Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: March 1st, 2009

This week:

Madea is the champ at the box office; Jim Carrey and Jake Gyllenhaal sing; Zorro meets Woody; Original Films remakes Total Recall and Arthur will have something to say soon.

Box Office

Tyler Perry's Madea Goes To Jail stayed locked up in the top spot with an estimated weekend take of $16 million.

Jonas Brothers: 3-D Concert Experience underperformed with an estimated weekend take of about $12.5 million. Not bad for a film showing on only 1, 271 screens, but the film was expected to gross double that!

Slumdog Millionaire rides the train of Oscar success and manages another $12 million for a $115 million total. Expect Danny Boyle to do whatever he pleases for his next film.

Liam Neeson's Taken continues to impress with another $9 million in the bank. So far Taken taken over $100 million.

He's Just Not That Into You, Coraline and Paul Blart: Mall Cop all managed about another $5-6 million each while Street Fighter: The Legend Of Chun Li was pummelled at the box office with a dismal $4.5 million opening. Expect to see Kristin Kreuk back on Smallville soon.

Movie News

1. In some totally bizarre casting news Jim Carrey and Jake Gyllenhaal will star in a new film version of Damn Yankees. What's odd about that I hear you say?

Well, it's a musical!

According to Variety:

"Damn Yankees, which bowed on Broadway in 1955 and won seven Tony Awards, focuses on Joe Boyd, a happily married middle-aged man whose devotion to a hapless pro baseball team prompts him to make a Faustian bargain with the devil to help the team. He's transformed into slugger Joe Hardy, in exchange for Boyd's soul. Boyd can break the deal, but the deadline occurs during the World Series. For good measure, the devil engages Lola, a gorgeous lost soul, to seduce the slugger and seal his fate."

Source: Variety

2. Antonio Banderas has signed on to Woody Allen's new and as yet untitled film.

The Zorro actor will join the star packed cast that includes,  Josh Brolin, Naomi Watts, Anthony Hopkins and Slumdog Millionaire's Freida Pinto.

The film will shoot in London this summer.

3. An unnecessary remake of Arnold Schwarzenegger's Total Recall is in the works at Columbia. The irony of the story being that the film is being produced by Neil Moritz's Original Films.

The original film was based on the Philip K. Dick story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale.

What next, a reboot of Schwarzenegger's Terminator?

Source: Hollywood Reporter

4. While we're talking about remakes - Peter Baynham has been hired to write the remake of Arthur. The film about a drunken millionaire is being developed as a starring vehicle for UK comedian Russell Brand.

Baynham co-wrote Borat and Sacha Baron Cohen's forthcoming Bruno.

Source: Variety

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

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