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Jessica Biel, Gerard Butler will take the “Field” next spring

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: “Playing the Field,” a romantic comedy starring Jessica Biel and Gerard Butler, has found itself a home.

FilmDistrict grabbed the U.S. rights to Gabriele Muccino’s film from Nu Image/Millenium Films during a deal enacted in Cannes, and now plans to release the rom-com in Spring 2012, THR reports.

Written by Robbie Fox, “Field” stars Butler as a washed-up soccer player who, according to the trade, “moves back to Virginia to connect with his ex-wife, played by Biel, only to find himself coaching a boys’ soccer team while fending off the temptations offered by the attendant soccer moms.” The duo will be joined by Uma Thurman, Judy Greer, Dennis Quaid and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Butler hasn’t had much luck with rom-coms, bombing in vehicles with co-stars such as Jennifer Aniston, Katherine Heigl and Hilary Swank. Will Biel change his luck? We’ll find out soon enough.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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  • May 12, 2011 | Permalink |

    Butlers movie with Heigl didnt bomb. It took over $200 million and is one of the highest grossing rom coms of all time.

  • May 12, 2011 | Permalink |

    The critics may not have liked Butler’s three romantic comedies but financially they all made money at the box office they did not bomb all were money earners. Hilary Swank’s movie PS I Love You ($28 million Budget) made $158 million worldwide, The Ugly Truth ($38 million budget) made $209 million worldwide and The Bounty Hunter ($40 million budget) made $135 million worldwide.

  • May 12, 2011 | Permalink |

    The astounding blind spot by the entertainment media in respect to the box office in respect to Mr. Butler is very very puzzling.

    So if someone declares something a “bomb” once do all the media sites keep repeating the same mantra without bothering to check the actual numbers?

    The mere fact that Butler movies are pre-selling before the film is in the can which is becoming rarer and rarer for indie films tells you the people actually in the business of making and selling movies HAVE done their homework.

  • May 12, 2011 | Permalink |

    You shouldn’t automatically equate the word “bomb” with financial status. By “bomb,” I mean creatively, as the three films you mention have 14% (Ugly Truth), 8% (Bounty Hunter) and 23% (P.S. I Love You) FRESH grades on Rotten Tomatoes. Bad movies can make money. Bad movies make money all of the time. But can Gerard Butler make a good romantic comedy? That remains to be seen.

  • May 12, 2011 | Permalink |

    With your rationale then, Adam Sandler only makes “bombs” he has 28 Rotten & only 5 Fresh rated movies on Rotten Tomatoes. But he has been is a #1 box office draw for years. Box office does count because it shows that comedic creatively can be appreciated by audiences even though it isn’t by the critics.

  • May 14, 2011 | Permalink |

    I don’t know what the editors call bombing but Ugly Truth brought in $205 mill worldwide, Bounty brought in $136 mill, and PS I Love You brought in $156 mill. Total of $497 mill for movies that according to Box Office Mojo cost at TOTAL of $105 mill to make. What bombs is the supposed facts in this article.

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