I took a trip to the movie theatre this weekend, ideally with the intent of seeing TRON. However, I found myself scoping out the lobby and the audience in the screening room. To that end, it’s interesting to notice the majority of filmgoers were male. After arriving home, I checked out the preliminary box office numbers this weekend. Yet again, another romantic comedy hasn’t garnered much box office draw even with a huge star cast (How do you know?). Although this was one recent trip I had to ask myself what parts should Rob look for next?
The TRON audience was mainly families and young men. In my recent articles about the business of leading men and Hollywood box office numbers, trends currently show that Rob needs to appeal to a more male audience. Men propelled The Expendables to $274 million worldwide over the summer. So what screenplays have potential to draw men to the theatre?
We know that there are rumors about continuation of the Jason Bourne Series. We also know there are scripts like those on the recent blacklist that look to appeal more to men. The recently published blacklist has a couple, Safe House & Gangster Squad. Books adaptations that are more appealing to men typically follow ideas and spy thrillers and war movies or spin-offs of video games. We all saw photographs of Rob reading a book, My Friend the Mercenary this summer too. I recently read The Lost City of Z, which has already been optioned by Plan B Studios a modern take on Percy Fawcett’s Amazon adventures. Given that good Hollywood scripts are very secretive are there other scripts or books in these genre’s that could help Rob appeal to the male audience?
Please join us tonight Dec 20th 7pm EST for a group discussion!