Its been such a great year for movies and television shows. In the coming weeks, there will be so much for us to look back on. However for now, I want to look ahead at what the new year bring. There’s plenty to look forward to, but I have my eye on a couple stories that could next year even bigger for movies and TV. Here are five headlines I’m expecting in 2016…
1. The Emergence of Video Games in Hollywood
2016 will be an important year for Hollywood, because it’ll either set up the video game genre for more films the next several years or push it back further.
Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed will be on deck next summer and holiday season. The question isn’t whether audiences are ready for video game films, because we have been for years. The question is can a studio finally give us a great film. I believe both Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed will live up to the challenge and break the video game curse. Soon after we’ll hear tons of announcements of studios adapting video games for the big screen.
2. Mel Gibson’s Comeback is Complete
The last couple of years we’ve seen flashes of Mel Gibson’s incredible acting through smaller roles (Expendables 3). We’ve even seen him carry an entire indie film with his charisma and experience (Get the Gringo). However, Gibson has yet to be given a second chance by Hollywood, and to waste such a talent is a tragedy in itself. Now in 2016, the Oscar winning director will release his first directorial effort in over 10 years.
Hacksaw Ridge is a true story World War II drama starring Andrew Garfield and Vince Vaughn. The last time Gibson directed a period piece war film, he won Best Director and Best Picture. This upcoming film will be a front-runner at next year’s Oscars. It’ll also remind everyone at just how great of a director Gibson is.
3. Six Movies Will Break $1 Billion Dollars!
If 2015 was any indication, blockbuster films from established franchises can do very well. Furious 7, Jurassic World, Minions, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and soon Star Wars: The Force Awakens have each grossed over $1 billion at the box office. Next year offers no shortage of these highly anticipated blockbusters. I’m predicting six of the following seven films will break the billion dollar mark, and set a new record for most in one year:
-Batman v Superman- -Captain America: Civil War- -X-Men: Apocalypse- -Finding Dory- -Star Wars: Rogue One- -Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them- -Alice Through the Looking Glass-
4. Audiences Respond Well to 7 Comic Book Movies a Year
The amount of comic book films in 2016 will triple from this year. Thankfully all but one of them are, at the moment, looking like hits.
Over at Marvel, things are looking great with The Russo Brothers readying to give us their Winter Soldier follow up with Captain America: Civil War. The same can be said for Doctor Strange and its stellar cast led by Benedict Cumberbatch and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Warner Bros is kicking starting their DC extended universe with two event films. The first is Batman v Superman, which needs no introduction. The second is the David Ayer directed Suicide Squad, which is a film that focuses on villains.
20th Century Fox is continuing to lean on Bryan Singer to properly guide their X-Men property with Apocalypse, while Ryan Reynolds is fulfilling his dream of reprising his role as Deadpool. The only film in question among fans is Gambit starring Channing Tatum. However, should Doug Liman officially sign on, it’ll give the film a much needed boost.
5. Netflix’s Dominates Television!
“Having shaken up the TV industry, Netflix is about to do the same to Hollywood. It’s great to be part of the changing future. Ted Sarandos (Chief Content Officer) is the new Godfather of entertainment and he made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.” – Ricky Gervais after Netflix agreed to release his upcoming film.
Gervais isn’t wrong about Netflix. Over the years, the streaming service has slowly become an option for many filmmakers and actors who want “creative freedom”. Having already signed exclusive deals with Adam Sandler, Leonardo DiCaprio, and now David Fincher, Netflix is looking to continue producing high quality content over the next couple of years.
This past year, Netflix has seen great success with exclusive shows like Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and Jessica Jones. They also released their very first Netflix Original film Beasts of No Nation, which earned rave reviews from critics. I expect them to find even greater success next year with more original films like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2 , and War Machine (starring Brad Pitt). Also look for the debut of highly anticipated shows like Marvel’s Luke Cage, and Fuller House, the sequel series to the classic American sitcom Full House.
There ya have it! Let us know what you’re most excited about for 2016?