Digital News Report- The year 2009 may turn out to be a promising year for the film industry. It will be especially good for those of us who proudly embrace our nerdiness. There are a ton of comic book adaptations, sci-fi comedies, and sequels/prequels to some of our already existing cult classics.
February starts with a bang with Kevin Smiths Fanboys. As the title suggests, it will especially be entertaining for the nerdy fan boys (or fan girls) all across the country. For a lot of us, the plot will bring back memories of our long and anxious wait for Star War I: The Phantom Menace. But the wait is even more urgent for one young boy who is dying of cancer and may not make it to the movies premier. Solution? Invade Skywalker Ranch and steal an early print of the film! Of course! That’s what I’d do.
One month later we are hit with Watchmen, a highly anticipated film based on Alan Moore’s popular comic book of the same name. Zach Snyder, who directed another comic book adaption, 300, was sought out to direct watchmen by Warner Bros. The film has had numerous problems leading to its’ release, including a lawsuit in 2008 by 20th Century Fox. But the power of us nerds compelled it and the film will be released in just a little over a month from now.
For those of us who love Pixar (and who doesn’t really?), Monsters vs. Aliens, which comes out in March looks especially promising. It stars the voices of Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Hugh Laurie, Seth Rogen, Stephen Colbert and Kiefer Sutherland among others. Excited yet? Stephen Colbert is voicing the president! Now you should be excited. Colbert may not have won the race in the Spider-man universe, but at least he can play the president in the Pixar universe.
Though many were disappointed by the third installment of the X-men films, May brings yet another one to the big screen. X-Men Origins: Wolverine is set about twenty years before the first X-men film. The premise should be easy to guess by the title of the film, but for those of you who can’t deduce it, it will be about Wolverine and his, uh, origins. Hopefully this means that freaky flashback scene in the tub in X2 will finally have some context.
Donnie Darko will be returning to the big screen in the sequel titled S Darko. It takes place roughly seven years after the original film and will focus on Donnie’s younger sister, Samantha. If the plot is even remotely as bizarre as the original, we are in for a treat. There will be a road trip, a meteor crash, and hallucinogenic visions. What more could you want? I’m personally looking forward to the return of Frank the Rabbit.