Compiling a list of 2015's most exciting films is extremely difficult. What do you put in? What do you leave out? Those are some of the questions we've had to ask ourselves as we drew up the long-list of our most anticipated films of the year.
I thought it might be more interesting to provide a brief overall ranking of just a few of the year’s most anticipated films from the geekier side of Hollywood.
So, without further ado…
Mad Max: Fury Road
Last year, the Comic-Con International in San Diego was where the first official trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road was shown and it created quite a buzz. Director George Miller has been trying to make a fourth Mad Max for almost two decades and this almost happened in 2003, when a $100 million budget for the movie received green light. However, following the outbreak of the war in Iraq, the project was considered politically sensitive and was abandoned.
Filming finally started in 2012, starring Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky and also Charlize Theron. When the cast was first announced, a lot of people were surprised that Mel Gibson won’t be returning to the franchise that made his famous, but we’re expecting good stuff from Tom Hardy, after seeing his great performances in The Dark Knight Rises or Locke. The movie is scheduled to premiere on May 15.
No, it’s not a movie about the famous music festival, but one based on the popular Disney theme parks attraction. We don’t know too much about the upcoming Disney production, except that the cast includes George Clooney, Britt Robertson and Hugh Laurie and that this “tomorrowland” is a special place in time and space where two people travel. Director is Brad Bird, known for The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol. To be honest, we think Disney know what they’re doing with all the mystery around this movie, because this is actually one of the reasons we’re so intrigued by it. The first trailer was released on October 9 and the domestic release is scheduled for May 22 in theaters and IMAX.
After more than 10 years of waiting, this year we’ll finally get to see the fourth installment in the famous Jurassic Park franchise. And while the third movie was not as impressive as the first two, waiting for so long got us pretty excited about Jurassic World, which is scheduled to be released on June 12.
According to the producers, the movie takes place 22 years after the events in the original Jurassic Park on Isla Nublar, an island off of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast where things go bad again at another dinosaurtheme park. The movie is directed by Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) and stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Vincent D’Onofrio. Oh, and in case your patience is running low, a new trailer for the movie is scheduled to be shown on February 1, during Super Bowl.
The Peanuts Movie
How can you not be excited about Charlie Brown going on an epic quest? The upcoming 20th Century Fox production is based on famous Charles M. Schulz’s comic strip Peanuts and is the first feature film in 35 years based on the characters in the comic book. The Peanuts Movie is directed by Steve Martino (Horton Hears a Who! and Ice Age: Continental Drift) and will feature the voice of Bill Melendez (via archive recordings) as Snoopy and Noah Schnapp as Charlie Brown. The film was originally scheduled to be released on November 25, when the comic strip celebrates its 65th anniversary, but it was rescheduled for November 6.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
Who would’ve thought Avengers: Age of Ultron will not be the most anticipated movie of any year? Well, unfortunately for Marvel, 2015 will mark the premiere of the first Star Wars movie in 10 years, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. And if that wasn’t enough, the movie is directed by one of our favorite directors, J.J. Abrams, and it features some of the cast of the original trilogy, including Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill. Considering all these, it’s safe to say the new Star Wars is actually the most anticipated movie of the year and we’re really looking forward to December 18, the day the release is scheduled.