The Year Ahead: 2011

The Year Ahead: 2011

This is a special look ahead at some of the geeky highlights we expect in 2011.  For more details (and to have the events in chronological order), see our ever-growing Measured Circle Pop Culture Timeline


We’ve written before about how this may be the geekiest movie year ever.

There are sequels, what we call “sidequels” (movies in an existing universe, but not necessarily with the same characters or plot), remakes, and originals.

While Cars 2, the final Harry Potter, and Pirates 4 seem inevitable successes, there are others that are others that might be more of a surprise…and still reap big rewards.  Here are five:

Sucker Punch

Just like its name, this one may sneak up on a lot of people and knock them out.  Zack Snyder directs…and the trailers are getting a lot of buzz.  It’s not fronted by stars, although there are certainly some well-known names.  It’s going to be visually stunning.

Cowboys & Aliens

A straight-ahead concept, marquee stars, and a big money director.  If this flops, its in Ishtar territory…and I’m not expecting it to flop.

H.R. Pufnstuf

This is based on the beloved (and trippy…there’s no better word) TV series.   Almost nothing is coming out about it.  That may mean it’s stalled…or that they are really going to spring something on us.  I could see this doing really well…if audiences have the taste of Will Ferrell’s Land of the Lost out of their mouths by now.  😉

Rise of the Apes

As someone who watched all five Planet of the Apes movies in a row…in a movie theatre…in an apesuit, I may be a tad prejudiced.  😉  However, this one stars James Franco (and features John Lithgow), and is a prequel.  I can’t deny it, it’s one of the ones I’m really looking forward to seeing.  Franco could possibly win an Oscar (he’s definitely hosting) and follow it up with a PotA movie…so cool!

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn

Stephen Moffat is one of the most interesting geek screenwriters out there…Jekyll, Doctor Who, Sherlock.  Edgar Wright brought us Spaced (a great series), Shaun of the Dead, and Scott Pilgrim.  Tintin is a huge cultural presence in Europe…and oh yeah, it’s directed by Steven Spielberg.


The Cape

This looks like a pretty straight up superhero show, which may be what people want.  If The Green Hornet disappoints, that might considerably up this.

Falling Skies and Terra Nova

TV series and Steven Spielberg?  That doesn’t always work out well…Amazing Stories (I know, some of you liked it), Earth 2 (although I thought Tim Curry deserved an Emmy nom), SeaQuest 2032?  On the other hand, there was that Taken miniseries.  These will undoubtedly look expensive…

Being Human (the American version)

A vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost share a flat…um, apartment.  No, that isn’t the opening line for a joke…it’s the premise for a British series being adapted by Syfy.  It might sound silly, but the British version was more serious than the idea might suggest.


New episodes of Torchwood!  The return of Captain Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper!


I think this was the best new series of 2010…despite all the praise heaped on The Walking Dead.  It’s a racy, witty, animated spy spoof.

Miscellaneous geekiness

Watson the supercomputer competes on Jeopardy…if software can really understand all the subtle wordplay in those questions, it will be very impressive.

Comic-Con 2011…this is the con (convention) that gets the most coverage…starts July 21 (with previews on the 20th).  It’s the buzz maker.

Rage is a videogame from the folks who brought you Doom and Quake…and the first one in a long time.  Other videogames include: Star Wars: Old Republic (maybe); and The Sims Medieval. 

I’ve only barely scratched the surface with this..what 2011 movies, TV shows, games, and so on are you most anticipating?

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.


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