Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.
And in Hollywood, it’s the best way to make a buck.
Alcon Entertainment was as surprised as anyone by the enormous box office success of “The Blind Side,” which has raked in over $210 million to date. Add to that Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Sandra Bullock as Best Actress.
Not too shabby.
No doubt studio executives and their minions are scrambling to find scripts or, indeed, any projects they might already have in the can that would strike a similar chord with the audience.
The winner to the starting gate? CBS Films with the January 22nd release of “Extraordinary Measures,” starring Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford.
Let’s see how it stacks up.
True story? √
Involves children in crisis? Even more so. This film has two children…and they are dying of an incurable disease. √ √
Happy ending? If you are going to put us through a story about dying children, there had better be. √
Big stars? Harrison Ford big enough for you? √
I think we have a winner!
Note — “Extraordinary Measures” was one of the first CBS Films placed in production after it was established in 2007. Try as I might, I couldn’t find out when it was actually completed, though. Who knows? The success of “The Blind Side” may have given it new life.
Isn’t that (sniff) the most amazing (sniff sniff) story ever??