A lot of new movies 2014 will be sequels or remakes: from much anticipated Godzilla and Planet of the Apes reboots to new chapters of well known stories, let’s take a look at some of the (almost) new films we can’t wait to see.
Perhaps its because there are so few new ideas around or because its financially convenient (up to a certain point). It could also be because television is so cutting edge these days and has introduced concepts such as dividing a story into episodes with cliff hangers, as well as the possibilities provided by having more expansive narration and psychological depth to the characters, features which have become widespread and loved by audiences. Whatever the reason, the fact is that many of the new films released in 2014 will be sequels. The ones that go wrong will most likely be the remakes (except for the rare cases we await with baited breath, see Godzilla). Let’s have a look at the upcoming sequels and remakes coming in 2014.
300: Rise of an Empire – Release date March 7, 2014
Zack Snyder, director of the first 300 film, is the writer and producer for this second episode, which is directed by Noam Murro. The film partly tells the story of the naval battle in Artemisium and partly Xerxes’ rise to the status of God King, taking inspiration from the graphic novel by Frank Miller, which serves as a prequel. We’ll be reunited with some of the previous characters, such as Queen Gorgo played by Lena Headey and Xerxes played by Rodrigo Santoro, and introduced to new faces including Eva Green in the role of the warrior Artemisia and Sullivan Stapleton as Themistocles.
Divergent – Release date March 21, 2014
Not a remake (though the trailer is reminiscent of the Hunger Games…), nor a sequel but the beginning (if the box office decrees it so) of a saga inspired by the trilogy of books with the same title by Veronica Roth. Some young faces such as Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Zoë Kravitz and Maggie Q will appear alongside the reliable Kate Winslet to tell the story of Beatrice “Tris” Prior. In a dystopian future of a seemingly perfect society that is at peace and neatly divided into factions, Tris discovers that she is a “divergent”, meaning she doesn’t belong to any caste and must fight to prevent a government plot. We’re betting Shailene Woodley can do it with her eyes closed.
Captain America The Winter Soldier – Release date April 4, 2014
We already talked about it in our superhero movies special, but we felt we should mention it again, since it’s one of the most explosive sequels: partly because of Chris Evans, who is always a pleasure to watch, and partly because it should answer some questions. (SPOILER!!!) Will Steve Rogers die? Will Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) be the new Capitan America? Will the Avengers 2 be the last film where we get to see Chris Evans? See you at the cinema in April.
Rio 2 – Release date April 17, 2014
The clamorous cast of voice actors (Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, will.i.am, Jamie Foxx, Rodrigo Santoro) return for the sequel to the first Rio film from 2011, brought to you by the creators of Ice Age. In the year that the World Cup is taking place in Brazil, Blu and Jewel’s family of blue parrots leaves the city of Rio to travel to the Amazon rainforest. Watch out for the last part of the trailer: it’ll have you in stitches.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – Release date May 2, 2014
We’ve also already said a lot about the second episode of the Spider-Man reboot and its revamped cast (Andre Garfield, Emma Stone, Laurence Fishburne, Sally Field) with some new entries (Dan DeHaan and Jamie Foxx). So here’s a quick update with the new international trailer, which is more focused on the character of Peter Parker, emphasising the dorky humour of the man unlucky enough to have to save the world the makes us identify so closely with Spider-Man.
Godzilla – Release date May 16, 2014
If we could choose ourselves a family made up of actors, we may well pick Bryan Cranston as the dad and Elizabeth Olsen as a sister. What we definitely would not want would be to find ourselves, like them, grappling with a gigantic lizard created through radiation, like Godzilla. Yet another revival of the mythical Japanese creature, this film directed by Gareth Edwards of Monsters fame promise to do very well judging by the trailer, which is apocalyptic without hinting at a freak show. Throw in Aaron Taylor Johnson and it’s a done deal.
X-Men: Days of Future Past – Release date May 23, 2014
Bryan Singer returns to the director’s seat and Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin and Halle Berry return. Hugh Jackman returns. In short, for this prequel/sequel (we’re straddling two X-Men universes) half of the cast is returning from the first legendary episode (except Anna Paquin as Rogue) that essentially gave rise to the new Golden Age of Marvel/DC in cinemas. Add to that the cast of X-Men: First Class. Or rather, add Jennifer Lawrence. And Michael Fassbender. Please let May come quickly.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 – Release date June 19, 2014
Five years have passed in the story of Hiccup, the young Viking who brought peace to the island of Berk together with the dragon Toothless. But between dragon races and the discovery of a mysterious cave with new wild dragons, the peace will be threatened once again.
The second chapter by DreamWorks taken from the books of Cressida Cowell, the film’s comeback – in full Vikings 2014 mania – will feature the same voices that brought the protagonists of the previous film to life (Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill) along with some new additions: Kit – John Snow – Harington and Cate Blanchett, who will voice the character of Valka.
