**WARNING: This blog contains excessive shoe-horning of my TV appearance on Christmas Eve**
When asked to list my most anticipated films of 2017 for my TV appearance on Christmas Eve [I warned you], I couldn’t think of much to get excited about. There’s the usual remakes, sequels and comic book adaptations but there was nothing fresh that was springing to mind. How wrong I was!
A sci-fi by Duncan Jones that shares the same universe as his seminal Moon? Yep, I’m in! It tells the story of Leo Beiler (Alexander Skarsgard), a mute bartender who goes in search of a woman with the help of two American surgeons (one being played by Paul Rudd). Not much is known about this but it should be released sometime in the latter half of 2017.
This isn’t the film that the title suggests! This is about a young, music-loving getaway driver that works for the mob and has to save the love of his life when a job goes wrong. Doesn’t sound like much but this has the visionary Edgar Wright in the director’s chair, who is the only film-maker that has every movie he has ever made on my Blu-ray shelf (who I’m sure is humbled by such an honour!) I cannot wait for this film to be released in the Summer.
Based on a book by Jo Nesbø, directed by Tomas Alfredson and starring Michael Fassbender, this has all the ingredients of making my top ten on 2017 already! Set in Norway, it tells the story of a hard-drinking detective who takes on a case that could reveal the country’s first serial killer. Set for release in October.
Despite the usual splurge of unimaginative releases next year, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to some of them. Here are the rest of the films that I am most looking forward to along with their release months:
T2: Trainspotting (January) – A much anticipated sequel brought to us once again by Danny Boyle. Here’s hoping it lives up to its beloved predecessor.
Star Wars: Episode VIII (December) – Easily one of the biggest releases of 2017, director Rian Johnson has the unenviable task of continuing the saga where JJ Abrams successfully left it.
Blade Runner 2049 (October) – A sequel to one of the most revered sci-fis of all time in the more-than-capable hands of Denis Villeneuve, who brought us the stunning Arrival. Watch out though, Denis, as if you fudge this up my sister-in-law will be hunting you down!
Wonder Woman (June) – One of the few saving graces of Batman vs Superman. Could this be DC’s first decent movie since Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight?
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 (April) – The first is my favourite Marvel movie, the second looks like it could surpass it! Here’s hoping…
The LEGO Batman Movie (February) – This looks hilarious and may be the best Batman movie since Christorpher Nolan’s The Dark Knight…!
Logan (March) – From the trailer this looks like a much darker and thought-provoking take on the most famous of X-Men. Let’s hope Hugh Jackman leaves this character on a high.
Spider-man Homecoming (July) – Thank you, Marvel, for taking my favourite superhero from Sony and giving a film adaptation your best shot. If anyone can get Spider-man back off the ground then it’s these guys.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (July) – A sci-fi from Luc Besson, who directed Leon and The Fifth Element. It looks bonkers. This makes me happy.
So, there you have it. My most anticipated films of 2017. I hope all of the above are cinematic greats but lets hope we get the surprise hits that 2016 had to offer. It’s shaping up to be a fantastic year.