I suppose the question on everyone’s lips now is “what has the movie industry got in store for us this year?” For sure the big guns are set to deliver more blockbusters and rack in the big dough in 2017. So like I promised, here is the list of the supposed blockbuster movies to look out for this year:
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter – January 27
The producers of this franchise aren’t tired even if I am. Five years after Resident Evil: Retribution, Milla Jovovich is returning to close it for good. Praise God! I just pray they don’t disappoint their fans.
John Wick Chapter 2 – February 10
Everyone’s wondering what could possibly convince John Wick to come out of retirement, after everything he went through in the first movie? Who cares right? As long Wick’s followers get to watch another gory gun battle.
Lego Batman – February 10
In the spirit of their famous video game franchise, LEGO is taking another IP for a spin in building block form and will ensure this one will be enjoyable for all of the Lego Movie fan.
Fifty Shades Darker– February 10
Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele fan base can look forward to another sequel of the sadistic love tale. I can’t help but wonder what story they have to tell this time.
The Great Wall – February 17
The story is that the Great Wall has been hit with early backlash over its casting of Matt Damon as the star of what’s otherwise an eastern narrative. Here we go again with the racial segregation song! However the film has an intriguing twist that “The Great Wall” of China was built to keep out more than just unwanted human neighbors…hmmm
Logan – March 3
As much I love Hugh as an actor and believe he was born to play the role of Wolverine and seriously doubt if any other actor can, I’m thinking he might be getting… uh… a bit old for the part *lips sealed* Better stop here before I’m stoned to dead by Wolverine fans for uttering such blasphemy. Lol! No worries, he has still has one last Wolverine film in him, which I hope sends him off with a bang.
Kong: Skull Island – March 10
Legendary is making a reboot of King Kong with Bria Larson, John C. Reilly, John Goodman and Tom Hiddleston, so it’s bound to be good right.
Beauty & The Beast – March 17
Emma Watson and Dan Stevens lead a cast that includes Luke Evans and Josh Gad to the golden trio of Emma Thompson, Kevin Kline, and Sir Ian McKellen. All of the stars look to be aligning, and Beauty And The Beast already sounds like it’ll be a delight for children and adults.
Power Rangers – March 24
The red, yellow, pink, blue, black, or even the occasionally-seen green or white rangers, get another reboot after a successful 1995 film Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, which was quickly followed up by 1997’s Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie and several spinoff series. Not exactly a fan. More partial to the Naija Turtles *tongue in cheek*
Ghost in the Shell – March 31
Ghost in the Shell chronicless an epic chase between a cyborg policewoman and a dangerous hacker with the same kind of effects that captivated audiences in films like The Matrix, Lucy, and The Fifth Element. But there appears to be another controversy brewing with this film over the casting of Scarlett Johansson as the main heroine, the Mayor. But producers don’t seem to care taking into consideration Johansson’s box office track record. As should be.
The Fast & Furious franchise aren’t done yet, even with the fitting ending Paul Walker’s character was given at the end of Furious 7. Vin Diesel himself confirmed that the Furious series is still on with his character, Dom turning dark, and with a new villain in the face of Charlize Theron.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5
Initially, it seemed like a hilariously dumb idea for Marvel to turn a relatively obscure comic about a ragtag team of intergalactic do-gooders into a $200 million movie. But with $775 million in box office receipts later, Guardians of the Galaxy seems to be another money making machine for the studio like the Avengers. And if it’s anything like the first, we’re in for a super good time!
Alien: Covenant – May 19
Ridley Scott makes a comeback to the Alien franchise with Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace, when they hijack an ancient spacecraft in order to venture to the homeworld of the mysterious Engineers and halt their plans for humanity.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – May 26
Fans of the Franchise are probably dancing the tango right now over the news of the return of their favourite pirate, Captain Jack Sparrow, who faces off an old nemesis played by Javier Bardem—and we’ll also get to see the return of Orlando Bloom’s Will Turner in his new guise as Davy Jones.
Wonder Woman – June 2
We saw her in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, should I say I wasn’t impressed. Anyway, let’s wait and see if director Patty Jenkins can help Warner Bros. gain a edge on Marvel in the superhero blockbuster race with this one.
World War Z 2 – June 9
I loved World War Z and don’t care what the vultures… sorry critics had to say. Lol! So, guess I’m curious about what possible twist they could put on the movie after Cruises character found a cure in the previous movie.
Michael Bay isn’t done with The Transformers franchise, and it appears it was he born to direct this particular franchise since the executives at Paramount have refused to let him go. Your guess is has good as mine if his much touted magic touch transforms the latest series into gold.
Despicable Me 3 – June 30
Yay! We get to see our favourite cartoon characters, the adorable “Minions” in the 3rd Instalment of Despicable Me. You should know that this animation has also spun off a prequel (2015’s Minions), six short films, three video games, and a theme park attraction—and, it isn’t done yet.
Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7
I’m kind of sad to see Garfield get the boot as Spiderman. I think he potrayed the well enough, even his versions didn’t perform as expected (which I felt had to do more with the script; he got terrible villains). Anyway the studio is bringing on Tom Holland, saw him in Captain America: Civil War) and Jon Watts, as the director. Perhaps that will change their box office woes.
War for the Planet of the Apes – July 14
The story of the war between humans and genetically enhanced apes continues with this sequel on July 14.
IT – September 8
Horror and Stephen King fans will love this film from The 1991 TV miniseries of a town terrorized by a clown Pennywise. Director Andrés Muschietti revealed his new version of the character (now played by Bill Skarsgård)
Kingsman: The Golden Circle – October 6
Returning stars Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, and Sophie Cookson are joined by Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, and Elton John. Rumor has it that the Kingsman British spy team will team up with their American equivalents after their headquarters are destroyed by a lethal foe.
Thor: Ragnarok – November 3
My darling Hemsworth (the older one) is back with my favourite villain Odin,his step brother. I hear in this sequel he’ll have to bust out of prison—without his hammer—and, “survive a deadly gladatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk! Sounds interesting right?
Justice League – November 17
Warner Bros. is following in its rival’s footsteps with its DC Comics properties, with the all-star superhero team spotlight with Justice League. Director Zack Snyder has already agreed to helm this (not sure its a good idea, after what he did to the last Superman film). But they don’t appear to share my concerns with a sequel already scheduled for 2019.
Star Wars: Episode VIII – December 15
Star Wars fans, not moi will glad to hear they don’t have to wait 20 years for another sequel. It returns with Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Adam Driver, along with OG franchise stars Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. (Carrie Fisher had wrapped filming for Episode VIII before her tragic and unexpected death. So sad). This installment follows the events of Episode VII, the advances of the Resistance against the First Order.
I believe these movies are enough to give us something to look forward to throughout the year. And lest I forget, The 89th Academy Awards are on for February and like last year we’ll have our own competition here with Jollyhood by predicting which films win certain categories and as usual Jollyhood’s readers stand to win some fabulous prizes. So you definitely want to stay tuned. Take care & Bye!