Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: October 12, 2008

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 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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