In many ways 2018 hasn’t been the strongest year for great films. Sure, there have been some big box office hits, a few great stories to watch, but unlike previous years there haven’t been a lot of films one would call “award worthy”. Perhaps it’s just getting harder to make a unique film that we haven’t seen before. Perhaps Hollywood is relying a little too much on sequels and reboots. Whatever the case may be though, there were still a few films you don’t want to miss.
Superhero films have become a staple of the blockbuster. Every year several new films come out in the genre, and every year some are great and some are not. This year we saw the Avengers lose in Infinity War, saw Deadpool wisecrack his way through trouble once more in the aptly named Deadpool 2, watched a man shrink to microscopic size and grow taller than skyscrapers in Antman and the Wasp and even saw Pixar’s Incredibles return to the battle once more, but it was Black Panther that breathed a new life into the genre. The film is pushing for Oscar’s contention, and might just end up getting it too. While comic books provide an almost endless supply of material and stories, movie going audiences get bored quickly, but Black Panther proved the genre still has plenty of bite.
Every year people flock to theatres to see something that will make them laugh. Whether it’s a raunchy comedy like Blockers, or silly fun like Game Night, there are always plenty of options. This year saw the popular novel Crazy Rich Asian take the spotlight throughout the summer, and if you haven’t seen it, you should. It’s a throwback to when rom-coms were actually fun to watch. The best comedy of the year though was a late comer to the party. The Favourite has three remarkable leading actress, all of whom have been receiving award nominations. The Favourite was one of the most nominated films at the Golden Globes, and was the lead nomination-getter for the Critic’s Choice Awards. It’s also expected to receive a fair bit of Oscar love as well.
One thing 2018 is seriously lacking in when it comes to movies are dramas. First Man was a decent enough film, but there really wasn’t a whole lot of story there to make it interesting. Rami Malek looked like Freddy Mercury, but Bohemian Rhapsody didn’t go as far into the rock star’s life as it should have. Green Book was the best TIFF 2018 had to offer, but did the story really need to be told? Roma was great film, but it’s really not something you need to rush out and watch at the theatre. In fact it’s already on Netflix. Of all the dramas that came out in 2018, A Star Is Born is probably the best of them, but even it was nothing unique. It’s a remake of a remake, and although Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga lit up the screen with incredible acting performances, you really do already know the story.
Let’s face it, Hollywood loves a good franchise. Year after year familiar faces return to the big screen, and 2018 was no different. Even if we ignore the sequel to the superhero films listed above, we have plenty of sequels to choose from. The Jurassic Park dinosaurs returned for Fallen Kingdom, Denzel Washington was back as the Equalizer (who really asked for this sequel in the first place?), Rocky Returned for Creed II, and even horror franchises The Predator and Halloween made a (albeit brief) return. In most cases the sequels were just popcorn movies that took your mind away from every day life, but a few of them were decent. The best of them was the latest Mission Impossible film Fallout, which proved that Tom Cruise still can hang with the best of them.
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.
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.
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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