Sequels for Days
Well, well, well it seems that we've reached an impasse in 2017. Evidently, Hollywood is in short supply of fresh ideas for this year's slate. That isn't too say that they've had the most original ideas in previous years, but this year is especially jam packed with sequels. But ya wanna know what? I'm actually looking forward to some these second, third or even fifth entries in their respective franchises. That being said, in no particular order, let's take a look at some of the sequels I'm looking forward to in 2017!
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
I absolutely loved, Kingsman: The Secret Service. Granted, it wasn't a perfect film, but it had a certain charm that only comes with the most special comic book adaptations. I know that it only borrowed from the original run in title and themes, but it had the same comic book vibe, as if it had jumped off the pages onto the silver screen.
Little is known about The Golden Circle as of right now. The only kind of plot synopsis available on IMDB states:
When an attack on the Kingsman headquarters takes place and a new villain rises, Eggsy and Merlin are forced to work together with the American agency Statesman to save the world.
This coupled with the fact that Colin Firth is in fact returning to his role as Harry Hart, makes me very excited. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention the additions of Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges to the cast list. All of this is only reinforced by the fact that Matthew Vaughn is back in the director's chair. I can't say that it will be good or bad; I mean, who could? But I can say that all of this is certainly good news and we'll see how it all comes together on October 6th when Kingsman: The Golden Circle, hits theaters.
Excited isn't the word to describe how I felt when this trailer came out. As far as I knew this film was originally supposed to directed by Neil Blompkamp. I would say thats a good sign, until I saw 2015's Chappie. Don't get me wrong, that is a good thing and given proper time and money, I'm sure the end result would be something to write on Movie Pilot about. But, for the time being we're given Alien: Covenant.
Alien: Covenant is the long awaited sequel, to a less then stellar prequel of the original Alien. Prometheus, which after it's release or maybe just before it, said that it only exists in the same world, but takes place before the events of the first film... look I'm really not sure and I don't think anyone really is. But the bottom line is, we're getting another Alien movie helmed by none other then Ridley Scott himself. Not much is known about the specifics of the plot, however it's set to have Michael Fassbender in a pseudo reprisal of his role from Prometheus. Along with Fassbender's return, we're also treated to the additions of James Franco and Danny McBride.
Like I said before, we're short on plot details right now however I can pretty much sum it up for you, given what we've had before. So here we go:
Bunch of space scientists embark on a mission to find object X, given the tide, weather or how much pot the writers smoked that day, one of two things are going to happen. Either way, what they're looking for turns out to be a Xenomorph colony and corporate greed is what gets them killed, or the search for an alternative place for humans to colonize accidentally leads them to a hostile environment that's over run with Xenomorphs. The way I see it, I'll take either. From the looks of the trailer, it seems that blood, gore and violence will be center stage this time around, with more emphasis on suspense, shock and horror. These are all good things, and I really can't wait to see Alien: Covenant on May 19th, when it debuts in theaters. Check out the trailer below:
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
By no stretch of the imagination is 2011's POTC: On Stranger Tides a good film. It's nice to see Jack again and it's good to know that his charm hasn't warn off. However, for being the most expensive movie ever made, it really should've been better. That isn't to say that two and three were any great works of art, but at least I was entertained by them. Sadly, it made enough money to secure a sequel for 2017.
Curious as it may be Mr. Sparrow, there's no denying that I am looking forward to the sequel. Even though it sucked, On Stranger Tides focused on a smaller story and tried to have more emphasis on it's characters. On Stranger Tides failed on all levels when it came to this, but at least it tried.
By watching the trailer for the new film, I can honestly say I'm excited for it. The vibe that Disney's marketing team have put behind this installment is one of horror. The plot synopsis also illustrates a return to grand scale action and adventure on the high seas. Plus, Javier Bardem looks incredible as Captain Salazar.
