Week-in-review: Weekend Box Office, Kevin Smith’s He-Man Reboot and Stephen King’s The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

    Hobbs & Shaw Defeated by a Bunch of Good Boys! 

    In its inaugural weekend, Universal’s comedy Good Boys grossed $21,4 million. This raunchy tale follows the misadventures of a trio of six-graders – played in the film by Brady Noon, Jacob Tremblay and Keith Williams – as they try to get invited to a party hosted by their more popular classmates. Good Boys is a directorial debut of the comedy screenwriter Gene Stupnitsky, who also co-wrote the script with his long-time collaborator Lee Eisenberg. Both of them earned their comedic chops while writing for the NBC’s mockumentary sitcom The Office.

    After two weeks at the top, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw dropped to the second place at the weekend box office, earning $14,2 million. Not to worry though, since this action film already earned over $440 million worldwide. But this is nothing compared to the success of Lion King. After five weeks in cinemas, Disney’s remake of its 1994 animated film is still in the third place. It earned $12,3 million, bringing its total global earnings over $1,4 billion. Unlike Lion King, The Angry Birds Movie 2 was far less successful. In its opening weekend, Sony’s latest animated feature film landed in the fourth place, grossing a mere $10,3 million. Finally, Lionsgate’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is in the fifth place of the last weekend’s box office with just a bit over $10 million. All of this data comes courtesy of the Box Office Mojo. 

    Kevin Smith Working on a New He-Man Cartoon 

    Director and screenwriter Kevin Smith (Chasing Amy, Dogma, Mallrats) is currently working on a new He-Man and the Masters of the Universe animated series for Netflix. According to the Geek Tyrant, Smith will be a show-runner and an executive producer of the show called Masters of the Universe: Revelation. Its story will be developed by Marc Bernardin (Alphas), Eric Carrasco (Supergirl), Diya Mishra (Magic: The Gathering) and Tim Sheridan (Reign of the Supermen). The animation work will be done by Powerhouse Animation, the studio behind the popular Castlevania animated series.

    As per the show’s official synopsis, Masters of the Universe: Revelation will serve as a sequel to the original 1980s He-Man cartoon. After a devastating final battle between the forces of good and evil, Teela has to find the missing Sword of Power and uncover the mysteries of the Castle Grayskull before evil forces destroy the universe.

    In the 1980s, Filmation produced two seasons and over 130 episodes of the cartoon series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, following the adventures of heroic warrior He-Man as he battled sinister schemes of dreaded Skeletor. There were two attempts to revive the series, first with The New Adventures of He-Man in 1990 and then with He-Man and the Masters of the Universe in 2002. However, none of these shows were especially popular with kids. Maybe third time’s a charm?

    The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon to Become a Movie

    Yet Another Stephen King’s novel is being turned into a movie. This time, it’s his 1999 novel The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. According to The Hollywood Reporter, late, great George A. Romero had plans to direct this adaptation. However, first the project stalled and then Romero died in 2017. Now, it’s his former wife Chris Romero who will take on the production alongside Vertigo Films’ Jon Berg (who produced movies like Aquaman and Wonder Woman) and Roy Lee who, among many other titles, helped produce both It movies. The company has just begun looking for the screenwriters and a director.

    George A. Romero became famous by single-handedly creating the zombie horror sub-genre in the late 1960s. In 1982 Romero directed a horror anthology film Creepshow based on Stephen King’s screenplay. Then, in 1993, he adapted King’s horror novel The Dark Half into a movie featuring Timothy Hutton (The Haunting of Hill House) and Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy).

    The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is a psychological horror about Trisha McFarland, a nine-year-old girl who gets lost in the woods during a hiking trip with her family. Alone and scared, Trisha wonders around the wilderness looking for any sign of civilization. As she grows tired and hungry, Trisha begins to believe she’s being followed by a mysterious monster she refers to as The God of the Lost.

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