From the always insightful Jeff Sneider at Variety, I don’t want to let this January 1 article pass without comment:
Originality? In Hollywood? Sure, why not? The 2012 film scene saw record-breaking domestic B.O. of $10.8 billion, fueled by an abundance of franchises and blockbuster comicbook properties. And while 2013 won’t be lacking for pre-branded tentpoles, the year ahead does offer an armful of intriguing risks and original properties, especially in the sci-fi and comedy realms, that the biz will be watching closely.
Highlights for 2013:
* Five original sci-fi movies including Pacific Rim, Elysium, and After Earth.
* Several original comedies including The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, This is the End, and 21 and Over.
* Horror titles including The Conjuring, You’re Next and Mama.
* Action movies including Bullet to the Head, Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down.
Of course there will be the usual onslaught of remakes and sequels, but as 2012 benefited from many successful original movies, it looks promising the same thing may happen in 2013… that is if you and I get up out of our Barcoloungers, and go support original movies at the theater.
What movies are you most looking forward to seeing in 2013?