After the massive success of James Cameron’s Avatar a few years ago, Hollywood has seen that if you trust a filmmaker to produce their own vision of scifi without studio interference, the results can be both profitable and adored by the public. So now, everyone wants to have their own billion-dollar genre hit, which means everyone is green-lighting scifi and fantasy hits to try to get a piece of the fanboy pie.
Here are ten movies on the way that are proving that it’s a very good time to be a scifi or fantasy fan:
The Hobbit Trilogy
I know splitting a 300 page children’s book into three movies is extremely controversial, but there’s a reason behind it. The Tolkien Estate hates any film version of the Professor’s books as he never really wanted them filmed. As such, the only thing Peter Jackson can ever film is LOTR, the Appendices, and The Hobbit. So with this final outing, they want to make sure they can film everything they can. That means, material from the Appendices that pertains to The Hobbit (and there’s a lot) is what will be used to make The Hobbit a trilogy, and I can’t wait for all three parts…and then the Extended Editions!
David Twohy’s Riddick is probably one of the best scifi creations in the last fifteen years. Both Pitch Black and Chronicles are great (if you watch the Unrated Chronicles) and now Universal has given them a small budget to produce an R-rated sequel along the lines of the first movie. It’s apparently so good, Universal wants them to make two more movies as soon as possible.
I really sucks that everyone has to wait until 2013 to see what everyone at Comic Con did this summer with Pacific Rim. del Toro’s giant robots vs. giant monster movie delivers the goods and is like a fanboy’s dream filmed with a giant budget and put up on the big screen. Your mind will melt from the awesomness of this movie. It’s everything you’ve imagined…and more.
Even though it’s being directed by the director of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, OSC seems to like what he’s seen of the movie so far. It’s taken what feels like an eternity for the scifi classic to finally be adapted to the big screen, and they scored big geek points for casting Harrison Ford. The only question in my mind is how they handle Mazer, as Ben Kingsley doesn’t look like a big Maori.
Blade Runner Sequel
Ridley Scott has the scifi buzz again, and we’re all going to benefit from it! After giving us an amazing hard-scifi movie with Prometheus he wants to revisit Blade Runner with what is being described as a direct sequel as opposed to a remake, reboot, or reimagining. Don’t worry yourself over those Roy rumors, as it’s a sequel Scott has hinted that it would follow a female Blade Runner and there’s even a rumor that there may be a part for Harrison Ford to play…
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