Movies You’ll Be Shocked to Learn Are Coming in 2017
By Joe Robberson
January 2, 2017
Film buffs won’t be too shocked, but the casual movie fan who doesn’t read The Hollywood Reporter is in for a few surprises at the theater in 2017. Sequels always turn heads and this year boasts some doozies. Throw in some other unneeded remakes and you’ve got a year of shocking releases.
Directed by Danny Boyle
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner,
Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle
Release date: February 3, 2017
The Trainspotting sequel occurs 20 years after the previous film, Renton (McGregor) returns to Scotland to look up old friends, Spud (Bremner) and Sick Boy (Miller), while avoiding the psychopathic Begbie (Carlyle), who’s recently out of prison. The movie’s based on Irvine
‘Blade Runner 2049’
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Lennie James, Dave Bautista, Jared Leto
Release date: October 6, 2017
The long-gestating Blade Runner sequel is actually happening! Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.
Directed by Jake Kasdan
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas
Release date: December 22, 2017
In a brand new Jumanji adventure, the tables are turned as four teenagers are sucked into Jumanji’s world and pitted against rhinos, black mambas and an endless variety of jungle traps and puzzles. This is another strange remake considering the original Jumanji has a strong fanbase and was done well.
The movie version of the ’90s TV show is an easy excuse to get a lot of great-looking people in bathing suits…just like the TV show. So the spirit of Baywatch lives! Just don’t expect much in the way of plot. The Rock plays David Hasselhoff’s Mitch Buchannon (is nothing sacred!?) and Kelly Rohrbach has the C.J. Parker role Pamela Anderson made famous. Which reminds me-expect cameos.
Directed by Ridley Scott
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Guy Pearce, Noomi Rapace, James Franco, Carmen Ejogo
Release date: May 19, 2017
The sixth Alien movie arrives in 2017. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant find what they believe to be an uncharted paradise. What the crew discover is a dark, dangerous world, whose sole inhabitant is the robot David (Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
Directed by John Watts
Starring: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Bokeem Woodbine, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr.
Release date: July 7, 2017
Yup, they made another version of Spider-Man, the third since 2000. This time young Tom Holland is the star. Following the events of Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker, with the help of his mentor Tony Stark, tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens, New York City with fighting crime as his superhero alter ego Spider-Man. But a new threat, the Vulture, emerges.
Directed by Allison Anders
Starring: Idina Menzel, Nia Long
Release date: January 21, 2017 (Lifetime)
This is a Lifetime Original Movie, not a theatrical release, but the sheer cojones of Lifetime to remake Beaches warrants it a place on this list. They were like, “Hmm we don’t think Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey got it right last time. Know who would be perfect? Why, Idina Menzel and Nia Long, of course!” Did the sarcasm come through? Good.
Directed by Alex Kurtzman
Starring: Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance, Russell Crowe
Release date: June 9, 2017
The Mummy gets a reboot for some reason and this time it’s Tom Cruise leading the spectacle and no Brendan Fraser in sight. A new Mummy is unearthed for a new century, bringing with it a powerful goddess and a new age of Gods on Earth.
Directed by Andrés Muschietti
Starring: Bill Skarsgård, Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Lieberher, Nicholas Hamilton
Release date: September 8, 2017
This project has been talked about for a long time, but it’s finally happening this year. Stephen King’s It comes to theaters. The story follows the exploits of seven children as they are terrorized by the eponymous being, which exploits the fears and phobias of its victims in order to disguise itself while hunting its prey. “It” primarily appears in the form of a clown in order to attract its preferred prey of young children.
‘Kong: Skull Island‘
Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson,
John Goodman, Brie Larson, Toby Kebbell, Shea Whigham, John C. Reilly
Release date: March 10, 2017
Oh, did you not want another King Kong movie? Too bad, you’re getting the millionth one, another reboot, this time starring Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson. It’s the second film in Warner Brothers’ Godzilla/Kong universe so expect to see those two square off sometime soon as well.
Directed by Niels Arden Oplev
Starring: Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev,
James Norton, Kiersey Clemons, Kiefer Sutherland
Release date: September 29, 2017
Flatliners gets a sequel in 2017 (confusingly with the same title as the original), a weird move considering the first one isn’t exactly beloved. Plot details aren’t known, but Sutherland has said he’s returning as the same character from the first, now a professor with a new gang of students looking to kill themselves to discover what happens after death.
‘Friday the 13th’
Directed by Breck Eisner
Release date: October 13, 2017
The second reboot and third version of Friday the 13th comes close to Halloween next year. Last time, Rob Zombie directed and lent his vision to the classic horror tale. This time it’s…Breck Eisner? We’re not sure why this franchise needed another reboot. Reportedly, Jason Voorhees’ origin story will be different than we’ve seen.
Directed by The Spierig Brothers
Starring: Tobin Bell, John Cor
Release date: October 27, 2017
Considering the last Saw installment was called Saw 3D: The Final Chapter, we doubt anyone is expecting this eighth film and seventh sequel.
Plot details are unknown at this time.
‘World War Z II’
Directed by David Fincher (rumored)
Starring: Brad Pitt, Cristian Lazar
Release date: June 9, 2017 (tentative)
Yes, there’ll be a World War Z sequel for everyone who thought the first film wasn’t enough. Plot details are unknown at this time, but the sequel is reportedly set four years after the events of the first film. Brad Pitt is back, producing and was trying to court his Seven, Fight Club, and Benjamin Button director David Fincher to come aboard. That June 9 release date won’t happen, and even a 2017 release seems far-fetched at this point.
Directed by Jordan Peele
Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams,
Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Lil Rel Howery
Release date: February 24, 2016
Key and Peele fans will likely be surprised to learn that Jordan Peele made a horror movie, of all things. And it looks pretty cool. It’s got the kind of premise only a comedian could get away with as a young black man visits his white girlfriend’s home only to discover black people have a habit of disappearing from the house.