Why 2007 Will Be A Great Year For Movies
by Alex Billington
August 2, 2006
Since 2003 we've been graced by some of the most substantial movie releases ever: Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Spider-Man 2, and Star Wars Episode III. Although this summer has been much mellower in comparison, it has taken part in building up some of the excitement for what we are looking forward to in 2007. 2007 looks to be the come-back year for the movie industry, kicking out a handful of final installments in trilogies and a great selection of other films that will blow us all out of our seats.
This is a complete list of what will make 2007 a truly great year for movies.
Latest Update (January 2nd): Fixed the complete list with updated release dates, titles, and more info. Films that have moved to 2008 have still been left on here for original reference.
Release Date: Moved to 2008
Director: Roland Emmerich
Starring: Steven Strait, Camilla Belle
Synopsis: A prehistoric epic that follows a young mammoth hunter's journey through uncharted territory to secure the future of his tribe.
The Hype: Directed by Emmerich, who's also done The Patriot, Godzilla, and Independence Day, comes this new prehistoric epic adventure that may be promising.
28 Weeks Later
Release Date: May 11, 2007
Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Starring: Robert Carlyle, Rose Byrne, Jeremy Renner, Harold Perrineau, Catherine McCormack
Synopsis: Britain has been emptied. There's nobody there. It's completely dead. And six months later the Americans arrive to reboot it back up again. But, of course, something goes wrong.
The Hype: The sequel to the 2003 zombie film 28 Days Later featuring a new director and new screenwriter.
Release Date: March 9, 2007
Director: Zack Snyder
Starring: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham, Dominic West, Vincent Regan
Synopsis: Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel, "300" concerns the 480 B.C. Battle of Thermopylae, where the King of Sparta led his army against the advancing Persians.
The Hype: Thanks to a special preview shown at Comic-Con, everyone is abuzz about just how intense and epic this ancient Spartan adventure will be, complete with comic-book stylized imagery.
30 Days of Night
Release Date: October 19, 2007
Director: David Slade
Starring: Josh Hartnett, Melissa George
Synopsis: After an Alaskan town is plunged into darkness for a month, it is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires.
The Hype: A freaky vampire thriller coming from the new director behind the indie thriller Hard Candy and featuring Josh Hartnett - sounds… freaky!
Release Date: November 2, 2007
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Russell Crowe, Denzel Washington
Synopsis: A drug lord smuggles heroin into Harlem during the 1970s by hiding the stash inside the coffins of American soldiers returning from Vietnam.
The Hype: Russell Crowe is going to be fightin' it up - this time as a gangster! No wait, he's a detective, damn, our dreams haven't come true… Either way, this movie, supposedly directed by the legendary Ridley Scott, may rattle some cages during 2007.
Release Date: November 16, 2007
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Robin Wright Penn, Brendan Gleeson
Synopsis: The Scandinavian warrior Beowulf must fight and defeat the monster Grendel who is terrorizing towns, and later, Grendel's mother, who begins killing out of revenge.
The Hype: Zemeckis will bring this epic tale from ancient history to life; it's been yearning for a film adaption for years.
Blades of Glory
Release Date: March 30, 2007
Director: Josh Gordon / Will Speck
Starring: Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, Jenna Fischer
Synopsis: In 2002, two rival Olympic ice skaters were stripped of their gold medals and permanently banned from men's single competition. Presently, however, they've found a loophole that will allow them to qualify as a pairs team.
The Hype: Napoleon and Ricky Bobby team up in an ice-skating comedy that looks to be one of the better comedies of 2007.
The Bourne Ultimatum
Release Date: August 3, 2007
Director: Paul Greengrass
Starring: Matt Damon, Joan Allen
Synopsis: Bourne races to discover the final mysteries of his past while a government agent tries to track him down after a shootout in Moscow.
The Hype: The non-stop Jason Bourne adventure finally reaches a conclusion in what may yet be the best of the Bourne films.
Release Date: June 22, 2007
Director: Tom Shadyac
Starring: Steve Carell, Morgan Freeman, Lauren Graham, John Goodman, Wanda Sykes, John Michael Higgins
Synopsis: God contacts Congressman Evan Baxter and tells him to build an ark in preparation for a great flood.
