1. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters – January 11, 2013
Could this be a horrible flop? Possibly. Jeremy Renner is the only recognizable name. But with Renner’s Hawkeye stint under his belt, he might be up for some epic adventure. And it’s been a while since we’ve seen an adaptation of the Grimm Bros’ greatest accomplishment.
2. Untitled Farrelly/Wessler project – January 25, 2013
A bunch of comic directors – Elizabeth Banks, Brett Ratner, etc. – take turns telling an ensemble comedy tale that’s yet to be announced. Interesting…
3. The Bitter Pill – February 8, 2013
Rooney Mara is a wife preparing for her husband’s (Channing Tatum in his latest Soderbergh thriller) release from prison by abusing anxiety medication. It says “thriller” and it says “Rooney Mara,” so I’m in.
4. I, Frankenstein – February 22, 2013
In the same breath, I could say that Frankenstein hasn’t been adapted recently (at least not in a good way). Billed as a horror/thriller and told (we assume) from the perspective of the monster, the story revolves around the monster’s role in a bitter family fight (think Hatfields and McCoys).
5. Oz, the Great and Powerful – March 8, 2013
6. Carrie – March 15, 2013
Chloe Grace Moretz (Hugo), who has a history with horror, takes on the role first taken by Sissy Spacek, and Julianne Moore has her try as the troubled mother. It’s been 37 years, a remake isn’t unnecessary.
7. Now You See Me – March 15, 2013
Jesse Eisenberg, Morgan Freeman, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, and Isla Fisher star in this thriller about a group of illusionists who use magic to rob banks and then redistribute the wealth to their hungry audiences. The big names and the oddly original story could set this one apart, and illusionists in a thriller could be pretty creepy.
8. Captain Phillips – March 22, 2013
Tom Hanks portrays the iconic ship captain that saves his crew from a band of Somali pirates. Hanks had a rough 2011, but if this turns out as good as it sounds, Hanks could be face to face with another Oscar nomination. Oscar loves the underdog, Oscar loves true stories, and Oscar loves Tom Hanks. So do I.
9. Iron Man 3 – May 3, 2013
I had to put this one on here. No one knows for sure what Tony Stark will be getting into this time, but we do know that Guy Pearce will play a prominent role. Can’t complain about that.
10. Man of Steel – June 14, 2013
Superman is back, hopefully better than he was just 7 years ago. From the director of 300 and Watchmen, it could work. And Russell Crowe!
11. The End of the World – June 14, 2013
It seems as though there are going to be a record number of movies about the apocalypse coming out in 2013, one year after the world should end on December 21, 2012. Unfortunate, really. But this one stars celebrities as themselves, an interesting concept to be sure. Seth Rogen, James Franco, and Paul Rudd, for starters. That alone sounds like a comic hit. Then I see Jonah Hill, Emma Watson, and Jason Segal. All as themselves. #winning
12. Monster’s University – March 21, 2013
Hypable, yes. Super exciting, no. But hey, it’s Pixar. They’re good at surprising people.
13. The Internship – June 28, 2013
Another comedy that might be funny? That’s what Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are trying to accomplish years after Wedding Crashers. Now they star as men in their 40’s that are laid off and forced to find internships with bosses in their 20’s. It sounds like Horrible Bosses. Let’s hope that it’s not.