Considering the endless amount of remakes (get ready for a new Scarface, and yet anotherSpider-Man series), unnecessary sequels/prequels (did we really need Prometheus and do we really want Blade Runner 2?), and the fact that we are in the midst of the Comic-Book-Movie-Golden-Age, it's easy to forget original films are still being made.
There was once a time when films were not all based off already used source material, before Quentin Tarantino started paying homage to Quentin Tarantino, where audiences had no clue as to what they were about to walk in to. So in a toast to original thought, creativity, and the hope of coming across the next Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Se7en, or Boogie Nights, here are 5 films set to come out that will probably cause a few of us to ask, "what the fuck?” when reading the plot.
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos Stars: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, and Ben Wishaw
Synopsis: In a dystopian near future, single people are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days or are transformed into animals and released into the woods.
It's not going to get any weirder than this, and if Colin Farrell screws up the next series of True Detective, then it's probably best he does become a lobster. However, given the acclaim that surrounds Lanthimos' previous effort (Dogtooth, equally as weird), and the strength of the main cast (notably Farrell and Weisz), this could be a sci-fi comedy classic, that definitely ticks the box of originality. Dogtooth gained infamy for its blackly comedic presentation of repression and deception and was adored by critics worldwide. The Lobster is Lanthimos' first English language feature, and has already been chosen to compete for the Palme d'Or at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. This film will most certainly not be for everyone, its premise coupled with characters named, The Limping Man, Short Sighted Woman, and Nosebleed Woman, clearly tell us that. Those who are intrigued enough to brave its quirky premise are hopefully rewarded with a comedic affair like nothing they've seen before.
Director: Marjane Satrapi Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, and Jacki Weaver
Synopsis: A Likeable guy pursues his office crush with the help of his evil talking pets, but things turn sinister when she stands him up for a date.
Ryan Reynolds is off his meds, and according to critics it’s the best thing he could possibly do (aside from marrying Blake Lively). Reynolds plays Jerry a likeable type who lives alone with his pet cat and dog named, Mr Whiskers and Bosco, who are also voiced by Reynolds. From the trailer it looks as if someone has merged Reynolds delusional character from The Amityville Horror with the upbeat Van Wilder. Australia's own Jacki Weaver plays Reynolds psychiatrist, who seems to get caught up in an unfortunate evening with Jerry, Bosco, Mr Whiskers, and a screaming severed head. Judging by the trailer the film captures Reynolds comedic timing while allowing him to channel into a more realized character of depth. This promises to be (if you're willing) a darkly funny comedy that could help re-launch a stagnant career.
Director: Rupert Goold Stars: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Felicity Jones, and Gretchen Mol
Synopsis: When disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel meets accused killer Christian Longo - who has taken on Finkel's identity - his investigation morphs into a game of cat-and-mouse.
James Franco plays a man who kills his family before stealing Jonah Hill's identity then refuses to speak to anyone but Hill. That's already strange, and once you realise it's based on real events, it gets even stranger. What is exciting about this movie is the chance to see Franco dig his teeth into a serious and challenging role. Furthermore Hill has emerged as a seriously good dramatic actor (nominated for Best Supporting Actor in Moneyball, and winning it for The Wolf of Wall Street). These two have already faced off comically in This Is The End, and clearly have good chemistry - Jonah gets a fair few mentions on Franco's infamous Instagram page. While this is based on previously existing source material, real life, hopefully True Story can maintain the suspense and intrigue the plot promises it to have. The presence of Felicity Jones from The Theory of Everything, adds to its strong indie-rooted cast that should have no problem carrying the complex characters at play.
Director: Henry Hobson Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger & Abigail Breslin
Synopsis: A teenage girl in the Midwest becomes infected by an outbreak of a disease that slowly turns the infected into cannibalistic zombies. During her transformation, her loving father stays by her side.
One critic has called this the "first genuine tear jerker of Schwarzenegger's career", at this stage it has an IMDB rating of 8.1/10, and it's about a girl slowly turning into a zombie... what the fuck? Emotional fulfilment isn't normally found zombie or Schwarzenegger films (although if you weren't moved by The Terminator sacrificing himself in molten metal at the end of Terminator 2: Judgement Day, you're as cold as the T-1000), but in the directorial debut of Henry Hobson we get all new things. The re-working of genres has become prevalent in recent years, and Maggie may of found inspiration from the fresh, beautiful, and haunting new take on vampires found in Swedish gem Let The Right One In. Arnie was a hero to many kids growing up in the 90's; it would be great to see him bowing out in films that can now resonate for those kids since grown up.
Director: William Monahan Stars: Oscar Isaac, Mark Wahlberg, and Garrett Hedlund
Synopsis: A suicidal artist goes into the desert, where he finds his doppelgänger, a homicidal drifter.
The second directorial effort from the writer of The Departed reteams him with the aforementioned films Oscar nominated Mark Wahlberg, and rising star, Oscar Isaac. From the premise, Mojave seems to be another inspired choice from Isaac, who in recent years has appeared in Drive (2011), Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), A Most Violent Year (2014), and this year will be seen in Ex Machina and Star Wars. Some early reviews are mixed, but worth giving a go thanks to Isaac being without a doubt one of the most exciting actors working in film today.