The Hype: The sequel to Bruce Almighty now boasts the hilarious Steve Carell who becomes a modern-day Noah and attempts to build his own ark - could that story line be any better of a comedic plot?!
Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer
Release Date: June 15, 2007
Director: Tim Story
Starring: Michael Chiklis, Ioan Gruffudd, Chris Evans, Jessica Alba, Doug Jones
Synopsis: The Fantastic Four learn that they aren't the only super-powered beings in the universe when they square off against the power Silver Surfer and the planet-eating Galactus.
The Hype: Although the first one from 2004 was a flop, the great Doug Jones (Abe Sapien in Hellboy) is likely to play another famous comic book character: Silver Surfer. That alone may give this a chance at being the film that the first one wasn't.
Release Date: February 16, 2007
Director: Mark Steven Johnson
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Jon Voight, Eva Mendes, Sam Elliott, Peter Fonda
Synopsis: Based on the Marvel character, stunt motorcyclist Johnny Blaze gives up his soul to become a hellblazing vigilante, to fight against power hungry Blackheart, the son of the devil himself.
The Hype: One of the great upcoming comic book adaptations in 2007 that will feature some incredible special effects and an amazing performance from Nic Cage. A film not to miss on its February release day!
Release Date: 2007 (Unconfirmed)
Director: Vadim Perelman
Starring: Jeff Bridges
Synopsis: In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the "real" world.
The Hype: A film adaptation of one of the most beloved books, The Giver, looks to be an intriguing film, directed by the same guy from House of Sand and Fog.
The Golden Compass
Release Date: December 7, 2007
Director: Chris Weitz
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Dakota Blue Richards
Synopsis: In a parallel universe, young Lyra Belacqua journeys to the far North to save her best friend and other kidnapped children from terrible experiments by a mysterious organization.
The Hype: Describe online as possibly the "new" Lord of the Rings, The Golden Compass is an adaptation from a trilogy of fantasy books.
Release Date: April 6, 2007
Director: Quentin Tarantino / Robert Rodriguez
Starring: Kurt Russell, Zoe Bell, Rosario Dawson, Jordan Ladd, Rose McGowan
Synopsis: Two 75 minute horror movies written by Quentin Tarantino & Robert Rodriguez put together as a two film features. Including fake movie trailers in between both movies.
The Hype: A QT/RR production with two 75 minute films packed into one full-on feature. The first, Planet Terror, a zombie film by Robert Rodriguez. The second, Death Proof, a slasher flick by Tarantino. Distributed in the grungy exploitation film style with dirty reels and fake trailers. Absolutely amazing!
Release Date: Delayed Until Further Notice
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Synopsis: After they crash-land on an artificial ring-world called "Halo", a marine captain, his surviving marines, and a genetically-and-surgically-enhanced supersoldier called "Master Chief" must find out what the Covenant, the genocidal alien race they are at war with, are looking for on the ring.
The Hype: In coordination (not really) with the likely release of highly anticipated game Halo 3 on Xbox 360 in 2007, the film is sparking the interests of everyone who's ever played the game - which is just about everyone. Rumors have been rampant about Denzel Washington voicing Master Chief and about Peter Jackson directing, but nothing yet is official. UPDATE: Peter Jackson is producing and Halo will feature a directorial debut from award-winning shorts director Neill Blomkamp. It has been moved to summer of 2008, but I'll leave it on here anyway (but don't get confused).
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Release Date: July 13, 2007
Director: David Yates
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Imelda Staunton, George Harris, Helena Bonham Carter
Synopsis: With their warning about Lord Voldemort's return scoffed at, Harry and Dumbledore are targeted by the Wizard authorities as an authoritarian bureaucrat slowly seizes power at Hogwarts.
The Hype: A new director this time around again, but that doesn't matter. This next installment in the Harry Potter series will, as always, bring out loads of fangirls (and maybe some fanboys) to cheer again as Harry fights off Voldemort. Another list topper for 2007 guaranteed.
Release Date: April 13, 2007
Director: Edgar Wright
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent, Timothy Dalton, Steve Coogan, Martin Freeman
Synopsis: Jealous colleagues conspire to get a top London cop transferred to a small town and paired with a witless new partner. On the beat, the pair stumble upon a series of suspicious accidents and events.
