Friday, July 11, 2008

Future blockbuster films to get excited about...

Aside from such treats as Hellboy 2: The Golden Army (opening today in the U.S.),  The Dark Knight and X-Files: I Want to Believe, here are five future film releases for the end of 2008 and Summer 2009, most still in production, to get excited about:

Quantum of Solace (22nd James Bond movie) - opening 31 October (UK) and 7 November 2008 (USA)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - opening 21 November 2008
Watchmen - opening 6 March 2009
X-Men Origins: Wolverine - opening 1 May 2009
Star Trek - opening 8 May 2009

22nd James Bond movie poster - Quantum of Solace
Daniel Craig returns in the 22nd James Bondfilm in the movie franchise, seeking revenge for the murder of his lover, Vespa Lynd, from the Casino Royale movie. 
Daniel Craig is back as secret agent, 007 - James Bond in Quantum of Solace
We're promised more high octane adventure, more daring stunts, more globe-trotting and more of Dame Judy Dench (hoorah).  As the new Bond trailer looks pretty fantastic, I think we can forgive the slightly dodgy film title - Quantum of Solace
Daniel Craig is James Bond, 007 in Quantum of Solace
But, most importantly, let's hope Daniel Craig remains as buff as he was in the first movie!

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movie posterOpening 21 November 2008, this is the sixth movie based on the phenomenally popular J.K. Rowling books.  This is the one where Voldemort is back and more menacing than ever and one of the books most beloved characters dies.  

The teaser trailer isn't available yet and the official website hasn't been updated yet, but all three of the main cast return to reprise their roles - Daniel Radcliffe (Harry), Rupert Grint (Ron) and Emma Watson (Hermione) and it's also been confirmed they've all signed up for the final two installments (now that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has been split into two films). 

Watchmen Comic-Con movie teaser poster
Due for release on 6 March 2009, Watchmen is a film adaption of highly acclaimed twelve-issue comic book limited series by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.

The story in the movie is based in an alternate 1985 and follows the tale of a group of former costumed crime-fighters during a time of unrest between the United States and the Soviet Union. One of those vigilantes, Rorschach, is investigating the death of The Comedian and ultimately uncovers a conspiracy linked to his costumed associates' past which could well change the course of history.
Watchmen movie - The Minutemen
Now a revered must-read graphic novel, this Zack Snyder (300) helmed movie has taken years to come to the big screen, languishing in development hell with lots of political and legal wranglings along the way.  

Usually a staunch Marvel Comics fan, I hadn't read Watchmen until a couple of years when a friend loaned me it to read and I was suitably impressed.  It'll be interesting to see whether Snyder can do the source material justice as it's now a comic book classic with lots of loyal fans.  

Here are a few reasons to get excited about Watchmen...

Watchmen The Comedian movie and comic costumeEdward Blake aka The Comedian played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan (star of TV's Grey's Anatomy, Supernatural and film P.S. I Love You).
Watchmen Silk Spectre movie and comic costumeLaurie Juspeczyk aka Silk Spectre II played in the movie by Malin Akerman who starred as Katherine Heigl's sister, Tess, in 27 Dresses.
Watchmen Nite Owl movie and comic costumeDan Dreiberg aka The Nite-Owl II played by Patrick Wilson, star of films Little Children and Hard Candy and as Joe Pitt in TV's acclaimed mini-series Angels in America.
Watchmen Ozymandius movie and comic costumeAdrian Veidt aka Ozymandias is played by Matthew Goode star of Match Point and soon to be released Brideshead Revisited
Watchmen vigilante Rorschach movie and comic costume id=
Walter Kovacs aka Rorschach played by Jackie Earle Haley.  Watchmen will also star Billy Crudup as Dr. Manhattan and Carla Gugino as the original Silk Spectre. Apparently we'll get to see a trailer before the new Batman: The Dark Knight film in cinemas soon.

Another fan-favourite due to arrive in May 2009 is Wolverine, which will tell the X-Man's origin story.

Pumped up leading man, Hugh Jackman, really nailed the role of the mutant Wolverine and made it his own in the first three X-Men movies, so this should be a great film. 
Hugh Jackman reprises his role as Wolverine in X-Men Origins - Wolverine
This time he's joined by various characters from the X-Men and Wolverine comic universe including the equally gorgeous Ryan Reynolds, as the wise-cracking Wade Wilson, the 'Merc with the mouth' aka Deadpool and Liev Schreiber as Wolverine's arch nemesis, Sabretooth
Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in X-Men Origins - Wolverine, courtesy of Empire magazine
The film explores Wolverine's past as he pursues Victor Creed (Sabretooth), the killer of his girlfriend, and promises revelations about his entry into the Weapon X program that turned him into the killing machine he is.
Hugh Jackman as Wolverine
J.J.Abrams Star Trek 2009 movie poster
The last, but not least, of my five future film picks is J.J. Abrams (Cloverfield, Mission Impossile III, Lost, Alias) new Star Trek movie.

We are set to see Leonard Nimoy reprise his role as cult classic Spock and even though shrouded in mystery regarding its plot, what we do know is that it's some kind of time travel adventure as we get to see the younger counterparts of the infamous Starship Enterprise crew. 
Star Trek 2009 Teaser movie poster
Zachary Quinto of Heroes fame (Sylar) will play a younger Spock, Britain's own Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Spaced) plays a young Engineer Scotty and relative unknown actor Chris Pine stars as the young Kirk.  

We'll also see big star names Eric Bana as a new character 'Nero' and Winona Ryder (not seen on our screens in a while) starring as Spock's human mother, Amanda Grayson.

The Star Trek teaser trailer has been out for some time now, so surely we're due another glimpse soon - but as with Cloverfield, J.J. Abrams is trying to maintain an element of mystery on this project (maybe hoping to avoid any negative backlash from Trek's hordes of devoted fans). 

I hope you've enjoyed this glimpse into the future at the exciting movies coming up, in the same vein as my top picks for summer 2008 blockbusters.

Come back soon for more movie news, reviews and recommendations soon... 

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