– by Mark MacDonald –
2016 is a year sure to be filled with much-anticipated blockbuster films. Along with reboots of familiar titles, there are a number of movies based on video games that are hoping to cash in big once Spring/Summer hits. Here are some of the biggest blockbuster films set for release in 2016.
Batman vs. Superman
No doubt the beginning of a set of Justice League movies, Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman has been getting a lot of attention. Set for release in March, the film casts Ben Affleck as the caped crusader who finds himself at odds with the Man of Steel. The film’s budget is estimated to be around $200 million and executive producers include Christopher Nolan, director of The Dark Knight and Inception. Whether or not you’re into Batffleck, this movie is going to be huge.
Based on the massively popular video game, Warcraft, slated for release in June, will attempt to take movies based on video games to a whole new level. Featuring Vikings star Travis Fimmel, the film is directed by David Bowie’s son Duncan Jones, who previously directed 2009’s Moon and 2011’s Source Code. With a budget of $100 million, Legendary Pictures is banking on the idea that the game’s popularity will translate into box office success-if it does, I’d expect to see more video games turned into movies in the future (Command & Conquer maybe?)
Independence Day: Resurgence
A visit to www.warof1996.com will fill you in on all that has happened to the world since the events of the first film, Independence Day-a massively successful film that grossed over $800 million and won an academy award for visual effects. Set for release on June 24th, Independence Day: Resurgence is directed by Roland Emmerich and will feature Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Vivica A. Fox and Judd Hirsch (reprising their roles from the first film) as well as Liam Hemsworth, Sela Ward and a host of newcomers. Will Smith is notably absent from the film, though you’ll have to visit www.warof1996.com to find out what happened to his character.
Set for release May 27th, the latest X-Men film, the ninth of the series, sees familiar mutants like Charles Xavier, Magneto, Cyclops and Jean Grey pitted against the forces of Apocalypse-the first and most powerful mutant. Having awoken after thousands of years, the immortal Apocalypse, worshipped as a god since ancient times, finds himself disillusioned with the modern world and sets about ‘cleansing’ humanity to establish a new world order. Directed by Brian Singer, the film casts many stars from X-Men: Days of Future Past such as James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence.
The reboot of the 1984 film has garnered a lot of attention given its all-female cast, and I for one am 100% down with the new take. Replacing the all-male cast of Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson are Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Like the original films, the new Ghostbusters will see a group of primarily academics and scientists team up to fend of ghosts who invade Manhattan and threaten the world. Original cast members such as Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd are also rumored to be making cameo appearances. The movie should do well at the box office, and I am certainly rooting for it to do so.
The first film in a series of stand-alone movies set in the Star Wars universe, Rogue One tells the story of a band of rebels spies who set out to steal the plans for the Death Star shortly before the events that take place in 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope. Set for release in December of 2016, the film stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna and Forest Whitaker and is directed by Gareth Edwards. Expect more ‘Star Wars anthology’ films over the next few years; Disney has plans for a Han Solo stand-alone film as well as one about Bobba Fett.
Star Trek Beyond
J.J. Abrams’ third film in the Star Trek reboot series, Star Trek Beyond is set for release in July of 2016 and will see the stars of the first two reprise their roles on the Enterprise, along with newcomers Idris Elba and Sofia Boutella. Though Abrams will not direct the film, he will produce it, and the movie is rumored to center around the destruction of the Enterprise and the consequential stranding of the crew on a new planet. Given the box office success of the previous Star Trek films, it’s likely Star Trek Beyond will rake in some serious cash come summer.
Whether it’s about saving the universe from the Galactic Empire, a fistfight between two superheroes or ghosts invading Manhattan, there are plenty of blockbuster films lined up for 2016 that will have the theatres packed, get the popcorn ready!