The Hype: The director of Shaun of the Dead and the stars of Shaun of the Dead come together again for the next great British comedy.
I Am Legend
Release Date: November 21, 2007
Director: Francis Lawrence
Starring: Will Smith
Synopsis: The lone healthy survivor of a biological war faces off against a new breed of nocturnal mutants.
The Hype: Johnny Depp is rumored to play the head vampire in this upcoming vampire film from the director of Constantine.
Release Date: April 20, 2007
Director: Peter Berg
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Chris Cooper, Jason Bateman
Synopsis: A team of U.S. government agents are sent to investigate the bombing of an American facility in the Middle East.
The Hype: Friday Night Lights director Peter Berg is putting together what hopes to be a better Middle East based film starring a great selection of actors.
Release Date: June 1, 2007
Director: Judd Apatow
Starring: Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann
Synopsis: A young guy finds out he impregnated his one night stand.
The Hype: After the incredible success of 40 Year Old Virgin, director Judd Apatow returns to make his next comedy that has a plot that looks to be just as hilarious as 40 Year Old Virgin.
Live Free or Die Hard
Release Date: July 4, 2007
Director: Len Wiseman
Starring: Bruce Willis, Justin Long, Maggie Q, Timothy Olyphant, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Synopsis: The heroic John McClane comes out of retirement to take down an Internet-based terrorist organization.
The Hype: Although the cheesy title might thwart some people, this really is the 4th Die Hard movie. Rumors have been flying around about casting, but there's no denying that another Die Hard is definitely going to blow up the theatres (again) in 2007.
Release Date: Moved to 2008
Synopsis: A man comes home with an artifact that is rumored to grant any wish… at a price.
The Hype: Although being created as more of a children's horror film, no one can forget the story of the Monkey's Paw from their years in grammar school. We've all "wished" for a true film adaptation to be made, and here it is (and at what cost?!).
Release Date: September 28, 2007
Director: Lee Tamahori
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore, Jessica Biel
Synopsis: A man who can see into his own future has to avoid capture by a government organization and win the love of a woman who will be the mother of his child.
The Hype: Another Philip K. Dick adaptation (also A Scanner Darkly) that looks to be an incredibly interesting film with Nicolas Cage as the star.
Release Date: June 8, 2007
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Eddie Jemison, Shaobo Qin, Carl Reiner, Elliott Gould, Ellen Barkin
Synopsis: The continuing criminal exploits of Danny Ocean and his crew of crooks.
The Hype: The entourage cast returns again in what may be the final film in the incredibly successful trilogy of robbery films directed by the legendary Steven Soderbergh. Although Ocean's 12 didn't fare overly well, this third installment may be the perfect fit after the great first film and mildly entertaining second film.
Release Date: April 27, 2007
Director: Marcus Nispel
Starring: Karl Urban, Moon Bloodgood, Russell Means, Clancy Brown
Synopsis: A Viking boy is left behind after his clan battles a Native American tribe. Raised within the tribe, he ultimately becomes their savoir in a fight against the Norsemen.
The Hype: After reports from Comic-Con and behind-the-scenes videos, this early 2007 movie may be the start to a great year of upcoming action flicks.
Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End
Release Date: May 25, 2007
Director: Gore Verbinski
Starring: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Stellan SkarsgÃ¥rd, Geoffrey Rush, Bill Nighy, Chow Yun-Fat
Synopsis: Captain Barbossa, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann must sail off the edge of the map, navigate treachery and betrayal, and make their final alliances for one last decisive battle.
The Hype: Likely to be in the very top 3 films of 2007, this is the epic conclusion to the already fantastic adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow. The second film ended in a cliffhanger and left everyone yelling for more, and At World's End will most likely be just as enticing as everyone wants it to be.
Release Date: Moved to 2008
Director: Andrew Douglas
Starring: Gerard Butler, Steven Strait
Synopsis: A priest disobeys church law to track down the vampires who kidnapped his niece.
The Hype: The synopsis itselfs intrigues an eyebrow-raising interest into just what exactly Gerard Butler will be doing as a priest. Originally based on a Japanese comic and directed by the man behind The Amityville Horror, it may find hope.
