2016 is coming to a close. What a year it was. 2017 is bound to be another year jam-packed with big hits, some of which we already have trailers and/or teasers for. These are the 10 films that I am most curious and/or excited about next year.
#10: The Mummy
A remake of The Mummy? Not even 20 years since it was first released? Even though the original Mummy with Mr. Brendan Fraser was no cinematic masterpiece, it was still undeniably fun. Remakes and sequels have a bad habit of stripping the fun out of the original, so we'll see what happens this time with Tom Cruise at the helm. Fingers crossed that the fun is still there.
#9: Beauty and the Beast
Disney hit the ball out of the park with their live-action features in 2016. The Jungle Book and Pete's Dragon were visual overhauls that both proved highly successful. Now comes Beauty and the Beast, another Disney animated classic. Emma Watson will star as Belle, and I am expecting this film to keep up Disney's live-action winning streak.
#8: The Fate of the Furious
Furious 7 was one of the biggest box-office smashes of 2015, and paid a heart-warming tribute to Paul Walker. The trailer reveals Dom Toretto betraying his crew and being seduced by a criminal-mastermind woman. This is an interesting twist for a franchise that has continuously featured Vin Diesel talking about "family". I am interested in seeing how it plays out. Plus, how can you pass up another chance to see Vin Diesel, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and Jason Statham all together, kicking ass and blowing stuff up?
#7: Wonder Woman
DC is probably praying and hoping that Wonder Woman turns out well. Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad might have been profitable, but they were both panned by critics and audiences. It's as if the future of DC's "rivalry" with Marvel is riding on the outcome of Wonder Woman. To me, this is a film that should've come out before Batman v Superman. We've gotten a brief glimpse at Gal Gadot's portrayal of Wonder Woman in BvS, which seemed to win a lot of people over. In addition, it's nice that Wonder Woman is getting a modern-day overhaul. As someone who enjoyed BvS and is not overly fond of Marvel, I hope that Wonder Woman is finally the hit that can get DC going.
#6: Kong: Skull Island
Peter's Jackson 2005 remake of King Kong was exciting, but overly-long. The difference with this Kong is that he is going to fight the new American Godzilla in the near future. If you were a fan of Godzilla and all the giant Japanese monsters growing up like I was, I don't know how you could not get excited for that.
Logan is advertised to be Hugh Jackman's last appearance as Wolverine, as well as Patrick Stewart's last appearance as Professor X. Seeing these two ride off into the sunset is going to (hopefully) make Logan another strong addition to the already robust X-Men franchise.
#4: Star Wars Episode VIII
The next chapter of Star Wars is unquestionably the most anticipated film of the coming year. There's little that we can speculate right now in regards to what will happen in this episode. Plus, with Episode IX to still be released in 2019, we're definitely not going to get all the answers to everything. I'm sure this film will break the box office just like Episode VII did. Star Wars really seems to have a knack for doing that nowadays.
#3: Justice League
We live in an age where superheroes are dominating the film industry. If Marvel can pull off bringing so many different heroes together, why can't DC? If Wonder Woman isn't going to finally give DC that push they need to make a name for themself, maybe Justice League will do it. For someone that highly enjoyed Batman v Superman, I'm super excited to see them again, and with other heroes like the Flash and Aquaman present as well? Come on, this kind of stuff is why we love superheroes and love going to the movies.
#2: Blade Runner 2049
Blade Runner is my favorite science fiction film, so how could I not be pumped for this? Dennis Villeneuve, the director of Arrival, will be directing this sequel that takes place 30 years after the events of the first film. More than anything, I hope that this sequel is not an action-filled special effects spectacle, because the world in which Blade Runner takes place is one that is highly thought-provoking, and action should not be emphasized. What the exact story will be is what really interests me, as well as how Ryan Gosling will play the new blade runner.
#1: War for the Planet of the Apes
Thereis no film that I am more excited for this upcoming year than War for the Planet of the Apes. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is one of the best science fiction films to come out in the past 10-15 years, and this sequel should only add upon it. Andy Serkis has been terrific as Caesar, and Woody Harrelson is an intriguing choice as a human villain. Will the apes prevail? Or will the humans survive?
War for the Planet of the Apes hits theaters July 14!
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