2016 – we’ve dubbed it the year of sequels, superheroes and remakes as Hollywood invests millions in retelling and evolving classic tales.
With the new year just around the corner we took a look through some of the bigger titles scheduled for release and it seems that while there’s much to look forward to in the originality department, fans of older hits and comics are heavily being catered to in the next 12 months.
Popular movies such as Ghostbusters have been recast and rewritten (and gender swapped) to give viewers a fresh take on a guaranteed hit.
There’s also the story of the boy raised in the jungle, which was buffed up (seriously, Alexander’s body is amazing) into The Legend of Tarzan; and the tale of King Arthur will be retold by Jude Law, Charlie Hunnam and Eric Bana in Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur.
While remakes are big in 2016, so too are sequels – not just sequels to new tales, but older ones too.
The guys over in Tinseltown have found ways to evolve stories that started up to two decades ago such as Independence Day, My Big Fat Greek Wedding , Alice in Wonderland, Finding Nemo and Zoolander.
The movie follow ups don’t end there, because franchises such as Bridget Jones, Ice Age, The Best Man, The Barbershop, Star Trek, Underworld and more are also being extended with new additions in the coming year.
Some might interpret reviving older successes as a lazy way of making big bucks, however, we find that sequels are often a result of viewer demand… and besides who doesn’t want more of Nemo and Dori?
Superheroes will continue rein next year as seven Marvel and DC movies hit the cinemas next year, including Batman v Superman, Captain America: Civil War and X-Men: Apocalypse. There’s also newer legends Gambit and Doctor Strange also headed to the big screen.
On another note, movie buffs will enjoy a stream of fresh flicks including sci-fi movies, Passengers and Viral, while Warcraft and Assassins Creed are converted from video game to cinema.
Be sure to visit GDU tomorrow for our list of 26 big budget movies to watch in 2016.
Which movies are you keen to see next year?