Upcoming Movies

I was traipsing through the listings on IMDB this morning, checking out what to expect at the cinema this year and came across a whole host of “in development” films.

So I’ve decided to put them together into two posts. Today’s is all about the films coming out this year and the second will showcase the confirmed and rumoured films for the next few years.

This list is by no means exhaustive being, as it is, a list of films that I’m interested in seeing!

Ghostrider: Spirit of Vengeance – 17 Feb 2012 (UK)

Nic Cage returns as Johnny Blaze.  Johnny hides out to Eastern Europe and is called upon to stop the devil, who is trying to take human form.

Dir: Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor

Safe House – 24 February 2012 (UK)

A young CIA agent is tasked with looking after a fugitive in a safe house. But when the safe house is attacked, he finds himself on the run with his charge.

Starring: Denzel WashingtonRyan ReynoldsBrendan GleesonRobert Patrick

Bullet To The Head – 13 April 2012 (UK)

After watching their respective partners die, a cop and a hitman form an alliance in order to bring down their common enemy.  Sylvester Stallone in the starring role.

Dir: Walter Hill

The Avengers – 27 April 2012 (UK)

Nick Fury and the international agency S.H.I.E.L.D. bring together a team of super humans to form The Avengers to help save the Earth from Loki & his various membered army.

Includes: Robert Downey Jr (Stark/Iron Man); Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow); Samuel L Jackson (Nick Fury); Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye); Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts); Chris Hemsworth (Thor)

Dir: Joss Whedon

Safe – 4 May 2012 (UK)

Jason Statham stars as a former elite agent who takes on a two-tier mission: rescue a Chinese girl who’s been abducted by the Triads, then use a safe combination to outwit the Russian Mafia, corrupt NYC officials, and the Triads themselves.

Dir: Boaz Yakin

Men in Black 3 – 25 May 2012 (UK)

Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones return for the third instalment of Men In Black.

Agent J travels in time to MIB’s early years in the 1960s, to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K and changing history.

Dir: Barry Sonnenfeld

Universal Soldier: A New Dimension – May 2012 (US)

Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren appeared in the first Universal Soldier way back in 1992; Van Damme return in 1999 in Universal Soldier: The Return; both of them starred in 2009’s offering Universal Soldier: Regeneration.  And now they’re both back for a “New dimension”!

No storyline details available.

Dir: John Hyams

Prometheus – 1 June 2012 (UK)

A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

Starring: Michael Fassbender; Charlize Theron; Guy Pearce; Idris Elba

Dir: Ridley Scott

Ice Age 4: Continental Drift – 6 July 2012 (UK)

Included this one because the others were great fun.

This time Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon another adventure after their continent is set adrift. Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they explore a new world.

Dir: Steve Martino & Mike Thurmeier

The Dark Knight Rises – 20 July 2012 (UK)

The one I’ve been waiting for.  I’m a big Batman fan, right from the first comics I read as a kid and Christian Bale epitomises the character for me.

Eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, the terrorist leader Bane arrives in Gotham City, pushing it and its police force to their limits, forcing its former hero Batman to resurface after taking the fall for Harvey Dent’s crimes.

Starring: Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne/Batman); Michael Caine (Alfred); Liam Neeson (Ra’s al Ghul); Anne Hathaway (Selina Kyle/Catwoman); Gary Oldman (Chief Gordon); Morgan Freeman (Lucias Fox)

Dir: Christopher Nolan

Expendables 2 – 17 Aug 2012 (US)

Back for another bout of silliness with lots of shooting! This time with added Van Damme and Norris!  Watch out for a cameo from Nocak Djokavic!

Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat.

Starring: Jason Statham; Bruce Willis; Sylvester Stallone; Arnold Schwarzenegger; Jean-Claude Van Damme; Jet Li; Chuck Norris; Dolph Lundgren

Dir: Simon West

The Bourne Legacy – 17 Aug 2012 (UK)

Don’t expect to see Matt Damon in this one.

No storyline available.

Starring: Jeremy Renner; Rachel Weisz; Ed Norton; Albert Finney; Stacy Keach

Dir: Tony Gilroy

Total Recall – 22 Aug 2012 (UK)

Based on the Philip K Dick novel “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale”.

As the nation states Euromerica and New Shanghai vie for supremacy, a factory worker (Farrell) begins to suspect that he’s a spy, though he is unaware which side of the fight he’s on.

Starring: Colin Farrell; Kate Beckinsale

Dir: Len Wiseman

Resident Evil: Retribution – 14 Sept 2012 (UK)

The fifth in the series and the ideas are getting a little thin on the ground.

In this one Alice fights alongside a resistance movement in the continuing battle against the Umbrella Corporation and the undead.

Starring: Milla Jovovich; Michelle Rodriguez; Jason Isaacs

Dir: Paul W S Anderson

Dredd – 21 Sept 2012 (US)

Judge Dredd’s return to the big screen will hopefully be a bigger success than Sly’s 1995 version.  It also heralds a big year for the star, Karl Urban, who features in a few of the upcoming potential blockbusters.

In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO.

Starring: Karl Urban (Dredd);

Dir: Pete Travis

Untitled Taken sequel – 5 Oct 2012 (UK)

In Istanbul, retired CIA operative Bryan Mills and his wife are taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter.  Co-written by Luc Besson so this ‘should’ be pretty good.

Starring: Liam Neeson; Famke Janssen; Maggie Grace

Dir: Olivier Megaton

Parker – 12 Oct 2012 (US)

A crime/thriller centred on a thief who lives by a code of honour that includes never stealing money from people who need it.

Starring: Jason Statham; Nick Nolte; Jennifer Lopez

Dir: Taylor Hackford

Skyfall – 26 Oct 2012 (UK)

Bond is back!

Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

Starring: Daniel Craig (007); Judi Dench (M); Ralph Feinnes; Javier Bardem

Dir: Sam Mendes

47 Ronin – 21 Nov 2012 (UK)

An 18th century set story centered on a band of samurai who set out to avenge the death of their master.

Starring: Keanu Reeves; Hiroyuki Sanada

Dir: Carl Rinsch

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – 14 Dec 2012 (UK)

Bilbo Baggins, a Hobbit, journeys to the Lonely Mountain accompanied by a group of dwarves to reclaim a treasure taken from them by the dragon Smaug.

This is the first of two parts, the second being released December 2013.

Starring: Elijah Wood; Orlando Bloom; Cate Blanchett; Hugo Weaving; Andy Serkis; Christopher Lee; Martin Freeman; Ian McKellen

Dir: Peter Jackson