Even though 2017 still feels far away, it’s never too early to get excited about taking a trip to the cinema, so we’ve lined up the biggest upcoming releases—and whether you’re into action, comedy, horror, or drama, there’s something for everyone.
The Great Wall – February 17
The story was created in part by World War Z novelist Max Brooks, whose book segments about China’s part in the zombie apocalypse were criminally undeserved in the cinematic “adaptation” of his story. The promotional materials have shown some ambitious special effects and stunts, and Bourne hero Damon’s had some strong action successes in the past.
A must see movie with a new idea: The Great Wall of China was built to keep out more than just unwanted human neighbors.
Logan – March 3
Hugh Jackman has played Wolverine for so long that it’s nearly impossible to imagine anyone else in the role of the mutant.
Soon, Fox will need to figure out who’ll be the next actor to play the part, but first, Jackman’s getting his swan song with a third standalone Wolverine feature.
Kong: Skull Island – March 10
None of the many attempts to expand or remake the story of King Kong have managed to come anywhere near the classic original. But where there’s franchise potential, there’s a would-be blockbuster waiting to happen.
On March 10, the big guy returns with Kong: Skull Island. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and starring Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, and Samuel L. Jackson.
Alien: Covenant – May 19
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with ALIEN: COVENANT, a new chapter in his groundbreaking ALIEN franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world.
When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.
Fans who feel Prometheus didn’t tie into the Alien films strongly enough might be better served by Alien: Covenant, which brings back Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace to show what happens after they hijack an ancient spacecraft in order to venture to the homeworld of the mysterious Engineers and halt their plans for humanity.
Transformers: The Last Knight – June 23
Every time Michael Bay thinks he’s out of the Transformers franchise, they pull him back in with a fresh boatload of cash.
Bay’s been making noises about being done with Optimus Prime and his buddies for years, and was initially only on board to produce this installment in the series. But the executives at Paramount must have been pretty persuasive, because he’s still in the director’s seat for what he insists will be his final Transformers film.
War for the Planet of the Apes – July 14
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves returns for this follow-up, which picks up from Dawn’s final scene—a grim foreshadowing of the major conflict brewing between genetically enhanced primates and a human population decimated by a virus dubbed the Simian Flu.
In this episode we will meet Woody Harrelson as a character known as the Colonel, and a new Caesar achieving a “mythic” status.