By Reese Givens, Video writer
With 2018 coming to a close, let’s take a look at the most anticipated movies of the next year.
- Frozen 2
It’s been five years since Disney released the juggernaut that was the first Frozen. Earning 1.2 billion at the global box office, it became the highest grossing animated film of all time. The money train doesn’t stop there. Disney has invested millions into Frozen merchandise and rides at their parks. While the official reports haven’t been released yet, it’s estimated that in 2018 alone Frozen earned $800 million to $1 billion. That’s why it came to no one’s surprise when Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, announced that a sequel would be coming in 2019. While no plot has been announced, Frozen 2 will add new voices like Sterling K. Brown and Evan Rachel Wood. The movie is set to release on November 22nd, 2019, so you can expect a trailer sometime in the spring. Get ready to build another freaking snowman.
- The Lion King
When Disney first announced it would be adding a live action Jungle Book to their 2016 slate, fans were skeptical. No studio had attempted a complete CGI film since James Cameron’s Avatar in 2009. However, in Avatar, Cameron was creating new alien creatures. The Jungle Book would have to handle real animals. Jon Favreau was hired to direct, previously know for directing the first two Iron Man films, and Disney moved forward with this risky project. The Jungle Book was met with only rave reviews and Favreau was worshiped in the industry. Then Disney greenlit the only movie riskier than a live action Jungle Book: a live action Lion King.
Many fans immediately rejected the idea of a possible Lion King remake. A classic, the Lion King is Disney royalty and was considered untouchable. That was, until the details started to roll in. The first being bringing back Disney trustee, Favreau to direct. The second being casting Donald Glover (or Childish Gambino, as you might know him) as Simba. Glover has recently been helmed as the master of entertainment, winning two Emmy’s, a Golden Globe and a Grammy all in one year. He hasn’t worked on an unsuccessful project since his college comedy group. The final detail that cements the Lion as one of 2019’s most anticipated movie is Beyonce signing on to play Nala. Need I say more?
The Lion King is set to release on July 19th, 2019.
- Toy Story 4
We’re keeping the Disney train rolling with Toy Story 4. It was originally thought that the Toy Story saga had ended when Andy passed down his toys before going to college. Our tears barely had time to dry when the Mouse House announced Toy Story 4. A teaser trailer for the film was released in October and left fans nostalgist, yet weary. It showed our favorite characters, like Buzz and Woody, and introduced some odd additions, like the smiling spork, Forky. Toy Story 4 will add quite a few new characters, adding the voice cast of Keanu Reeves, Laurie Metcalf, Kegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele. Will the classic franchise keep its streak of success? Or is it time to put the toys away? We’ll find out on June 21st.
- Star Wars Episode IV
In a galaxy not so far away, Star Wars fanboys and die-hards are cursing in the name of the blessed Lucasfilm after the divisive Episode 8. The Last Jedi pushed the boundaries the Star Wars universe but maybe a little too far. It left our previous questions unanswered and if anything, left us with more questions. The movie ended with no specific direction for the sequel to go. And after the faulty Solo: A Star Wars Story, the franchise is spiraling out into space.
The still untitled Episode 9 will have to deal with several obstacles aside from fan skepticism. Carrie Fischer, the princess and general of the rebellion, passed away in late 2016 however her character is still alive and well. There has also been a bit of behind the scene trouble. Rian Johnson received a lot of the blame for the shortcomings Episode 8, as he wrote and directed it. Lucasfilm quickly shuffled him aside and hired J.J. Abrams, Hollywood favorite and director of Episode 7. If Star Wars wants to stay on top, course correction should be the only thing on it path.
Star Wars: Episode 9 will premiere December 20th, 2019.
- Avengers: Endgame
I mean come on, what did you expect?
Avengers: Endgame hits theaters April 26th, 2019