As promised, I continue my look at upcoming films I’m looking forward to. We continue the top 10 with some sci-fi goodness.
5. Source Code
The story: This sci-fi tale stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a soldier investigating the terrorist bombing of a train. He does so by travelling back in time to before the attack, but apparently the time-travel technology limits him to arriving just 17 minutes prior to the detonation, meaning he has to work fast.
Why I’m excited: Three reasons. First, this is director Duncan Jones’ follow up to Moon, which is a film that blew my mind a little bit. Second, I’m a huge sucker for any story with an element of time travel (Dead Of Night, Timecrimes, Primer, Triangle, etc.) Third, in addition to Gyllenhaal, the cast for Source Code includes Michelle Monaghan and Vera Farmiga. Count me in.
Status: Source Code is currently in post-production. The release date isn’t known yet, but it should be early next year.
4. Red State
The story: Red State is being described as a horror film in which a group of misfits encounter fundamentalism gone to the extreme in middle America.
Why I’m excited: It’s Kevin Smith, goshdangit. He may not be everybody’s cup of tea but I like the guy, even though his last couple of movies didn’t do it for me the way his earlier ones did.
Smith’s last time out was his first try at directing somebody else’s script, and unfortunately it was a pretty poor script. Needless to say, I’m very happy to see him back to writing his own projects again.
I’m excited Michael Parks (perhaps best known for playing Sheriff Earl McGraw in various Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez projects) is attached. He’s said to be playing a character akin to Westboro Baptist Church leader and world-class lunatic Fred Phelps. Parks is the only cast member announced so far, so my interest in this project could still change depending on who else is in it.
Mostly I’m just curious to see what Smith can do with horror. The humour elements of his last couple of projects have really fallen flat for me, so his decision to write something dark and serious has me interested in finding out how dark and serious he plans to get. From what I’ve heard, Red State will be less of a “blood and guts” kind of horror and instead be more psychological.
Status: Red State is currently in pre-production, and it starts shooting this month.
3. Super 8
The story: Details are sketchy so far, aside from what we see in the teaser above. Basically, it’s 1979, and a train transporting something-or-other from Area 51 derails, unleashing the something-or-other on the world. Area 51 obviously implies something alien, but that’s just speculation for now. Writer-director J.J. Abrams has confirmed the film isn’t related to Cloverfield, but won”t say much else.
Why I’m excited: J.J. Abrams is back! I like his track record (Mission: Impossible III, Cloverfield, Star Trek), and that’s enough to bring me in, even though no casting decisions have been announced yet.
Status: Super 8 is currently in pre-production. It starts shooting in September and is scheduled to hit theatres next summer.
The story: Looper is a movie about time travel being used by criminals to carry out hits. Essentially, crime bosses send their targets back in time hogtied and blindfolded. Henchmen shoot the target and dispose of the body, causing the target to essentially “vanish” from the future.
Why I’m excited: Again, it’s all about the director. Rian Johnson’s first movie, Brick, is one of my favourites from the last few years. I wasn’t as big a fan of his follow-up, The Brothers Bloom, but I’m still psyched for this. I’ve already talked about my love of time travel movies, so that’s another factor. Also the cast will feature Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, both of whom I like.
Status: Looper is currently in development.
1. The Avengers
The story: God only knows. Presumably, lots of superheros will do superheroic deeds in an effort to stop supervillains from doing supervillainous deeds.
Why I’m excited: The photo above (click it for a larger version) should say it all. That’s a lot of acting talent on display, plus Joss Whedon signed on to write and direct. Cramming all that into one film won’t be easy, but if it works it could be pretty amazing.
Status: The Avengers is currently in development.
So, whatcha think? Interested in any of these projects? Got some others I didn’t mention that you think are worthy of inclusion? Let me know…