By Warren Tutt
2016 is now well and truly behind us, so it’s finally time to look forward to 2017 and the films that will have us grabbing our popcorn and heading to the flicks.
It’s hard to ignore the publicity placed on nominees for this year’s awards season. However, looking beyond La La Land, Lion and Moonlight, there’s a whole heap of promising and exciting films headed our way!
Ridley Scott’s latest Alien franchise offering, Alien: Covenant, arrives on the 19th of May. To counter the disappointment met by fans after 2012’s Prometheus, we are set to see more of what we loved from the original films in this new prequel-sequel. Namely body bursting aliens and dark corridors amongst silent and spooky spaceships.
Following the science fiction and Ridley Scott trend leads us to Blade Runner 2049 (October 6th), a sequel to the iconic Blade Runner (1982), based on Phillip K. Dick’s book ‘Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep’. Set 30 years after the original it will see Harrison Ford’s character, Rick Deckard, hunted by Ryan Gosling, the new blade runner on the block.
2017 then seems to be the year of the sequels. With the new Star Wars title revealed as Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, speculation has already begun as to whether this will be the end for the beloved Luke Skywalker. Sadly you’ll have to wait until December 15th to find out.
Anyone remember Cloverfield (2008), the found footage monster-horror film that saw an alien invasion wipe out New York? Well, after the tentative tie-in of 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) expanded the universe, we will see J.J Abrams produce the third film in the franchise with God Particle (October 27th). Rumoured to be set in space following the aftermath of the alien invasion, it just might be the thread that stitches this rather ambiguous world together.
The use of hand-held footage in film was made infamous by The Blair Witch Project (1999). This year sees Adam Winged, the director of its 2016 sequel Blair Witch, return with Death Note (TBC). Based on the manga series, its lead possesses the power to kill anyone simply by writing their name in a notebook. With a big following, the film is expected to possibly launch a new franchise that could follow in the footsteps of horror legacies The Ring (2002) and Insidious (2010).
Perhaps on a slightly lighter note, the much anticipated Beauty and the Beast (March 16th) will see the original 1991 animation brought to life, with Emma Watson playing the lead role of Belle. Much speculation has arisen after pressure on Disney to make their princess a stronger role models for girls. Rumours have spread from production that this Belle is the most independent Disney female lead to date.
Any action fans will be glad to see Liam Neeson return to our screens in The Commuter (July 21st). Poor old Liam can’t seem to catch a break as his daily commute to work is interrupted by criminal activities…
I’m sure he’ll be only too happy to help!
Lastly then, let’s focus on some British talent, in the form of Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan. They are bringing their popular television series The Trip onto the big screen, with The Trip to Spain (TBC). Promising to offer up the usual road trip banter and impersonation battles, it looks like we’re for another fun filled trip ahead.
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