2013 movie preview
2013 is going to have its work cut out for it!
This year, 2012, was, in my opinion, one of the best movie years since 1939. It also made more money. That included your typical sequels/prequels, but there were first timers also that both did well (The Hunger Games, Ted) and were well reviewed (Looper, Beasts of the Southern Wild).
We don’t have a major series ending, as we did in Twilight.
Still, there are a lot of geeky movies set for next year. Some of them will probably get shuffled to future years (some of these have already been delayed), and rather than list them by release dates in this post (you can see that in The Measured Circle current events calendar), I’m going to group them by type.
Sequels/Prequels (continuing a movie series, with events taking place after or before early entries)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (December 13) #2 in a second trilogy
Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and Richard Armitage are directed by Peter Jackson. As I write this, the first movie has passed $220 dogro (domestic gross), and its far from over.
Star Trek Into Darkness (May 17) #2
The first movie dogroed over $250m. J.J. Abrams directs.
Iron Man 3 (May 3)
G.I. Joe: Retaliation (March 29)
The first movie dogroed about $150m. Channing Tatum’s presence should help the box office.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (November 22) #2
The first movie dogroed over $400m in 2012.
Monsters University (June 21) #2
This is a Pixar movie, and the first one dogroed over $250 more than a decade ago.
The Wolverine (July 26) #2
Arguably a sidequel. X-Men Origins: Wolverine dogroed about $180m. If Hugh Jackman is nominated for an Oscar for Les Miz, that may make this more interesting to people who otherwise might not see it.
Thor: The Dark World (November 8) #2
The first one dogroed about 181. The Avengers might help push this one (and Iron Man 3).
A Good Day to Die Hard (February 14) #5
Scary Movie 5 (April 12)
Riddick (September 6) #3 (in theatres)
Kick-*ss 2 (June 28)
The first one dogroed about $48m, which is small to justify a sequel. Chloë Grace Moretz, though, has been on the rise since then.
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (August 16) #2
The first one dogroed about $89m.
Despicable Me 2 (July 3)
The first one dogroed over $150m.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (October 4) #2
It’s been eight years since the first one dogroed about $74m. Mickey Rourke was nominated for an Oscar since then.
300: Rise of an Empire (August 2) #2
The first one dogroed about $210m in 2006. Gerard Butler does not return.
The Smurfs 2 (July 31)
The first one dogroed about $142m.
RED 2 (August 2)
The first one did about $90m dogro.
Insidious Chapter 2 (August 30)
On a budget of under $2m, the first one dogroed over $50m.
Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers (September 27)
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs dogroed about $125m.
The Last Exorcism Part II (March 1)
On a tiny $2m budget, the first one dogroed about $41 m.
Sidequels (movies set in the same universe as previous movies, but with events not in continuity with the others…may focus on other characters than the previous movies)
Didn’t notice any big ones this year.
Remakes/Reboots (based on previous movies or TV shows)
Man of Steel (June 14)
Zack Snyder (300) directs from David S. Goyer’s (Batman Begins) script. Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Michael Shannon, and Kevin Costner appear, among others.
Oz: The Great and Powerful (March 8)
James Franco plays the Wizard of Oz. Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, and Bruce Campbell are also in it. Sam Raimi (Spider-Man, The Evil Dead) directs.
The Lone Ranger (July 3)
Gore Verbinski directs Johnny Depp as Tonto.
Carrie (March 15)
Kimberly Pierce (Boys Don’t Cry directs Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore and Judy Greer.
Texas Chainsaw 3D (January 4)
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (December 25)
Ben Stiller takes over the Danny Kaye role.
Evil Dead (April 12)
Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi are producers, but do not appear or direct.
Pedigeeked originals (original movies, but with some geek cred to them…director, actors, screenwriters, source)
Pacific Rim (July 12)
Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) directs this giant mecha (human-piloted robots) fighting aliens movie.
Ender’s Game (November 1)
Based on a very popular book, I’m sure they are hoping this one is this year’s The Hunger Games. Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin, and Viola Davis all appear.
After Earth (June 7)
M. Night Shyamalan directs Will Smith.
Oblivion (April 19)
Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman in a “ruined Earth” scenario.
This Is the End (June 14)
A bunch of movie stars are partying at James Franco’s house when disaster strikes.
The Seventh Son (October 18)
Based on the book by Joseph Delaney, starring Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges.
Warm Bodies (February 1)
Based on the book by Isaac Marion, it’s a zombie love story.
World War Z (June 21)
Based on the book by Max Brooks, starring Brad Pitt.
Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters (January 25)
Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton
Jack the Giant Slayer (March 1)
Bryan Singer (X-Men) directs.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (August 23)
Based on the book by Cassandra Clare
The World’s End (October 25)
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost
The Host (March 29)
Based on the book by Stephenie Meyer (Twilight)
Now You See Me (June 7)
Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo and Michael Caine are stage magicians and thieves.
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (March 15)
Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, and Olivia Wilde in a stage magician comedy.
Dark Skies (February 22nd)
Unconnected to the Eric Close TV series. Keri Russell stars.
Turbo (July 19)
From Dreamworks, with Ryan Reynolds as a fast snail
Elysium (August 9)
Neill Blomkamp (Dictrict 9) directs Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, and Sharito Copley.
A Haunted House (January 11)
Marlon Wayans and Nick Swardson in an R-rated comedy
Mama (January 18)
Jessica Chastain may get an Oscar nom for Zero Dark Thirty, and will appear in this horror movie.
Epic (May 24)
Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson and Beyoncé Knowles voice act in this movie from Blue Sky.
The Croods (March 22)
Dreamworks animated. Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, and Emma Stone provide voices.
Escape from Planet Earth (February 14)
Animated. Jessica Alba, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jane Lynch, Brendan Fraser, and James Gandolfini.
R.I.P.D. (July 19)
Undead cops: Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, Mary-Louise Parker
I, Frankenstein (September 13)
Aaron Eckhart and Bill Nighy: based on the Kevin Grevioux comic.
Frozen (November 27)
Animated: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad.
About Time May 10)
Richard Curtis (Love, Actually and Pirate Radio) directs Rachel McAdams and Bill Nighy.
The Conjuring (July 19)
Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga and Ron Livingston
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.