20 Most Anticipated Movies Of 2013: Page 5 of 6

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5. World War Z

Release Date: June 21
Director: Marc Forster
Screenwriters: Matthew Michael Carnahan & Damon Lindelof
Starring: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Matthew Fox, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale and David Morse

There's no such thing as "too many zombie movies," right?  World War Z, based on the acclaimed novel by Max Brooks, looks to show us a whole new species of cannibalistic carnage.  Combining the international conspiracy theories of the Jason Bourne franchise with the character-driven horror of AMC's The Walking Dead, WWZ stars Brad Pitt as a pencil pusher at the United Nations who may hold the key to stopping a worldwide undead plague.  Heavy reshoots of the third act pushed the film back from its original December 21, 2012 release date to 2013's sizzling summer line-up.  While that may concern some, Max Brooks, while having little control over the final product, has put total confidence in the adaptation, and an early review of the script read, "This isn't just a good adaptation of a difficult book -- it's a genre-defining piece of work that could well see us all arguing about whether or not a zombie movie qualifies as Best Picture material."


4. Pacific Rim

Release Date: July 12
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Screenwriters: Travis Beacham & Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Clifton Collins, Jr., Robert Kazinsky and Ron Perlman

With yet another American Godzilla reboot as well as Transformers 4 slated for 2014, don't be surprised to see production on both films shut down after Pacific Rim makes its thunderous splash this summer.  A virtuoso of dark cinematic fantasy, director Guillermo del Toro stunned us with 2006's Pan's Labyrinth, and now he aims to make giant monster movie fans explode with nerd-dom with this high-budget homage to the cherished genre.  Several champions of the modern special effects community (including artists holding credits on Independence Day, Iron Man and the Pirates Of the Caribbean series) join forces to spin a yarn of massive beasts rising from the seas to eviscerate the human race.  Looks like those fish-breathed inter-dimentional jaywalkers didn't count on our loyal army of enormous creature-bashing robot machines!  Just watching the trailer should make Michael Bay consider retirement.  Not just from making bad movies, but from life as well.


3. Kick-Ass 2

Release Date: June 28
Director: Jeff Wadlow
Screenwriter: Jeff Wadlow
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloë Grace Moretz, John Leguizamo, Donald Faison and Jim Carrey

2010's wickedly sharp superhero action comedy Kick-Ass came out of left field upon its release three years ago, a surprise hit for director Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class).  Vaughn returns as producer for Kick-Ass 2, a continuation of the saga of Dave Lizewski, a geeky high school student moonlighting as the masked crime fighter made famous by YouTube.  Looking to form his own version of the Justice League, Kick-Ass enlists the aid of a colorful cast of characters that far surpasses the original line-up -- Donald Faison (Turk from TV's Scrubs) is Doctor Gravity; John Leguizamo is Javier, the bodyguard of Kick-Ass's arch-nemesis Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse returning from Part 1); and Jim Carrey is Colonel Stars And Stripes, the camo-wearing leader of the group.  Throw in Chloë Grace Moretz back as the profanity-spewing, sword-swinging Hit-Girl and you've got a recipe for a sequel that conquers its original by leaps and bounds.

Trailer Coming Soon!

2. Evil Dead

Release Date: April 12
Director: Fede Alvarez
Screenwriters: Fede Alvarez & Rodo Sayagues
Starring: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas and Elizabeth Blackmore

If it weren't for the heavy involvement of Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell and Rob Tapert, the creators of the 1981 horror classic spawning this update for a new generation, then this year's Evil Dead wouldn't even register in our 50 Most Anticipated Movies Of 2013.  But with all three originators of the beloved cult smash producing this redo and teaming with hand-picked director Fede Alvarez, Evil Dead might just disprove the idea that all remakes are uninspired recycled trash.  A darker tone emanates deep within the black heart of this version but follows closely the events of its predecessor -- five future corpses kick back in a cabin in the middle of nowhere, soon matching wits with an omnipresent demonic force claiming their souls one-by-one via possession.  Watch the trailer below if you've got the stomach for it, and if that doesn't convince you that Evil Dead will be a treat, listen to the words from Bruce Campbell himself -- "The remake's gonna kick ass.  You have my word."

Red Band Trailer

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