by Grant Cronin
2016. When I was younger I would think of years like this ahead and ponder what futuristic wonders and amenities we would be using by now. We haven’t got where I thought we would be quite yet in that regard but this year has been kind to us so far in the movie world with the fast and funny Deadpool breaking records and the spine-tingling The Witch terrifying audiences. We have already had some awards handed out, with The Revenant and Spotlight looking likely to dominate this year’s proceedings.
I wanted the first ‘proper‘ article on this blog to be a look ahead at 2016 and at some of the (hopefully) terrific films we have coming our way over the next ten or so months.
So, in no particular order..
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Lucasfilm Ltd / Release date: December 18th
If you were alive and a human at the end of 2015 it would have been extremely difficult to escape the Star Wars: The Force Awakens hype. An absolute juggernaut at the box office, taking in over $2 billion at the last count the train doesn’t look to be stopping with the first of three planned anthology films being released at the end of this year.
Gareth Edwards (Godzilla 2013 and Monsters) will be directing this film which will serve as essentially a semi-prequel to A New Hope where we will see exactly how those Death Star plans got into the hands of the Rebel Alliance.
With a cast of Forest Whitaker, Felicity Jones and Ben Mendelsohn and a sound premise Star Wars fans are hopeful that this will be a more than welcome addition to the universe.
The Jungle Book
Walt Disney Pictures / Release date: April 15th
After Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella and Maleficent: The Jungle Book is the latest Disney property to be given the live action treatment. Boasting a stellar voice cast including Ben Kingsley, Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Bill Murray and Lupita Nyong’o amongst others and helmed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Elf, Chef) hopes are high for latest iteration of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book.
The first set of trailers have shown incredible visuals and a gripping story. Disney will be hoping for another success to set up for the live-action release of Beauty and The Beast due in 2017.
Admit it. Who else has wanted to hear Bill Murray sing ‘The Bare Necessities’?
The Kennedy/Marshall Company / Release date: July 29th
Jason Bourne is back and it looks very much with a bang. Prior to the third instalment, The Bourne Supremacy, Matt Damon publicly said that he wouldn’t be interested in another. But after the mixed reception of the offshoot The Bourne Legacy in 2012 Damon and director of the first three Bourne films Paul Greengrass are teaming up once again for the next film in the franchise.
Returning the franchise to its roots Damon has revealed the film will be very much an exploration of ‘Bourne through an austerity-riddled Europe and in a post-Snowden world.” Although many, including myself, enjoyed the Jeremy Renner led Bourne Legacy many will be eagerly anticipating the return of the original Jason Bourne.
Don’t forget to check back for part two and three of the most anticipated films of 2016.
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