For the past few decades, movie fans have continued to complain that Hollywood just seems like it's out of fresh ideas. Nearly every other movie that comes out is an unoriginal remake, reboot, sequel ,or prequel with plots and storylines that viewers have already seen dozens of times. Sure, many of those franchises prove successful, which is why we keep seeing them, but many leave viewers scratching their heads: do we really need a live-action remake of Aladdin? Do moviegoers really need a sequel to Jumanji? Why is a new Power Rangers movie even a thing?
But not all is lost in the world of original cinematic storytelling. The good news is that there are at least 16 movies coming out in 2018 that do not fall into the "been there, done that" category. These 2018 original movies also fall into a variety of genres with a promise to offer up unique stories in adventure, comedy, horror, science fiction, fantasy, animation and action. There's something here for everyone, too: movies for children and adults, as well as movies that make you think and movies that make you laugh.
Here are 16 Amazing Movies Coming In 2018 That ARE NOT Remakes Or Sequels.
For those who love a little science fiction, fantasy, and horror, Annihilation is a must-see. It features another stellar all-female cast, including Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. The film finds its inspiration from a 2014 novel by Jeff VanderMeer and was adapted and directed by Ex Machina helmer Alex Garland.
The story follows a team of four women (a surveyor, a biologist, a psychologist and an anthropologist) as they set off to explore a mysterious place cut off from civilization, a wild land known only as Area X. But these women are not the first to arrive there: the previous 11 expeditions to Area X ended in suicide, strange fatal illnesses and disappearances. This is a dangerous place where the "laws of nature don't apply," where all bets are off and survival becomes the only priority.
The year 2018 is already turning out to be the year that women take over the silver screen, at least when it comes to original stories. In Proud Mary, Taraji P. Henson (Hidden Figures, Empire) takes on the role of a hit woman whose life changes when she meets a young boy after a hit goes bad. This movie will offer it all: action, drama and a female lead that can kick butt and take names.
The film also stars Neal McDonough, Danny Glover, and Xander Berkeley and is sure to please those viewers that like their thrills with a dramatic twist. Much of the artistic style of the film comes directly from 1970s Blaxploitation movies, giving it a look and feel unique from similar films, such as Atomic Blonde.
When it comes to seeing Liam Neeson on film, his fans just want one thing: to see him go after whatever the bad thing is and utterly destroy it. Because that's what he does best.
In The Commuter, Neeson portrays a simple businessman who spends his mornings and evenings commuting to and from work on public transportation. But then he gets caught up in a criminal conspiracy, meaning that this is yet another movie starring Liam Neeson where he ends up kicking butt and taking names.
Considering the kind of money that the Taken movies made for Neeson, it's likely this one will also please audiences who are into his more action-oriented roles. The film also stars Sam Neill, Patrick Wilson, Jonathan Banks, and Elizabeth McGovern.
Stop-motion clay animation will make a huge comeback in early 2018 with the film Early Man, which will chronicle the life of a prehistoric man named Dug who must unite his tribe to protect his home against the evil Lord Nooth and the Bronze Age City. This animated comedy feature comes courtesy of Nick Park and Aardman Animations, the braintrust behind Wallace and Gromit.
That makes Early Man a must-see in and of itself, but the cast will also bring in viewers: Eddie Redmayne stars as the voice of Dug with Tom Hiddleston taking on the role of Lord Nooth. Other voices include Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams, The IT Crowd's Richard Ayoade, and Harry Potter's Timothy Spall - pretty much a Who's Who of British actors.
The Winchester House holds many mysteries and is often the subject of television shows about the world's most haunted places. Although it is now a major tourist attraction, it once had a resident: Sarah Winchester, the widow of gun magnate John Winchester. The movie Winchester will explore the eccentric woman's life and her belief that the people killed by Winchester guns haunted her house.
Starring Helen Mirren, this is a movie based on a true story, where the ghosts haunt a person more so than a place. The film will surely offer up some chills and thrills, but it will also offer some insight into the disturbed mind of the woman who oversaw construction in the house that's known for its stairs that go nowhere and windows that look into other rooms.
Period pieces have been a part of Hollywood for as long as it's been around, but it seems there is a new historical trend of movies that depict prehistoric times. Alpha takes place 20,000 years ago in Europe during the last Ice Age. The movie follows the story of a young caveman who must survive the elements and the oncoming storm to find his way home.
Promising an epic adventure, this caveman befriends a lone wolf, who accompanies in on his journey. The two form an unlikely partnership to guarantee that they both survive the deadly cold about to unleash itself on the Earth.
Kodi Smit-McPhee (X-Men: Apocalypse) stars, with Albert Hughes (From Hell, Dead Presidents) directing. Expect a lot of survival drama with this one.
It's not just Early Man that's bringing stop-motion animation back to movie theaters next year. Isle of Dogs will also feature that style of animation, which many film viewers appreciate just for the sheer amount of work involved in bringing such a movie to life.
Written and directed by Wes Anderson, Isle of Dogs is a seemingly classic tale of a boy looking for his dog. That might not seem all that original, but the cast alone should keep movie seats packed for its run. The film features voice acting by Bryan Cranston, Scarlett Johansson, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Frances McDormand, Courtney B. Vance, Fisher Stevens, Harvey Keitel, Tilda Swinton, Liev Schreiber, F. Murray Abraham, and even Yoko Ono. And that's not even the full cast list!
