Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: February 20, 2011

This weekend:

The Box office is Unknown; Hailee Steinfeld is Forgotten; Sarah Jessica Parker talks Sex and the City 3; Darren Aronofsky floats his boat with Noah; Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy tackle werewolves with Sharp Teeth and Who are The History Keepers?

Box Office

Liam Neeson looks set to top the box office over the weekend with his latest action-thriller. Unknown (read our review) sees the Irish star kicking butt in Europe (not unlike Taken), the Joel Silver produced film will collect around $26 million over the Presidents' Day long weekend (or $21.8 million for the three days).

Elton John musical Gnomeo and Juliet should see $25 million over the long weekend ($19.4 million for three days), upping its gross to $56 million.

Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston’s Just Go with It grossed an impressive estimated $21 million for its second weekend (it'll take about $18 million Friday to Sunday). It would appear that audiences are in fact going with it.

i am number 4 fails to reach number 1

I Am Number Four (read our review) made a relatively lacklustre debut with a predicted $21 million over the long weekend ($19.5 for the three days). The adaptation of the young adult novel was seen as a franchise starter in the vein of Twilight. Alex Pettyfer has been billed as the next “next big thing” so it’ll be interesting to see where his career goes from here.

Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son opened to an estimated $19 million over the weekend. There’s really not a lot I can say about this. I mean really – Big Momma’s House 3?

Justin Bieber’s Never Say Neverdropped to six. The concert film should bring in an estimated $16.8 million for a $51.7 million total. Budgeted at only $13 million it looks like this will be pretty profitable for Bieber and Paramount.

The King's Speech crossed the $100 million point at the box office over the weekend. The Oscar nominated film upped its gross to $104 million.

The Eagle and The Roommate both brought in around $4 million. The Roman action film now has a $15 million cumulative gross, while The Roommate has banked over $33 million.

No Strings Attached rounded out the top ten with a $3.5 million take. The comedy has now scored an impressive $66 million.

Movie News

1. Paramount Pictures picked up the rights to Cat Patrick’s novel Forgotten. The studio bought the novel so that it can be a starring vehicle for True Grit’s Hailee Steinfeld.


According to Deadline:

“Steinfeld will play London Lane, a 16-year old whose memory is erased at 4:33 every night. The following morning, all she can remember are events from her future. After meeting a new boy at school, London becomes frustrated that she can't seem to find him in her memory of things to come.”

So, it’s Memento meets Groundhog Day – for Twilighters.

Source: Deadline

2. Sarah Jessica Parker has been talking about... Sex and the City 3. The good news is that, if it does come to fruition, it’ll be in about five years time.

will there be sex and the city 3?

Speaking to The LA Times Parker said:

"I'd definitely tell that [third] story, and I know Michael would do it right. But maybe not now. Maybe in five years, you know?"

When talk turned to a potential prequel the actress didn’t appear to be so enthusiastic:

"I was like, ‘Wha-a-a-a-t?’ There are a lot of important and interesting stories that 21-year-olds can tell. I don't begrudge any 21-year-old the opportunity to tell their stories. They prove to us on an everyday basis that they're interesting. Even their narcissism is interesting. Even their inertia is interesting. Even their tonal speech patterns are interesting.

But I don't think we can pretend to go back. It's creating two histories. It's like, 'Oh I didn't know that about Carrie Bradshaw.' "

Parker should go and have a chat with George Lucas.

Source: LA Times

3. Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky has been talking about his potential Noah’s Ark story, Noah.

The director is quoted by Movie Web as saying:

"(He was the) first environmentalist. (The) first person to plant vineyards, drink wine and get drunk. I was stunned going back and realizing how dirty some of those stories are. They're not PG in any way. They're all about sleeping with your brother's sister who gives you a child who you don't know. That kind of stuff got censored out of our religious upbringing."

Sounds like it’s not going to be an easy sell. Will studios just say "There's Noah way that we're going to make this?"

Aronofsky’s next film is The Wolverine with Hugh Jackman.

Source: Movie Web

4. Danny Boyle is coming off the critical success of 127 Hours and, aside from his Frankenstein theatre commitments, his future as a director is relatively clear. However, it looks like he may re-team with writer Simon Beaufoy for werewolf-gang film Sharp Teeth.

The script will be based on the poem by Toby Barlow.

According to Beaufoy:

“If I write it well enough, he’ll direct it. It’s a very extraordinary mix of gangland Los Angeles—Compton, the Watts Towers area—really, really rough, a lot of shootings. And the difference with this particular piece of work is that these gangs can shape-shift at will into packs of dogs. So it’s a police procedural mixed with a werewolf film. If you get it wrong, it’s a disaster. If you get right, it will be extraordinary.”

It sounds a bit like the 1981 Albert Finney film, Wolfen.

Source: In Contention

5. Working Title has purchased the rights The History Keepers. The childrens novel is being pitched as “Harry Potter meets Doctor Who.”

According to Deadline:

“The novel follows a boy whose parents have been kidnapped not only to another part of the world but another time completely. Fourteen-year-old Jake Djones must travel backwards and forwards in time from present-day London to 19th century France and 16th century Venice trying to find his mum and dad.”


Source: Deadline

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

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