8 Burning Box Office Questions: Is Hollywood Ignoring Women? Will 'The Lone Ranger' Save Westerns?
"Star Trek Into Darkness" and "Iron Man 3" will make piles of cash, Channing Tatum is going to save the president and Superman will return to the big screen.
While we are certain all of these things will transpire this summer, there are a number of questions marks for Hollywood studios headed into the year's loudest season.
From Paramount's decision to delay the Brad Pitt zombie film "World War Z" to the inexplicable paucity of films that appeal to women, TheWrap identifies eight questions that the movie business needs to ask itself.
Did Hollywood Forget About Women?
From the start of May to the end of August, a ceaseless stream of action heroes, super heroes and comedians will parade through the multiplexes. Almost every single one of them will be a man starring in a film geared towards other men. In June: an M. Night Shyamalan/Will Smith sci-fi thriller ("After Earth"), a new Superman movie ("Man of Steel") and two comedies, one about two guys ("The Internship") and another about six ("This is the End").
May is no better. Only "The Great Gatsby" - about a man pursuing the American dream in the 1920s - sounds like a chick flick. Really? The only film that is clearly aimed at women is "The Heat," a buddy cop movie with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. Overall, the evidence suggests studio executives have seen "Anchorman" too many times:
Will Delaying 'World War Z' Pay off for Paramount?
The Brad Pitt zombie film set off alarms when Paramount decided it needed reshoots and pushed its release date from last December to this summer. With a budget already north of $100 million, the studio hired "Cloverfield" scribe Drew Goddard to rewrite the third act and sent the crew back to Budapest.
Rewriting the end on the fly? Uh-oh.
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Paramount had luck with reshoots on this year's "G.I. Joe Retaliation." At first slated to open last year, it debuted in March and has already racked up more than $250 million at the worldwide box office. Can "World War Z," once referred to as "a nightmare from top to bottom," replicate that off-kilter formula for success?
Which Young Actor Takes "The Leap"?
Zack Snyder hands Henry Cavill Superman's cape, Guillermo Del Toro puts "Sons of Anarchy" star Charlie Hunnam center stage in "Pacific Rim" and Gore Verbinski made Armie Hammer his "Lone Ranger."
All of these actors entered these projects with a pedigree, but none has carried a summer tentpole that could make or break a studio's summer -- and their career trajectories.
At least one of them is hungry for it. When TheWrap spoke with Hunnam (right) last year, he expressed a desire to be an action star with some grit under his fingers. "I embrace pain," he said. "I get injured all the time in my work. People are just so terrified of any kind of physical or psychological pain in our lives that it makes us all really soft. If that trend continues, I don't know where we find ourselves with 12 billion people on the planet all afraid of their own shadow."