- Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Due for release March 9th. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom, starring Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Amr Waked, Kristin Scott Thomas, Rachael Stirling, Amr Waked, Catherine Steadman, Pippa Andre & Dixie Arnold. Plot Summary: based on the absolutely wonderful book of the same name, this is a story about a stuffy British Government Fisheries Scientist asked by a fishing-obsessed Arab Sheik to achieve the impossible and introduce British salmon to the Wadis of the Yemen. I’m looking forward to this one because the book was so enjoyable, and I’m hoping this proves to be one of the few book to films adaptions where plot loyalty is not sacrificed needlessly and the humour of the book is faithfully adapted.
- The Hunger Games. Due for release March 23rd. Directed by Gary Ross, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Willow Shields, Stanley Tucci, Alexander Ludwig, Isabelle Fuhrman, Amandla Stenberg, Wes Bentley, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones & Lenny Kravitz. Plot Summary: based on the first of the trilogy of books by Suzanne Collins. Set in North America, now known as Panem, after a vague apocalyptic event the country is now divided into 12 Districts that fall under the control of a 13th District, the Capitol, which is as wealthy and hedonistic as the other 12 are poor and needy. The Capitol forces each District to send the bulk of their produce – from food to textiles to precious metals – to the Capitol, allowing them to live in absolute luxury while forcing the other districts to dwell in poverty. Due to a revolution by one of the Districts over 70-years prior, the Capitol established an annual game, called The Hunger Games, in which representatives from all but its own district are forced to participate. The Hunger Games are a fight to the death, televised for the entertainment of the Capitol’s residents, and the subjection of the other districts. It’s essentially a milder Battle Royale story set in America, borrowing heavily from ancient myths and past civilizations to set the scene of a rich, opulent group of degenerates who control the wealth of an entire continent. The book trilogy were aimed at children, therefore we follow the story of 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen who nobly takes the place of her sister who is called upon to fight. I’m really hoping this is a film adaption that both children and adults can enjoy.
- Wrath of the Titans. Due for release March 30th. Directed by Jonathan Liebesman, starring Sam Worthington, Liam Nesson, Rosamund Pike, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy, Danny Huston, Toby Kebbell & Édgar Ramírez. Plot Summary: 10-years after the events of Clash of the Titans Perseus has been living the quiet life of a single father, meanwhile a struggle for power is developing between the gods and the Titans, backed by the mighty Kronos, father of Zeus, Hades and Poseidon. After Zeus is betrayed, Perseus is dragged into the struggle and has to venture into the underworld to rescue Zeus, defeat the Titans and save the world. I’m a huge fan of mythology so adore any remakes, and even though with sequels the plot is sometimes sacrificed for a quick cash-in and to pay for special effects you occasionally get a winner. Looking forward to this one.