According to the director Dean DeBlois, Valka, a liberator of dragons in captivity, will be to the dragons what Diane Fossey was to the gorillas. How to Train Your Dragon 3, the third and already planned part, will be released on June 17, 2016
Transformers: Age of Extinction – Release date June 27, 2014
The fourth film of saga inspired by the Hasbro toy of the same name, Transformers: Age of Extinction is once again directed by Michael Bay and produced by Steven Spielberg. It’s the first film to have a completely updated cast: Shia LaBeouf is out and Mark Wahlberg is in for the role of the inventor and single dad Cade Yeager, sharing the screen with too very young actors, Nicola Peltz (who will be Tessa Yeager, Cade’s daughter and an aspirational new Rosie Huntington Whiteley) and Jack Reynor (Tessa’s boyfriend, Shane Dyson). The autobots will obviously include Optimus Prime, with the ultra new look of a Western Star 4900 Custom semi-trailer truck, Bumblebee, who now takes the form of a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro concept, the Bugatti Veyron Grand Vitesse, who will be the autobot Drift, the sexy Decepticon Stinger, in the form of a Pagani Huayra, and the much anticipated Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Coupe, as yet unnamed. Watch the trailer:
Fast&Furious 7 – Release date July 11, 2014
The tragedy that claimed the life of actor Paul Walker in a road accident is sadly tied to the seventh chapter of the Fast & Furious series. In the hours following the death of the unforgettable Brian O’Conner, reports that the film may be cancelled continued to arrive incessantly. How could the story continue without the much-loved lead character? The most recent news suggests that the final scenes will almost certainly be shot with Paul’s brother, Cody Walker, a 25 year-old stuntman.
The rest of the cast of characters is still certain, from Vin Diesel to Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson to Jordana Brewster and Nathalie Kelly but, above all, the new villain who put in a cameo appearance in episode 6, Jason Statham. Whatever happens, Paul Walker will be greatly missed.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Release date July 18, 2014
The sequel to the 2011 reboot, Rise of the Planet of the Apes (the one with James Franco), which laid the foundations for a new beginning for the successful saga that began way back in 1968 with the first film based on the French book La Planète des singes by Pierre Boulle.
The film follows the story of the genetically evolved monkey Caesar, with brand new human characters: Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell. There’s also a directorial change, with the arrival of Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let me in). Having watched both the teaser and the trailer, the only sure thing is that the real star is Caesar.
The Expendables 3 – Release date August 15, 2014
There’s also been a changeover in the director’s seat for The Expendables 3, with the entry of the Australian director behind the surprising Red Hill, Patrick Hughes. As for the rest, the super cast of mercenaries will once again feature Sylvester Stallone (whose also penned the screenplay), Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The new entries into the cast are worth shouting about and include Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford and Kellan Lutz. In short, the total sum of the heroes of all the action movies ever produced will put in an appearance. A sure fire hit for fans of the genre.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – Release date August 22, 2014
We have also already thoroughly discussed the sequel to the first cinematic transposition of Frank Miller’s graphic novel: Robert Rodriguez and Miller himself are directing, with part of the cast now confirmed (Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Powers Booth and Ray Liotta) and a huge crowd of new characters (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Brolin, Eva Green, Dennis Haysbert and Jeremy Piven) set to star in new stories taken from the second book in the series as well as new tales written by Miller specially for the film. Take a look at the spectaculare trailer here:
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 – Release date 21 November, 2014
It seems far-fetched to be talking about the new film when The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is still high up at the top of the box office charts, but there you are: next November we’ll finally get to see the first part of the last book in the saga by Suzanne Collins.
Anyone who has read the books knows that the gloomy atmosphere of the first books is nothing compared to the final episode, which no longer deals with arenas and Hunger Games, but rebel wars against Panem. We’re especially eager to see how redhead Julianne Moore will manage to impersonate the grey-haired president Alma Coin, and whether Jennifer Lawrence come home with another Oscar for American Hustle to go on the shelf next to Katniss’ bows and arrows.
The Hobbit: There and Back Again – Release date December 17, 2014
As with The Hunger Games, this is another sequel to a film that’s currently in cinema screens. Going against the predictions made when shooting first began, it was only in 2012 that director Peter Jackson confirmed that the adaptation Tolkien’s The Hobbit would be developed into three parts rather than three.
According to Jackson, the last chapter of the trilogy will mainly use stories adapted from the appendices to The Return of the King (the third part of the Lord of the Rings) and footage shot for The Hobbit 1 and 2 as well as new, original takes. Let’s see what Jackson invents in addition to the character of Tauriel (Evangeline Lily), who has come to be despised by Tolkien purists. What is known is that we’ll only see the Battle of the Five Armies in this film.
Last Update: March 7, 2014
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