You know it's a weak week for DVDs when the best American movie coming out is a new, deluxe edition of a Will Ferrell comedy. A very funny Will Ferrell comedy, true, but it's still sad. Luckily, there are a ton of foreign films coming out, too, and most of them feature gratuitous sex and violence. Week saved!
News broke today that Tyler Perry, the auteur behind Madea and everything else Tyler Perry Presents, would be taking over the role of Alex Cross (Kiss the Girls, Along Came a Spider) from Morgan Freeman in I, Alex Cross, the next film adaptation of James Patterson's series of crime novels. Which is kind of hilarious, but hey, Tyler Perry has a massive following, so we don't blame them. Nevertheless, it got us thinking of other hilarious cast replacements that could be made in established film series, and off we went. For the record: These? These we'd blame them for.
Four critically acclaimed movies come out on DVD today, all of which are required viewing. The remainder... not so much. .
This weekend's theatrical releases featured a true clash of the box-office titans. In one corner, you had the big-budget remake of the swords-and-scorpions epic; in the other corner, you had Tyler Perry; in the third corner, you had Miley Cyrus in a Nicholas Sparks movie. But did anyone doubt that Clash of the Titans, with the support of the entire Greek Pantheon (and a sizable ad budget), would win the day? It earned $64 million beginning on Thursday, and is already halfway to recouping its budget without even having opened overseas yet. While there may not be a Clash 2 in the making, we see a remake of the similarly gods-and-monsters-infused Jason and the Argonauts in the future. Release the army of skeletons!
Full disclosure: I have never seen the play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf. I have never read the book version, and I have never seen the TV-movie with Alfre Woodard. I am not a woman, nor am I black. But I have read and performed in plays, I watched a lot of after-school specials in the 1980s and I used to watch All My Children with my mother when I was little, which I think makes me perfectly qualified to say that Tyler Perry's new movie, despite extensive refurbishing, is still outdated melodrama with familiar life lessons, overly florid dialogue and too many monologues.
Tyler Perry, whom I always think of as The Busiest Man in showbiz, is about to get a little busier. The writer/director just signed a three-year first look deal with Lionsgate, wherein he has promised the studio three more films in addition to giving them first dibs on any other films of his within that time frame. The studio already has two upcoming Perry movies, The Family That Preys which comes out in September, and Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail, set for a February release, neither of which are included in the deal.