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Movies New and Next 2012 thru 2014

Every so often I'm overwhelmed with the urge to research upcoming movies. Sometimes new, often only  remakes or as they say 're-imaginings'. Each season offers fresh productions to embrace or condemn as inclined. At this writing there are 4026 titles scheduled for release in 2012.

First the new stuff! 'Here There Be Monsters' from director Robert Zemeckis. 'The WIld Bunch' about genetically modified crops. 'Miracle Underground' tells the story of 32 trapped Chilean miners. Shia LeBouf and director Robert Redford team up for 'The Company You Keep'. 'Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'. 'The Genesis Code' with Hayden Christensen and 'The Great Gatsby' with Leonardo DiCaprio. 'Prometheus' from director RIdley Scott. 'Foolproof' starring Uma Thurman and 'Parker' starring Jennifer Lopez, Jason Statham and Nic Nolte. 'Seconds of Pleasure' ties together the lives of 5 strangers and stars Julia Stiles with Brendan Fraser. 'Shadow Dancer' stars Gillian Anderson as an informant along side Clive Owen and a drama with Nicole Kidman and Matthew McConaughey entitled 'The Paperboy'. 

It appears that 2012 will deliver plenty of variety. 'Nightmare on Elm Street' (2) is about to be re-imagined. So too is the quirky 60's 'Barbarella' (with Rose McGowan) but not until 2014. Look for the prime time cliff hanger/soap opera 'Dallas' to be forthcoming as well as 'I Dream of Jeannie' also in 2014.

A largely un-cast version of ''21 Jump Street' will arrive in the local Cineplex. You may remember the original TV series introduced us to Johnny Depp. Depp appears in this treatment. Depp also appears as the soap vampire Barnabus in 'Dark Shadows'.

'Fantastic Voyage', 'Poltergeist', 'The Jungle Book' and 'Red Sonja' (also with Rose McGowan) are all scheduled for a new and improved big screen treatment. The cult classic 'Starfighter' is also due for a make over. Vin Diesel muscles back onto the big screen in 'xXx Returns'. 'Miss Saigon' and 'Damn Yankees' leave the theater stage for the movie house. 

 Almost any film that recaptured production costs is ready for a sequel. ''Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2', 'I, Robot 2' (2015), and the immensely violent 'Smokin' Aces' (Blowback) are all hoping to be viewed. 'Raging Bull 2' and a fifth Sinbad movie are both in production. One sequel guaranteed to perform at the box office especially after last years highly successful 'Wolverine' will be 'X-Men: 1st Class'. 'Tomb Raider III', 'Jeepers Creepers III', 'Halloween III', 'Spy Kids IV", 'Scary Movie V', 'Wild Hogs II', 'Final Destination V', and 'Hairspray II' get the treatment. Someone plans to remake the 'Rocky Horror Picture Show' (why?). There is a 'Departed' sequel. Robert Downy returns in a Sherlock Holmes sequel with Jude Law and Rachel McAdams. 

Five noteworthy biographies are also in the works that include John DeLorean, the story of 'Liberace'' (reportedly with Matt Damon and Michael Douglas), a Pablo Escobar biopic, Keith Moon (Mike Myers), Marvin Gaye, Ronald Reagan and Vivaldi. The story of 'Enron'. The 'Manson Girls'. There is also a more bio flicks in the works about the lives of Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, Jim Henson and James Brown. Thor Heyerdahl is presented in a take about his voyage on the 'Kon-Tiki'. It's the same for Edgar Allen Poe fiction 'The Raven'. Look for a 'Three Stooges' biopic.

Naturally 2012 brings yet more makes and re-makes. One of my favorites 'The Hobbit Part 1: An Unexpected Journey', a prequel to the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy. 'Westworld' (with Russell Crowe), 'The Back Hole', 'Hellraiser' and 'Frankenstein' directed by Guillermo Del Toro. 'The Lone Ranger' directed by Gore Verbinski featuring Johnny Depp is on temporary hiatus. 'Total Recall', 'My Fair Lady' (why?), and Dan Brown's recent novel 'the Lost Symbol' as well as two animations; 'Monsters Inc II' and 'Ice Age: Continental Drift'. The James Bond juggernaut continues with an as yet unnamed 'Bond 23'. Vin Diesel still trying to reach the silver screen with his story of 'Hannibal' who crossed the Alps with a herd of elephants. 'Dorothy of Oz' (with Dan Akroyd, Oliver Platt and Patrick Stewart), 'Superman: Man of Steel' and the 'Avengers' with Scarlett Johannson, Lou Ferrigno, Samuel Jackson and Don Cheadle. 'The Stand', The Man From Uncle', Raging Bull 2', and the 'Incredible Shrinking Man' on on the remake table. 

