2017: The Year of Film Resurrection

By Dakotah Jones

Okay, I know what you’re thinking; “Resurrection? Isn’t that a bit much?”. In some ways it’s more hyperbole than anything else, but there are some titles/characters, that will be coming to the big screen for a 2nd time rather than a first. I’m going to highlight ten separate titles that I’m most excited about for 2017. I’ll lead off with Disney’s newest recreation, Beauty and The Beast. It seems that Disney will continue recreating their cartoon classics with real-D technology, which they did recently with The Jungle Book. It looks beautiful visually and I’m very excited to see how Emma Watson transitions into roles other than Hermaine Granger. Pixar will release its 3rd installment of Cars. From the previews it looks like it’s going to look incredible with the advancements that have been made since Cars 2. Paramount and Dreamworks have created a real-D version of the 1995 anime classic Ghost in the Shell. It stars Scarlett Johansson as the cyborg assassin and it looks unbelievable with its visuals and directed by Rupert Sanders, who I’ve come to enjoy. For most Generation Y and Millioneal individuals the next one is going to be quite nostalgic, Power Rangers. Updated with a more technological backing and a bigger budget than ever before, it’s going to be if nothing else, CGI heaven. War: for the Planet of the Apes, is the 3rd installment of the Planet of the Apes prequels. The first two installments have been some of the best films to ever revive a franchise or series, so I think it’s safe to say this one won’t be too different. It’s funny how no matter the amount of times a character dies, they can somehow come back, and perhaps no character has done it more than the next title; Kong: Skull Island. The last King Kong film was released in 2005, and it was met with a lot of commercial success. The biggest separation between this film and the last one, is that this film is going to have a slightly modified storyline than the classic one. It has a great cast and I’m excited to see the storyline changes. Heading off the year is a film that has been highly anticipated since its announcement last year; Logan. This is the 3rd installment in the X-Men subsidiary films that are about the most famous of X-Men; Wolverine. It’s going to be strongly tied to the graphic novel with the same title, and the villain will be played by Narcos co-star, Boyd Holbrook which I’m personally very excited about. Making a big return to the big screen is Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy. The Mummy series contained by far some of the best action-adventure films that came out of the early 2000’s, and I’m excited to see how Kurtzman uses his unique style to recreate the classic. Last but certainly not least; Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant. This film will take place shortly after the events of the last Alien installment, Prometheus. I love all of the original Alien films, but particularly the last installment, Prometheus, and this one looks like it won’t fall short either. These are the films that I’m most excited about but there is a lot more that I just couldn’t fit in such as Jordan Peele’s Get Out, M. Night Shalayman’s Split, the newest installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean series and of course the recreation of the eighties classic, Blade Runner 2049. Mark your calendars folks, it’s going to be a great year for familiar titles and characters!

 

Dakotah Jones, Opinions Editor, Junior 18’. From Brielle, New Jersey. Majoring in MOL W/ Marketing, Minor in English. Football Team, SAAC, Writing Center

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