Reboots are often met with either applause or disdain for a variety of reasons. If it's a reboot of a beloved property, potential audiences will likely assert that it cannot improve upon the original and therefore there is on point. On the contrary, if a property has already underwhelmed viewers, this same group will ask what the point is in resurrecting it.
Commonly, the way that reboots attract intrigue is returning talent, or broadly, talent in general. If a director announces that he is rebooting his own previous work, or is attached in some way, audiences approach the project with a little more faith. Similarly, if someone in high demand right now - be it a star, filmmaker, scriptwriter - is associated with it, buzz can be generated. Without these, it needs to hook us with a trailer, posters, positive initial reception. The forthcoming projects listed here account for each of these arguments and are all highly anticipated to some degree.
Here, we will only list work that is confirmed for release in 2019. This means that films like Nicolas Pesce's Grudge have been left off and will likely be included in an upcoming “most anticipated films of 2020” feature. For now, here are the most anticipated reboots of 2019:
The Twilight Zone (April 1, 2019)
To kick things off, we have the first and only television addition on the list. How could we not include The Twilight Zone? The American anthology series was created by Rod Serling and certain episodes have become nothing less than iconic. Both provocative and fascinating, the long-running and well-established series has long been delivering condensed tales of suspense and terror.
Borrowing from numerous genres, forthcoming The Twilight Zone will continue the tradition and format of the original series, updating its narrative to contextualise modern day fear and paranoia. First off, it's hosted and narrated by the great Jordan Peele, director of such recent hits as Get Out and Us. Then, there's the exciting cast, featuring so many stars wishing to pay respect to the series which shaped their upbringing and influenced their tastes. There has perhaps been no time more fitting than now to reboot The Twilight Zone.
Pet Sematary (April 5, 2019)
This year we welcome another screen adaptation of Stephen King's disturbing 1883 horror novel, Pet Sematary. Mary Lambert's 1989 effort brags a sizeable cult following, but to most, just feels rather dated. The story centres upon a family who are left to deal with the repercussions of resurrecting the dead. However, the 2019 adaptation intends to challenge our knowledge of King's source material.
So far, the trailers have proved very striking and now that the early critical reception is in, it looks like Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer's Pet Sematary is one of the very best King adaptations to date. Even those with a knowledge of the book and previous film are in for a surprise with this one, as critics have reported that the film takes narrative deviations to ensure the audience is never one step ahead of the filmmakers. It looks terrific, and we're expecting it to be nothing less than one of the year's genre breakthroughs.
Hellboy (April 12, 2019)
The Hellboy reboot is being met with both happiness and remorse. Bizarrely, this is often from the same individuals. Why? Because it means that Guillermo del Toro's proposed trilogy with Ron Perlman has finally been laid to rest. Ever since Hellboy II: The Golden Army, fans have been waiting to see how del Toro would conclude his comic-book trilogy. Now, the Dark Horse Comics antihero is set to be brought to the screen by David Harbour, of Stranger Things fame. While it's a shame that we'll never see Hellboy III, we can at least rest assured that Hellboy has a future in cinema.
Offering us a different story and perspective of the character, director Neil Marshall's (The Descent, Dog Soldiers) take looks set to explore a much more explosive vision of the series. The first trailer completely conflicted audience expectations of a grittier reboot, but once the second trailer dropped, fans were left a little more satisfied. On April 12, we'll see which director's vision for Hellboy comes out on top.
Pokémon Detective Pikachu (May 10, 2019)
Lately, Ryan Reynolds can do no wrong. He has rewarded audiences for their patience with Deadpool and Deadpool 2, finally perfecting a character he has been trying to invest audiences in since X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He has also impressed us in the likes of sci-fi thriller Life, humorous caper The Hitman's Bodyguard and perhaps the best of them all, 2015's Mississippi Grind. Continuing to build on his vast fanbase, the actor has made a contribution to the Pokémon resurgence.
Pokémon Detective Pikachu may go on to become the Who Framed Roger Rabbit of our generation. In a world where Pokémon trainers roam the city in search of battle, an aspirational young man discovers a talking Pikachu who claims he is a detective. Voiced by Reynolds, Pikachu's character already exhibits so much potential. The film is sure to prove nostalgic for those who once had an interest in the popular franchise, and even more wonderful for those that still do. It looks delightful.
Men In Black: International (June 14, 2019)
Men in Black 3 arrived in 2012, seemingly celebrating the tenth anniversary of Men in Black II while continuing to progress the franchise further. It wasn't exactly the hit or triumphant return that many expect and it looked like the series may finally reach its logical end. In ways, it had, because we're not due to see Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith come back as the odd-couple protagonists. Instead, we're welcoming new fresh-faced agents; M and H, played by Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth.
Since the first film, we have known exactly what to expect from subsequent efforts. Again, Men in Black: International looks like more of the same. However, that's not a bad thing at all. It looks like it'll be a lot of fun and the trailers suggest that Thompson and Hemsworth boast great screen chemistry. If expectations are met, this will be one of the Summer's most refreshing and entertaining blockbusters.
Child's Play (June 21, 2019)
Here is the reboot which audiences are perhaps most intrigued by yet simultaneously nervous about. The Child's Play franchise has a long and curious history, boasting some genuine scares and unsettling moments in the first three films, and then later surrendering to more humorous aspects in additions like Bride of Chucky and Seed of Chucky.
Despite a string of dull and uninspired straight-to-DVD additions in recent years, aptly titled reboot Child's Play is set to mark Chucky's return to the big screen and mainstream audiences. In the lead up to its release, the film has already proven controversial for its perceived plans for the doll, as trailers suggest that this latest incarnation will be somewhat of a high-tech smart toy. There is no telling what skills he'll possess; who knows, he may even utilise apps to seek out and murder his victims. If the series is going in a completely different direction, it'll be very exciting to see how it plans out and how genre devotees will take the news. Either way, it's going to be essential viewing.
These are all eagerly anticipated reboots headed our way in 2019. However, be sure to check in again as we will keep it updated with more and more titles as they are announced. If these all plan out, it would be wise to expect sequels - maybe even another reboot.
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