, but now I think we may have the money!”

A pay rise and a Holiday – it’s nice work if you can get it.

Source: Shock Til You Drop

4. Aussie superstar Hugh Jackman has recently discussed de-clawing Wolverine if the character’s solo feature underperforms at the box office.

Speaking to Moviehole; Jackman said:

”If it’s clear to us on May second or third that that’s gone, then I’ll walk away happily. I’m not going to flog something – or flog a dead horse, or try and make movies that people don’t really want to go and see. I have no interest in that. Even no matter how much I love the character. So there are many prerequisites”.

He also said that a return to the character would depend on the right script:

“There’s a few story lines that are running my head which I think would be really cool, but unless the script is right, then I just don’t see the point in doing it. I’m probably at the point in my career where I don’t need it. And the last thing I want to do is just to push it on people, if it doesn’t warrant a full feature movie.”

I’m sure a $20 million pay day might help too.

Source: Moviehole

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

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  1. A stupid dog cartoon beat Australia…

    Lol,,, :-)

    Save your money Kidman, I think your career is over,,,

  2. The funniest thing is that people were saying that they think this movie will beat Titanic and become the most epic film ever, lmao!!!

  3. I really really want a different movie other than Titanic to be the most epic film ever, There is still a glimmer of hope when The Dark Knight will be released in January.

  4. Yah, that’s fair for a movie to be released twice. Maybe they should release Titanic again after that, lol.

    Plus, as much as I think Titanic should not be the biggest movie ever, TDK doesn’t deserve it either. They should re-release Terminator 2 before T4 to see if that will get some hype going. And that movie definitely deserves it in my opinion. I SAID IN MY OPINION OLD MAN!!! :-D

  5. Oh, and Vic, is something wrong with the email notifications? I’m not getting ANY from screen rant anymore… I get other email so my email works, it’s still that yahoo one, and I’ve checked my spam folder and don’t see anything from SR in there either…

  6. The,” T2″ extended cut is definitly better then “Titanic”….

  7. The T2 any cut is better than Titanic…

    Heck, the cyberdyne systems action scene alone was better than Titanic…

  8. Is anyone else having problems with receiving comment emails?


  9. Mine seems to work, Vic.

    Genesis: Apes; is this the prequel to the last Planet of the Apes? If so, that film took place on another planet. Sure, the general some how made it to earth around the time of Abraham Lincoln and took over; maybe this Genesis has something to do with that.

    790, I actually enjoyed Bolt with my 2 boys.

    Well, if things progress with Wolverine like I have been reading and hearing about, then Hugh won’t be doing anymore if he stays true to his comments above; the current production looks bad to me.

  10. @Ken J

    I subbed to this post and I just received an email update when John added his comment.


  11. @790 1st comment

    Fox is confident it is just hitting a slow phase and Australia will do better soon. I highly doubt it though. Everyone that I have talked to that saw that movie said they wished they had that 3 hours of their life back.

  12. So Jess what about my 2nd comment,,, are you a T2 hater, or a Titanic lover ???


  13. I don’t know what’s up then. Is there like a limit to how many subscriptions I can have or something? Because I haven’t cleaned my list up of the old threads or anything. My email works fine, and I’ve even tried going to the manage subscriptions page and re-entered my email address, still nothing… Still nothing in my spam folder…

  14. @Ken J

    I commented on this in today’s Open Discussion post. Yahoo is banning emails sent from my server so it’s not you. I’m working on getting the situation resolved.


  15. As much as I love a good love story, I dont like one that is over 3 hours!! I can be happily called a titanic hater :)

    As for T2, Im on the boundry of liking it or hating it. Not a huge fan but I could say that I enjoyed it.