synopsis: Will Smith is a superhero who falls out of favor with the public, so he hires a PR agent (Jason Bateman) to help him, but accidentally falls in love with the agent’s wife (Charlize Theron) in the process. out July 2nd, 2008.
lets have a look at Mr. Smith’s track record, shall we?
I Am Legend: $570, 671, 107 (and counting)
The Pursuit Of Happyness: $297, 986, 036 (and an oscar nom)
Hitch: $376, 600, 000
Shark Tale: $306,162,022
I, Robot: $342,795,350
Bad Boys 2: $261,900,000
Men In Black 2: $425,600,000
Ali: not exactly a box-office hit, but got an oscar nom for it, so that balances out.
The Legend Of Bagger Vance: lets just skip this one…..
Wild Wild West: $217,700,000
Enemy Of The State: $245,100,000
Men In Black: $587,200,000
Independence Day: $811,200,00
say what you want about the man himself, but he has an unrivaled track record, and is one of only three actors in cinema history to have seven(?!) consecutive films pass the $100 million mark, along with fellow scientologist Tom Cruise, and non-scientologist Tom Hanks.
but this film has gone through so much morphing since its conception. initially called Tonight He Comes, written by Vince Gilligan (famous for writing a couple of episodes of The X-Files. six years ago) and Vincent Ngo (famous for absolutely nothing), it was originally about a 12-year old boy who discovers he is bullet proof, has super-human strength, and the ability to fly. it was intended to be directed by Tony Scott (Enemy Of The State), until they changed the age of the lead character to his mid-30’s, and then Michael Mann (Ali) stepped in. but then he dropped out to remake Miami Vice, and the film was passed on to Jonathan Mostow (producer of Hitch, director of Terminator 3), but then he too dropped out. it then fell into the lap of Gabriele Muccino (The Pursuit Of Happyness), but he appearently freaked out at the spiraling budget, and again, another director dropped out. until July of 2007, when Peter Berg took over. and in keeping with the ancient ways of CORRECT OPINION, we have the three scale system:
Yay!: Friday Night Lights
Oh?: The Kingdom, Very Bad Things
Bah: The Rundown (aka Welcome To The Jungle)
so, what can we expect from all this messiness? well….. check out the trailer:
lots of Will Smith looking homeless and trying to help but doing more harm than good. lots of expensive looking special effects. a quarter of a fraction of a frame of Charlize Theron. and lots of Jason Bateman doing what Jason Bateman does best, i.e. playing the character played by Jason Bateman in Arrested Development.
are you excited yet? no, oddly enough, neither are we. awh well.