19 July 2007

Forthcoming Fantasy Films

Thanks to our friends at ign.com I was inpired to offer an glimpse of upcoming fantasy films that have set release dates.

Stardust - August 10, 2007

Could be a fun movie in the vein of The Princess Bride, or it could be terrible, but word of mouth so far sounds great.

A young man named Tristran tries to win the heart of Victoria, the beautiful but cold object of his desire, by going on a quest to retrieve a fallen star. His journey takes him to a mysterious and forbidden land beyond the walls of his village. On his odyssey, Tristran finds the star, which has transformed into a striking girl named Yvaine. However, Tristran is not the only one seeking the star. Lord Stormhold's three living sons – not to mention the ghosts of their four dead brothers – all need the star as they vie for the throne. Tristran must also overcome the evil witch, Lamia, who needs the star to make her young again.

The Dark is Rising - October 5, 2007

Looks a bit slanted toward kids, but Harry Potter meets Narnia can't be all bad.

Will Stanton is a young man who finds out that he is the last of a group of warriors who have spent their lives fighting against evil. Will travels through time to track down clues that will enable him to confront the evil forces.

Beowulf - November 16, 2007

If they pull off the motion capture in this better than they did in The Polar Express, it could be good. It could also be pretty dark for an animated movie.

The warrior Beowulf must fight and defeat the monster Grendel who is terrorizing towns, and later, Grendel's mother, who begins killing out of revenge.

The Golden Compass - December 7, 2007

This is gonna be a great one. Its got freaking armored polar bears! Hopefully its a smash hit allowing the superior 2nd chapter of the trilogy, The Subtle Knife, to be made.

When Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon decide to spy on a presentation her uncle, the commanding Lord Asriel, is making to the elders of Jordan College they have no idea that they will become witnesses to an attempted murder---and even less that they are taking the first steps in a journey that will lead them into danger and adventure unlike anything Lyra's unfettered imagination has conjured up. Lyra soon finds herself apprenticed to the elegant Mrs. Coulter---and in possession of a strange device called the alethiometer, a "golden compass" that reads not true north, but truth itself. But truth is a precious commodity, and before long Lyra and Pan are running for their lives, the object of an obsessive hunt by mysterious forces who have been stealing children for dark purposes that no one understands.

The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep - December 25, 2007

This tale of Nessie could be kinda cute, but more likely pretty lame. I haven't read the book, but the trailer doesn't impress me much. Looks more like a Garfield than a fantasy epic.

Set in the 1930s, a girl named Kirstie MacMorrow and her brother, Angus, discover an egg after a storm and decide to take it home. To their surprise this egg hatches into a kind of sea monster they name Crusoe. It grows, until finally it is too big to live anywhere else but in nearby Loch Ness.

The Spiderwick Chronicles - February 29, 2008

This looks like the movie that The Bridge to Terabithia was marketed as (not that BtT was bad, but it was NOT a fantasy). This one looks intriguing.

The story is about three kids who battle goblins and other magical creatures who are after Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide. The story follows the adventures of the Grace children: Simon, Mallory and Jared as they encounter many different types of elves, goblins, dwarves, trolls and faeries.

Inkheart - March 19, 2008

I don't really know what to think of this one yet. Its got Brenden Frasier in it. Take that for what its worth.

The story is about a girl named Meggie whose life changes dramatically when she realizes that her father, a bookbinder named Mortimer, has an unusual ability: when he reads aloud, he can bring characters from books into the real world. Meggie and Mo's adventure takes them throughout Europe, particularly Italy, and brings them into contact with many unusual characters.

Nim's Island - April 28, 2008

Hmm... I have nothing else to say.

Nim lives on an island in the middle of the wide blue sea with her father, Jack, a marine iguana called Fred, a sea lion called Selkie, a turtle called Chica and a satellite dish for her e-mail. No one else in the world lives quite like Nim, and she wouldn't swap places with anyone. But when Jack disappears in his sailing boat, and disaster threatens her home, Nim must be braver than she's ever been before. And she needs help from her friends, old and new

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian - May 16, 2008
(also The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader - May 1, 2009)

Probably won't be as good as the first Narnia, but it will still be a hit. The story is just a bit short for a full length adaptation without lots of "making stuff up" to pad out the film.

One year has passed in our world since the first adventure ended, but in Narnia almost 1,300 years have passed. The villainous King Miraz prevents the rightful king, his young nephew Prince Caspian, from ruling the land of Narnia. Caspian uses Susan's magic horn that was left on Narnia to summon the four Pevensies to help him and a small army of Old Narnians reclaim his rightful throne.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - November 21, 2008
(also Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - 2010)

This may be the best Potter to date. Its my favorite of the first 6 books and the plot really thickens.

Set during Harry Potter's sixth year at Hogwarts, the novel explores Lord Voldemort's past, and Harry's preparations for the final battle amidst emerging romantic relationships and the emotional confusions and conflict resolutions characteristic of mid-adolescence.

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