Geeky movies for 2015

Geeky movies for 2015

Note: this article was accidentally published while it was still being written…it’s that big!ūüôā It was withdrawn, and this is the complete version

We predict right now that there will be more movies that dogro (have a domestic gross) more than $400 million in 2015 than ever before.

While release dates are always subject to change, here‚Äôs a look at some of the geek-friendly movies we‚Äôll probably see in the USA in 2015 (although it’s worth noting that many movies in our 2014 post got bumped to 2015 and beyond):

Sequels/Prequels (continuing a movie series, with events taking place after or before early entries)

Star Wars: Episode VII РThe Force Awakens (December 18 2015)

The bar is high for this one…if it’s not the number one movie of the year (and it has stiff competition), it will be considered a disappointment by some. Last installment (by chronology of release, which is what we’ll use…it was Episode III: Revenge of the Sith): 2005, 380m dogro (domestic gross)

Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1 2015)

Sequel to the third biggest domestic grossing movie (behind Avatar and Titanic), with the same director and stars…should be one of the highest grossing of the year. Last installment (just counting the Avengers, not other movies with Avengers or other connections): 2012, $623m dogro

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay РPart 2 (November 20 2015)

The last Hunger Games movie in the series should be of the very top earners of the year. Last installment: 2014, $325m dogro (may still earn more)

Jurassic World (June 12 2015)

Chris Pratt stars…takes place 22 years after the first movie. Last installment: 2001, 181m dogro

Spectre (November 6 2015)

Bond…James Bond. Last installment: Skyfall, 2012, $304m dogro

Insurgent (March 20 2015)

Sequel to Divergent. Last installment: 2014, $151m dogro

Terminator Genisys (July 1 2015)

It’s a new timeline, but is using the same characters. Jai Courtney, Matt Smith, Emilia Clarke, and yes, Arnold Schwarzenegger appear. Last installment: Terminator Salvation, 2009, $125m

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend (August 28 2015)

Donnie Yen, Michelle Yeoh, Jason Scott Lee, Harry Shum, Jr. Last installment: 2000, $128m dogro

Mission: Impossible 5 (December 25 2015)

Christopher McQuarrie directs Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, and Jeremy Renner. Last installment: Ghost Protocol, 2011, $209m dogro

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (September 18 2015)

Last installment: 2014, $101m dogro

Ted 2 (June 26 2015)

The Teddy bear is back! Last installment: 2012, $219m dogro

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (February 6 2015)

Last installment: 2004, $85m dogro

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (February 20 2015)

Last installment: 2010, $50m dogro

Hotel Transylvania 2 (September 25 2015)

Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Selena Gomez, Mel Brooks…Last installment: 2012, $148m dogro

Yoga Hosers (June 1 2015)

Likely to be quite bizarre…cast includes Johnny Depp, Stan Lee, and Kevin Smith. Written and directed by Smith. Last installment: Tusk (this might be more of a sidequel…see below), 2014, $2m dogro

Insidious: Chapter 3 (June 5 2015)

Last installment: 2013, $84m dogro

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (March 13 2015)

Last installment: 2012, $54m dogro

Amityville: The Awakening (undated 2015)

Last installment: Amityville 3-D, 1983

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)

Ant-Man (July 17 2015)

It’s in the Marvel universe, and there are crossover characters (at least Peggy Carter and Howard Stark), but the story may not be in a direct line with, say, The Avengers.

Minions (July 10 2015)

The Minions from Despicable Me…voices include Jon Hamm and Sandra Bullock.

