2018 has just begun but I’m already anticipating 2019’s slate of movies. There’s a solid chance some of these movies could be pushed to different dates, others have already finished production. Hell there will probably even more announced later this year. I’m going to be excluding Star Wars Episode 9 and the sequel to Avengers Infinity Wars because who isn’t excited for those already?
WARNING: DOES CONTAIN SPOILERS
10) Captain Marvel (March 8, 2019)
After the success of Wonder Woman, Marvel is looking launch their first female-lead superhero movie. Brie Larson is starring as the title character, but what it’s intriguing as with most Marvel productions is the directors they chose. Ana Boden and Ryan Fleck are the duo responsible for Half Nelson and Mississippi Grind, small character-driven dramas that will hopefully get more expose after Captain Marvel.
9) The New Mutants (February 22, 2019)
20th Century Fox continues their experimentation with superhero genre. With Deadpool being a meta-commentary on the genre and Logan a western-esque meditation on violence, New Mutants delves into the horror genre. The trailer was much more frightening than anyone was expecting. Rumor has it that it was push back to 2019 to make it even “more scary.”
8) Untitled Terminator Movie (July 26, 2019)
The Terminator franchise has had a rough road. With 2015’s Terminator Genisys almost killing the franchise, Cameron finally got the rights back and recruited Deadpool’s Tim Miller to direct. Maybe I’m just being optimistic after the several burns from the franchise, but the duo of Cameron and Miller has me excited.
7) Hellboy reboot (January 11, 2019)
While it’s disappointing Guillermo del Toro and Ron Perlman couldn’t get the money they need for 3rd, it’s better than keep the character off the big screen any longer. Certified badass actor David Harbour of Stranger Things is taking on the title character and genre director Neil Marshall who helmed Wolf Soldiers and The Descent has directing duties. The promise of a more graphic and grounded Hellboy sounds like it will be blast.
6) Pet Sematary (April 19, 2019)
With the huge success of IT, Stephen King adaptions are back in high demand. The 1989 film is fun for it’s time, the material can go deeper and darker with this adaption. Directors Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch proved they can scare the audience without losing the humanity of the characters with Starry Eyes. Highly recommend checking out Starry Eyes before the release.
5) John Wick Chapter 3 (May 17, 2019)
John Wick was a surprise hit that put as much thought into the fight choreography as it did with the world building. John Wick Chapter 2 explored the world even more, ending with a cliffhanger that promises a most epic 3rd chapter. More headshots, more neon, more of Keanu Reeves being a badass. Consider my ticket bought.
4) IT: Chapter 2
IT was one of the best movies of 2017 in no small part to the brilliant casting and sharp direction. The question on everybody’s minds: Who’s going to be cast as the adult Loser’s Club? I have my personal picks, but it’ll be exciting to see the announcements as they come through.
Split surprised everybody off with being a spin-off of Shamalyn’s Unbreakable. The fact that this was kept a secret for that long with was incredible in it of itself, one upping J.J. Abrams. The third part of the trilogy will include Bruce Willis and Sam Jackson returning along with James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy. I never thought M Night Shyamalan would get his own super cinematic universe, but here we are and I can’t wait for him to complete the trilogy.
2) Untitled Quentin Tarantino Film
With Tarantino, it’s a given this would be on the list. Sweeting the deal with Leonardo DiCaprio’s first performance since The Revenant and Margot Robbie, Tom Cruise, and Al Pacino in talks to star. The story details are fairly vague right now, but it involves the Manson Murders, stuntmen, and Roman Polanksi all set in 1969. Sounds like a story only Tarantino can cook up.
1) Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Everybody has a cinematic universe now, but in what other one are you going to see a giant dinosaur, moth, and three-headed dragon duke it out? The 2014 American Godzilla film was a damn near perfect Godzilla movie in my opinion. Classic Godzilla characters Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah are joining in on the carnage. This will be more than suffice until Godzilla vs Kong is released in 2020. It’s a great time to be a kaiju fan.