Release Date: June 29, 2007
Director: Brad Bird
Starring: Patton Oswalt, Brian Dennehy, Brad Garrett, Janeane Garofalo, Ian Holm
Synopsis: The story is of a rat named Ratatouille who lives in a upmarket Parisian restaurant run by an eccentric chef.
The Hype: Pixar has struck back in full force in almost less than a year's time since Cars was released. This time the adventure involves a rat in Paris and will hopefully have the heart that Pixar films (of past) have always had that make them so great.
Reno 911! Miami
Release Date: February 23, 2007
Director: Ben Garant
Starring: Thomas Lennon, Ben Garant, Kerri Kenney, Cedric Yarbrough, Carlos Alazraqui, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Niecy Nash, Mary Birdsong, Paul Rudd, Nick Swardson
Synopsis: A rag-tag team of Reno cops are called in to save the day after a terrorist attack disrupts a national police convention in Miami Beach during spring break.
The Hype: The immensely successful and exceptionally funny Comedy Central TV series is making a debut on film in a movie version of the show, however stuck this time in Miami. Although a real trailer is yet unreleased, the trailer was shown at Comic-Con and parodies Miami Vice's trailer both in comedic presence and action.
Rush Hour 3
Release Date: August 10, 2007
Director: Brett Ratner
Starring: Chris Tucker, Jackie Chan, Vinnie Jones, Yvan Attel, Roselyn Sanchez, Yao Ming, Roman Polanski
Synopsis: While in Paris, Lee and Carter inadvertantly get mixed up with the Chinese Triad crew.
The Hype: Although not that many people are excited to see these films continue after Rush Hour 2, it doesn't mean that this third one won't be fully entertaining. I'd like to say that Brett Ratner has gained a little bit more respect after directing X-Men 3, but that depends on your own opinion.
Release Date: May 18, 2007
Director: Raman Hui / Chris Miller
Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Rupert Everett, Julie Andrews, John Cleese, Justin Timberlake
Synopsis: When Fiona's dad dies Shrek is supposed to take the crown but Shrek doesn't want the responsibility. So Shrek, Fiona, Donkey and Puss look for a new King. And so far King Arthur is the best they have.
The Hype: Shrek 2 remains one of the biggest openings for an animated film ever, and has enough of a great following behind it from adults and kids alike to possibly take a top spot in 2007. Either way, the movie will be a must-see that will last for months in the theatre - the same way Shrek 2 was.
The Simpsons Movie
Release Date: July 27, 2007
Director: David Silverman
Starring: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer
The Hype: After 18 seasons, they've finally decided to make a feature length movie and release it in theatres. The Simpsons Movie is guaranteed to sweep the box office no matter what the storyline, all because of Homer's brilliant 17 year history of making us laugh.
Sin City 2
Release Date: 2007 (Unconfirmed - Casting Issues)
Director: Robert Rodriguez / Frank Miller
Starring: Brittany Murphy, Mickey Rourke, Michael Clarke Duncan
Synopsis: In the dark bowels of Sin City, Dwight plans to have his vengeance against the woman who betrayed him, Ava Lord, while Nancy plans her vengeance against the Roarks for Hartigan's death.
The Hype: The first Sin City was a smashing success for fans of brutal action and comic books, and they've been cheering for another one since it's release day. Their dreams have come true and the Sin City excellence from Frank Miller will continue on in a second action-packed installment.
Release Date: 2007 (Unconfirmed)
Director: Anthony Hopkins
Starring: Christian Slater, Gena Rowlands, Jeffrey Tambor, Michael Clarke Duncan, Camryn Manheim
Synopsis: Aging screenwriter Felix Bonhoeffer has lived his life in two states of existence: in reality and hbis own interior world. While working on a murder mystery script, and unaware that his brain is on the verge of implosion, Felix is baffled when his characters start to appear in his life, and vice versa.
The Hype: A late addition (to this list) written and directed by Anthony Hopkins surrounding an intriguing story that is largely based upon Hopkins's own thoughts about God, life, and death.
Release Date: January 26, 2007
Director: Joe Carnahan
Starring: Ben Affleck, Andy Garcia, Alicia Keys, Ray Liotta, Jeremy Piven, Ryan Reynolds, Peter Berg
Synopsis: When a Las Vegas performer-turned-snitch named Buddy Israel (Piven)decides to turn state's evidence and testify against the mob, it seems that a whole lot of people would like to make sure he's no longer breathing.
