Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: October 12, 2008

Published 7 years ago by , Updated September 12th, 2013 at 9:28 pm,

It’s that time of the week again.

This week we see who is riding high at the box office; Hex marks the spot for Josh Brolin; Eric Bana is Armored; Frank Darabont isn’t a Law Abiding Citizen and we discover what Robert Downey Jr looks like as Sherlock Holmes.

Box Office

This week Beverly Hills Chihuahua remained top dog with a second week gross of around $18 million. Frightener flick Quarantine opened strongly in second place with a solid $14 million, while Ridley Scott’s Leonardo DiCaprio/ Russell Crowe starrer Body of Lies bowed to $13 million. That’s gotta hurt. Scott, Crowe and Di Caprio don’t come cheap, so the film will have to scoop some major award nods to help it make some solid bank. Having said that; with the film’s pedigree there should be some big international numbers to help off-set the lacklustre US gross. The Dennis Quaid/ Rob Brown (no relation) inspirational sports film The Express dropped the ball with a mild $5 million weekend. The Bill Murray kids Pic City of Ember tanked with a pathetic $3 million gross. A shame really – but its failure might just make Ghostbusters 3 happen. Meanwhile Shia La Boeuf’s Eagle Eye has flown to $70 million.

Movie News

1. Word on the street is that former Goonie and No Country for Old Men star Josh Brolin is apparently locked and loaded to play Jonah Hex in a film adaptation of the comic book of the same name, that is to be titled…er…Jonah Hex.

Earlier in the year Thomas Jane pitched for the role – even going so far as to produce photographs to persuade the filmmakers. Alas, they don’t seem to have taken the bait.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Thomas Jane ain’t going to be happy.

Source: Holywood Elsewhere

2. One time Hulk Eric Bana will star in Armored, a remake of the French film Le Convoyeur.

The adaptation was written by David Ayer and Andrew Kevin Walker. According to Variety:

“(The) Story follows a man who takes a job for an armored car company and ingratiates himself with his co-workers, who trust him enough to make him part of their heist plans. Unbeknownst to his colleagues, the man had his own motives for taking the job.”

F. Gary Grey will helm the pic, which will net Bana $7.5 million. However, the deal does rely on scheduling – the film starts shooting on April 1st (that’s no joke), but Bana will have press duties for Star Trek in May.

Oh, and the film should more than likely undergo a title change!

Source: Variety

3. Forrest Whitaker will star in and direct a biopic of Louis Armstrong. The film titled It’s a Wonderful World (original) hopes to follow in the critical and box office success of Walk the Line and Ray.

Sounds like solid casting. Let’s just hope when Forrest comes down to editing the movie he doesn’t feel that we have all the time in the world. Ahem.

Source: Variety

4. Wanna see Robert Downey Jr as Sherlock Holmes?

Does anybody else think Chaplin?

Source: Just Jared

That’s it for this week. See you at the movies.

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  1. Robert Downey Jr. looks really sexy being Sherlock Holmes! I LOVE RDJ! But I don’t really think he looks like Sherlock. But I don’t really know what the real Sherlock looks like. I still love RDJ!

  2. Every drawing, every filmic adaptation of Sherlock has been of a tall, somewhat gaunt-faced stringbean of a fellow; honestly, the bowler hat is more a Dr. Watson chapeau.

    The only round-faced Holmes would be the one even SHERLOCK describes as his intellectual superior; his brother Mycroft Holmes. Why then, you ask, is Mycroft not better known than his brother? To quote Sherlock himself, in “The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter”: “…he has no ambition and no energy. He will not even go out of his way to verify his own solutions, and would rather be considered wrong than take the trouble to prove himself right. Again and again I have taken a problem to him, and have received an explanation which has afterwards proved to be the correct one. And yet he was absolutely incapable of working out the practical points…”

    (Yes, I am a devout Holmes fan)

  3. I’m with Dan, this is NOT Sherlock Holmes, even Chaplin looked better

  4. I am not going to judge the photo without knowing the context of the scene .
    Holmes has been known to don a disguise or two .

  5. Body of Lies tanked,,,that’s a 100+mil budget btw.
    Dosnt look like there gonna make that back.

    Wow how about “Quarantine”.
    That film had a budget of 12mil and it broke 14mil this weekend… Wow that’s a huge hit for Screen Gems.

    (Just fyi)
    I’m going to be posting some breaking news concerning the producers of “Quarantine” on movieguys.org, in the next day or so… ;-)

  6. It’s got to be a Holmes disguise. Look at that giant beverage blending him in to the other ordinary folk on the street.

  7. I thought the same, a disguise. It is certainly not a Holmes look, so must assume this is a snapshot of him as something else.
    However, the fact Ritchie is helming this does make me worry.

    Also, I really love the idea of RDJ being Mycroft Holmes. That works so much better. Could be more original then too.

  8. The disguise theory is certainly plausible considering these images were not released by the studio but are spy shots.


  9. Steven-The only problem with a Mycroft Holmes is that he functions in much the same manner as Nero Wolfe; neither will actually trouble themselves to leave their preferred domicile/hangout in order to go to the murder/crime scene for firsthand observation (except in rare circumstance)…both are quick-intellects imprisoned by choice in rather rotund physical forms…thus relying upon the services of their legmen to ferret the details out and bring them back to be assembled.

    Mycroft had Sherlock as his occasional legman, just as Nero Wolfe had Archie Goodwin.

  10. Guy Ritchie has said,that he wants to”introduce…….authentic to the narrative.”I hope that doesn’t mean that he’s going to give us a more common,everyday 19th century man,instead of the exceptional and eccentric character Sir Arthur Connan Doyle created Holmes to be.

  11. Hmmm, authentic?
    Chris Nolan authentic?

  12. Looking at that still, I’d say he’s in disguise, something Holmes was something of an expert at… He can’t be Mycroft, as although Mycroft is even smarter than Sherlock, he’s rather sedentary, and can’t be bothered putting in the effort to do much. He certainly isn’t likely to be out in disguise, strolling down a street! (Nero Wolfe is rumoured to be based on him.)

  13. I think it’s a between-scenes shot. As far as authenticity, the deerstalker cap and meerschaum were stage affectations, not props Doyle wrote of. He does appear to be a bit bummish for Holmes in this shot.