Friday, 17 January 2014

Future Film Friday: 2014 July-September

Jupiter Ascending
Release date: July 25th

Channing Tatum - that chick-flick actor that only got cast because of his looks without an ounce of talent... is what people tended to say a few years ago. And then he did 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike and made fun of himself in various cameos and he was cool and pretty funny. Good turnaround Tatum. His next challenge is the intriguing sci-fi Jupiter Ascending, also starring Mila Kunis, an unlucky janitor who just turns out to be potential ruler of the universe and therefore becomes the target for assassination by the current Queen of the Universe.  With reported special effects that have never been used before and a cast that I would never have thought to put together (Sean Bean! Eddie Redmayne! Douglas Booth! Terry Gilliam!) and, consequently, I cannot wait to see the results.

Guardians of the Galaxy
Release date: August 1st

So, with a cast made up of a tree and a raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper, GotG looks weird. Set in the 31st century, a group of superhero aliens are responsible for the protection of the galaxy. The film has been rumoured for a number of years and was finally announced during SDCC  2012 with the main team consisting of Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Groot (Vin Diesel) and Rocket Raccoon (B-Coop). Early footage was released the following year in San Diego, and looks to be Marvel's quirkiest adaptation yet. However, being much less well-known than their Avengers relations, it's difficult to tell at this stage how popular the film will be and it will be interesting to see how big the marketing push is for it.

The Inbetweeners 2
Release date: August 6th

Despite the success and hilarity of the tv show, I was still surprised by just how much I enjoyed The Inbetweeners Movie. With their next adventure beginning in Oz, we can expect much of the same rude and crude behaviour involving waterparks and wildlife.  Filming began Down Under last month, with production moving to UK for 2014.

The first movie took £45 million and became the most successful British comedy in cinema history, so producers will surely be pulling out all the stops to emulate that success.

The Boxtrolls
Release date: September 12th 

From the people behind Coraline and ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls is based on Alan Snow's novel Here Be Monsters!

After becoming orphaned, Eggs (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) is raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors called Boxtrolls, who become targeted by evil exterminator Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley) and it is Eggs job to save them.

The trailer is just gorgeous, and there's something magical about stop-motion animation, almost as though stepping back in time, and this looks to be no exception.

Release date: September 19th

What happens when you combine Sam Claflin, Max Irons and Douglas Booth? Well, a dream scenario for most girls, but also an adaptation of Laura Wade's play - Posh.  Centering round two Oxford students who join the elite Riot Club, where member's reputations can be made or destroyed over the course of an evening. Not much is known yet about the film, although if the play is anything to go by, except excessive drinking and sexual activity.

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