The Hype: After the high-intensity, non-stop action trailer was released online, the excitement surrounding this movie has increased quite a bit. Not only does it feature a pretty incredible cast, but it looks to just be incredible as is.
Release Date: May 4, 2007
Director: Sam Raimi
Starring: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace, Bryce Dallas Howard
Synopsis: A specimen from the moon gives Spider-man new powers and a black suit, while Spider-man must battle the new Green Goblin, Sandman, Venom, and other dangers.
The Hype: The single-handed most anticipated movie of 2007. I don't even need to explain why this movie alone is enough to make 2007 one of the best year's ever in movie history.
Release Date: July 27, 2007
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Starring: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, Sienna Miller, Peter O'Toole
Synopsis: In a countryside town bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he'll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm.
The Hype: From the award-winning novel by Neil Gaiman comes this fantasy adventure. It has already gained a lot of hype from fans of Neil Gaiman and could be a sleeper hit.
Release Date: March 16, 2007 (Unconfirmed)
Director: Danny Boyle
Starring: Rose Byrne, Cliff Curtis, Chris Evans, Troy Garity, Cillian Murphy
Synopsis: 50 years into the future, the Sun begins to die, and Earth is dying as a result. A team of astronauts are sent to revive the Sun.
The Hype: A sci-fi thriller from the director of 28 Days Later that focuses more on the psychological horror / thriller side of the story than sci-fi elements. From a behind-the-scenes video put out by Danny himself, the movie will certainly captivate all of us and should be an interesting release.
Release Date: June 8, 2007
Director: Ash Brannon / Chris Buck
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Shia LaBeouf, Zooey Deschanel, James Woods, Jane Krakowski, Jon Heder
Synopsis: A behind-the-scenes look at the annual Penguin World Surfing Championship, and its newest participant, up-and-comer Cody Maverick.
The Hype: Another cute animated penguin film, but this time about penguins surfing and the life of one little penguin by the name of Cody Maverick. Nothing much has been publicly released, but from what they showed at Comic-Con, it may be better than Happy Feet.
There Will Be Blood
Release Date: 2007
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano
Synopsis: A story about family, greed, religion, and oil, centered around a turn-of-the-century Texas prospector in the early days of the business.
The Hype: An adaptation of a novel by Upton Sinclair and directed by the guy behind Boogie Nights and Magnolia comes this film about family, greed, religion, and oil. May be an epic drama worth its penny when it comes out next year.
TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Release Date: March 23, 2007
Director: Kevin Munroe
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Chris Evans, Zhang Ziyi, Kevin Smith
Synopsis: Strange events are occurring in New York City, and the Turtles are needed more than ever, but Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo have become lost and directionless. With the city at stake, it's up to Leonardo and Zen Master Splinter to restore unity and ninja discipline to the Turtles.
The Hype: The geeks can rejoice! The revival of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film franchise is coming back, this time in CGI animation. Although a bit shaky at first when you hear about the CGI, you'll change your mind entirely (for the better) once you see the trailer. Cowabunga!
Release Date: July 4, 2007
Director: Michael Bay
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Jon Voight, Bernie Mac, Tyrese Gibson
Synopsis: Dueling alien races, the Autobots and the Decepticons, bring their battle to Earth, leaving the future of humankind hanging in the balance.
The Hype: Many of our childhood memories are brightened by the mention of Transformers. And it's now come time for a live action Transformers movie that will spend nearly a year in CGI development to tweak and perfect the transformations and robot elements; on top of being directed by Michael Bay and being released on our nation's day of celebration - July 4th. Another film that may top the list in 2007 - at least in the "totally badass" category.
Release Date: March 2, 2007
Director: David Fincher
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Anthony Edwards
Synopsis: Based on the Robert Graysmith books about the real life notorious Zodiac, a serial killer who terrorized San Francisco with a string of seemingly random murders during the 1960s and 1970s.
The Hype: Attendees at test screenings have already made an effort to come out and speak on the internet heralding David Fincher's post-Fight Club film to be simply an astounding "novel-like" piece in the works.
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