Around 6 months or so ago I read a book called The Prestige, which is a clever little book about two rival magicians in early 19th century London. Being a huge fan of magic, London, and the 19th century, I enjoyed this book a great deal. Now I am in the middle of reading a book called Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell, which is a clever little book about two rival magicians in early 19th century London.
As similar as they sound, these books are actually pretty different. The first is about stage magicians -- like David Copperfield -- while the second is about actual magicians who can create actual magical spells -- like David Blaine. Ha! Just kidding*.
Both of these books have been optioned as movies and are in some stage of production. The first is being directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale, while the second has Ed Norton attached as both producer and star. I'm sure the goal is to get both in the theaters at the same time to mooch off eachother's advertising, like past campaigns such as Deep Impact/Armageddon, Antz/A Bugs Life, Dante's Peak/Volcano, Flightplan/Red Eye, Finding Nemo/A Shark's Tale, etc were successful at doing.
I'm not entirely sure what the point of doing this is; most movies that come out are crap, and only when one looks better than another does someone decide to go see one. If two movies look to be exactly the same, it seems to me that people will just pick neither. Like Michael Stipe said, everybody hurts.
Hey rival studios, want to end the "box office slump" ? My advice is to get together and coordinate your releases to compliment eachother rather than trying (and failing) to compete.
*: I wish David Blaine would make himself disappear. Or maybe eat his own head.
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