Pedigeeked originals (original movies, but with some geek cred to them…director, actors, screenwriters, source)

Chappie (March 6 2015)

Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) directs Sigourney Weaver and Hugh Jackman in a robot story

Significance (May 18 2015)

Based on the Shelly Crane novel

Jupiter Ascending (February 6 2015)

The Wachowski siblings direct Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis‚Ķoh, you‚Äôre okay if I stop there? ūüėČ Terry Gilliam! Sorry, couldn‚Äôt resist‚Ķ

Tomorrowland (May 22 2015)

Disney is still trying to repeat the ‚Äúmovies based on the parks‚ÄĚ success of Pirates. This one is directed by Brad Bird, co-written by Damon Lindelof, and starring George Clooney and Hugh Laurie

The Good Dinosaur (November 25 2015)

Pixar animation

Home (March 27 2015)

Dreamworks animation, based on the Adam Rex book…voices by Jim Parsons and Rihanna

Strange Magic (January 3 2015)

From a story by George Lucas, ILM animation

The Lazarus Effect (February 27 2015)

Olivia Wilde…medical students reanimate

Man Down (October 30 2015)

Jai Courtney is going to be very busy, and likely to be on our Box Office MVPs. Post-apocalyptic America. Also features Kate Mara (who should also be an MVP), Gary Oldman, and Shia LaBeouf

Walt Before Mickey (April 23 2015)

Biography of Walt Disney’s early years

Pixels (July 24 2015)

Big budget animation with “old school arcade gamers” having to defend the Earth from an attack by what appears to be 1980s videogame characters. Adam Sandler¬†is one of the stars (with Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions involved)

The Martian (November 25 2015)

Ridley Scott directs Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, and Matt Damon. Based on the Andy Weir book

Inside Out (June 19 2015)

Pixar animation with emotions as characters. Pete Docter (Up, Monsters, Inc.) and Ronaldo Del Carmen direct

The Phoenix Project (January 16 2015)

Scientists bring the dead back to life

Macbeth (undated 2015)

Michael Fassbender as Macbeth

Vice (January 16 2015)

Bruce Willis as the creator of a “live your fantasies” resort not named DelosūüėČ

Ex Machina (April 10 2015)

Perhaps Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking can see this artificial intelligence movie together…

The Age of Adaline (April 24 2015)

Blake Lively’s character doesn’t age…also features Harrison Ford

Knight of Cups (undated 2015)

Terrence Malick directs Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett

The Last Witch Hunter (October 23 2015)

Vin Diesel, Elijah Wood

The Little Prince (undated 2015)

James Franco, Marion Cotillard, Rachel MacAdams

Crimson Peak (October 16 2015)

Guillermo del Toro directs Jessica Chastain (likely MVP), Charlie Hunnam, Tom Hiddleston, Burn Gorman…

Spare Parts (January 16 2015)

True underdog story of a robot competition

Equals (undated 2015)

Futuristic love story with Kristen Stewart, Guy Pearce, and Nicholas Hoult

Dark Places (undated 2015)

Chlo√ę Grace Moretz, Charlize Theron, Christina Hendricks

Remakes/Reboots (based on previous movies or TV shows)

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (August 14 2015)

Guy Ritchie directs Henry Cavill (as Napoleon Solo) and Armie Hammer (as Illya Kuryakin). Hugh Grant is Mr. Waverly. It is set in the 1960s

Cinderella (March 30 2015)

Disney live action version, directed by Kenneth Branagh, and featuring Lily James, Helena Bonham Carter, Cate Blanchett, and Hayley Atwell

Jem and the Holograms (October 23 2015)

Juliette Lewis and Molly Ringwald are truly outrageous

Victor Frankenstein (October 2 2015)

Max Landis wrote this adaptation of¬†Frankenstein from Igor (Daniel Radcliffe)’s point of view

Mad Max: Fury Road (May 15 2015)

Original director/writer George Miller is back. Tom Hardy plays Max, and Charlize Theron is Furiosa

Pan (July 24 2015)

An origin story for Peter Pan, with Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard (not as Captain Hook…that’s Garrett Hedlund) and Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily

The Fantastic Four (August 7 2015)

Kate Mara, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan…and Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm? The dancing British star of Billy Elliott wouldn’t have been the first actor to come to many people’s minds for the role of the football (not soccer) playing New Yorker

The Jungle Book (October 9 2015

Disney version directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man) with Scarlett Johandsson as Kaa and Bill Murray as Baloo!

Poltergeist (July 24 2015)

Sam Rockwell stars. Sam Raimi is a producer

Peanuts (November 6 2015)

Yep, Snoopy and the gang

There‚Äôs a lot more than that, but that should get you into anticipation mode. ūüôā

Dates subject to change…

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