06. Jurassic World
Twenty-two years after the events of 1993's Jurassic Park (anyone spot a theme developing in this list?), the dinosaur tourist attraction is finally up and running. But then visitor rates start to decline, so a new attraction is created to re-spark public interest: a genetically modified hybrid dinosaur called Indominus Rex. Not terribly surprisingly, things do not go exactly according to plan...
Colin Trevorrow is directing a screenplay he co-wrote with Derek Connolly, while visual effects supervisor Phil Tippett and Industrial Light and Magic also return to take charge of pixels. With the original movie being such a landmark in CGI moviemaking, it'll be fascinating to see how much the tech of dinosaur-making has advanced in the intervening years.
While the Steve Carrell-voiced Gru may have been the official star of Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2, it was his small, yellow and somewhat incomprehensible lackeys that kids were queuing round the block to see.
Suitably enough, 2015 sees the lovable Minions get their own feature length adventure, with a voice cast including Sandra Bullock, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney and Steve Coogan. Produced by Illumination Entertainment for Universal Pictures, this promises to be one the summer's biggest kids movies, and all in glorious stereoscopic 3D.
08. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
Diffcult to believe we know: but already it's the end of an era, as the final part of the final Hunger Games book plays out on the big screen. All the regular cast return, including the late Philip Seymour Hoffman who'll appear in fewer scenes than planned now director Francis Lawrence has decided not to use CGI to fill in the blanks.
The only Hunger Games film to get the 3D treatment, this one will be released in 2D, Digital 3D, RealD 3D and IMAX 3D. And with Panem's revolution against the Capitol turning into full-scale, explosive war, this is one we'd recommend seeing on as big a screen as possible.
09. Fantastic Four
Yes, this one made us do a double-take as well. It's only been 10 years since the first Fantastic Four film, but apparently Marvel thinks it's time for another reboot of the franchise already. So here comes an all-new retelling of the story, directed by Josh Trank and starring Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, and Toby Kebbell.
Interestingly, Trank has said that the look of the film is heavily influenced by David Cronenberg movies such as 1981's Scanners and 1986's The Fly. OTOY, MPC and Weta are handling the visual effects, and a sequel is already in the pipes for 2017.
10. The Good Dinosaur
Disney does 'alternative history' in this new 3D kids animation, which asks "What if the cataclysmic asteroid that forever changed life on Earth actually missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct?"
The tale follows Arlo, a 70-foot-tall Apatosaurus with a big heart, who teams up with a young human boy named Spot. Directed by Peter Sohn, the 3D animation will be produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures.
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