2013. Or “the year of the sequels,” as it seems to be panning out. 2013 will see the release of multiple sequels to many popular blockbusters, some of which I didn’t have room for in this list, including The Hangover III, and Grown Ups 2. Given the number of high profile movies slated for release, I wouldn’t be surprised if 2013 broke all the box office records for highest-grossing films.
Of course, it won’t all be about the big box office hits. Various critically acclaimed directors such as Martin Scorsese and Alfonso Cuaron will be putting their contributions on the table this year. 2013, also sees the expansion of the already huge, superhero craze, and this ever expanding genre continues to keep growing with no fewer than four major superhero blockbusters slated for release in 2013. Moreover, 2013 shouldn’t be a bad year for the children’s animated genre, with films such as The Croods, Despicable Me 2, The Smurfs 2 and of course the much anticipated Monsters University. So all in all, I think 2013 is going to be a massive year for the movies, and here are but 15 of the most eagerly anticipated films.
15. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Finally, after all the speculation and delays, Anchorman 2 is under production. It is due to be released in December this year, and after the great success of the first Anchorman moive starring Will Ferrell back in 2004, this sequel has generated much buzz with many film fans. Director Adam McKay has yet to reveal much detail about the plot of the film but he has confirmed Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and David Koechner will be returning to the cast and reprising their roles as Ron, Brian, Brick and Champ respectively.
One thing’s for sure: if this film is anywhere near as funny as the first Anchorman film, then there is no reason why this won’t be the best comedy of the year or one of the best comedies of the decade. Adam McKay will be doing his best to make sure this is a successful and funny follow up film, and he will desperately want to avoid the dreaded curse of the movie sequel, which has ruined successful franchises for many many years.
This article was first posted on January 17, 2013