Jumper

Doug Liman’s Jumper debuted in 2008 to a tepid critical response and didn’t exactly do gangbusters at the box office either, taking in only $80 million on an $85 million budget (although its worldwide total did reach $222 million). Nonetheless, the film did well enough that several of the people involved with it, including Liman himself, have speculated about a possible sequel.

Recently, Hayden Christensen (star of Jumper) hinted that the possibility of a sequel was still being discussed, and threw out some clues as to where the plot might go. Hit the jump for the details. Note that the following includes spoilers for the threadbare plot of the original Jumpers.

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Not that anyone really cares, but the Teen Choice Awards apparently took place tonight. I mean how can you take any award show seriously that has a category like “Choice Bromantic Comedy” and where Step Up 2: The Streets can win Best Dramatic Film of the year?! The show will air on Monday at 8:00pm et/pt on FOX, but we have the list of movie related winners below.

Action Adventure:
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Drama: Step Up 2: The Streets
Chick Flick: 27 Dresses
Bromantic Comedy: What Happens in Vegas
Comedy: Juno
Horror/Thriller: I Am Legend
Action Adventure: Hancock
Summer Movie Comedy: Get Smart
Actor – Drama: Channing Tatum, Stop-Loss
Actress – Drama: Keira Knightley, Atonement
Actress – Action Adventure: Rachel Bilson, Jumper
Actor – Comedy: Ashton Kutcher, What Happens in Vegas
Actress – Comedy: Ellen Page, Juno
Actor – Horror/Thriller: Will Smith, I Am Legend
Actress – Horror/Thriller: Jessica Alba, The Eye
Villain: Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd
Breakout Female: Ellen Page, Juno
Breakout Male: Drake Bell, Superhero Movie

This Week in DVD is a new column on /Film compiling all the latest info regarding new DVD releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy, Circuit City, and Fry’s.

The Good

THE SIGNAL
Good horror films are a rarity nowadays, so whenever a notable entry in the genre comes out I like to make sure it gets noticed. The Signal is one such a film. It’s a brutal excursion into three very tonally different tales (combining elements of comedy and satire) detailing the takeover of a mysterious transmission that’s being sent through every cell phone, radio and TV and is turning people into psychotic killers. Not everyone will be able to look past its problems though (such as the weak ending), as proven by the somewhat mixed audience/critic reaction.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: An audio commentary, an alternate beginning, and deleted scenes.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
N/A $19.99 $13.99 $19.99

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? 2-Disc Deluxe Edition
Where? Best Buy

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Bonus access to behind-the-scenes footage.
Where? Circuit City

THE BUCKET LIST
Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman team up in director Rob Reiner’s tale of two dying geezers who head off on a road trip to enjoy all the wild experiences they missed out on when they were young and able. It’s said to be schmaltzy, predictable, and not just a little bit manipulative, and yet the film’s undeniable charm and two terrific performers manage to supersede any of the film’s shortcomings. Think of it as the male equivalent of a chick flick.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Not much, disappointingly. Just a John Mayer music video and an interview with the film’s screenwriter, Justin Zackham.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$16.99 $15.99 $13.99 $13.99

JOHN ADAMS
The acclaimed seven-part HBO mini-series is coming to DVD, giving an inside look at the life of John Adams, which includes everything from the lead-up to the American Revolution to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. And with Paul Giamatti in the role of John Adams, and Laura Linney as his wife Abigail, the film’s impressive cast only further propels this insight into U.S. history to greatness.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: Included on this three-disc set are an interview with David McCullough (the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography on which the series is based), a behind-the-scenes documentary, and an on-screen historical guide for each episode.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$34.99 $34.99 $34.99 $49.99

The Bad

JUMPER
(Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Special Editions)
You’d think an action sci-fi flick exploring teleportation abilities from the director of The Bourne Identity and Mr. and Mrs. Smith would equate to fun times, but alas, Jumper has proven that is not the case. It’s an incredibly slapdash effort, with minimal action sequences, cringe-worthy dialogue, and the worst performance you’ll ever see from Hayden Christensen (and that’s including his work on the Star Wars prequels). Skip it.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The single disc edition comes with an audio commentary and two making-of featurettes, whereas the 2-Disc Special Edition also holds six deleted scenes, two additional featurettes, an animated graphic novel, and a digital copy of the film for download.

BEST PRICE*
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$16.99 $15.99 $13.99 $13.99

*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $22.99 at each of the listed stores (excluding Circuit City, where it costs $21.99).

