2012 movie preview

2012 movie preview

These are a few of the movies that caught our eye for 2012. For a more detailed listing of events, see The Measured Circle current events calendar.

Dates are,  of course, subject to change without notice. There are some interesting movies which don’t yet have release dates which may come out in 2012…and some of the movies listed here may get pushed back.

Underworld: Awakening
January 20
Kate Beckinsale returns for the fourth installment

The Grey
January 27
Liam Neeson versus a pack of wolves

One for the Money
January 27
Katherine Heigl stars in the adaptation of the Stephanie Plum novel…Debbie Reynolds plays Grandma Mazur

February 3
Max Landis (John’s son) directs and writes. Three teenagers get superpowers…reportedly not a comedy.

The Woman in Black
February 3
Daniel Radcliffe stars

Safe House
February 10
Ryan Reynolds, Denzel Washington, Vera Farmiga, and Sam Shepard in a thriller

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
February 10
Sequel to 2008’s Journey to the Center of the Earth. Dwayne Johnson, Josh Hutcherson, Michael Caine

This Means War
February 17
McG directs Chris Pine and Tom Hardy as spies fighting over Reese Witherspoon

February 24
Amanda Seyfried goes after a serial killer

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
March 2
Voices include Danny DeVito, Betty White, Ed Helms, and Zac Efron

Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie
March 3

The Raven
March 9
James McTeigue directs John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe

John Carter
March 9
Based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs novels, directed by Pixar’s Andrew Stanton

Mirror Mirror
March 16
Tarsem Singh directs Julia Roberts and Arnie Hammer in this Snow White version

21 Jump Street
March 16
Jonah Hill stars in (and co-wrote) this TV series adaptation. Johnny Depp is credited in the cast

The Hunger Games
March 23
Directed by Gary Ross (Pleasantville, Seabiscuit) from the very popular novel, stars include Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, and Lenny Kravitz

Wrath of the Titans
March 30
Sam Worthington returns as Perseus

Movie 43
April 13
Comedy shorts with several directors and an ensemble cast. We know there’s a segment called “Robin’s Big Speed Date” and that Kristen Bell plays Supergirl, Justin Long plays Robin, Uma Thurman plays Lois Lane, Leslie Bibb is Wonder Woman…and John Hodgman plays the Penguin

The Three Stooges
April 13
The Farrelly brothers direct an updated, but tonally faithful version. Sean Hayes plays Larry

The Cabin in the Woods
April 13
Joss Whedon co-writes, Richard Jenkins stars

Bullet to the Head
April 13
Walter Hill directs Sylvester Stallone, Christian Slater, and Jason Momoa

Scary Movie 5
April 20

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
April 20
Steve Carell and Keira Knightley…an asteroid approaches Earth and people react to the situation in different ways

The Avengers
May 4
Joss Whedon directs…well, pretty much everybody. 😉

Dark Shadows
May 11
Tim Burton directs Johnny Depp in an adaptations of the 1960s supernatural soap opera

The Dictator
May 11
Sacha Baron Cohen stars. John C. Reilly, Ben Kingsley, and Anna Faris are also in the cast

May 18
Based on the board game, with an intriguing cast including Liam Neeson, Peter MacNicol, Alexander Skarsgård, Brooklyn Decker, Taylor Kitsch, and Rihanna

Men in Black III
May 25

Snow White and the Huntsman
June 1
Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron

June 8
Ridley Scott directs…need we say more? Reportedly, at one point, this was connected to the Alien franchise, but now stands alone

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
June 8

Jack the Giant Killer
June 15
Byran Singer (who has massively impacted superhero movies) directs Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Warwick Davis, and Bill Nighy in a script cowritten by Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects)

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
June 22
Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch) directs from the Seth Grahame-Smith novel (Grahame-Smith also co-writes the screenplay). Stars include Dominic Cooper, Rufus Sewell, and Benjamin Walker

June 22
Pixar…and a new concept, not a sequel

GI Joe: Retaliation
June 29

The Amazing Spider-Man
July 3
Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone star in the reboot of the franchise.

Ice Age: Continental Drift
July 13
Peter Dinklage and Nick Frost join returning voice cast members

July 13
Seth MacFarlane directs Mila Kunis and Mark Wahlberg in a live action comedy about a man and his living teddy bear

The Dark Knight Rises
July 20
Christopher Nolan directs, and Anne Hathaway is Catwoman in the next Batman movie (which is reportedly the last of Christopher Nolan’s trilogy)

Neighborhood Watch
July 27
Jonah Hill, Ben Stiller, and Vince Vaughn are part of a neighborhood watch group…that faces aliens

The Bourne Legacy
August 3
Jeremy Renner stars

Dorothy of Oz
August 3
Animation: Lea Michele voices Dorothy, Dan Akyroyd is the Scarecrow, Kelsey Grammer is the Tin Man, and James Belushi is the Cowardly Lion

Total Recall
August 3
They chose to go with the title of the Schwarzenegger movie rather than the PKD story (“We Can Remember It For You Wholesale”). Len Wiseman directs Colin Farell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, and Bryan Cranston (among others)

The Expendables 2
August 17
Stallone returns

Resident Evil
September 14
Paul W.S. Anderson returns to direct Milla Jovovich

September 21
Judge Dredd, that is…Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey

Hotel Transylvania
September 21
Genndy Tartakovsky animation with Adam Sandler as Dracula

September 28
Time-traveling killer recognizes that his target is his older self. With Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, and Piper Perabo

Taken sequel
October 5
Liam Neeson, Famke Jannsen, and Maggie Grace return

October 5
Tim Burton

Halloween III
October 26

Red Dawn
November 2
Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson in the remake (it’s North Koreans rather than Russians)

Skyfall (James Bond)
November 8
Sam Mendes directs Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem, and Albert Finney

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
November 16

Rise of the Guardians
November 21
Action adventure cartoon with a band of heroes fighting a villain…only these heroes are Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), and Jack Frost (Chris Pine)

November 21
Alfonso Cuarón directs and co-writes a movie about an astronaut trapped in space starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock

47 Ronin
November 21
Keanu Reeves

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
December 14
Peter Jackson directs

World War Z
December 21
Brad Pitt and zombies. J. Michael Straczynski is one of the screenwriters: from Max Brooks’ novel

Life of Pi
December 21
Ang Lee directs Tobey Maguire in this adaptation of the award-winning novel

Django Unchained
December 25
Quentin Tarantino writes and directs an all-star cast. Don’t let the release date fool you…this won’t be a Christmas movie for the family

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


3 Responses to “2012 movie preview”

  1. Skull Cinema Reviews Says:

    It sounds like a great year!

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Skull!

      There are definitely a few on my list. I’m afraid there might be some box office disappointments, though…naturally, there always are, but I’m not sure that the box office will set a record in 2012.

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