Sunday, February 13, 2011


Hanna is a movie coming from Focus Features, a subsidiary of Universal Pictures. The screenplay was written by Seth Lochhead and David Farr. The director is Joe Wright.

Hanna is the story of a blonde 16 year old girl who was raised in the wilds of Finland by her ex-CIA father. He trained her to be the ultimate assassin. The story revolves around this and much more. There are many twists and turns to the story which might include Hanna's origins.

This may be the closest we'll get to an X-23 feature anytime soon. I've got mixed expectations on how it'll do. It has much going for it in the story department and acting. It has a stellar cast, but the lead role casting may be a deterrent for average movie-goers to empathize with. Without name recognition or brand recognition this may be relegated to a feature with moderate to mediocre box office success. That's not to say it's a bad movie by any means though. This film could be a contender for many awards. Without actually having seen it yet, I can't make that call one way or the other. Mostly I'm basing the box office potential returns on average audience appeal, interest, and lack of a marketing push. On that same note though, it could explode at the box office thanks to good reviews and word of mouth among movie-goers.

This film could be quite interesting, and as I said, is the closest we may get to an X-23 feature for the immediate future. If it does well, it could bolster the odds of an X-23 feature happening farther down the line, but there are issues in that line of thought with modern media outlets. Namely the comparisons that will be made. If this movie does poorly, it also shouldn't reflect on X-23's possibilities; though it will in the eyes of studios sadly. This movie does make X-23 easier to pitch, but it also makes the possibility of it being made less likely in spite of the differences.

There are differences between this film and X-23's story, but are the differences enough for Fox to attempt this and fear the publicity of critics claiming they are just ripping off the idea or trying to capitalize on its success? Sadly, that's exactly what will happen as media outlets don't often bother to research what they say about various upcoming or released films. For that matter, they often compare movies based on books to another book becoming a movie without comparing the books to each other... So excuse me if my cynicism is coming across too much.

One can only hope that if this is a success or not, Fox still does their own attempt with X-23.

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