Bio Pics have been successful for two things: They rake in box-office money and bait in Oscar noms for its celebs. Word has it that a certain number of actresses from Reese Witherspoon to Elizabeth Olsen are gunning for the much coveted role of a young Hilary Clinton.
Films opening this week include Robin Hood (with Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett), Letters to Juliet (Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Redgrave), and Just Wright (Queen Latifah, Common). If those don’t interest you, there’s Iron Man 2, which looks as exciting and fast-paced as the first one, and with great graphics to boot. There’s also Clash of the Titans for a bit of Ray Harryhausen-inspired fun, The Losers for a gritty adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name, or A Nightmare on Elm Street, if you want a knuckle-gripping fright.
Upcoming films/ roles include: Mary J. Blige in a bio-pic about singer Nina Simone; both Naomi Watts and Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe, in two different films; a third Marilyn pic that explores the possibility that she was murdered; Jason Momoa as Conan; a 3D Judge Dredd; Colin Farrell and Toni Collette in a remake of the vampire flick Fright Night; Colin Farrell in the comedy Horrible Bosses, which might also have Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman; Colin Farrell and Marion Cotillard in Cosmopolis; an all-Japanese remake of Ghost; Katherine Heigl in Age of Adaline; Katherine Heigl and Jason O’Mara in One for the Money; Evangeline Lilly and Anthony Mackie in Real Steel; Kurt Russell in Undying; and a Brad Pitt/ Darren Aronofsky project, The Tiger. Oh yeah, and a Broadway musical production of Spider-Man might run after all, after numerous cast exits even before rehearsals.
While they’re mostly not listed here, there sure seems to be a lot of remakes and sequels in the works, as well as film adaptations of Japanese TV anime characters or crappy toys. Aspiring screenwriters might want to sharpen your proverbial pencils and come up with some original materials. And Hollywood wonders why less people want to go to movie theaters where they have the privilege of paying stupidly ridiculous rates for popcorn and other munchies.