Most Anxiously Awaited Movies of 2005

February 1, 2005 at 1:37 PM (General)

The following are movies that I am really waiting to see:

Sin City (releasing April 2005)

This is director Robert Rodriguez’s film version of Frank Miller’s dark and ultraviolent graphic novel.  The movie is being filmed using a “digital backlot” technique, which means that the actors are filmed against a blue or green screen and all the backgrounds are inserted digitally.  I’ve seen some preliminary footage and the trailer of the movie and it looks awesome.  Panels from the book have literally been translated to film!  The movie has an impressive star cast as well, including Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Benicio Del Toro, Jessica Alba and Elijah Wood.

A Scanner Darkly (releasing September 2005)

Yet another film adaptation of a Philip K. Dick story (others include Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, Scanners and Paycheck).  This one stars Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Woody Harrelson and Robert Downey Jr., and is directed by Richard Linklater.  This again is a unique film, because the actors are being filmed in real life, and then the whole thing is being converted to animation, due to which it looks like a comic book come to life.  I’ve seen some preliminary images from the movie and they look fantastic.  Oh of course, the story is amazing as well — in the future, a drug called Substance D causes people to develop split personalities.  Keanu Reeves plays a cop who is also addicted to the drug, and is trying to shut down the operations of a notorious drug dealer, which is an alternate personality of his!

The Devil’s Rejects (releasing August 2005)

Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses was a disturbing movie, and this sequel looks great as well, as I could make out from the trailer.  The movie seems to be bigger and more stylish than the original film.  The trailer’s music is simply terrifying.  The official site is here.

Saw 2: Hacksaw (releasing October 2005)

Seeing as how I loved the tense, clever and disturbing horror-thriller Saw, I can’t wait for the sequel.  Of course work hasn’t even been started on it yet, though it is apparently going to be written by Alex Garland, who wrote 28 Days Later.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (releasing May 2005)

Without a doubt the movie I am most anxiously awaiting!  I am a huge fan of Douglas Adams’ books and this movie looks like it will be awesome.  Adams himself contributed to the screenplay of the movie before his demise (and introduced a new character, Humma Kavula), and Karey Kirkpatrick is the screenwriter who is bringing the book to the screen now.  The movie is directed by Garth Jennings.  I love the trailer, and I think the poster is simply superb as well.  The pictures officially released so far also look great.

And today, I read a review of the rough cut of the movie here, at Freeze Dried Movies.

Recently released movies that I want to see include Assault on Precinct 13 (which I hear is really good), Seed of Chucky and Elektra.

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