It is not really a surprise to anyone, least of all to The Hollywood Reporter who say that HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE beat out BRUNO and ICE AGE: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS for top spot at the box office this weekend. POTTER pulled in an impressive $159.7 million since Wednesday which surpassed the projected numbers by Warner, but did not hit the industry’s projection that it would topple the opening numbers of THE DARK KNIGHT. As for the rest of the POTTER series, the final book will be split into two movies, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1 AND PART 2, which are slated to release November 2010 and July 2011 respectively.
In other news, we have yet another 80′s cartoon coming to the big screen. Risky Business Blog reports that Atlas Entertainment have acquired the rights to the cartoon/toy property in order to make it a, you guessed it, a live action/CG feature. Mark Gordon, the producer behind THE PATRIOT and SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, and Charles Roven, of THE DARK KNIGHT fame, are taking on the project along with Mark Costa, Ford Oelman, and James Young.
Last year, the Fox-based banner put “Voltron” into turnaround, and Relativity Media came on to finance the film as part of its single-picture business. But with the option from World Events set to expire, Atlas had the opportunity to step in and acquire rights.
The success of “Transformers” has revived interest around Hollywood in similar projects (it’s likely that “Voltron” would blend in CG robots with live action in the manner of the Michael Bay hits).
In describing the property, Koplar compared it favorably to “Transformers, saying that “unlike other robotic action movies, ‘Voltron’ is the personification of the human spirit, a quality that will set this movie apart.”