Who doesn't love a good heist movie loaded with action and thrills? Widows promises all that, as well as an incredible female cast that includes Elizabeth Debicki (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), Carrie Coon (The Leftovers), Michelle Rodriguez (Lost), and Viola Davis (Suicide Squad, The Help). Widows also has some great actors, too, including Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Lukas Haas and Garret Dillahunt. That pretty much makes it a movie that everyone will want to see. 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen heads up the project, penned by Gone Girl scribe Gillian Flynn.
Technically, this movie does have a basis on a 2002 TV mini-series (see the movie poster above), but it's still an original story on the big screen that follows a group of women who decide to take over a job that killed their criminal spouses.
If it's a supernatural thriller moviegoers want, A Quiet Place could provide just the kind of fun that viewers crave. John Krasinki both stars and directs in this spooky tale, with wife Emily Blunt as his co-star. But what is the movie about? Well, that's anyone's guess, because the plot is under wraps now.
This is the first feature starring the married couple together, and that alone should make it an interesting watch. The mystery about its story, too, should fill some theater seats. The only information given at this point is that the movie is a “semi-contained thriller set on a farm where a family is being terrorized by evil." That's about as vague as it gets, so expect to hear more about this one later.
There is a lot of original family fare set for 2018, including the animated feature Duck Duck Goose. This digitally animated film stars Jim Gaffigan as an irresponsible bachelor goose, Peng, who would do anything other than practice for the upcoming migration to the south. Peng gets so wrapped up in showing off and doing his own crazy high-flying stunts that he ends up breaking his wing and grounding himself. This accident also results in him inadvertently separating two ducklings from their family and the rest of the group.
In the film, Peng must journey south on foot while leading the young ducklings and protecting them. It will mean he must learn responsibility, as well as to care for someone other than himself. Carl Reiner, Greg Proops, Zendaya ,and Stephen Fry also star.
Chick flicks are a lot different now than they once were. Many now empower women, rather than focusing on topics such as romance, having babies, and failing at dating. I Feel Pretty continues to buck the trend, but that isn't much of a surprise when considering the fact that it stars comedian Amy Schumer.
In I Feel Pretty, Schumer is Renee Barrett, a woman who works in the cosmetics industry, someone who feels that she's mediocre in a sea of beautiful women. After an exercise incident that results in a head injury, Renee suddenly believes herself to be stunningly beautiful, although she looks exactly the same. This leads to a renewed self-confidence that sees Renee becoming more successful at her company, challenging the notion that beauty is only skin-deep.
Imagine the most epic game of tag that lasts over decades and crosses the world. That's what Tag is about. It follows a group of extremely competitive friends that have been playing the same game of Tag since grade school. They will do what it takes to not be "it," including risking their lives, their jobs, and their relationships, all for a children's game. The movie starts the game at the wedding of their only undefeated player, supposedly an easy target. But he knows they're coming, and he's waiting for them.
What's even crazier about this film is that a true story inspired it. This one should provide some laughs, especially because it stars funny men Ed Helms and Tracy Morgan. Jeremy Renner also stars.
Just the title of The Happytime Murders should intrigue fans of dark comedy. But this one has a lot of weight under its belt, especially considering that it's the latest project from the Jim Henson Company. Yes, that means that this movie features puppets. But this isn't Sesame Street. Instead, this is a puppet story with a classic film noir angle.
The story follows an ex-cop, Phil, who is on the trail of the serial killer who murdered his brother. That serial killer is now targeting the stars of a famous puppet TV series called "The Happytime Gang." Phil must use his detective skills to find the killer. This is an adult puppet movie and, obviously, there just aren't enough of those in the world.
In the 2010 documentary Marwencol, filmmakers explored the life of artist and photographer Mark Hogancamp. Hogancamp suffered massive brain damage after an attack by five men who nearly beat him to death, losing nearly all memories of his previous life. For therapy, he built his own town, called Marwencol, in his back yard, populated by dolls that represented himself, his friends and his attackers.
In 2018, Steve Carrell plans to star in a fictionalized account of Hogancamp's story to the screen directed by Robert Zemeckis (the film's working title is actually Untited Robert Zemeckis Project). Carell will star, along with Leslie Mann, Gwendoline Christie, Diane Kruger, and Janelle Monáe. Expect a funny, yet heartwarming tale, about a man who was a little out there, but also lovable.
Considering the interesting life that he led, it is shocking that there hasn't yet been a film made about the life and times of Freddie Mercury, the showstopping and flamboyant lead singer of the rock band Queen. However, 2018 will change all that, and offer up the movie Bohemian Rhapsody, which will document the life of the band in the years that led up to their unforgettable performance at Live Aid in 1985.
Although Sacha Baren Cohen was once cast in the part of the iconic singer, sources now state that Mr. Robot's Rami Malek will step into the role. The movie's director is Bryan Singer. As of yet, the movie has a 2018 release date, but no other casting details or descriptions are available.
Now is really a good time for fans of science fiction. The genre is represented well nearly everywhere and remains popular with TV fans and moviegoers alike. Extinction should prove a big winner with the sci-fi crowd when it releases next year.
After a father continues to have a dream about losing his family, his worst fears come to life as an alien force invades the planet with only one goal in mind: the destruction of humanity. The movie is about facing his fears and doing what it takes to guarantee his family's survival.
Which original movie are you most excited to watch in 2018? Let us know in the comments!