Monday, January 12, 2015

The Most Anticipated Geek-Friendly Movies of 2015

Looking at this year's calendar of premieres, here's what I'm most excited about over the next 12 months:
Most Anticipated Sequel: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

Who would’ve thought Avengers: Age of Ultron will not be the most anticipated movie of any year? Well, unfortunately for Marvel, 2015 will mark the premiere of the first Star Wars movie in 10 years, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. And if that wasn’t enough, the movie is directed by one of our favorite directors, J.J. Abrams, and it features some of the cast of the original trilogy, including Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill. Considering all these, it’s safe to say the new Star Wars is actually the most anticipated movie of the year and we’re really looking forward to December 18, the day the release is scheduled.

Most Anticipated Reboot: Mad Max: Fury Road

Last year, the Comic-Con International in San Diego was where the first official trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road was shown and it created quite a buzz. Director George Miller has been trying to make a fourth Mad Max for almost two decades and this almost happened in 2003, when a $100 million budget for the movie received green light. However, following the outbreak of the war in Iraq, the project was considered politically sensitive and was abandoned.

Filming finally started in 2012, starring Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky and also Charlize Theron. When the cast was first announced, a lot of people were surprised that Mel Gibson won’t be returning to the franchise that made his famous, but we’re expecting good stuff from Tom Hardy, after seeing his great performances in The Dark Knight Rises or Locke. The movie is scheduled to premiere on May 15.

Most Anticipated Theater Experience: Jurassic World

After more than 10 years of waiting, this year we’ll finally get to see the fourth installment in the famous Jurassic Park franchise. And while the third movie was not as impressive as the first two, waiting for so long got us pretty excited about Jurassic World, which is scheduled to be released on June 12.

According to the producers, the movie takes place 22 years after the events in the original Jurassic Park on Isla Nublar, an island off of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast where things go bad again at another dinosaurtheme park. The movie is directed by Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) and stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Vincent D’Onofrio. Oh, and in case your patience is running low, a new trailer for the movie is scheduled to be shown on February 1, during Super Bowl.

Most Anticipated Original Film: Tomorrowland

No, it’s not a movie about the famous music festival, but one based on the popular Disney theme parks attraction. We don’t know too much about the upcoming Disney production, except that the cast includes George Clooney, Britt Robertson and Hugh Laurie and that this “tomorrowland” is a special place in time and space where two people travel. Director is Brad Bird, known for The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol. To be honest, we think Disney know what they’re doing with all the mystery around this movie, because this is actually one of the reasons we’re so intrigued by it. The first trailer was released on October 9 and the domestic release is scheduled for May 22 in theaters and IMAX.

Honorable Mention: Chappie
Most Anticipated Animated Movie: The Peanuts Movie

How can you not be excited about Charlie Brown going on an epic quest? The upcoming 20th Century Fox production is based on famous Charles M. Schulz’s comic strip Peanuts and is the first feature film in 35 years based on the characters in the comic book. The Peanuts Movie is directed by Steve Martino (Horton Hears a Who! and Ice Age: Continental Drift) and will feature the voice of Bill Melendez (via archive recordings) as Snoopy and Noah Schnapp as Charlie Brown. The film was originally scheduled to be released on November 25, when the comic strip celebrates its 65th anniversary, but it was rescheduled for November 6.

Most Anticipated Indie Movie: Air

There aren’t many details available about this movie, but what we know so far got us pretty excited. First of all, Air will be produced by Robert Kirkman, the creator of The Walking Dead comics and later producer of the popular TV show. Also, the main role in Air is played by Norman Reedus, one of the most popular cast members of The Walking Dead. According to the little info we have so far, the movie is about two custodians who live in an underground bunker with cryogenically frozen people meant to re-populate society one day, and their struggle to hold onto their sanity. The movie also stars DjimonHounsou (Gladiator, Blood Diamond) and is scheduled to be released on March 13.

Most Anticipated Comic Book Movie: Kingsman: The Secret Service

Of course, we probably should’ve added “that’s not about superheroes” to the title. The Secret Service is a 2012 spy comic book series created by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, and the film adaptation will be released on January 29 in the UK and on February 13 in the US. Kingsman: The Secret Service is about a veteran secret agent who is leading a young protégé into the world of espionage and it has an impressive cast: Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine, Mark Strong and Taron Egerton. Sounds pretty good and we hope we won’t be disappointed.


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