"Jack is back! On this fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, Jack's luck has run out. It seems that Captain Salazar (Bardem) has released the most deadly ghost pirates of the sea from the devil's Triangle. Captain Salazar is the oldest villain of Jack Sparrow. The ghost pirates hunt on every single pirate on the sea, including Jack Sparrow. The only hope to survive this adventure is to collect the legendary Trident of Poseidon. This weapon is the most powerfull weapon and the owner gets control of all seas. Is Jack going to collect this powerfull weapon and can he insure he is not going to get killed by Captain Salazar and his pirate ghosts? In the summer of 2017 we will find out!" - IMDB
Check out the trailer below. But to sum it all up pretty nicely, I'd say that we're in for a treat when this hits theaters on May 26th.
When this trailer dropped, I immediately said "this is gonna be fucking great". I've never been so overcome with emotion like I was when watching the teaser for Logan. It honestly upsets me to see Jackman leaving the role. However, he's doing it in the best way possible. He knows how much the character means to the fans and his career, he wants to give the character it's due sendoff. This is also combined with the fact that every stand alone Wolverine movie has gotten better and better.
From the looks of the trailer, we're gonna be getting a very heavy handed, emotional, gut wrenching plot. With Wolverine's healing factor on the fritz, Prof. X looking more and more like a flimsy piece of white wonder bead and a strange little girl. (*COUGH* X-23 *COUGH*) It's safe to say the emphasis in this desolate world will be on humanity, death and carrying a legacy. At least, that's what I got from the trailer especially when I heard Prof. X say; "Logan, you still have time." But, we'll known for sure come March 3rd when Logan opens in theaters.
Star Wars Episode VIII
Wasn't it obvious that this was going to make the list? I do nothing on this page but talk about how much I absolutely love The Force Awakens. It really has grown on me over time and I enjoy it more each time I watch it. What is Rey's connection to Luke's Lightsaber? What is to become of Kylo Ren when he completes his training? Will anymore characters from the original trilogy be making a triumphant comeback? The way I see it, I'm interested in it all. I really wanna see what happens when you make the best Star Wars movie to come out since The Empire Strikes Back and then you give it a sequel. Will Star Wars: Episode VIII be better then it's predecessor; or will it fall victim to the mediocrity of Rogue One? I guess we'll know for sure come December 15th.
War for the Planet of the Apes
Why in the hell does Andy Serkis continue to go without an Oscar? The man constantly turns in performances that I'm not even sure are real life, or CGI. It really is spectacular to watch. Anyway, War of the Planet of the Apes aims to bring the trilogy of primate filled insurrection to a climatic close and it's looking like they've nailed it. There's a scene with Caesar being set to be executed by Woody Harrelson. That looks fucking cool and I really want to see it.
If you haven't seen the trailer, I've placed it below. Really though, Matt Reeves has an incredible eye for CGI filled shots. When CGI is done well, it can work. Just watch the trailer and get as amped as I am.
Both Marvel Sequels
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
I don't have much to say about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. I am anticipating it, but my interests lie more with their November release, Thor: Ragaorak. However, the former does have a scene in it's trailer that actually had me chuckling to myself. That's certainly a good sign and I hope it goes over well. We'll know for sure on May 5th.
- Thor: Ragnarok
Thor: Ragnarok is the Marvel release I'm anticipating the most. I'm not sure what exactly it is about it. But Jeff Goldblum is cast as Grandmaster and that's enough for my money right there. On top of that, new reports are saying that Stephen Strange has a much larger role in the film than previously expected. Now, that is all fine and well but what's really interesting is how they're loosely adapting this off of Planet Hulk as well.
According to the official plot synopsis, Thor will have to battle his compadre Hulk in an arena style setting. Do I think Hulk will be some kind of king and return to earth with an army of his own? Not a chance, but they didn't exactly adapt Civil War word for word either and that was great.
At the end of the day, they're Marvel releases. What could possibly happen? Even if they're just okay, they'll still make a lot of money and we'll inevitably get more. I'm not complaining, but being 14 hits in and having such big releases on the horizon, you have to ask; do you think one of these will be the one that dethrones the king of the critics?
Whatever sequel hits us in the face in 2017, one thing is for sure. Every fan of the original will be there in the seats, hoping and waiting to see if they recapture the magic of their first entries. Some will, inevitably some won't. But, who knows! I could be wrong. Anyway, these are my most anticipated sequels of 2017. What're your favorites? Let me know down below and subscribe to my page: here.