In 2016 we were all drooling over the lineup of flicks tapped to arrive in 2017. Well, it’s 2017 now, and a whole lot of plans seemed to have changed. Here’s a look at 10 films we’re afraid may not be released in 2017 at all!
Friday the 13th
This pick is basically a cheat pick, as we’ve already basically been told that we aren’t going to see Jason Voorhees return to the big screen in 2017. Some outlets have suggested we won’t see the hockey mask wearing, machete wielding bad ass return in 2018, either. While 2009’s Friday reboot more than proved Jason is still a financial draw (it was also a pretty damn decent reboot), someone behind the scenes has their head stuck up their rear, and they don’t seem too eager to cash in on a still-hot brand. Loss for all, I say.
The Death House production hasn’t gone quiet, it’s gone totally and completely mum. We’re hearing absolutely nothing in regards to “The Expendables of Horror” and that’s not a good thing. Although the story itself sounds a little bland, we all still want to see a mega genre contributor flick soon, and that may not happen, sadly.
The Dark Tower
Of all the films on this list, this one seems most likely to actually see release in 2017, despite a few release date adjustments. The only question now is will the studio continue to push this one back right up into 2018? Let’s hope not.
Amityville: The Awakening
You knew this was coming, right? I think this film was shot like 27 years ago, but for whatever reason (the franchise, other than two films completely sucks, perhaps?) Blumhouse and Dimension seem far beyond leery to release the film. I can’t even keep track of how many times this film has been delayed, and I’m not sure I should try. Right now we’re hearing that the film will hit theaters on June 30th, 2017, but we wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see it quietly pushed in the VOD direction on June 30th of 2018… if that.
World War Z 2
World War Z was one of the least enjoyable, least believable and ugliest zombie films I’ve ever seen land in theaters. The production itself was also plagued with a myriad of problems. Still, the film somehow made a few bucks at the box office so a sequel was ordered up. Last year it was announced that WWZ2 would arrive in 2017, since then we’ve heard nada. Nothing. Zilch. Here’s hoping the project gets scrapped as a whole. If I find myself watching a repeat of World War Z, I might honestly come home and hang myself from my industrial ceiling fan.
What in the F is going on with Hellraiser: Judgement? Last year it was a hot topic, this year it’s a forgotten project that virtually no one expects to arrive. It’s nice to hear that Heather Langenkamp is involved with the film, but can she really provide the kind of magic needed to get this franchise back on track? Honestly? There are nine Hellraiser films in existence, seven of them are utter trash. What’re the chances the 10th flick proves impressive, if it ever even sees release?
Children of the Corn: Runaway
John Gulager is a talented guy, but the chances that he creates an entertaining Children of the Corn film seem astoundingly unlikely. This is a franchise that deserved to rest after 1984, instead we’ve been inundated by depressingly terrible films ever since. Maybe we get lucky and Runaway gets scrapped… for eternity.
I’m pissed off that news on Corbin Nash has fallen silent. This is a film I’ve been excited to see for what feels like forever, but here we are, and no news of any sort is circulating the production. In fact, imdb doesn’t even list a release year anymore. Not uplifting if you had interest in seeing Corey Feldman as a vampire drag queen.
Supposedly Leatherface has been wrapped for months. Whether that’s true or not… well, who knows? If the film is in fact wrapped, there’s an obvious problem in the minds of Lionsgate execs, because we now have no release date, virtually no new updates, no media and no big announcements. It’s a silent production and I don’t expect to see it hit theaters or VOD in 2017.
Trick ‘r Treat 2
I had serious hopes that we’d see Trick ‘r Treat 2 this year, and I’ve even had it confirmed by a reliable source that Michael Dougherty will no doubt direct the sequel… directly after he directs the upcoming Godzilla: King of Monsters. Guess what? The new Godzilla won’t see release until 2019. We might get lucky, but given how massive an undertaking that Godzilla will be, chances are we won’t see Trick ‘r Treat 2 until 2020. Yeah, that stings. Here’s hoping I’m way off!