Film: Tuesday’s Special: Tomato Catchup.

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My apologies for movie updates going the way of every other update on this blog, and becoming scarce as of late.  Exceedingly busy work schedules will do that to a brother.

First order of business, CM Life has my review of Prince Caspian (forgivably credited to both myself and Foxy Frank Wisswell.  I’d apologize for bringing it to your attention this late, but the lukewarm box office, with its first weekend only sloppily beating out “Iron Man” in its third weekend, would tell me that there’s a good chance this review is in on time to be of use.

The remaining items on my agenda are a few upcoming movies that may be of interest to you, if you’re anything like me (and God help you if you are).

Cinematical had a scoop a few days ago, that “Zodiac” screenwriter just turned a “Spider-Man” script in to Sony, that, if the studio chooses to shoot, would be made into two movies, likely shot at the same time.  If this plan is taken, “Spider-Man 4” and “5” may get a “Matrix Reloaded/Revolutions” style release, six months or so apart, to garner the summer and winter audiences, or two consecutive summer releases.

Depending on when production is started, that would bring about the interesting situation of having the Marvel character of Spider-Man, whose film rights are owned by Sony, going head-to-head with Marvel-owned movies “Iron Man 2” or “The First Avenger: Captain America,” scheduled for the first weekend of May 2010 and 2011, respectively.  That same weekend has been the release date for every Spider-Man movie thus far, and Sony would probably be stubborn to give up the date, although it may result in lukewarm returns for both Sony and Marvel’s efforts.

In other superheroics, a script by “Batman Begins” scribe David Goyer called “Supermax” has been making waves in the Hollywood community, including a partial synopsis and glowing recommendation from El Mayimbe at Latino Review.  The story would have the Robin Hood-esque Green Arrow basically in the role of Clint Eastwood in “Escape From Alcatraz.”  According to Goyer, the character of Oliver Queen is only the Green Arrow for about the first ten minutes of the film, before he is framed for murder, stripped of his costume, bow and quivers, and goatee, and thrown in a super-cutting edge maximum-security prison designed specifically to house supervillains.  The prison’s population will include many villains Green Arrow helped to incarcerate.  Included will the the Checkmate organization, smalltime villains such as The Calculator, Split, Blockbuster, and reportedly cool cameos from Lex Luthor, The Joker, and The Riddler.  Whether or not such characters would be kept in continuity with current movies (portrayed as or similarly to Kevin Spacey’s Luthor and Heath Ledger’s Joker) is unknown, but this could be a seriously cool movie to take the comic-movie subgenre and turn it on its head.

Finally, Bloomberg reports that Sony has acquired the rights to and fasttracked into production a film based on R.L. Stine’s GOOSEBUMPS books.  “I Am Legend” producer Neal Moritz is attached, and little else is known, except for an expected PG rating on the film based on the “WoOooOoO! ScaAaAry!” book series.

My feelings on this reflect those of Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise:

Make it so: Whoever has taken administration duties seems to be slacking in getting comments approved for public viewing, but if you comment, I promise I will see it.  If you would like more active feedback, I recommend emailing me at canze1bj@cmich.edu

–Brad Canze, the CM Life Movie Dude

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