The concept was pretty original and executed near flawlessly by writer/director Christopher Nolan, the mind behind the re-conceptualized, and very lucrative, ‘Batman’ movies.
Fox 2000, unlike Warner Bros. that owns the rights to ‘Batman’ and all other DC Comics properties, said ‘F*** that, we want old ideas.’
You can’t blame them for this though. They probably watched Columbia Pictures’ ‘The Smurfs’ movie get hammered by critics while earning just over half a billion dollars box office. And in their minds you KNOW they were slapping themselves wondering why they didn’t buy the rights first.
Columbia Pictures total take for ‘The Smurfs’ may even top a billion dollars with the, most likely, Christmas release of ‘The Smurfs’ movie on DVD. If that doesn’t make you cry, you’re not human.
Kids movies, in general, do pretty well. Even though ‘The Smurfs’ cost over $100 million in budget, they’re generally cheap to make. And no matter how mindless, kids will probably wanna go see it (or parents will want to drag them to it so they can keep their overactive asses occupied in relative silence for 90+ minutes).
Look forward to ‘Mr. Ed: The Movie’ then. And watch for other nightmares from your childhood coming back to haunt your offspring. But if ‘The Snorks’ gets picked up just start packing because The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse will be riding your ass down soon enough.