I’ve had enough of Cinematic Universes. I’ve had enough of sequels, reboots and unnecessary remakes (here’s looking at you Ben f**king Hur). Just once, can’t we have a good movie that doesn’t spend most of its time setting up the next 3 other movies?
Fortunately, original filmmaking is still alive and well. If you want a break from Marvel and DC’s 50-year superhero onslaught, these directors have got you covered:
Arrival (Release: November 2016)
Alien invasion fans have had a terrible year so far thanks to the disappointing Independence Day: Resurgence. However, Arrival is going to make up for all that. Directed by Denis Vileneuve (Sicario), it’s looking like one of the most realistic depictions of alien contact put to film. Add in one of the industry’s most acclaimed new directors and you’ve got a formula for success.
Passengers (Release: December 2016)
The screenplay for Passengers cemented writer Jon Spaihts as Hollywood’s “go-to guy for space thrillers” and landed him a job writing what eventually became Prometheus. Despite this, the script has been stuck in limbo since 2007, but now we’re finally getting a movie starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence. A love story set on a generation ship sees these two characters wake up 90 years ahead of schedule, and is sure to show us a new side to these two actors.
Hidden Figures (Release: January 2017)
Based on a non-fiction book of the same name, Hidden Figures tells the overlooked story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – the three female African-American mathematicians whose calculations helped the USA send their first astronaut into space.
Morgan (Release: September 2016)
Echoes of 2015’s brilliant Ex Machina as another of the Black List’s Best Unproduced Screenplays sees release. Morgan sees Kate Mara salvage her career after that terrible Fantastic Four as an agent who has to decide whether an artificial human lives or dies. Think Lucy meets Alien.
Have you had enough of franchise after franchise? Let us know what original films you’re looking out for below!