Some of the most anticipated films of 2017 are adaptations of novels, graphic novels, or an animated series. They will not follow the storylines of their predecessors event for event, but they are closely related enough to share the titles with them.
The Dark Tower is set for release on July, 28, 2017. This fantasy horror science fiction western has an established fan base, as it is based on Stephen King’s series, and is the first in a suspected series of films. The film picks up the story at the end of the book series, The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower, but it will have more connections to the first book in the series, The Gunslinger. I suspect that the film will draw from Roland’s characteristics and how other characters see him in The Gunslinger, while focusing on events new to the story. Idris Elba has been cast as Roland of Deschain of Gilead, the main character, and Matthew McConaughey as his nemesis, the Man in Black, Randall Flagg.
Ghost In The Shell promises to be a visually stunning movie, if the trailers can be trusted as a truthful representation. Based on the highly successful animated series, the film depicts Section 9 (a task force led by Major, a human robotic hybrid) and their mission to stop a criminal genius hacker from destroying cyber technological advances achieved by Hanka Robotics. Scarlett Johansson portrays Major, a good fit for her after such movies as Lucy and her portrayal of the Black Widow character as a member of S.H.I.E.L.D. The film debuts April 14, 2017.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is a much anticipated sequel that has been promised since before the first Guardians of the Galaxy even debuted in 2014. I have faith that this is an indicator that the story is already complete in parts, and is ready for assembly into connecting individual movies, as opposed to just adding to one existing story line for every sequel or prequel. It also maintains my existing faith in Marvel to connect the dots and tell great stories in the process. The story takes the unlikely crew, on a quest to find Peter Quill’s (Star Lord) parents. Fans can expect another awesome soundtrack, as well!
Justice League is a long time coming in the DC attempt to tell the story of heroes from all over the universe that come together to protect the Earth. Though DC has great heroes, they are presented as loners. Network television productions aside, DC has not produced a squad of Super Heroes. While Marvel built individual profiles of the Avengers’ characters, most of them already have at least one movie under their belts, DC has chosen to present the Justice League as a tour de force for the upcoming releases of Justice League: Part One in November 2017 and Justice League: Part Two in 2019. The movies will bring together Batman, Superman, resurrected after his death in Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman, Aqua Man, The Flash, and Cyborg, who are fighting Steppenwolf while he makes way for the arrival of Darkseid.
Star Wars: Episode VIII continues the beloved saga started in 1977, and is a part of the third Star Wars trilogy started by Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The only thing that I know for sure is that this installment picks up literally where The Force Awakens leaves off, with the shared moment between Rey and Luke Skywalker. Perhaps Luke will train Rey in the ways of the Jedi. What is next for Finn now that he is away from the First Order? What are the consequences of Leia’s son killing his father? The answers to these questions and other situations will surely be what carries this movie on to the next one. The release date, December 15, 2017, makes this a big Christmas attraction.