With 2015 now coming to a close, it’s time for studios to start displaying their upcoming titles for 2016. Big and small, live-action and animated, big-budget and indie; it looks to be another promising one. Even so, it’s going to have to be something seriously special if it’s going to top the greatness of 2015. Luckily, the near year has some very exciting titles going for it at the moment. While we’re all looking forward to the juggernauts of Rogue One, Civil War, Batman v Superman, and others, there are a great number of movies coming our way this year. Just some of those said movies have released a nugget or two so we don’t forget about them, and to make sure we’re excited for them.
Release date: July 19th, 2016.
It’s been close to a decade since we last saw Matt Damon on screen as the completely badass Jason Bourne, but luckily a fifth movie in the franchise starring Damon as the spy is on its way. Damon says the currently untitled Bourne 5 will find the character in a “dark and tortured place” in a story that picks up 14 years after we saw the character in a world inspired by many of the social and economical issues of our world today, such as “the financial collapse, the great recession, all these issues of cyberwarfare and civil liberties.”
The image itself isn’t a whole lot, obviously, but isn’t it just awesome as all hell to see Damon back in this role? The Bourne character is one of my all-time favorite character, and although I wasn’t as let down with The Bourne Legacy as much as others were, I’m still pumped to see Damon (and director Paul Greengrass) returning the the franchise.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Release date: November 18th, 2016.
There’s no doubt that each and every one of us (unless you’re insane) was sad the day the Harry Potter franchise ended. We spent a decade watching Harry, Hermoine, and Ron growing up in J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world, and although it ended on a fabulous note, it was still bittersweet to see it all go. Luckily, that isn’t the only magical story Rowling wrote.
Taking place nearly 70 years before the events of the boy who lived, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set in 1926 New York City as we follow magizoologist Newt Scamander (played by Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne) who is on the run from magicians and an on-their-toes government following part of his collection of some of the world’s most spectacular magical creatures escape in the Big Apple.
Personally, I can’t wait to jump back into Rowling’s magical world. And although I would love to see Harry and his friends again, this story is extremely intriguing. It’s something I can’t wait to see play out on the big screen, especially with the cast and crew assembled to bring it to life.
The Jungle Book
Release date: April 15th, 2016.
One of the more exciting and anticipated films of 2016 has got to be Jan Favreau’s The Jungle Book. The film made a big impact on those attending D23, which was followed by a fantastic first trailer. It’s been mentioned before that Favreau and company made this film intending to bring Rudyard Kipling’s original story, while never forgetting Disney’s classical animated version, which is easily the one most know. From everything we’ve seen so far, it seems the director and his crew have completely succeeded at what they set out to do from the beginning.
It’s been learned that the February issue of Empire Magazine will have a bunch more goodies for the upcoming fantasy adventure. As you can see from above, Empire has released a teaser image in anticipation for that issue. It features young newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli, alongside his wolf mother Raksha, who is voiced by Lupita Nyong’o. It’s a beautifully structured image, as it collides the worlds of realism and fantasy into one.
Release date: December 21st, 2016.
It’s pretty well known that big screen video game adaptations have had a very hard time being good, a very hard time. While it seems like we’ve been waiting decades for just a good adaptation to arrive, it looks like our wish could finally be granted. Duncan Jones’ Warcraft hits theaters next June, and it does look pretty freaking awesome. But the one I’m looking forward to more in the long, long in the works Assassin’s Creed. It seems like this project has been talked about for years, and we are now finally getting it (there’s actual evidence!).
Following our first official look at the film just a few days ago, Empire has given us a few new year treats from the film. If you haven’t heard or read by now, star Michael Fassbender will be playing two different parts in the film; Callum Lynch and his sword wielding ancestor Aguilar. The first image showcased Fassbender in the character’s classic hood and robes, but these new images give us looks at Fassbender in both roles, one in some high-intense action.
I’ve stated before that I’ve never even touched the video game before, but that isn’t keeping me from being stoked to see this movie. For a video game movie, it truly has everything going for it. Fassbender recruited the entire team behind his latest Macbeth, which is why it has so many people excited. And while I don’t know, the Assassin’s Creed story seems epic enough to where it’s made for the big screen.
Originally, this post was going to include more images for four other movies that were released at the same time as the ones above. But instead of making it twice as long, I’ve decided to split it up into two different posts, so look out for that very soon!
Aside from that, what do you think about the new images? Do any of them change your view on the movie, either positively or negatively? Also, let us know how excited you are the full feature!