It’s a big year for films directed at men…
The Fate of the Furious
Release date: April 2017.
In a year defined by revivals and franchise films being squeezed for everything they’re worth — Wolverine, Power Rangers, Baywatch, Pirates of the Caribbean, Transformers, Spider Man, Planet of the Apes, Thor, Jumanji to name a stack — not many hold as much interest as the eighth instalment of The Fast and the Furious, the most-viewed trailer ever recorded on Facebook and YouTube. This is the first movie in the franchise to not feature the late Paul Walker, but an all-star cast lines up in his absence — Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren among them.
Release date: May 2017.
The long-awaited Blade Runner 2049 isn’t the only franchise Ridley Scott is reviving in 2017 — Covenant is the sixth instalment in the Alien series, and the second in the prequel trilogy after 2012’s Prometheus. Michael Fassbender, the only survivor from that film’s disastrous Prometheus expedition, is discovered by the crew of the Covenant ship on a remote planet that — you guessed it — is crawling with even more slimy aliens.
The Dark Tower
Release date: July 2017.
Stephen King novels have given us plenty of classic film adaptations — The Shining, Misery, The Shawshank Redemption, for instance — and we’re hoping The Dark Tower is yet another. It’s certainly been a long time coming — the project began in 2007 and is finally set for release this year, a decade later. An 11-year-old stumbles into a dimension called Mid-World, where he teams up with a gunslinging cowboy (Idris Elba) on a quest to the titular Dark Tower, with an evil sorcerer (Matthew McConaughey) in hot pursuit. Think a dash of Western, a pinch of Sci-Fi, and a sprinkling of horror.
Six Billion Dollar Man
Release date: December 2017.
Mark Wahlberg fills Lee Majors’ robotic shoes in the remake of the Six Million Dollar Man, with Wahlberg promising a modern take on the classic ‘70s TV show. “I would say it will be more like a Bourne than like a Marvel movie,” he said on a red carpet last year. “Grounded. Real. Edgy.” Injured military officer Steve Austin enters a top-secret government program after a devastating accident, brought back to life by cutting-edge technology. The 2014 reboot of Robocop was disappointing — it’ll be interesting to see whether this bionic man remake fares any better.
Star Wars: Episode VIII, The Last Jedi
Release date: December 2017.
JJ Abrams’ first effort in the Star Wars director’s chair, The Force Awakens, introduced a cast of new characters and provided the launching pad for the prequel trilogy, which continues with Episode VIII. The next instalment is still a little while away — the film won’t be in cinemas until Christmas, and it’s ominous title was only released last week — but it’ll be worth the wait if rumours of Yoda’s return are correct. Added poignancy after the death of Carrie Fisher last December, too.