Ahoy! What are the big releases still ahead of us this year? Read on, chums..
If 2017 was something of a bumper year for film, then there’s plenty to suggest that 2018 will also be something rather special. So much so, in fact, that we’ve expanded our preview list to 40, and still couldn’t fit everything in.
Sony is finally launching its spin-off collection of Spider-Man movies in 2018, with three films currently planned at the time of writing. The first of those is Venom, that sees Tom Hardy taking the lead role (rather than Topher Grace, who played the character not entirely successfully in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3). Ruben Fleischer, still best known for Zombieland, is directing, and it’s already been confirmed that we’re getting an R-rated film. Fingers crossed this one works out…
Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks The Internet
The first Wreck-It Ralph was a joy, and the second has reunited the creative team behind it, this time promising that the John C Reilly-voiced Ralph will play havoc with the internet. Rich Moore, who won an Oscar for co-directing the brilliant Zootropolis, is helming this one again (along with Phil Johnston). It’ll take place six years after the original film, and it’s the first direct sequel to a Disney animated movie to hit the big screen since The Rescuers Down Under (we don’t count The Jungle Book 2. Its origins weren’t as a theatrical film).
Another Halloween movie? Yes, there have been more disappointing entries than good ones, but like some other films on this list, it’s the people behind the movie that leave us intrigued. First, let’s look at the premise: this latest reboot is a direct sequel to the 1978 original that started it all, and Jamie Lee Curtis will even be reprising her role as Laurie Strode, a character doomed to live in the shadow of Michael Myers, the seemingly omnipresent masked killer. Then we have the director and co-writer: David Gordon Green, whose dramas, which include George Washington, All The Real Girls and Joe, have been nothing short of wonderful. If nothing else, we’re excited to see what he can do to breathe new life into an ageing slasher franchise.
Somewhere on the proverbial cutting room floor is an awful lot more footage of Jason Momoa as Aquaman than we got in the Justice League movie. But where was in there showed promise. Momoa has a clear screen presence, and the intriguing appointment of James Wan to direct the movie is a promising choice.
Not much, at the time of writing, is known about the film, but it’s the sole DC Extended Universe project on the 2018 release schedule. Warner Bros will be looking for a Wonder Woman-size success.
A Wrinkle In Time
A passion project for Frozen writer/director Jennifer Lee, she adapted Madeleine L’Englethe’s novel, with Ava DuVernay directing. Disney pumped a nine figure budget into the production too, with a high profile cast including Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pratt and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. It’s a much-loved book and it looked like we were getting a lavish film version. Given how sequel and franchise-driven Disney’s theatrical slate tends to be, this was a very welcome production, and we were looking forward to it.