“Films to Watch For in 2016” Lists; Legend of Tarzan Included in some, Snubbed in Others

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It’s the New Year and the annual “Films To Watch For in (insert year)” Lists are out.  I’m trying to compile a fairly complete list and would appreciate any other ones that anyone else comes up with … just send me the link in a comment and we’ll add it to the list.  All of this will be very interesting once the fate of the movie is finally known next summer.  Meanwhile, here goes.

Films To Watch For – Lists that Include Legend of Tarzan

E!Online: 93 Movies We Can’t Wait to See in 2016

July: Steven Spielberg directs The BFG, based on Roald Dahl‘s children’s book of the same name…True Blood stud Alexander Skarsgård is hotter than ever in The Legend of TarzanZac Efron and Adam DeVine are brothers who place an ad online looking for dates to a wedding in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates…The adorably animated The Secret Life of Pets takes a look at what really goes on with your dogs and cats when you’re not at home…Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig,Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones are who ya gonna call in GhostbustersRyan Gosling and Emma Stone are together again in the romantic musical La La LandIce Age: Collision Course is the fifth installment of the animated Ice Ageseries…Idris Elba is the newcomer in Star Trek BeyondGenius with Colin Firth,Jude Law and Nicole Kidman tells the story of legendary book editor Max Perkins…Have you seen Matt Damon‘s body in the still-to-be titled fifth Jason Bourne movie?

San Francisco Chronicle: Films to Look For (Maybe) in 2016

In “The Legend of Tarzan,” we get a Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgard) on dry land saga, with the former jungle dweller going up against an evil schemer (Christoph Waltz). Guy Ritchie will direct “Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur” — that should chill your blood — and Matt Damon returns in “Bourne 5.” Plus, there will be a new “Star Trek” movie — “Star Trek Beyond” — the third with the new crew — and a female “Ghostbusters” movie, starring Kristin Wiig and Melissa McCarthy.

Euronews: Big Budget Movies Coming Soon

Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie, and Christoph Waltz team up in the upcoming ‘Legend of Tarzan’. Many years after he left Africa behind, Tarzan returns to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary, unaware that he is actually a pawn in a Belgian captain’s deadly plot. ‘The Legend of Tarzan’ releases worldwide from June.

Film School Rejects:  Independence Day Resurgence Leads Another Year of Remake Sequels

Other studios are going to continue to try to beat Disney at its own game with their own live-action versions of “The Little Mermaid,” another adaptation of “The Jungle Book” and more, but it’s very possible they’ll fail in comparison. Audiences might still be interested, however, in new versions of “Tarzan,” and the possible positive reception of The Legend of Tarzan could send that message to Hollywood, which seems to currently only try out another one every couple of years.

News Tribune: A Look at 2016 as it will unfold

“The Revenant,” “Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday,” “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “The Jungle Book,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “X-Men: Apocalypse,” “The Legend of Tarzan,” “Star Trek Beyond,” “Bourne 5,” “Ben Hur,” “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” and “Star Wars: Rogue One” will hit the big screen in 2016.

At movie theaters, hot tickets will include “Zoolander 2,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “X-Men: Apocalypse,” “Warcraft,” “Independence Day: Resurgence,” “The BFG,” “Finding Dory,” “The Legend of Tarzan,” “Ghostbusters,” “Star Trek Beyond,” “Bourne 5,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and “Assassin’s Creed.”

Remakes scheduled include “Ben-Hur,” “The Jungle Book,” “The Legend of Tarzan,” “Ghostbusters,” “Pete’s Dragon” and “Jumanji.” And since there have been earlier films about country singer Hank Williams and the King Arthur/Sir Lancelot/Queen Guinevere triangle, perhaps “I Saw the Light” and “Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur” can also be considered remakes.
Alexander Skarsgard goes for a swing in “The Legend of Tarzan” (July 1).
Includes Legend of Tarzan and its July 1 competitor The BFG.
(LOT is one of only about a dozen movies listed.)

Lists that Don’t Include Legend of Tarzan

Top Ten on the Fandango audience survey, which is the basis for the article:
  1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Dec. 16, 2016)
  2. Finding Dory (June 17)
  3. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (March 25)
  4. Untitled Jason Bourne movie (July 29)
  5. Captain America: Civil War (May 6)
  6. Star Trek Beyond (July 22)
  7. Independence Day: Resurgence (June 24)
  8. X-Men: Apocalypse (May 27)
  9. Zoolander No. 2 (Feb. 12)
  10. The Jungle Book (April 15)
(Note: Independence Day comes out one week before Legend of Tarzan and is a major competitor.  Finding Dory will be on its third week; and Star Trek Beyond comes in when LOT reaches its third weekend.  Note also that this Fandango survey was carried in a number of other publications so it’s impact is considerable.)
(Does not include Independence Day Resurgence or The BFG, so Tarzan is left out with others in its release slot.)
Skips from Finding Dory on June 17 to Ghostbusters on July 15.  No Independance Day Resurgence or BFG.
Same as Sun Times — no ID2, no BFG.
Includes The BFG; no ID2, no Star Trek Beyond.
There are more….I will add them –or as noted above, send them in if you find them and I’ll add them for the archive version of this.


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