Unlike Disney, Fox, and Warner Bros. – Universal isn’t able to bank off of the Cinematic Universe of superheroes. That doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to look forward to because 2015 can end up being a very good year for Universal. Major motion picture sequels, very intriguing original work, and the return of one incredibly loved franchise. Here’s a look at this year’s releases for Universal Pictures.
In order to make good with his former employers, a submarine captain takes a job with a shadowy backer to search the depths of the Black Sea for a submarine rumored to be loaded with gold.
In theaters: January 23rd
Starring: Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, and Tobias Menzies.
The Boy Next Door
Shortly after her divorce, a woman falls for a younger man who just moved in across the street, though their torrid affair takes an obsessive, dangerous turn.
In theaters: January 23rd
Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman, Kristin Chenoweth, and John Corbett.
Young Thomas is apprenticed to the local Spook to learn to fight evil spirits. His first great challenge comes when the powerful Mother Malkin escapes her confinement while the Spook is away.
In theaters: February 6th
Starring: Ben Barnes, Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, and Djimon Hounsou.
Fifty Shades of Grey
Literature student Anastasia Steele’s life changes forever when she meets handsome, yet tormented, billionaire Christian Grey.
In theaters: February 13th
Starring: Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Jennifer Ehle, and Luke Grimes.
Maps to the Stars
A tour into the heart of a Hollywood family chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts.
In theaters: February 27th
Starring: Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, and Robert Pattinson.
A Little Chaos
A female landscape-gardener is awarded the esteemed assignment to construct the grand gardens at Versailles, a gilt-edged position which thrusts her to the very centre of the court of King Louis XIV.
In theaters: March 27th
Starring: Kate Winslet, Helen McCrory, Alan Rickman, Jennifer Ehle, Stanley Tucci, and Matthias Schoenaerts.
Deckard Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his family for the death of his brother.
In theaters: April 3rd
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Lucas Black, Kurt Russell, and Djimon Hounsou.
A group of online chat room friends find themselves haunted by a mysterious, supernatural force using the account of their dead friend.
In theaters: April 17th
Starring: Shelley Hennig, Moses Jacob Storm, Will Peltz, Courtney Halverson, and Renee Olstead.
5 Flights Up
A long-time married couple who’ve spent their lives together in the same New York apartment become overwhelmed by personal and real estate-related issues when they plan to move away.
In theaters: May 8th
Starring: Morgan Freeman, Diane Keaton, Carrie Preston, and Cynthia Nixon.
Pitch Perfect 2
Collegiate a cappella group the Barden Bellas enter into an international competition that no American team has ever won.
In theaters: May 15th
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Elizabeth Banks, Haliee Steinfeld, and Katey Sagal.
Insidious: Chapter 3
A prequel set before the haunting of the Lambert family that reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.
In theaters: June 5th
Starring: Lin Shaye, Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Hayley Kiyoko, and Leigh Whannell.
Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly.
In theaters: June 12th
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jake Johnson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Omar Sy, Ty Simpkins, and Nick Robinson.
In theaters: June 26th
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Morgan Freeman, Patrick Warburton, and Seth McFarlane as Ted.
Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world.
In theaters: July 10th
Starring: Michael Keaton, Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Steve Coogan, Allison Janney, and Chris Renaud as the minions.
In theaters: July 17th
Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Brie Larson, Bill Hader, Amy Schumer, Ezra Miller, Randall Park, Marisa Tomei, and Tilda Swinton.
An extremely wealthy elderly man, dying from cancer, undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness to the body of a healthy young man, but all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body’s origin and the secret organization that will kill to protect its cause.
In theaters: July 31st
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Matthew Goode, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Dockery, and Natalie Martinez.
Straight Outta Compton
The group NWA emerges from the streets of Compton, California in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes pop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.
In theaters: August 14th
Starring: Paul Giamatti, Keith Stanfield, Aldis Hodge, Corey Hawkins, and O’Shea Jackson Jr.
A young mother and her twin sons move into a rural house that’s marked for death.
In theaters: August 21st
Starring: Shannyn Sossamon, James Ransone, Tate Ellington, and Nicholas King.
A single mother finds that things in her family’s life go very wrong after her two young children visit their grandparents.
In theaters: September 11th
Starring: Kathryn Hahn, Ed Oxenbould, and Benjamin Kanes.
A climbing expedition on Mt. Everest is devastated by a severe snow storm.
In theaters: September 18th
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Robin Wright and Sam Worthington.
London Has Fallen
In London for the Prime Minister’s funeral, Mike Banning discovers a plot to assassinate all the attending world leaders.
In theaters: October 2nd
Starring: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Basset, Jackie Earle Haley, Melissa Leo, and Robert Forster.
In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds…and remembers.
In theaters: October 16th
Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, Charlie Hunnam, Jessica Chastain, Doug Jones and Burn Gorman.
Jem and the Holograms
The young owner of a music company uses revolutionary tech to disguise herself as a rockstar.
In theaters: October 23rd
A demon seeks out naughty people to punish them at Christmas time.
In theaters: December 4th
Starring: Allison Tolman and Emjay Anthony.
Two sisters decide to throw one last house party before their parents sell their family home.
In theaters: December 18th
Starring: Tina fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and John Leguizamo.
Which Universal Pictures movie are you looking forward to the most?