Monday, June 17, 2024

Can Movie Stars Save the Box Office? Brad Pitt, George Clooney Will Try in “Wolfs,” A Buddy Romcom (Trailer)


Can movie stars save the box office?

We rarely get two of them in the same movie, but this fall Sony and Apple are going for broke with “Wolfs.”

The comedy stars George Clooney and Brad Pitt, both celebrities and Oscar winners, in a film by Jon Watts. They play rival hit men who must work together. (See the current excellent movie, “Hit Man,” with Glenn Powell. Paid killers with a sense of humor is this year’s cinema occupation.)

This is big for Sony, which is struggling to have hits without Spider Man involved. Of course, Watts directed the last three Spider Man movies, so Sony is hoping for some of that magic to rub off on “Wolfs.”

“Wolfs” looks like it’s a buddy com, a la the Pitt-Clooney collabs on the “Oceans” movies. I’m excited because Amy Ryan is featured heavily in the trailer.

A Toronto premiere? Maybe, hopefully. It’s just what the doctor ordered.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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