Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: April 04, 2010

This week:

Titans Clash at the box office, Baywatch swims against the cinematic tide; Wolves are the new Vampires; Curtis Hanson is a Maverick; Sofia Vergara is a Smurf and there's a Hole is the late summer/ early Fall release slate.

Box Office

Clash of the Titans led the box office over the weekend with a massive $62 million gross since its debut on Thursday. The Sam Worthington effects-driven remake saw a solid start, but the road ahead looks rocky considering the bad word of mouth over the film's 3D effect. They'll probably still make a sequel though.

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Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too was the bridesmade over the weekend after grossing an impressive $30 million. A Perry film always has a built in audience, and this one was no different. They're also cheap, meaning that this will be very profitable.

How To Train Your Dragon was third with another $28 million in the bank. After last weekend's soft start, it looks like this might have some legs.

Nicholas Sparks is so money at the box office these days!  His name, coupled with Miley Cyrus', helped The Last Song bank $28 million since it debuted five days ago.

Alice In Wonderland upped its total to just under $310 million after taking in about $8.5 million over the weekend. As a huge Tim Burton fan, I have to say that it's a terrible, terrible film.

Hot Tub Time Machine continued to fail to find an audience. The John Cusack comedy has now grossed about $27 million.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid has now banked about $47 million, while The Bounty Hunter is now slightly above that. The Jennifer Aniston/ Gerard Butler romantic comedy should top out under $60 million.

She's Out Of My League moved towards the $30 million mark, while Shutter Island has now edged up to$124 million.

Green Zone has now dropped out of the top ten - it'll never see $40 million.

Also outside of the top ten was The Ghost Writer. The Roman Polanski directed, Ewan McGregor/ Pierce Brosnan starrer has now banked $11 million from 656 locations.

Movie News

1. Get out the orange swim suit because it looks like Baywatch: The Movie might finally be on the way.

Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka are now working for Paramount Pictures on a script for the film, which was originally going to be a Dreamworks release, with Eli Roth in charge.

It's expected that the film will be a Charlie's Angels style action reboot of the original show.

Baywatch film is still in the works

The show was a massive success in the 1990's and starred David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson.

Source: Risky Business

2. David Hayter, the writer of  the first two X-Men films and Watchmen is set to make his directing debut with Wolves.

Hayter says that the film will be like “Twilight with a bit more bite to it, and without abstinence.”

He would say that wouldn't he!

The new Robert Pattinson?

Werewolves are the new vampires.

If you know what horror craze is next, you should crank yourself out a couple of cheap franchise novels and earn yourself a fortune. Then give me ten percent!

Source: Deadline

3. Walden Media has hired LA Confidential director Curtis Hanson to direct surfing drama Mavericks.

According to Variety:

"The film centers on the late Jay Moriarity and his quest to ride the iconic Northern California break known as Mavericks, where winter swells bring in treacherous waves the size of five-story buildings.

Moriarity trained for more than a year under mentor Frosty Hesson, and in the process the two forged a unique relationship that ultimately transformed both their lives. Moriarity's story remains an inspiration to surfers around the globe, who've coined the phrase, "Live like Jay."

Hanson is also attached to direct the long gestating Gemini Man. It looks like that might not happen any time soon.

Source: Variety

4. Modern Family star Sofia Vergara has joined the cast of The Smurfs.

Smurfs adds cast

"Vergara will portray Odile, a powerful executive at a high-end French cosmetics company who is the boss of the live-action character played by Neil Patrick Harris."

Raja Gosnell directs the live action / CGI hybrid.

Source:  Heat Vision

5. Joe Dante hasn't made a film in a long time. He hasn't made a great film in an even longer time.

Well, the Gremlins director has a new feature on the way called The Hole. The 3D horror may open in later summer/ early fall.

The plot  is as follows:

"After moving into a new town, brothers Dane and Lucas and their neighbor Julie discover a bottomless hole in their basement that brings their nightmares to life. With shadows lurking around every corner, they must face their darkest fears in order to put an end to the mystery of the hole."

joe dante's the hole

Source: Bloody Disgusting

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

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