Go ninja, go ninja, GO! The Weinsteins are partnering with Warner Brothers to distribute the next Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie, a CGI extravaganza said to be "grittier than its predecessors". That first trilogy grossed $256 million in the 90s. Harvey and Bob say: "Reintroducing the Ninja Turtles in an animated
movie will enable the filmmakers to fully realize the adventure and
humor of the property." I'm sure Vanilla Ice is probably available, if they want him to reprise the first sequel's theme song...
Revelations from Comic Con: Lucasfilm confirmed that the Star Wars animated series is in production (expect to see it sometime in 2007); the Tenacious D movie has better buzz than King Kong; and by the time the "six actresses who played the bridesmaids in New Line's The Wedding Crashers" showed up, it was proof positive that Hollywood has finally figured out that an audience obsessive enough to make their own Stormtrooper costumes is worth courting with any product.
As it expanded to Germany, the UK and select Asian markets, Madagascar cleaned up in a big way this weekend on the international box office chart. With $31 million on 5,100 screens, it crushed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which earned $4 million at just a handful of engagements in France, star Johnny Depp's adopted home.
Like or not, someone apparently thinks Brett Ratner deserves to keep working. Brian Grazer has hired the Rush Hour helmer to direct a buddy heist movie starring Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock for Universal.