Looking ahead at the movies due to be released during 2009, there are many that will have teenagers lining up at the movie theaters. Many of these movies are not just for teens, but they will probably bring in the biggest box office for these movies. Science fiction lovers and geeks rejoice, most of these movies are for you. As usual, there is a much smaller crop of female based movies, but there are a few biggies.
Here are the 14 movies that I think teens will want to see in 2009:
Fanboys – A group of friends in 1998 are anxious for the premiere of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace and begin a crazy road trip. The film stars Sam Huntington, Jay Baruchel(Undeclared, Tropic Thunder) and Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars, Heroes). (2/6/09).
Friday the 13th – Starring Derek Mears, Jared Padalecki (Supernatural) and Amanda Righetti (The O.C., The Mentalist). It actually premieres on Friday the 13th. (2/13/09).
Jonas Brothers 3D Concert Experience – The Jonas Brothers during their Burning Up Concert Tour with documentary footage on their lives. The soundtrack will be released 3 days before the movie. (2/27).
Adventureland – A comedy drama set in 1987 in which a recent college graduate finds a job at a local amusement park. He then learns life lessons and finds love. Directed by Greg Mottola (Superbad) who based it on his own experiences. It stars Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart (Twilight), Ryan Reynolds, and Martin Starr (Freaks and Geeks).
Watchmen – due to litigation, the Watchmen premiere may be pushed back. This is a superhero movie adapted from the Watchmen comic book. It is set in an alternate 1985 where tensions are heightened between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. There are superheroes, one of which is murdered, and a vigilante investigates and finds a much bigger conspiracy.
Star Trek – the long awaited 11th film in the series, directed by J.J. Abrams (Lost). This film features the original Star Trek crew at an earlier time than the original series. Kirk is now played by Chris Pine (Just my luck) and Spock by Zachary Quinto (Heroes’ Sylar). We will see the meeting of Kirk and Spock.
Terminator Salvation – The 4th Terminator movie is set in 2018 and centers on the war between humanity and Skynet. Christian Bale now plays John Connor with Sam Worthington the new Terminator.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine – Hugh Jackman continues to play Wolverine in this prequel to the X-men trilogy.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – Sequel to the 2007 Transformers film. This live action science fiction movie is also directed by Michael Bay, executive produced by Steven Spielberg and stars Shia LaBeouf. A teaser trailer will be released in February.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – based on the 6th book of the series. Directed by David Yates, director of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The movie was originally supposed to be released in November 2008.
S. Darko – A sequel to the 2001 cult movie Donnie Darko, starring Jake Gyllenhaal. The original director and writer are not involved with this sequel. The only main character returning is Daveigh Chase in the title role of Samantha, Donnie’s younger sister. S. Darko takes place in 1995, which is 7 years after the original.
New Moon – based on the 2nd book in the hugely popular Twilight series. There has already been controversy as the director of Twilight, the hit film just released in November, is not coming back. There has also been controversy on whether the role of Jacob will be recast. This character has a much more significant part in New Moon than he did in Twilight. As of now, the November date is just tentative.
Avatar – Director James Cameron (Titanic) has been working on this project for years. It is a 3-D science fiction movie set in the future. Many innovative special effects were used.
The Lovely Bones – Based on the best selling novel, The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold and directed by Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings). It is the story of Susie, a young teen, murdered by a serial killer observing life below from Heaven. The movie stars Saoirse Ronan (Atonement) as Susie, Rachel Weisz and Mark Wahlberg as her parents and Susan Sarandon as her grandmother. The role of the killer is played by Stanley Tucci with Michael Imperioli as the police detective in charge of the case. With such an amazing cast, director and best selling book, this seems as close to a sure thing to me.
Which are you most looking forward to? Are there any that I left out? Please let me know what you think.