Check out Part 1 here
Here then is the second part of the 2016 movie preview. I know 2015 has only just begun and you can check out the 4 part preview here, here, here and here. Trailers have been added to those previews when they have become available.
2016 is a very exciting year in film so let's have a look at what I think will be hot or indeed not! Based on the US movie calendar, which as ever is subject to change so do not complain if 'A Haunted House 3' is added to the schedule and I forgot to mention it - or perhaps pretended that it doesn't even exist. Please let that be true.
These are just some of the many films scheduled for release. Some films have yet to be fitted into the release schedule and some films have yet to be announced officially. I am sure when I revisit the 2016 preview at the end of this year there will be many more on the list including a new X Men and Independence Day. For now though, here are those films currently pencilled in for release! Enjoy :)
I am not sure we need a new Tarzan film but we are getting one anyway. With a quality cast including Samuel L Jackson, Margot Robbie and Alexander Skarsgard as Tarzan this is one film I will be swinging through the vines to see (assuming the Earth has been taken over by plants).
Steven Spielberg directs this second adaptation of Roald Dahl's famous children's book about a big friendly giant who sets out with the aid of a young girl to capture those giants who enjoy a good human being for dinner. Well, they have to eat something, don't they?
Star Trek 3
2016 is the 50th anniversary of Star Trek which is enough reason to release another film in this rebooted saga. Not a lot is known about the plot and JJ Abrams has jumped (star) ship to that other low budget, little known sci fi franchise. The cast are set to return and William Shatner has been rumoured to be making an appearance. Let it be so.
A female led reboot of the series which includes among its cast the brilliant Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, and is directed by Bridesmaids' Paul Feig. Not a lot else is known about the film but if you are worried by a lack of supernatural comedies recently then you know who to call.
After the okayish but unnecessary 'Bourne Legacy', Matt Damon returns as amnesiac spy Jason Bourne, directed again by Paul Greengrass. Expect action, drama, suspense and... hang on, where am I? Dratted amnesia.
Ice Age 5
Prepare to feel the freeze yet again as the ice age series still refuses to thaw with yet another addition to the franchise. Pointless.
Based on the popular television series from 200 years ago comes yet another movie attempt at the story of high school kids who develop super powers and super morph into the.... drum roll please Miles Teller... Power Rangers. The 1990's movies were appalling and this cannot be any worse. Can it?
DC super villains including the Joker, Deadshot, Harley Quinn and possibly Lex Luthor unite to work for the government on a mission deemed too dangerous for the super heroes. David Ayer directs. Worth staying alive for.
Another adaptation of the classic tale about an orphan boy who seeks refuge from his horrible adoptive parents with a dragon. Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford to star and the currently little known Oakes Fegley plays Pete. Barney the purple dinosaur was set to play the dragon until he was eaten during the making of 'Jurassic World'.
A new animated adaptation of Peyo's classic pre Avatar stories, this is not to be linked to those other horrible Smurf movies of the last 5 years. Doesn't mean it will be any good though but it can't be any worse surely!
Deepwater Horizon was the name of the oil rig which exploded in 2010 and created the worst oil spill in US history. Mark Wahlberg stars in this tale of survival and JC Chandor (All is Lost) directs.
Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu
A big screen adaption of Lego's ninja inspired minifigures. Okay so 'The Lego Movie' was great but this is not high on my radar. At least not until somebody builds it high enough so it is!
The character of Gambit was one of the best things about 'X Men Origins: Wolverine' so I welcomed news of this latest Marvel adaptation. Unfortunately original actor Taylor Kitsch has been replaced by Channing Tatum but I am still hoping this film will be ace (of spades).
A Monster Calls
A 12 year old boy escapes into a fantasy world of monsters and fairy tales in this adaptation of Patrick Ness' award winning fantasy novel. From the director of 'The Impossible' and production design from one of the award winners of 'Pan's Labyrinth' this is set to be an enchanting tale.
A musical adventure based on the popular Mattel toy line and animated series this tells the tale of the children of some of the more popular monsters including Dracula and Wolfman attending high school. Reminds me a little of the bullies at my old school who bear a striking resemblance to these freaks and so a perfect excuse to not go and see this film. The horrors!
Benedict Cumberbatch is Doctor Strange, the latest Marvel epic to hit cinemas.
Marvel Chief Kevin Feige can describe the character better than me...
"Doctor Stephen Strange, brilliant neurosurgeon, bit of an arrogant fellow who gets in a car accident and ruins what he thinks are the tools of his trade: his hands. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of the supernatural, that involves everything from quantum mechanics to string theory. The idea of this film is to open up a whole new corner of the cinematic universe. We want to enter, through Strange, the world of parallel dimensions."
In other words, awesome!
Marvel super villains team up to destroy New York and Spiderman. The original 'six' from the comics were Doctor Octopus, Electro, Sandman, Mysterio, Vulture and Kraven the Hunter. We have yet to see if that will remain the same in the movie, especially now that it will likely be distancing itself from the 'Amazing Spiderman' movies which hinted at the Rhino as being in the mix. Would love to see another spin off movie where the 'Sinister Six' face off agains the 'Suicide Squad'. Never going to happen though, sadly, unless Marvel join forces with DC. So as I said, never!
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Director David Yates returns to the pre Harry Potter world of Hogwarts about the adventures of J K Rowlings new character Newt Scamander. He was previously mentioned in the 'Prisoner of Azkaban' (on the Marauders map) and may soon be as popular as Potter himself as sequels are expected. As a side note I found a fantastic beast this morning under my duvet. My cat, in case you were wondering! Tut!
Based on the popular toy line of the wild haired troll dolls. Sigh. Hollywood has finally run out of ideas. How long until Kerplunk is turned into a disaster movie and Buckaroo becomes a comedy western.
Star Wars Spin Off
No plot details as yet but rumours have suggested it could be based on the early days of Princess Leia, or possibly a bounty hunter tale led by Boba Fett. Whatever it's about it will be amazing, no questions asked. Unless that question is "will Jar Jar Binks be appearing?" in which case the answer is no, please Lord no, nooooooo!!!
Based on the popular video game, Michael Fassbender plays Desmond Miles who learns his ancestors were trained assassins and is sent back in time to inhabit their bodies and retrieve historical artifacts. That probably sounds clearer if you've played the games but expect lots of parkour (wall running, wall jumping, wall pogoing and other wall based hijinks). Originally intended for release in 2015 but now pushed back to 2016, possibly as a result of some paradox in time.