Reboot — your least favorite phrase since “swag” or “yolo.”
But whether you like it or not the number of reboots, remakes, and sequels is climbing each year at a commensurate rate, with no signs of slowing down. So enjoy all the original awards season films while you can, because summer 2018 is chock full of “the same but different.”
Tomb Raider (March 16th)
This is not only a reboot of a terrible Angelina Jolie movie franchise, but also based on a series of video games starting in the late 90’s. So this movie has to both erase the bad taste of the original movies out of people’s mouths, and somehow break the curse of video game adaptations that’s plagued the industry since “Super Mario Bros.” in 1993.
That being said, the games had a successful reboot not long ago after following the trend of dark survival games, so maybe the filmmakers will take note.
Rampage (April 20th)
Another video game adaptation, but one with no discernible plot. So what do you do when given a blank slate and a giant ape monster? You remake King Kong with The Rock apparently.
I don’t know about you, but it feels like Dwayne Johnson is approaching Gerard Butler-levels of bad action movies.
The Predator (August 3rd)
By my count, this is the sixth Predator movie, if we include the two Alien vs. Predators (which we should because they're rad.)
This was originally conceived as a remake before famed Hollywood scribe and actor from the original film Shane Black got involved, voicing a desiring to further explore the Predator myths with another sequel.
If successful, it's likely this will be the first film in a third franchise, continuing to vaguely answer questions I never had about the big-game hunting alien race, but knowing Shane Black this will be a fun, quick-witted take, much like his highly underrated Marvel endeavor "Iron Man 3."
The gangster film that inspired a generation of t-shirts is making a return to the big screen, and though I would normally say this is a wildly unnecessary film, Diego Luna as Tony Montana sounds absolutely awesome. It's also very fortunate that "Suicide Squad" and "Bright" filmmaker David Ayer left the project early on in favor of a much darker take from the Coen Brothers.
Diego Luna. Coen Brothers. Gangster film. Nuff said.
There are 10 Halloween movies. 10. Described as Laurie Strode's final confrontation, I don't believe for one second that we'll be done at 11.
This film comes not long after the films had a somewhat lackluster reboot at the hands of rocker Rob Zombie, so hopefully this really is the nail in the coffin and we can finally lay Halloween to rest.