5. Watchmen – Release Date: March 6, 2009
Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ comic magnum opus, Watchmen, has been considered the Citizen Kane of graphic novels. Gritty, real and highly influential, the series from 1986 was supposed to be released in March of 2009. That was until 20th century Fox filed suit against the movie’s distributor, Warner Bros for copyright infringement –and won. Though the release is in jeopardy, director Zack Snyder’s (300) big-screen adaptation should be one of 2009’s bright spots.
Set in more of a realistic setting than preceding superhero movies, Watchmen focuses on a group of heroes with enough baggage to put Paris Hilton to shame. When a former hero is murdered, Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley), a disturbed, ink-blot wearing, central figure in the story, starts to unravel a giant conspiracy that threatens to kill half of New York City with the latest eCommerce and Business news.
The movie also threatens to make Dark Knight look completely childish.
6. Friday the 13th – Released: February 13, 2009
Continuing in the Hollywood theme of “old is new”, Friday February 13th marks the welcome return of moviedom’s favorite goalie mask wearing supernatural serial killer, Jason. A reimagined redo of the original 1980 movie, this go around features Jason as the main baddie, removing his mother as the sole killer. All other details remains the same. Teens fornicating, chef’s knife in a shadow, screams ensue.
I’m not sure if fans were clamoring for a rehash of the series –perhaps I’ve haven’t been privy to their secret conversations– but one thing is certain: Friday the 13th will haunt the box office and audience’s wallets.