WITLESS PROTECTION
With each progressive Larry the Cable Guy movie, the box office intake seems to be getting lower and lower, so hopefully the end of his worthless career is near. In the meantime, here’s his latest shitfest, Witless Protection. You can tell how funny it will be based on that knee-slapper of a pun in the title. Almost as clever as Made of Honor.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Three featurettes.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$19.99 $17.99 $17.99 $19.99

FUNNY GAMES
Michael Haneke’s extremely pretentious shot-for-shot remake of his own movie is just as much a middle finger to American audiences as the original film was, except this time you don’t need the subtitles on to understand how condescending it is. Outstanding performances from Naomi Watts and the two psychopath characters aside, this film adds up to nothing more than a worthless, miserable two hour torture session against the viewers (and their patience). Haneke would say that’s the point, but that doesn’t make him any less of an asshole for making it. Twice!
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: None.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$19.99 $19.99 $19.99 $19.99

Also available this week…
The Other Boleyn Girl – High Noon (2-Disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition) – The Grand – The Boondocks (Season 2) – The List – Home Improvement (Season 8) – Soap (The Complete Series) – Hawaii Five-0 (Season 4) – The Odd Couple (Season 4) – Otis – 7th Heaven (Season 6) – Army Wives (Season 1) – American Gangster (Season 2)

What are you planning to rent or buy this week?

The Specials


Exclusive: Exclusive bonus disc with The Other Boleyn Girl. Deluxe Edition has production notes, exclusive package artwork, and more. $22.99

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Exclusive: CD audio book included with purchase of The Other Boleyn Girl.

$12.99 – Charlie Wilson’s War, I Am Legend, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Across the Universe (2-Disc Deluxe Edition), Superbad (2-Disc Unrated Extended Edition), Spider-Man 3, 3:10 to Yuma, and more…

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$6.99 – The Hitcher, Meet the Parents, American Pie, The Chronicles of Riddick, and more…

$8.99 – There’s Something About Mary (Collector’s Edition), The Transporter, Ice Age: The Meltdown, and more…

Unused Jumper Movie Poster Concept

Jumper

Check out Chuck Anderson‘s cool but unused Jumper movie poster concept, commissioned by Concept Arts, after the jump. I was going to comment on how much more money Fox could have made using ads with this style of design, but then I noticed that Jumper had already made $173+ million worldwide. As it turns out, Jumper is very popular overseas.

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Sexman Reviews Jumper

Last month we posted a video of a 12-year-old named “Sexman”, who recorded a hilarious review of Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo. Th commenters on /Film demanded more, and Sexman has returned! This time Sexman takes on Doug Lineman’s Jumper, calling it “terrible as hell”, “terribly written” and saying that Hayden Christensen is the “shittiest actor I’ve ever known”. Watch the video below.

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Discuss: Should we hire this kid full time to review movies?

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Word of mouth on Jumper isn’t too positive, but the general consensus is that the premise still kinda rocks. Moreover, the image above is worth a hundred sci-fi strike-outs like Next, and hey, it’s not a remake. But the film, which opened to $38 million over the long weekend, has long been keyed in as the first in a so-trendy trilogy, and now director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Swingers) has discussed a sequel with Collider‘s Frosty in a super-caffeinated interview. The possibilities for Jumper 2 would seem boundless, from time travel to extraterrestrial teleporting to career longevity for Rachel Bilson.

“I actually have a ton of ideas for the sequel because this is whole new arena for me and so my mind was in overdrive the whole time and most of the ideas I came up with we either could tease or just save it for a sequel and so it’s…this power can be used to leave this planet, this power can be used ultimately to go back in time, this power can be used if you go and work for the government you’d be the ultimate Jason Bourne.”

What follows is a spoiler-ish quote from Liman, so I’m going to, er, jump it. But I have to say that unlike a flick like The Chronicles of Riddick, I hope this entire vision is seen through. He also discussed his (possibly 3D?) to-the-moon project with Jake Gyllenhaal, and his Valerie Plame biopic so just cruise through Spoilerville for that.

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Three Movie Posters, Same Conceptual Design

Three Posters

Burbanked offers up this mildly amusing one-sheet juxtaposition showing three new movie posters with a similar design schemes.

Jumper Movie Trailer #2

Jumper

The second trailer for Fox’s sci-fi adaptation of Jumper is now online. I’m a sucker for sci-fi action flicks, so I’m looking forward to this one despite some of the bad buzz coming out of the post production. What do you guys think?

Jumper is an epic sci-fi action film about a race of people called Jumpers who have the ability to teleport, and another ancient race who are out to kill them all (Want to know more about the film? Click here). The movie stars Hayden Christensen, Jamie Bell, Rachel Bilson and Samuel L. Jackson.

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Watch the trailer in High Definition on Apple.com. Jumper hits theaters on February 14th 2007.

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