For DreamWorks, “the best thing we can say about ’03 is that ’04 looks a lot better,” says head of production Michael De Luca.
Indeed, 2003 was a year of misfires, lacking such hits as “The Ring,” and “Catch Me if You Can” which rang up large B.O. for the studio in 2002. DreamWorks did do healthy biz with Will Ferrell laffer “Old School,” which minted $75 million in domestic B.O.
Yet Oscar bait “House of Sand and Fog,” based on the novel by Andre Dubus III, scored with critics and is proving a positive segue into 2004, which could prove to be a much-needed blockbuster year.
Most anticipated is the animation sequel “Shrek 2.” Also on a beefed-up 10-picture slate are “The Terminal,” directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks; toon pic “Shark Tale,” featuring the voices of Robert De Niro and Will Smith; and action thriller “Collateral,” directed by Michael Mann and starring Tom Cruise.
Coming down the pike is the “Ring” sequel, toplining Naomi Watts.