According to the trade, Variety, Iron Man star and current Hollywood “It” guy, Robert Downey Jr., has been cast as Sherlock Holmes in the Guy Ritchie (Snatch) directed film of the same name. The movie, being described as a straight drama with heroic elements, will go into production before the recently announced Judd Apatow produced comedic version. That untitled movie will star Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat) who will play Holmes and Will Ferrell (Step Bros) who will play Dr Watson. I must say it’s good to see Downey Jr. finally hit it big in the business – he’s reportedly in talks to do a whole slew of cool projects including Cowboys vs Aliens, a bio pic based on the life of Hugh Hefner and the sequel to Iron Man. Downey’s quirky screen presence should add a lot of juice to the Sherlock Holmes story.
Anticipation is at the boiling point for Warner Bros. The Dark Knight as advanced ticket sales are reportedly selling at a frantic pace. It’s pretty clear when it comes to a Batman movie it’s all about the Joker. Just as in the case of Tim Burton’s 1989 original ( and still the highest grossing Batman movie) which featured Nicholson’s famous interpretation of the comic book villain, mainstream America, and not just Batman fans, will line up to see this iconic character on the big screen. July 18th is the day of reckoning!
7/3 HANCOCK – Critical reaction has been wildly split on this Will Smith anti-superhero movie. It’s based on an edgy novel titled Tonight He Comes. Some seem to love it, some seem to hate it. There’s no doubt it will have a sizable opening as Smith is as sure a thing at the box office as Paris Hilton is on a first date.
7/11 HELL BOY 2 The Golden Army – Advance reviews on the Guillermo Del Toro directed sequel have been terrific. I enjoyed the original Hell Boy and think Ron Perlman is nothing short of fantastic as the cult comic book character. Having said that, I still think its 85 mill budget is a gamble for Universal as this one, like the first, might not radiate to moviegoers outside its small core fan base. Even so – I won’t miss it.
JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH – Advance reviews have been surprisingly very positive on this movie which was shot in 3-D and specifically made as a movie going thrill ride. Don’t go in expecting a direct remake of the James Mason version. Brendon Fraser stars and this looks to be a good summer for Fraser as Mummy 3 also hits the theaters in August.
DAVE – Just going by its trailer, this looks like another why are you doing this Eddie Murphy high concept comedy? Of course we know why he’s doing this – for the big paycheck. Did I mention he’s once again playing multiple characters? Dave would have to be truly great to erase the bad taste of his Norbit disaster.
7/18 DARK KNIGHT – Advance reviews are so insanely great that it’s given me chills. I don’t think I have been this excited to see a movie in quite some time. It’s one of those movies I know I’ll just have to see multiple times in a theater. See the trailers in my other Dark Knight posts.
MAMMA MIA – I’m hoping its summers Hairspray. I love the trailer. Here’s a look. View Trailer
X-FILES: I Want to Believe – This second big screen movie will have to be really good to get people excited. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson star.
Overall July looks to be a good one!