It seems like the number of remakes, sequels, prequels and adaptations are increasing year after year, with pretty much everything on this list fitting neatly into one of the aforementioned criteria. That being said, this list has Cairo 360 swooning with anticipation for the year’s film releases.
The Hunger Games (March)
If you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you may have missed the massive hoopla surrounding Suzanne Collins’ literary phenomenon, which has been touted as the next youth-orientated film franchise. It takes place in a dystopian future and centres on an annual televised event called the Hunger Games, in which kids are forced to fight to the death. The first film in the trilogy is due out in March and stars Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, our bow-wielding protagonist. The film also features, among others, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz and Woody Harrelson. It’s going to be huge.
The Avengers (April/May)
The whole Marvel universe collides in this superhero bonanza, which features Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, Nick Fury and every other Marvel superhero who’s had their own film in the past few years. Laundry list of superheroes notwithstanding, in this reviewer’s opinion, the most exciting thing about this film is the director, Joss Whedon, the man behind TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly. If there’s one thing those two shows tell us about the guy, it’s that he never skimps on smarts, his dialogue is hilarious and he knows just how to juggle big casts.
The Amazing Spider-Man (July)
This Spider-Man reboot goes back to Peter Parker’s days as a teenager. This time around, Spidey is The Social Network’s Andrew Sullivan with Emma Stone as his love interest, and Rhys Ifans as the villainous Lizard. It might look no different to Spider-Man on the surface but this version looks good largely because of the cast. Either way, it can’t get any worse than trying to pass off a rhythmically challenged, emo Peter Parker as some kind of chick magnet.
The Dark Knight Rises (July/August)
The third and final instalment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy sees Anne Hathaway, and Inception stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard and Tom Hardy joining the star-studded cast. Set eight years after The Dark Knight, the finale sees a retired, disgraced Batman being urged to don his suit again to deal with a masked menace that the entire police force are helpless against; Hardy’s Bane. The film has been shrouded in secrecy with rumours being bandied around right and left feeding the frenzy surrounding the film. Everything points towards this being the darkest, most epic instalment yet; the perfect way to end the trilogy that gave us a superhero with some edge.
Snow White & the Huntsman (June)
For everybody who thought that Snow White was a bit too tame for their tastes, we now have a far more bloodied version of the children’s classic. Kristen Stewart stars as the eponymous princess, decked out in armour and swinging a sword, with what looks like a deliciously wicked turn as the evil queen by Charlize Theron. Don’t expect any singing dwarves or a ‘someday my prince will come’ attitude.
Rock of Ages (June)
Stay far away if you’re allergic to cheese. A film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical; expect big hair, ridiculous fashion and the cheesiest, most awesome 80s hair metal. The film focuses on the ‘small town girl’ and ‘city boy’ from Journey’s monster hit ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ as they fall in love and try to achieve their dreams on the Sunset Strip. Brought to you by the director of Hairspray, this one stars Russell Brand, Julianne Hough, Catherine Zeta Jones, Alec Baldwin and Tom Cruise as a Bon Jovi-esque rock star.
It’s a universally known fact that Casino Royale was an awesome Bond film and this reviewer is pretty optimistic that Skyfall will be more like Casino Royale than Quantum of Solace, which was affected by the writer’s strike. This time around, MI6 is under attack and only Bond can save the organization. Daniel Craig reprises his role as Bond with Javier Bardem bringing his dark, broody and Oscar-nominated self along as the villain.
World War Z (December)
After the slew of vampire films that we’ve been subjected to lately, zombies should be a nice change of pace. At the very least, there’s no way to make them all cute and cuddly unlike certain vegetarian, fangless, sparkly vampires who shall remain nameless. World War Z is loosely based on Max Brooks’ novel, which consists of little vignettes spotlighting various humans all over the world and how they react to the zombie apocalypse. The film stars Brad Pitt as the UN representative connecting all the people together.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (December)
After The Return of the King swept up an amazing eleven Oscars at the 2004 Academy Awards and made a zillion dollars at the box office, it was pretty much a no-brainer that The Lord Of the Rings’ prequel, The Hobbit, would also be adapted into not one, but two films. They feature a mix of some of the LOTR actors along with some new faces and despite the fact that both instalments were shot at the same time, the first part comes out in December. The Hobbit chronicles Bilbo, Gandalf and the dwarves’ trek across Middle Earth to thwart the dragon Smaug, who has taken over the Dwarf Kingdom. Most notably, though; it’s during this trek that Bilbo runs into Gollum and the One Ring comes into his life.