While 2013 is currently a great year for film, it is also setting the stage for a slew of sequels, trilogies, and extended series to flourish in 2014. The new year will offer the conclusion to Peter Jackson’s second critically-acclaimed trilogy, The Hobbit, as well as new installments in other ongoing series like the X-Men and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchises. The year will also see creative and thrilling new standalone movies, like Interstellar and Noah.
The newest incarnation of an infamous old monster will be born with the release of Godzilla in 2014. In this take on the Toho classic, the colossal monster engages in an epic battle with several foes. Will humanity survive this monstrous conflict, or will the destruction of mankind be a by-product of Godzilla’s war?
X-Men: Days of Future Past
The newest release in the X-Men series sees the heroes warring for their survival in two separate time periods. In X-Men: Days of Future Past, older mutants cooperate with younger versions of themselves in order to rewrite the past and save the future. The screenplay is based on the comic book storyline of the same name; in the comic book, the X-Men must go back in time in order to prevent the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants from triggering an anti-mutant dystopia. It is up to the X-Men to prevent this disaster and provide a future safe for mutants.
The Hobbit: There and Back Again
Peter Jackson’s second trilogy, The Hobbit, comes to its conclusion with The Hobbit: There and Back Again. The third stanza in the series features Gandalf, Bilbo, and the company of dwarves inside the lair of the dragon, Smaug. The conclusion of the series also features a handful of characters from the Lord of the Rings trilogy who did not appear within the original story of The Hobbit. Will the company defy the odds and escape with their treasure? Find out in December of 2014.
The classic story of Sleeping Beauty has long been told from the point of view of the protagonists. In July 2014, however, the villain gets a chance to tell her side of the story. Angelina Jolie stars as the title character in Maleficent, which explores the witch’s background and personal history. This new look on an old story sheds light on the events that motivated Maleficent to curse Princess Aurora into a hundred years’ sleep.
Space travel is redefined when a team of scientists and explorers utilize a newly discovered wormhole to obliterate the limitations that currently restrict space travel. Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway star in this sci-fi thriller that may transcend more than just space. Interstellar is directed by Christopher Nolan, the man responsible for major successes such as Inception, The Prestige, and the most recent Batman trilogy.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
When aliens invade Earth, it is up to a squad of teenaged crime-fighting turtles to save humanity. While Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is the fifth movie the franchise has produced, the 2014 rendition will be a reboot.
After being subjected to prophetic visions that suggest the end of the world, title character Noah attempts to rally his people to stop their cruelty to the earth. When his prophecies are ignored, Noah tries to save himself, his family, and anyone or anything else that will follow him. While Noah is based on a religious fable, the filmmaking approach is secular; the purpose of this film is to tell a thought-provoking story, and not to adapt a part of the Bible into movie form.
Based on the book series of the same name, Vampire Academy tells the story of Rose, who is a teenaged Dhampir – a human-vampire hybrid race – and her best friend Lissa, who is a vampire princess among the Moroi, which is a peaceful vampire race. The two 17-year old girls live in constant fear of Strigoi, who resemble the traditional bloodthirsty, immortal vampires. Rose, with the help of her love interest, Dimitri, strives to become Lissa’s personal guardian and protect her from the potential dangers she may face both inside and outside of the academy. Will Rose keep Lissa safe from the Strigoi while enduring the hardships of high school? Find out in February of 2014.
While 2013 has certainly been a strong year for movies, 2014 looks to expand upon the previous year’s successes. While next year will see trilogies come to a close, it will also see many thriving franchises and original works.