Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: September 7, 2008

Published 7 years ago by , Updated January 23rd, 2013 at 7:44 pm,

Another Sunday brings another Weekend Movie News Wrap Up.

This week:

We look at the weekend box office and why Robert De Niro doesn’t like the Edge of Darkness, Spike Lee and Denzel Washington make a sequel, we get to see Where the Wild Things Are, Russell Crowe goes Holmes and Tom Cruise might go to Florence.

Weekend Box Office

It looks like Nic Cage will capture the weekend with a pretty low $8 million dollars for Bangkok Dangerous. The film wasn’t screened for critics and it looks like the public didn’t like the look of Cage’s hair. Tropic Thunder managed another $2.1 million on Friday, so the film should shoot up close to $7 million over the weekend. The Dark Knight should manage another $5 million this weekend bringing its total to a mighty $511 million.  Don Cheadle’s Traitor dropped 40% on the second weekend and the film should have bagged a total of  $17 million come Monday morning. Meanwhile Vin Diesel must be pretty unhappy with Babylon A.D’s 62% drop. The film might muster another $4 million by the end of Sunday. Ouch.

Movie News

1. Robert De Niro has pulled out of Martin Campbell’s Edge of Darkness. The Mel Gibson starrer started shooting on August 18, and De Niro did less than a week’s work on the film.

De Niro’s spokesman said:

“Sometimes things don’t work out; it’s called creative differences.”

The role will be recast, and the film will shoot around De Niro’s departure. It’ll be tough to replace an actor like De Niro, so it will be interesting to see who will fill his shoes.

Source: Latino Review

2. Spike Lee is going to direct a follow-up to his hit film The Inside Man. The original film starred Denzel Washington, Clive Owen and Jodie Foster.

It looks like Owen and Washington will return in the Terry George penned sequel, but the film will take a different slant on the characters and a new setting. It has a working title of…Inside Man 2. Original.

Who would have thought that Denzel and Lee would ever make a sequel?

Source: CHUD

3. Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are finally has a new release date. The pic should finally be released on October 16, 2009. The film has seen a huge amount of trouble in its production, from disastrous special effects through to horrendous test screenings and reshoots. The adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s children’s book stars Catherine Keener, Benicio Del Toro and Forest Whitaker. That is – if any of their characters survive the reshoots and re-editing.

Source: Comingsoon.net

4. With Nottingham delayed Russell Crowe has some time on his hands. According to Latino Review it looks like the Gladiator star may sign up to Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes. Nope, it’s not as Dr Watson as previously speculated, but Holmes’ nemesis Professor James Moriarty. Very interesting.

Latino Review also state that 300 star Gerard Butler was offered the role of Watson, but he declined. Robert Downey Jr will play the titular detective.

As a Sherlock Holmes fan I’m quite interested in how this is shaping up.

Source: Latino Review

5. It wouldn’t be Sunday without a bit of Tom Cruise news! The indecisive couch-jumper has yet another script sitting on his “to do” pile. Cruise and United Artists have bought the rights to The Monster of Florence a book about eight murders which took place in Florence from 1968 to 1985.

The events inspired Thomas Harris’ Hannibal, which is a rather unfortunate thing as the film is terrible.  It sounds like the makings of a pretty great thriller, and if it’s half as good as Zodiac then it should be something special.

The film will be penned by Cruise’s Valkyrie writer Chris McQuarrie, and the top gun will decide if he will take a lead role when he reads a draft of the script.

Come on Tom – choose a film already!

Source: Variety

That’s it for another week!

See you at the movies.

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  1. There calling this the worst weekend for movies in 7 years. Lol,,,

    Ghost Rider 2 would pull down more than 8mil. Looks like another stupid film takes it in the BO!
    Keep on greenlighting crap films Hollywood. Nice work !!!!!

    (Case in Point)
    Sherlock Holmes,,,
    will be something I avoid like the time when my friend invited me to take a trip in his time machine back to 1709. (Who gives a crap!??). Good thing Crowe is in it, I won’t see it for sure. Can’t believe RDJ is wasting his talent on such a tired story, and character.
    Friend of mine, says a rumor is about to break that MCG wants to direct a Blade Runner remake.
    What a pompous aas he is…
    I so hope T4 ruins that mans career.

  2. I only believe in remakes if it’s of not-so-good movies that had a creative and otherwise promising story and premise that was ruined by other factors such as poor acting/directing or budget reasons. But remaking actual good movies, I don’t know about that.

    I know you are sick of Batman, but the remaking of Batman was a great thing. Batman is a good character, and it’s unfortunate the last two Batman films prior to the remakes completely ruined it. Damn you George Clooney and Val Kilmer!! lol

    Remaking the Bond franchise was good too. Not that Sean Connery and the others were not good, but there are just so many sequels that it was starting to get tired. To perfectly illustrate this just look at the Pierce Brosnan Bond films. Just terrible, well, except for Goldeneye, that was pretty decent. But the rest, they were just way too ridiculous and everything relied way too much on coincidence and gadgets.

    But I heard rumors of a Red Dawn and Robocop remake, and now you’re talking about a Blade Runner remake… Come on, you can’t remake those, they are classics!!

  3. But I do hope T4 will be good. The only reason why I’m not completely against it is because they promised to stick to the source material. And by source, I mean the REAL source material set by James Cameron. And from what I hear, Cameron does seem to have some positive thoughts on this film and was even the one who referred Sam Worthington to McG. So hopefully that is a good sign. Unless he really hated working with Worthington and sent him to McG as a joke on him, lol.

  4. Tellin ya the guys a d-bag,,,


  5. McG remake Blade Runner?
    Good job this site has a no swearing policy or this post would be nothing but!
    If that ever comes to pass… I can’t even bear the thought.
    Mind you, hasn’t Scott remade himself already, with the different versions?
    Just no need for that.

    Also Crowe as Moriarty? Surely you need someone much more devlish and cunning than him.

  6. Lol Steven, yeah I think there’s like 5 cuts of Blade Runner already.
    I recently picked up and watched the “Final Cut” and it was the best cut.

    What was the prob with Harry Kim ???

  7. Is the “final cut” only on that big collection that was just released? Or is there a cheaper way for me to see it?

    Also, why are you asking about Harry Kim??? lol

  8. Russell Crowe as Moriarty? Er, Romper Stomper + A Beautiful Mind?

    I’m an incredibly big fan on Mr. Holmes (pre-Return) and the upcoming film just sounds more and more ridiculous. RDJ needs to stick to what he’s good at before he starts to ruin movies like a lot of washed up actors these days.

    An action-oriented Holmes film? How would that work? On any level?


  9. I think Russell Crowe would make a GREAT Moriarty! He was chilling in 3:10 to Yuma and proved he could play a ruthless bad guy. I also like RDJ as Holmes. This project really interests me.

  10. I’m a big fan of the Holmes books and I think that the time is right for a new Holmes movie.

    If it gets a few people reading the books then the film was worth while.