Nerds don’t do sports! We’re here for the advertising! Its time for the Super Bowl 2019 movie trailers!
It seems to be a quiet year for movie advertising during the Super Bowl with Disney pushing the most with three spots, two for Marvel and one for Pixar.
There was also one television series spot that intrigued me with another featuring a product tie in that was rather well done and quite funny.
So, as always, without further ado…
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
Following on from the first trailer released just a few days ago, this film is the first to spin off from the popular Fast and the Furious franchise.
Set two years after the events of The Fate of the Furious, federal agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Jonson) and former-British military turned mercenary Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) must join forces in order to stop a new threat emerging from the cyber-genetically enhanced international terrorist known as Brixton (Idris Elba).
I gave up on the franchise all the way back at number two. I mean there’s only so many times I can watch someone kick down a gear and then floor the accelerator during every car chase! Although saying that, this looks like a lot of fun.
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw opens in the US and UK on August 2nd.
Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark
I’d never have guessed from this collection of very short television spots but this film is based on a series of three children’s books released between 1981-91 and written by Alvin Schwartz.
Although Guillermo Del Toro’s (Shape of Water, Hellboy) name has been used in the advertising, he is heavily involved behind the scenes, it is André Øvredal (Troll Hunter, The Autopsy of Jane Doe, The Tunnel) giving the orders from behind the camera.
Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is set for US release on August 9th. Everyone else, keep an eye on IMDb.
2017’s Get Out written and directed by Jordan Peele, was nominated for and won many awards including an Oscar for original screenplay.
Jordan returns with a new horror film, Us, in which the Wilson family take a vacation to Santa Cruz. However, one night four people approach and enter the house and the Wilson family discover the intruders are grotesque versions of themselves.
Us will open in the US and UK on the 22nd of March.
Alita: Battle Angel
This project has been a long time coming. Alita, based on a Japanese manga called Gunnm, was originally going to be adapted into a film by James Cameron (Avatar, Aliens, Terminator 2). He was waiting for CGI technology to reach a point where he would be able to create the vision he imagined.
But as we all know, James moved onto Avatar and whilst he still remained as a producer, Robert Rodriguez (Predators, Sin City, Spy Kids) stepped into the directing shoes.
Alita is the story of a rescued disembodied android set in a post-apocalyptic future. Her rescuer, Dr Ido later discovers she is more than what she seems and has an extraordinary past.
Alita: Battle Angel opens in the US on February the 14th. UK readers can see it a little earlier on the 6th.
Whilst utilising new footage, this short thirty-second spot doesn’t reveal anything new about the long-awaited sequel to last years Avengers: Infinity War.
The big question on everyone’s lips is how do the Avengers survive the powerful snap of Thanos’s fingers, if at all?
Marvel fans in the US can find out on April 26th. Here in the UK, we can see it a day earlier on the 25th.
One of the other three films scheduled for this year from Marvel Studios is Captain Marvel. But who is she?
She is Carol Danvers, a former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot. As the trailers have revealed, she will become one of the galaxy’s mightiest heroes. But her travels will have her returning home with questions about her past and identity when Earth is caught in the centre of a galactic conflict between two alien worlds.
Captain Marvel opens in the US and UK on March the 8th.
Toy Story 4
The original Toy Story was the first feature-length CGI film and was a huge success for Pixar. Its follow up, Toy Story 2, was almost a straight to video sequel from Disney with lower production values. Pixar saw what was happening and took control of their characters and gave us another great film.
Toy Story 3 tugged all our heartstrings and was a fitting conclusion to a near perfect trilogy of films. Pixar said there would only be a fourth if they found a perfect story.
Although details are thin on the ground, it seems Pixar has cracked the idea, which obviously involves a fun fair amongst other things, a fourth Toy Story film will be with us later this year.
Toy Story 4 will open in the US and UK on June the 21st.
The Twilight Zone
CBS has revived The Twilight Zone. Originally a series broadcast in 1959 and created by Rod Serling, it was an anthology of stories all set in different genres. The common themes amongst all the stories were that they ended with a macabre or unexpected twist.
The format has been revived several times since on television including a theatrical film released in 1983 that featured four short stories directed by John Landis, Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante and George Miller.
This latest incarnation will be hosted by director Jorden Peele and will be will broadcast online exclusively on CBS All Access which also homes Star Trek: Discovery.
The Twilight Zone will begin on CBS All Access from April the 1st. There are currently no plans for broadcast on other channels elsewhere in the world.
Finally, something a little lighthearted, especially for those fans eagerly awaiting the final season of a very popular show. Winter is coming.