If 2014 was the year of the Bible movie, then 2015 is shaping up to be the year of the big-budget reinvention. Along with promising comedies, a new David O. Russell film, the latest offering from Pixar and a documentary about Hillsong, our list of the most anticipated movies of next year is filled with reboots and remakes.
Chris Pratt’s Jurassic World, J.J. Abrams new Star Wars episode, a reimagining of the story of Peter Pan and even a Peanuts adaptation all make our list of 10 movies we’re excited about in 2015.
Jurassic World – June 12
Chris Pratt. Velociraptors. Motorcycles. Revisiting one of the coolest movies of your childhood. There’s literally nothing to not be excited about in the upcoming Jurassic World.
Silence – TBA
Martin Scorese’s film adaptation of the acclaimed book tells the story of persecution, martyrdom and faith involving two Jesuit priests who serve as missionaries to Japan in the 1600s. Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson have signed on to star in the drama.
Inside Out – June 19
Along with a unique concept (the characters are emotions inside a little girl’s mind), the new Pixar film features a pretty incredible voicecast, including Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader and Diane Lane.
Hillsong: Let Hope Rise – July 5
The new concert documentary features one of the most successful worship and church movements in history—Hillsong.
Joy – Dec. 25
After their uplifting outing in Silver Linings Playbook, Robert De Niro, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper are once again teaming up with acclaimed director David O. Russell for another feel-good story. From Variety: In Joy, J-Law plays “Joy Mangano, a struggling Long Island single mom who became one of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs after inventing the Miracle Mop.”
Peanuts – Dec. 21
Any time a beloved cultural icon like Snoopy gets the big screen, computer-animated treatment, there is good reason to be nervous. But with comic genius Paul Feig producing and the family of creator Charles Schulz onboard, there’s reason to believe that Charlie Brown and company are in good hands.
Rock the Kasbah – April 24
From IMDB: “A washed-up music producer finds one last shot at redemption with a golden-voiced young girl in Afghanistan. However, when jealousy gets the better of a disgruntled ex-boyfriend, he decides to oppose the young star with talent of his own.” International intrigue, great music, a career comeback. The plot seems to have it all. Oh yeah, it also stars Bill Murray and Zooey Deschanel.
Pan – July 24
This is not your childhood’s Peter Pan. The adaptation (starring Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara and Amanda Seyfried among others), serves as a darker take on the classic tale as well as a sort of Captain Hook origins story.
Sisters – Dec. 18
The plot sounds like pretty typical comedy fare: Two estranged sisters decide to throw a house party in their childhood home that their parents are selling soon. But anything that stars Tina Fey and Amy Poehler deserves some attention.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron – May 1
It seems like every time Marvel can’t possibly increase the scope of a franchise, they figure out a way to make their movies even bigger. After 2012’s The Avengers became the highest-grossing comic book movie of all time by combining most of their major characters into one super-team, the question is, can they outdo themselves yet again?
Masterminds – August 14
Jared Hess, the filmmaker behind cult classics like Nacho Libre and Napoleon Dynamite, is back with his first movie since 2009’s Gentlemen Broncos. In Masterminds, an ensemble including Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig and Jason Sudeikis tell the true story of one of America’s most notorious bank heists.
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens – Dec. 18
Little under the radar indie number coming out at the end of next year. Something to keep an eye on.
Jesse Carey is a mainstay on the weekly RELEVANT Podcast and member of RELEVANT's executive board. He lives in Virginia Beach with his wife and two kids.