'The First Avenger: Captain America', and two interesting projects: The 'Adventures of Tin Tin' with Daniel Craig, Andy Serkis, Carey Elwes and Simon Pegg. Pegg will also appear in the as yet unnamed 'Star Trek' movie sequel and along side Tom Cruise in 'MI: Ghost Protocol'. Cruise has also been named to star as Jack Reacher in the first Lee Child novel to go Hollywood 'One Shot'.

 It's going to be a good year for comic strip movies as 'Wolverine II' follows Hugh Jackman to Japan and 'Magneto' gets his own film. 'Zoolander II', 'Hitman II', 'Bad Boys III' and  'Die Hard V' all hoping for viewers.

Let's talk sequels. 'Pee Wee's Playhouse: The Movie' with the original Pee Wee Herman. It's a good year for the returning franchise. 'Ghost  Rider 2', 'G.I. Joe II', 'The Expendables 2' (with Cage, Statham and Willis), 'Creepshow 2', 'Jeepers Creepers 3', 'Jumpers 2', 'Kung Fu Panda: Kaboom of Doom', 'Mad Max 4', 'Men in Black 3', 'National Treasure 3', 'Rambo: Savage Hunt' to name a few. No hot property escapes the Cineplex. 'Scary Movie 5', 'School of Rock 2', 'The Hangover 2', 'Wanted 2', 'Wild Hogs 2', 'White Chicks 2' and you can add to that a second 'Nancy Drew' flick. Several science fiction offerings include a 'Star Trek' sequel, 'Terminator 5', There will also be sequels to 'Underworld (4)' and the '300'. Batman: The Dark Night Rises' with Anne Hathaway as 'Catwoman' with Liam Neeson, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman. Neeson reprises his role as Zeus in the sequel  'Clash of the Titans 2'. 

Several remakes include the 'Creature from the Black Lagoon', 'Godzilla 3-D', 'Oh God', 'Pinocchio', 'The Birds', ''20,000 Leagues Under the Sea', 'East of Eden', 'The 39 Steps' and a 'Smurf' movie. As long as we're on a roll here's a few items for 2012... if we all make it that far! 'Anchorman 2', 'Bad Boys 3', 'Lethal Weapon 5', 'Wanted 3', 'Ghostbusters 3' (same cast), 'Madagascar 3', 'Spiderman 5', 'Transformers 3', 'Hancock 2', 'Ironman 3', 'Indiana Jones 5', 'Monsters Inc 2', 'Sin City 3' and 'the Hobbitt' Part 2.. 'Wonder Woman', 'Independence Day II', 'Aquaman', 'The Forbidden Planet', 'Mr Limpet' and 'Day of the Triffids' (2013) from director Sam Raimi emerge. 

There are a few new titles wedged between all this sequel stuff. 'Flash Gordon', 'Puss in Boots', and the '6 Million Dollar Man'. Add to that 'Swiss Family Robinson', 'Excalibur', and 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'. 

Keira Knightly is making a name for herself in timeless roles such as 'Anna Karenina' and will also star alongside Steve Carel in 'Seeking a Friend'. Other romantic comedies include Dakota Fanning in 'Girls Night Out', 'The Wedding' with Robin Williams, 'For a Good Time Call...' with Seth Rogen, A Thousand Words' with Eddie Murphy, 'All You Need is Love' with Pierce Brosnan.

Animated and 3D flicks own the big screen. Watch for 'Escape from Planet Earth voiced by Jessica Alba and Brendan Fraser. 'The Lorax' a Dr. Seus classic, 'Nurse', 'Dracula', Yellow Submarine (yes that one), 'William Tell', and 'Night of the Living Dead' yet again.

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