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2019’s Most Anticipated Films

With 2018 quickly approaching our rear-view mirror, we can start looking ahead to the year ahead. 2018 was a big year for film, with record box office draws and some of the most talked about films in years. 2019 looks to be a big one as well though, and already there are several films coming up that we can’t wait to see.

Avengers: Endgame –  Even though there is a sequel to Wonder Woman coming up, Marvel’s first female driven film Captain Marvel, and even another Spider-Man film, it’s the Avenger’s yet again that we can’t wait to see. After the events of Infinity War left us hanging we need to know how everything is going to end. Will some of our heroes remain dead (as is the rumor), or will there be a happy ending? At this point no one is talking, and no rumours have been confirmed. All we know for certain is that we have to wait until the end of April to find out.

Star Wars – We can’t even put a complete title to this one as they haven’t told us what it is other than it being the ninth of the series. We also know for certain is that this film will mark the end of the Skywalker saga that has been going on since the late 70s. JJ Abrams is back as the director as well, so you better be prepared for more nostalgia. Fans will surely complain, as they usually do, but they will also flock to the theatre and make this one of the big hits of the year.

Toy Story 4 – It’s hard to say whether Disney’s big animated hit this year will be Pixar’s Toy Story 4, or Frozen 2, but we’re choosing this one because it is sure to have a wider appeal. Toy Story started Pixar’s string of hits, and will surely continue them with this one. Woody, Buzz and all the rest are back for another adventure, which includes new characters, including a fork which is being used as a toy. 

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film is full of stars, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Al Pacino and Margot Robbie, and is one of the most anticipated of the upcoming year.  It follows the story of a TV actor whose career has faded, and his stunt double who are trying to make their way through 1969’s Los Angeles during the reign of terror brought on by the Manson family. 

It: Chapter Two – 2017’s It was the biggest hit horror films have had in a long time, and we always knew there would be a sequel since only half of the book was covered the first time around. Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, and Bill Hader, join the cast as the adults the children of the first movie became. Should be the scarefest everyone wants to see.

The Lion King – It’s hard to say where Disney will draw the line when it comes to “live-action” remakes of their hits, considering this film is still animated, just in a more realistic way. It almost looks like a shot for shot remake, which really makes this not very interesting at all. But, that being said, it is The Lion King, and it should still be fun to watch. And it should should draw in the crowds.

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The Hunchback Of Notre-Dame Set To Be Next Live-Action Disney Film

Aladdin, The Lion King, Dumbo and Lady and the Tramp haven’t even been released yet, but Disney is already planning for their next film to join the likes of The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast. It was announced yesterday that The Hunchback of Notre-Dame is next in line with actor Josh Gad set to produce.

While Disney’s 1996 adaptation of The Hunchback Of Notre-Dame may not one of their most memorable films, the story itself is. It was based on the novel by Victor Hugo, and tells the story of a deformed bell-ringer who falls in love with a gypsy dancer whom he helps fight a vicious government minister. Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Music, Original Score for the film, and will reteam for the new movie to make new music. Playwright David Henry Hwang is writing the film. 

At the moment it’s not clear if Josh Gad will have a role in the film, although he does have Disney experience, having voiced the snowman Olaf in Frozen. The 1996 version of The Hunchback featured Tom Hulce as Quasimodo, Demi Moore as Esmeralda, as well as Kevin Kline, Jason Alexander, and David Ogden Stiers.

The Disney version is not the only Hunchback of Notre-Dame adaptation in the works though. Idris Elba announced earlier this year that he is producing, directing, and starring in, as well as writing original music for, a Netflix version of the classic story. 

At this moment there is no word as to when production will start for The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.

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Jason Reitman Working On A Secret Ghostbusters Movie

Ghostbusters fans may finally be getting the sequel they’ve clamoured for for years. It was leaked yesterday that Jason Reitman is working on a new Ghostbusters project that is being kept very hush hush as he works towards a summer 2020 release.

Variety broke the news yesterday that Reitman is taking over from his father Ivan who directed the original two Ghostbusters movies in 1984 and 1989. Retiman has co-written the script, and plans to start shooting the film this summer. While not much is known about the project, it is being said that the film won’t be connected to the 2016 film that bombed at the box office, and is said to be a direct sequel to the original pair of films. It’s also not known if the original remaining cast members, including Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd, would be reuniting for the project either. Variety also learned however that Reitman has begun testing teenagers for four mystery roles. Currently the film is using the fake title “Rust City” to keep the project under wraps until it is officially announced.

Reitman has never made a film of this nature before, instead focusing on lower budget films like Up in the Air, Tully and last year’s The Front Runner. Ghostbusters fans have been hoping for a sequel to the original film for 30 years, and if it happens, they will be happy to hear the phrase “Who Ya Gonna Call” repeated over and over again.

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Mission: Impossible Set To Return With Two New Sequels

It’s been 23 years since Tom Cruise first accepted the role as Ethan Hunt in the Mission Impossible franchise, and he’s about to add to that total. Both Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie took to Twitter yesterday to announce their return for not one, but two more sequels to the hit franchise.

Cruise has starred in all six of the films so far, with the first one appearing in 1996. Throughout the franchise he’s been known to take bigger and bigger risks performing his own stunts, with several accidents along the way. McQuarrie on the other hand just joined the franchise for the last two films, Rogue Nation and Fallout. 

McQuarrie took to Twitter yesterday with the quick note “Missions: Accepted#MissionImpossible” to show he’s in as both writer and director, while Cruise started promoting the sequels already, stating they would be released in 2021 and 2022. This means of course the two films will be made back to back, most likely beginning later this year. Before they come out though, Cruise and McQuarrie will also see another of their films hit theaters, Top Gun: Maverick.

The Mission: Impossible films have earned over $3.5 billion at the box office throughout its six films, and is one of the most successful film franchises of all time. 

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