Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
James Franco Will Direct Film Based on Aziah "Zola" Wells' 148-Tweet Narrative That Went Viral James Franco Will Direct Film Based on Aziah "Zola" Wells' 148-Tweet Narrative That Went Viral Regarding 'Song of the South' – The Film That Disney Doesn’t Want You to See Regarding 'Song of the South' – The Film That Disney Doesn’t Want You to See Watch Mekhi Phifer in Trailer for "First-Person Shooter" Zombie Thriller, 'Pandemic' Watch Mekhi Phifer in Trailer for "First-Person Shooter" Zombie Thriller, 'Pandemic' 2016 SXSW Feature Films Lineup Announced - Several World Premieres of Note 2016 SXSW Feature Films Lineup Announced - Several World Premieres of Note HBO Sets April Premiere Date for 'Confirmation' HBO Sets April Premiere Date for 'Confirmation' Watch the Electrifying First Trailer for Don Cheadle's 'Miles Ahead' Watch the Electrifying First Trailer for Don Cheadle's 'Miles Ahead' Watch: Tyler Perry Previews 'The Passion' 2-Hour Musical Event in New Orleans Watch: Tyler Perry Previews 'The Passion' 2-Hour Musical Event in New Orleans Before Nate Parker's Nat Turner Film Is Released, Get Prepped By Watching Charles Burnett's 2003 Documentary Before Nate Parker's Nat Turner Film Is Released, Get Prepped By Watching Charles Burnett's 2003 Documentary There Is a Precedent for the "DuVernay Test" to Consider... There Is a Precedent for the "DuVernay Test" to Consider... Idris Elba Makes SAG Awards History + Viola Davis, Uzo Aduba, Queen Latifah Collect Trophies Idris Elba Makes SAG Awards History + Viola Davis, Uzo Aduba, Queen Latifah Collect Trophies Ryan Coogler to Deliver Prestigious University of Chicago Kent Lecture Feb. 9 Ryan Coogler to Deliver Prestigious University of Chicago Kent Lecture Feb. 9 Watch Episode 1 of PBS' New Civil War-Set Drama Series 'Mercy Street' + On-Set Visit Watch Episode 1 of PBS' New Civil War-Set Drama Series 'Mercy Street' + On-Set Visit Watch: OWN Previews New Primetime Series 'It's Not You, It's Men' (Tyrese Gibson & Rev Run Host) Watch: OWN Previews New Primetime Series 'It's Not You, It's Men' (Tyrese Gibson & Rev Run Host) LeToya Luckett, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Andra Fuller Star in New TV One Comedy Series 'Here We Go Again' LeToya Luckett, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Andra Fuller Star in New TV One Comedy Series 'Here We Go Again' First Look at Nate Parker's Nat Turner Film, 'The Birth of a Nation' First Look at Nate Parker's Nat Turner Film, 'The Birth of a Nation' TV One Aims to Change the Reality Genre with New Series, 'The Next 15' TV One Aims to Change the Reality Genre with New Series, 'The Next 15' Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton Is Heading to TV Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton Is Heading to TV Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

Halle Berry's Stock Is Apparently Back Up Again, Thanks To 'The Call' Box Office...

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act March 20, 2013 at 2:20PM

Halle Berry's Stock Is Apparently Back Up Again, Thanks To 'The Call' Box Office...
19
Halle Berry

That's what a piece on The Hollywood Reporter's website this morning, titled Will 'The Call's' Big Opening Mean Bigger Paycheck for Halle Berry?, states.

I read the headline, and my immediate reaction was, no. Why would it? My initial reasoning was that, it's just one movie; and, the film's surprise opening weekend success wasn't entirely due to Halle Berry's presence in it. It's a WWE Studios-backed project (as in the film subsidiary of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc), and they did a great a job in terms of reaching out to not only Halle Berry's audience, but also the WWE's own rather large base, who may all not necessarily be big Halle Berry fans. According to THR's report, 48 percent of the overall audience cited Halle Berry as the reason for seeing the film.

But then I actually read the Hollywood Reporter article and learned a few things:

- First, because of The Call's $17.1 million opening, Halle suddenly finds herself in a position to leverage, and is fully in the driver's seat when it comes to what she does next.

- That she will earn the same per-week salary as her former X-Men co-stars, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, in Bryan Singer's upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past.

- That she's expected to see a salary bump and higher-profile job opportunities for future projects; like, maybe most interestingly, she was recently courted by director Ivan Reitman to play the female lead role opposite Kevin Costner in a film called Draft Day (which is said to be based on this year's No. 1-ranked Black List script). We didn't know that. It may not have been reported because a deal hasn't been worked out. But they mention it to give you some idea of what she's being considered for, suggesting that she's still in some demand, now in large part because of the opening weekend success of The Call.


- That, despite the fact that she has yet to book a role beyond X-Men: Days of Futures Past, her agents at CAA (who she's been with for a relatively short period of time - since 2010) have been quietly orchestrating a reboot of her career, from booking her in Cloud Atlas, to The Call, and negotiating her return to X-Men, ensuring that she gets paid what the others are.

The Call is expected to fare a lot better overseas than here in the USA, which should only help with her international appeal, and leverage. However, as it's often about what comes next, the fact that she has yet to book any other roles beyond what will be a bit part in X-Men, speaks to a wider industry problem that sees much fewer roles for women over a certain age; a problem that's amplified if you're a woman of color.

She was once attached to star in the drama Tulia, which John Singleton

was to direct. But neither is attached to that project anymore.

Let's see what else CAA's careful orchestration career reboot plans will yield down the road.

This article is related to: Halle Berry


Shadow & ActNewsletter