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It's not that long ago that a sequel that did 65% of the original's business was deemed a success. Tell that to Spider-Man today...
When Tim Burton's Batman Returns was released in the summer of 1992, Warner Bros had high hopes. It was the follow-up to his 1989 Batman movie, which had shattered the record for a film's opening weekend at the Us box office (marking the first $40m+ opening on record in the States).
Batman went on to gross $251m at the American box office alone, and is credited as being a major stepping stone in the invention of the modern blockbuster (after the likes of Jaws and Star Wars). Hopes were not small for the sequel.
Even as late as the early 1990s, the main indicator of a film's commercial success lay in its American box office takings. By that kind of measure, this summer's Terminator: Genisys would have been »
Former action star Ernie Reyes Jr. -- who famously played Keno in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II" -- is "fighting for his life" after suffering from kidney failure ... this according to his family. Reyes Jr. was huge back in the day -- starring as Tai in "The Last Dragon," Prince Tarn in "Red Sonja" ... and he was the main character in "Surf Ninjas." He later transitioned into Mma -- and went 3-0 in Strikeforce. Now, »
- TMZ Staff
Just weeks after CBS issued a pilot order for their Rush Hour TV series, National Treasure director Jon Turteltaub has signed on to direct the pilot. The filmmaker will also serve as executive producer alongside series creators Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick. No cast members have been attached at this time, and it isn't known when the pilot will start production.
Bill Lawrence revealed last month that the show will center on the same types of characters as the Rush Hour movie franchise, except they will be "a little younger" and the show will feature a whole new story. The Rush Hour movies starred Chris Tucker as a cocky Lapd cop who is forced to team up with a by-the-book Hong Kong inspector (Jackie Chan). The original Rush Hour, which hit theaters in 1998, spawned the sequels Rush Hour 2 (2001) and Rush Hour 3 (2007).
The Warner Bros. TV pilot was written by comedy vets Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick. “Rush Hour” director Brett Ratner and producer Arthur Sarkissian are exec producing with Lawrence, McCormick and Jeff Ingold of Lawrence’s Doozer Prods. banner.
With comedy writers at the helm CBS’ spin on “Rush Hour” is sure to keep to the comedic tone of the original 1998 New Line feature about a stoic Hong Kong police officer assigned to work a case in Los Angeles with a cocky local cop who has no interest in a partner. The success of the first installment spawned “Rush Hour 2″ in 2001 and “Rush Hour 3″ in 2007.
CBS’ has dabbled in similar waters before. Two years ago it won the bidding for a new incarnation of “Beverly Hills Cop” produced »
- Cynthia Littleton
4 items from 2015
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