10 Anticipated Films of 2013

                                                                                             Oz Great And Powerful

Oz: The Great and Powerful

The world has been waiting a long time for a serious, well crafted Wizard of Oz film and here it is.

James Franco will star as the young Wizard in this Wizard of Oz prequel (in a role set for either Robert Downey, Jr. or Johnny Depp) and it will tell the story of Oz — a fast-talking huckster who wears a velveteen frock coat — and how he falls in love with Glinda (the Good Witch). The two combine forces to Fight the Evil Witches Evanora and Theodora. Mila Kunis will play Theodora, Rachel Weisz will play Evanora, and Michelle Williams is set to play Glinda. That’s a great combination of talent and sex appeal. Even more promising is the fact that this will be Sam Raimi’s first film since Drag Me to Hell.


Iron Man 3

The bad news is that Jon Favreau won’t be returning as director, but the good news is that Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) will, and Robert Downey, Jr. is still a commanding presence.


R.I.P.D, based on the Peter M. Lenkov graphic novel, is about a recently slain cop (Ryan Reynolds) who joins a team of undead police officers working for the Rest in Peace Department and tries to find the man who murdered him. It’s been bouncing around in development for a few years, but Reynolds has seemingly been enthusiastic about getting it in before the much anticipated Deadpool film. The good news is that Jeff Bridges is on board for the role Zach Galifianaki declined.


A fantasy about a former solider who is the last person left on Earth after a war with an alien race. When he encounters a crashed spacecraft with a lone survivor, the two set off on an epic adventure.

3 Things to note:

1) It’s an original movie, 2) it’s sci-fi, and 3) it comes from Joseph Kosinski, who gave us TRON: Legacy

The script comes from William Monahan who brought us The Departed


Robopacalypse scripted by Drew Goddard and based on a Daniel H. Wilson novel, holds immense potential. The novel is already a critical favorite, described as an Andromeda Strain for a new century.

Set the not-too-distant future, Robopacalypse is about robots that have made our lives a lot easier: they help clean our kitchens, drive our cars, and fight our wars — until they are turned into efficient murderers by a sentient artificial intelligence buried miles below the surface of Alaska.

Spielberg is directing and has locked in Aussie Chris Hensworth, Anne Hathaway and the amazing Ben Whishaw.

Monsters University

This is the Animated Film entry, and it looks to be a stellar year for CGI cartoons. For the first time, Pixar will have two movies in the same year, starting with the prequel to Monsters, Inc. — which will focus on the rocky relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at the University of Fear.

The Gangster Squad

This will be director Ruben Fleischer’s (Zombieland) follow-up to 30 Minutes or Less, a period movie set in the 40s and 50s that chronicles the LAPD’s fight to keep East Coast Mafia types out of Los Angeles. The flick is based on a super-smart seven-part LA Times article called written by Paul Lieberman, and Gangster Squad was scripted by former Los Angeles Police Officer Will Beall (a writer on “Castle”). But why is it exciting? Check out the cast: Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Anthony Mackie, and Sean Penn. That’s reason enough to be excited.

The Hobbit: There and Back Again

This is a gimme, the second half of The Hobbit movie that kicks off in 2012 with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Pacific Rim

Guillermo del Toro is a brilliant director, but the man spends so much time attaching his name to new projects that he never has any time to actually make. This one does officially have his brilliance added to the mix. The story is set in a future in which malevolent creatures threaten the earth, and it’s about how the planet bands together and uses highly advanced technology to eradicate the growing menace. It has big fucking movie written all over it. We actually haven’t seen del Toro take on a movie this massive a scale, but after Pan’s Labyrinth, I’m willing to trust.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo

David Fincher looks next to embark on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The rabbit in his hat this time may just be Michael Chabon, the Wonderboys and Kavalier and Clay novelist who has been tapped to adapt the script from Jules Verne’s classic novel. The focus will turn on Nemo and how created his underwater vessel, the Nautilus. It is a Disney remake, but I wouldn’t expect a Disney take from Fincher.


Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, William Fichtner, Sharlto Copley are all locked in for Neill Blomkamp’s follow-up to District 9.

Set in the year 2159, where the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth, a man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds


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