My Most Anticipated Movies of 2013
Welcome to my list of most anticipated movies of 2013. There are many more movies other than the ones on this list that I am excited for, but if I had to narrow it down these are the movies that I am MOST excited for.
Evil Dead (April 12)
Directed by Fede Alvarez
Written by Fede Alvarez & Diablo Cody
Starring Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci, and Elizabeth Blackmore
A remake of the 1981 film by Sam Raimi that features five friends who take a vacation to a secluded cabin in the woods. They discover the Book of the Dead and end up summoning Demons from within the woods. The 1981 film is a campy, cult-classic horror film that is one of those older films that you watch, and realize that a remake is necessary. I was fortunate enough to see the Evil Dead presentation at the 2012 New York Comic Con, and it sounds like Fede knows exactly what he's doing. Bruce Campbell is producer on the film, and gives his stamp of approval, although he reassures us that he will not cameo in the movie. From what I gather they are aiming to make a dead-serious, terrifying film. Check out the absolutely amazing trailer for the film below.
Iron Man 3 (May 3)
Written and Directed by Shane Black
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, James Badge Dale, Ashley Hamilton, and Ben Kingsley.
The movie picks up a little bit after The Avengers with Tony Stark dealing with the aftermath in NYC. Tony Stark will face off against a powerful, threatening enemy called The Mandarin played by Ben Kingsley. Guy Pearce will play Aldrich Killian, the creator of the Extremis Virus, and Ashley Williams will play Firepower, another of Stark's villains. The first Iron Man movie was amazing, but the second didn't really offer anything new or original. Iron Man 3 looks to be breaking new ground, offering up a seemingly darker Iron Man story.
Fast & Furious 6 (May 24)
Directed by Justin Lin
Written by Chris Morgan
Starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Luke Evans, and Gina Carano
Very little is known so far about the plot of the movie, but it will take place in both L.A. and London. Luke Evans will be playing the leader of a heist gang that is in direct competition with Dominic's group, and will be considered to be the main villain in the story. Michelle Rodriguez will be reprising her role as Letty Ortiz after it was believed that she was killed during the fourth film. Expect to see crazy, intense, and near-impossible car stunts throughout.
Man of Steel (June 14)
Directed by Zack Snyder
Written by David S. Goyer
Starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, and Russell Crowe
Man of Steel tells us yet another origin story of Superman, this time directed by the very stylish Zack Snyder and written by the great David S. Goyer. It's also being produced by Christopher Nolan so the likely-hood of this movie being anything like Superman Returns is slim-to-none. Superman Returns was terrible, and although it's still early Man of Steel looks fantastic. Michael Shannon will be playing Superman's arch-nemesis General Zod, who in my eyes is the perfect choice. I'm curious to see what the deal is with Superman being arrested. Does he turn himself in to show that he's not a villain, not dangerous? I guess we'll see.
World War Z (June 21)
Directed by Marc Forster
Written by Matthew Michael Carnahan
Starring Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox, Bryan Cranston, David Morse, and Abigail Hargrove
World War Z is the big budget adaption of the book of the same name by Max Brooks. While the movies plot seems to be focused on a singular character, Jerry Lane (played by Brad Pitt) who is a United Nations employee who will travel across the globe trying to find a way to stop the Pandemic, the book handles things differently. The book tells the story of the Zombie War through a series of post-war interviews conducted by Brooks himself, that covers many various peoples across all different parts of the globe as they tell their story of certain events during the 10 year Zombie War. The interviews are laid out mostly in chronological order. Production of the movie has been plagued from the start with apparent disagreements on set, and having their shipments of gun props seized by Hungarian officials After production of the movie seven additional weeks of re-shoots were ordered, and Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods) was eventually brought in to re-write the third act. The trailer divided those who watched it, with many complaining about the super-speed, fully CGI zombies that appear to be featured throughout the film, instead of slow-moving George Romero style zombies that appears in the book. Aside from the look of the zombies, I am completely stoked for this film, and think it looks fantastic. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this movie turns out to be great, and finds solid numbers upon release.
Pacific Rim (July 12)
Written and Directed by Guillermo Del Toro
Co-written by Travis Beacham
Starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Clifton Collins Jr., Diego Klattenhoff, and Ellen McLain
It's giant robots called Jaegers versus giant creatures called Kaijus directed by the great Guillermo Del Toro. How could this not turn out to be one of the most awesome movies in 2013? Del Toro and others who have worked on the film have been pretty tight lipped when it comes to the plot, and what goes on in the film. The teaser trailer gave us our first glimpse at these creatures and robots, and boy was it magnificent. This film looks and feels massive in scope, and with a $200M+ budget to work with we are going to be treated to some amazing stuff. I could easily see this being in the top 5 highest grossing movies of 2013.
The Conjuring (July 19)
Directed by James Wan
Starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston, Mackenzie Foy, Lili Taylor, Joey King, and Shanley Caswell
I was fortunate enough to see the panel for The Conjuring at the 2012 New York Comic Con where James Wan presented us with a trailer for the movie, and a clip. This film looks terrifying. Originally called The Warren Files, the movie follows the true story of Lorraine and Ed Warren who are both demonologists as they investigate the happenings at a family's home. It is quite the bold move to release a horror film like this in the middle of the summer with so many big movies releasing around it, but also shows their confidence. Word has it that the film has tested in the 90% range during test screenings which is practically unheard of for a horror film. I'll be there at the 10pm/midnight showing.
Riddick (September 6)
Written and Directed by David Twohy
Starring Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Katee Sackhoff, Jordi Molla, Bokeem Woodbine, and Dave Batista
Fan have been waiting almost 9 years for this movie, and now it's almost here. Very little is know about the plot, but I would imagine that it's going to take place some years following the events of The Chronicles of Riddick. What we do know about the plot is that Riddick is left for dead on a planet, and must fight against the creatures that live there as well as bounty hunters who are out to kill him. Word is that Riddick is aiming be Rated R, similar to the first Riddick movie Pitch Black. Hopefully we'll get to see some footage soon.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (November 22)
Directed by Francis Lawrence
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Jeffrey Wright, Amanda Plummer, and Jenna Malone
I thought the adaption of The Hunger Games was amazing, but I am much more excited to see what they are able to do with Catching Fire. The arena in Catching Fire is awesome, and hopefully when they create it on screen it will jaw-dropping. Francis Lawrence knows his way around action scenes so I feel quite confident that this movie is in good hands. Although I do understand that when adapting a book to a film things must be left out, but I hope they are able to stay quiet close to source material especially when it comes to the arena scenes and what happens after.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (December 13)
Directed by Peter Jackson
Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Aidan Turner, Peter Hambleton, Sylvester McCoy, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, and Benedict Cumberbatch
This is going to be The Hobbit film that all Hobbit fans have been waiting for. Seeing Smaug the Dragon, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, is hopefully going to be amazing. I loved the first Hobbit film, but did feel that the movie dragged a little bit in the beginning. They did have to introduce the story and all the characters so its understandable, but with this second film hopefully things will begin at a bit of a faster pace. The character of Tauriel, played by Evangeline Lilly, was created to add a female face to a 95% male cast, but brought some upset among fans. Tauriel will be introduced in this second film, and from what is being said her character is awesome.
Honorable Mentions: Pain and Gain, Star Trek Into Darkness, R.I.P.D, Elysium, Thor: The Dark World, and Kick Ass 2