Sci-Fi/Fantasy In Cinema - A Look Back On 2012 And A Look Forward To 2013

Sci-Fi/Fantasy In Cinema - A Look Back On 2012 And A Look Forward To 2013

As 2012 draws to a close, Sci-Fi News takes a look back on the year that has brought us the new and original star-studded Marvel Avenger's Assemble; the trilogy ending Dark Knight Rises; and the 23rd addition to the impressive Bond Franchise, Skyfall.

With only five weeks since its release, Skyfall has topped the UK chart with an outstanding £83 Million (Film Distributors Association, 22nd November) and it is already placed 2nd only to Avatar in the UK box office all time ranking.

This provides a positive outlook to the future of UK sci-fi/fantasy with the majority of films in the 2012 top grossing releases in the sci-fi/fantasy genres.

The list as of November 22nd is as follows:

1 Skyfall (5th Week of release) - £83 Million + 2 The Dark Knight Rises - £56.2M 3 Marvel Avengers Assemble (3D) - £51.9M 4 Ted - £30.1M 5 Ice Age 4: Continental Drift (3D) - £30.0M 6 The Amazing Spider-Man (3D) - £25.8M 7 Prometheus (3D) - £24.7M 8 Taken 2 - £23.3M 9 The Hunger Games - £23.2M 10 Men in Black 3D - £22.0M

Source: Film Distributors' Association (FDA), London, 22nd November 2012

2013 is already warming up for a sci-fi packed year, with the 12th Star Trek film (2nd in the rebooted storyline) Star Trek Into Darkness planned for a May 17th 2013 release, with the new cast reprising their roles as Kirk and his crew find trouble brewing in the home camp as the future of the federation is put in jeopardy.

Iron Man 3 (May 3rd) continues the Marvel Superhero series in full swing with Stark's power base being ripped from beneath his feet by an enemy set on destroying him for good. Rumours of a Chinese based enemy abound amidst plans to film in China.

On June 28th, Kickass 2 will see the return of Hit Girl and Red Mist alongside the titular character and a new cast of amateur superheroes for the sequel, including comedy actor Jim Carrey. Will this reveal a masked hit, or could it be dumb and dumber?

My personal recommendation to watch out for? ENDERS GAME — for those of you who have not had the good fortune to read this fantastic story by Orson Scott Card; the story is set in the near future after aliens have attacked earth. An international Military force sends the best young children up to an orbiting space station — the battle school — where they will be trained to enter an epic battle that will determine the fate of Earth and the human race. If you are not already sold, the cast will be featuring Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley, and Asa Butterfield (Hugo) as the Lead character, Ender (Currently due out November 1st).

Also planned for 2013 is Thor: The Dark Worlds (8th November) with Thor facing up to an enemy of ancient dark elves that are more powerful than Odin and Asgard itself. Expect to see Christopher Eccleston taking up the role of Malekith, and the reprisal of previous roles by Anthony Hopkins (Odin), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), and Natalie Portman (Jane Foster).

The next instalment of the Hunger Games (November 22nd) will pick up where the previous film ended as Katniss returns to the districts with Peeta. Rebellion is in the hearts and minds of the people and with the 75th Games being prepared, Panem may never be the same again.

Finally, the second instalment of the Hobbit trilogy will be released on December 13th continuing Peter Jackson's direction of Tolkien's Classic in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The team have passed the Misty Mountains and must take on the dangers of the Mirkwood forest before finding the secret door to the Dragon Smaug's horde of treasure.

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Author :
UK Conventions
Peter Shaw
Date :
2nd December, 2012 Time :
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