[tps_title]Valerian and the City of the Thousand Planets[/tps_title]
Where people might get their anticipation for this one is anyone’s guess. Luc Besson has a lot of fans, and this one looks a lot like his The Fifth Element. Sci-fi is doing pretty well generally, and this one has some similarities to what people liked best about Guardians of the Galaxy, even if that only means that it takes place in space and is mostly a laugh.
The reason people ought to be looking forward to it is that Valérian and Laureline is one of the coolest, and most influential comic series out there. First appearing in the late ’60s, the French space opera was ahead of its time, achieved a great deal of success, and hints of it can be seen throughout the sci-fi world at large. There are a lot of reasons to love it, but the one that possibly means the most for the film is that it not only has unique main characters, but puts them in a surprising relationship with each other, that is rather counter to mainstream theories.
Plus, the comic is well-known for being ultra-liberal. It’s hard to tell how much of that is likely to show up in one film, but it has to influence a lot of what shows up on screen in one way or another.
[tps_title]The Dark Tower[/tps_title]
There are four or five films on this list that, put together into one year, make me a massive fan of 2017, and while this is one of those films, it also scares the hell out of me. The books are fantastic, though I think they go downhill when we get to the “Fine, I’ll write more of them,” period, but they spend so much time focused on internal dialog, or just thinking about things, that it seems like one hell of a challenge. I’m actually owed some money on an ancient bet because it took so long for anyone take a shot at it.
Still, there have been several movies that have surprised me when it comes to figuring out how to get things on screen, and if there’s any chance this can come together, you have to be excited. Recent images (including the one below) of Roland and Jake don’t quite leave me with a good feeling, and I’m not as convinced as some that Matthew McConaughey is the right guy to pull of The Man in Black, but, even a decent attempt at this will turn into one of the best of the year.