Friday the 13th (Feb. 13, 2009) - One of my favorite horror franchises returns to the big screen this year and I'm hoping its good. The movie is a reboot of the franchise and will mix elements of the original four Friday the 13th movies. The plot once again centers around a group of teenagers who are picked off by the legendary killer - Jason Voorhees (Derek Mears), the killer who stalks the remains of Camp Crystal Lake.
Terminator: Salvation (May 22, 2009) - The fourth movie in the Terminator franchise brings us to the post-apocalyptic year of 2018. John Connor (Christian Bale) the man who is said to lead the humans to victory over the evil corporation Skynet and their army of Terminators. Now the future Connor was raised to believe is altered when Marcus Wright, a man no one is familiar with. There is then a dilemma Connor faces, trying to figure out if Marcus is from the future or the past. As Skynet prepares to finish off the humans, Connor and Marcus journey into the belly of the beast to learn more about Skynet’s operations and they also learn their secret about the possible annihilation of mankind.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (May 1, 2009) - The movie takes place about 20 years before the first X-Men film. Obviously the movie is all about Wolverine’s past and his first encounters with William Stryker (Danny Huston), the villain from X2: X-Men United. The movie will cover the Weapon X program and the dysfunctional relationship with Sabretooth (Live Schreiber). Wolverine will once again be played by Hugh Jackman.
Night at the Musuem 2: Battle of the Smithsonian (May 22, 2009) - So when they close the Museum of Natural History is closed for upgrades and renovations, the museum pieces are moved into federal storage at the famous Washington Museums. Also, the film will center on bringing to life the Smithsonian Institution, which is the home of over 136 million items. That’s all I could find on this movie.
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (Jan. 23, 2009) - A prequel to the Underworld movies, which will tell the origins of the feud between the vampires and the Lycans (which are werewolves). What I’ve read is that the movie will be set in the Dark Ages and the main character is a Lycan named Lucian. He is able to rally together the werewolves to take on the leader of the vampires, Viktor, the vampire king that had enslaved them.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (June 26, 2009) - In this sequel to the hit 2007 film, Transformers, the battle of the universe will begin. We learn that Starscream (a Decepticon, who survived the first film) returns home to Cyberton and assumes the command of the Decepticons. His first order of business is to return to Earth with more Decepticons and fight the Autobots (the good guys). The Autobots believe that the world is at peace after they defeated Megatron (old leader of the Decepticons), but they soon find out that the U.S. Military has stolen the body of Megatron and have revived him. Now the Autobots have to face Megatron and Starscream and his army of Decepticons.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (July 17, 2009) - Here is the official plot summary from Warner Brothers, "Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. Together they work to find the key to unlock Voldemort’s defenses and, to this end, Dumbledore recruits his old friend and colleague, the well-connected and unsuspecting bon vivant Professor Horace Slughorn, whom he believes holds crucial information. Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a very different adversary as teenage hormones rage across the ramparts. Harry finds himself more and more drawn to Ginny, but so is Dean Thomas. And Lavender Brown has decided that Ron is the one for her, only she hadn’t counted on Romilda Vane’s chocolates! And then there’s Hermione, simpering with jealousy but determined not to show her feelings. As romance blossoms, one student remains aloof. He is determined to make his mark, albeit a dark one. Love is in the air, but tragedy lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again."
Saw VI (Oct. 23, 2009) - I know very little about this movie and what I gathered is this much, Tobin Bell will be returning as the series main character, Jigsaw, and Costas Mandylor will also be joining the cast. Kevin Greutert will direct, he has been the editor on all the Saw films to date. Writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, who wrote Saw IV and Saw V, will be returning to write this one.
Fast & Furious (April 3, 2009) - The movie will be heading back to its roots in this fourth sequel to The Fast and the Furious, but a prequel to The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. A crime brings back ex-con Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and ex-LAPD officer Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) to Los Angeles and they are forced to trust one another to confront a shared enemy.
Angels & Demons (May 15, 2009) - In this prequel to The Da Vinci Code, Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) is summoned by CERN to investigate a murder victim, who has been branded with the Illuminati ambigram. This leads Langdon to discover the secret society’s scheme to murder four cardinals and also destroy St. Peter’s Basilica. They go about doing this during a papal conclave using antimatter.
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (July 1, 2009) - There is not much out about this movie, all I know is that it will reunite the original voice cast for this third installment in the Ice Age franchise.
Fanboys (Feb. 6, 2009) - The movie is set in 1998 and it’s about a group of friends who can’t wait for the movie Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace to be released. One of these friends is suffering from cancer and wants to see this movie more than anything else. They then come up with an idea to break into Skywalker Ranch and steal a early print of the film.
Watchmen (March 6, 2009) - The movie is set in an alternate 1985, where superheroes exist, Richard Nixon is still president and tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union are at an all-time high. We then meet Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley), who is the stories vigilante and is investigating the murder of a former hero, the Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), and uncovers a plot to discredit and murder various heroes.
Star Trek (May 8, 2009) – Couldn’t find much about this movie, but it is a reboot of the franchise and will tell the early days of the USS Enterprise. The movie will reintroduce the world to Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), Scotty (Simon Pegg), Amanda Grayson (Winona Ryder), Uhura (Zoe Saldana, McCoy (Karl Urban), Sulu (John Cho) and Chekhov (Anton Yelchin), Leonard Nimoy will also be in the film as older Spock.
UP (May 29, 2009) - The new Disney and Pixar movie is about a 78 year old man, Carl Fredricksen (Edward Asner) who’s wife Ellie dies with out ever being able to complete her dream of exploring the mountains. After her death and a development company threatening to move Carl into a assisted living home, so he decides that he’s going to fulfill Ellie’s dream and explore.
Land of the Lost (June 5, 2009) - Based off of the 1974 TV series of the same name, the film is about a disgraced paleontologist, his assistant and a macho tour guide who end up in an alternate world inhabited by dinosaurs and a dangerous reptilian race that is know as Sleestak.
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (Aug. 7, 2009) - The film will act as an origin story that will showcase the rise of the Cobra Organization. The movie will focus on Duke (Channing Tatum) and Ripcord’s (Marlon Wayans) induction into the G.I. Joe team. It has been said that the G.I. Joe team is based in a place called The Pit and there was also talks that Cobra Island will make an appearance. The film will also be set ten years in the future.