Looking Ahead: 30 Movies We'd Be Sad to Miss If the World Ends
by Ethan Anderton
December 19, 2012
I'm always excited for anything coming up from Darren Aronofsky, but this one especially. Who doesn't want to see this $150+ million studio epic that takes on a biblical apocalypse story of its own - the tale of Noah's Ark. How will it turn out? How is the known-for-gritty-real, Requiem for a Dream director Darren Aronofsky going to present the story of Noah's Ark starring Russell Crowe, Emma Watson and Logan Lerman? Ironically enough, the production ran into some of its own catastrophic woes when Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast where they were shooting. But it's shot, in the can, I just want to see this thing even though it's scheduled all the way in March of 2014, a while from now. I want to see all of Darren's career, wherever it goes and however this movie turns out (and fares at the box office) and what he does after that.
When Steven Spielberg makes a movie, we pay attention. But when he goes sci-fi, we get really excited. The Beard is adapting Robopocalypse next from writer Drew Goddard, and he's gathering big time stars like Chris Hemsworth, Anne Hathaway, and Ben Whishaw to round out the cast of his cinematic battle between robots and humans. And with Spielberg testing IMAX and 3D cameras already, this could be the director's biggest movie yet. But he hasn't started shooting and it's still a little ways out, so this is one that we'll need a few more years until we actually get to watch, but it would be a big one to miss.
Though many might be dreading the return of another Godzilla movie, after the glimpse they gave us at Comic-Con earlier this year, I'm actually very curious to see this. It's also another one where I'm fascinated by the filmmaker - Gareth Edwards. He came from the small sci-fi Monsters (our interview with Gareth), then Legendary Pictures scooped him up, let him go crazy bringing back Godzilla, and the first tease we got in July at Comic-Con was epic. This is one that I think will be heralded as a fantastic return for the classic Japanese science fiction monster, but we've got to make it to May 2014 when it's supposed to be released. That's a long time and I don't want to miss this because of some pesky non-giant-monster apocalypse.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
X-Men: First Class was one of the biggest surprises of last year for us, considering how great it turned out after a rushed production and post-production schedule. Matthew Vaughn was great behind the camera, but fans are thrilled that original X-Men helmer Bryan Singer is back and looking to bridge the gap between actors from his original movie like Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart and the younger class of Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult and Jennifer Lawrence in the time-bending story of Days of Future Past. If Singer can pull this off, it's going to be awesome to see when it arrives in 2014.
Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Two
Yeah, this is kind of a big deal. After witnessing the dawn of The Avengers and Marvel's Cinematic Universe Phase One (pre-order the box set here), you can bet your ass we're having a hard time waiting for Phase Two to kick off with Iron Man 3 next summer. But it would suck if we don't even make it to 2013. In addition to missing Iron Man 3, we'd also never see Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers 2. That's six movies from 2013 through 2015 that we'd miss out on (at least!) and that would just drive us crazy in the afterlife.
Star Wars: Episode VII
Frankly, it's still kind of hard to believe that this is actually a movie that we can seriously anticipate. This year's biggest story by far was the announcement that Disney had purchased Lucasfilm and were planning Star Wars: Episode VII, the first in a new trilogy picking up after the events of Return of the Jedi. While we'd include Episode VIII and Episode IX, we figure it'd be safe to just be excited for Episode VII in case it sucks and makes us wish that the end of the world would have actually happened. Of course, we still have to find out who will direct the damn thing first. That may alter our opinion on this anyway.
Warner Bros' Justice League
We're still waiting to see if Warner Bros. can even pull this off by doing the reverse-Avengers model and starting with the DC Comics superhero ensemble before breaking off into individual movies. Of course, that whole perception might change if there's something secret being planned for the credits in Man of Steel (check out the stunning full trailer right here). Rumors of Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Batman have been tossed around, but there's no telling what's really going to happen with Justice League yet. It'd be a shame to miss it whether it's a triumph or a trainwreck. It's about time we saw the Justice League in Hollywood!
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
This is a bit of an odd choice, but come on, it's Fincher. Plus, you never know, in a few weeks from now David Fincher could be revealed as the director of Star Wars: Episode VII (or one of its sequels). Essentially, this is a Fincher cover-all, I want to see more from the guy — especially a big, bold, awesome studio epic. Whether it's the Star Wars movie or Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, which he's actively developing, I'm all for it. We haven't seen enough from this filmmaker, and it could be cool to see him actually be given a studio budget. Imagine a studio movie, even 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with the Nautilus and underwater adventures, in the same kind of scale as Nolan but with Fincher's sensibilities. Imagine, but to make it a reality, we need to get to 2014 or beyond when all of this is supposed to happen. Because who knows when Fincher will ever move forward on one of these projects anyway.
Disney's Tron 3
This is here for director Joseph Kosinski's most recent quote: "it would have to be our Empire Strikes Back for me to come back and for me to pull the whole team back together. I think we do have that idea." (More here) Okay, come on, even if it takes 4 or 5 more years, please let us see Kosinski's Empire Strikes Back of the Tron series. Even if that doesn't impress, and Kosinski passes on this sequel anyway, consider the possibility that Disney makes sure this sequel is the die-hard, comeback return bringing us Tron in 20-something the way it should be seen. They could turn out a sequel that blows away Tron Legacy and there's only one way to find out - wait and see. Unfortunately, that's the only way to find out right now.
The greatness of Avatar might have been a bit overblown when it came out back in 2009, but no one can deny that the film's visuals were absolutely jaw-dropping. So while our expectations have been tempered as far as what to expect from the stories of James Cameron's planned sequels, we're still stoked to see what kind of visual wonders he can create when he brings us underwater on the planet Pandora. And with theme parks based on the franchise rumored to already be in the works, we're not the only ones who would be disappointed if the world ended, as it seems there's plenty more to explore in Cameron's Avatar universe.
And there you have it. There's a lot to look forward to, and we didn't even include all of the movies we're excited about over the next few years. But if all goes well, when December 21st rolls around, we'll be ready to see more movies to finish out 2012, and barring some freak accident, World War III (or real-life World War Z), or the coming of Xenu, FirstShowing will be here in 2013 to keep you updated on all the latest movie news, reviews and more. Thanks to our own Alex Billington and Ben Pearson for contributing to this article.
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