The 2013 Film Release Calendar (Unshot Films & 2012 Holdovers)

The Film Release Calendar is something I do each year to preview the upcoming year’s slate of films. It started as both a way for me to start paying attention to what was coming out (since I was really slacking around the time I started the blog) and to be able to see how well I know myself and how much I know exactly what I’m gonna think about a movie before I even see it.

What I do is, I go through the list of films scheduled to come out in a given year (using my go-to article, Wikipedia’s year in film article), month by month. I write down what they’re about, who’s in them, and generally what my thoughts are on what I see. And then I guess what I think I’m gonna rate it when I see it. Because at this point — I’ve seen so many movies — I know what a movie is gonna be. I’m running about a 70% correct percentage on guessing stuff in January. Plus, that aside, it also gives me a chance to see what movies, come the end of the year, surpassed (or fell way below) my expectations (or everyone’s). So it’s not all just a chance for me to talk about how awesome I am (since, believe me… I’m gonna do that anyway).

Today, we’re looking at all the films that currently have no official release date, and, for the most part, were just announced and haven’t even been shot yet. Odds are most of them won’t come out in 2013, but I figure, if I preview them now, it’ll save me the trouble of having to deal with them year after year. And then it’ll also allow me to maybe get the few late-year additions that I’ve missed the last few years, because I couldn’t believe they could start shooting so late and make a release date. Oh, and we’re also gonna look at the movies I previewed last year that still haven’t come out yet.

I’m also gonna restrict this to films that actually do seem like they’re gonna happen relatively soon. For example — I had Bad Santa 2 on here, but they’ve been talking about that since 2003, and even though they said last summer it was happening — they haven’t even picked a start date yet, and it’s just as easily to wind up back in development hell. So it won’t come out until 2014 at the earliest anyway, so why bother deal with it now? That’s how these are gonna work. I want it to be shit that actually could happen, or is too interesting to not talk about.

Unshot Films

Big Eyes

A drama centered on the awakening of the painter Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.

They start shooting in the spring. Starring Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Reynolds. Written and directed by the guys who wrote Ed Wood, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Man on the Moon and 1408.

I’ll take those odds.

No rating, since it’s not coming out in 2013 anyway. But this is just to let you know about stuff. Because if this becomes a big thing or whatever, you’ll be able to go, “Oh yeah, I heard about that.” And that automatically makes you smarter than somebody else. You look like so much more of a badass when you can randomly just drop — “Oh yeah… Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Reynolds,” and people are like, “How the fuck did you know that?”

And then you brush off your shoulder and walk away.

Black Wings Has My Angel

In Colorado, an ex-con looks to pull off an armed car robbery, aided by a call girl whom he met in a backwoods Mississippi motel.

Starring Elijah Wood, Tom Hiddelston and Anna Paquin.

It’s in pre-production. No idea when they’re gonna start. Presumably this is still happening.

A Boy and His Shoe

The stories of a french girl who moves to Scotland with her family and two troubled Scottish boys who end up crossing paths in surprising and touching ways.

Apparently this is Alfonso Cuaron’s next movie. I doubt he’ll start it until mid next year. He’s still gotta do press (and a probable awards push) for Gravity. And also probably finish it as well. So I doubt this come out, but it’s an Alfonso Cuaron film, so it’s always worth paying attention to.

Blonde

Andrew Dominik’s Marilyn Monroe movie, starring Naomi Watts.

Apparently they’re casting it now. We’ll see if this ever actually happens. But — anything Andrew Dominik wants to do, I’m gonna watch.

Bridget Jones’s Baby

I just wanted to warn you that this might actually happen. They’re writing a script now. So — now you know. Steel yourself.

Captive

In Sao Paolo, a detective works to locate a real estate magnate who has been kidnapped and hidden at a landfill.

Schwarzenegger movie. No idea if this actually happens, but Arnold is back, making these action movies. You have to keep at least one eye on them. They’re too much fun to not. Where else are you gonna get a synopsis as entertaining as this?

They’re also apparently working on a new Conan movie that may or may not be shooting this year. Arnold’s busting out the farewell tour, it seems. (Just as long as Triplets doesn’t actually happen…)

David O. Russell/Abscam Project

I’m kinda hoping they somehow get this in for the 2013 awards season, but it seems like it’s gonna be a 2014’er. They’re shooting at some point over the next few months. Probably just after the Oscars. I doubt Russell is gonna go into anything while promoting Silver Linings Playbook.

It’s about Abscam. Look it up if you don’t know what I’m talking about.

The cast includes Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Louis C.K.

Honestly, you know this is gonna be one of my most anticipated films of whatever year it decides to come out. David O. Russell has a practically flawless track record with me, so hearing this is like hearing when Ben Affleck was gonna do Argo.

Carol

Two women from different backgrounds strike up a relationship in 1950s New York. Based on Patricia Highsmith’s book “The Price of Salt.”

Starring Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasiowska.

They’re shooting in February. It just seemed interesting to me. Women, different backgrounds, 1950s New York — it just hit a bunch of key words that make me go, “This could be good.” So I’m paying attention to it. Plus those two pick good stuff. So that also helped.

Cinderella

This was gonna be directed by Mark Romanek, but he left it like two weeks ago. Because I’m sure his idea was too dark for the studio. He’s left a bunch of movies because of that same reason.

But, at the moment, Cate Blanchett and Saoirse Ronan are attached. We’ll see how long they last without a director.

Corpus Christi

An Iraq war veteran teams up with a wealthy business owner in Texas.

Almost definitely 2014. It’s Richard Kelly’s new movie. It starts shooting over the summer. So, almost definitely 2014. But — Richard Kelly. You have to at least give it a glance.

The Coup

In their new overseas home, an American family soon finds themselves caught in the middle of a coup, and they frantically look for a safe escape in an environment where foreigners are being immediately executed.

That’s why this is here.

Starring Michelle Monaghan, Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnan.

I’ll be watching out for this. Don’t know when they’re gonna start shooting, but it looks like it’s more likely to happen than not.

Dance of the Mirlitons

Chubby Jesse Urchin shocks everyone except her ex-dancer mother Corinne when she is accepted into the prestigious Battleboro School for Dancers. As Corinne struggles to acclimate to her posh stomping grounds of old, Jesse learns that to get to the top she must kill or be killed when she suddenly finds herself immersed in the cutthroat world of prima ballerinas.

Starring Chloë Moretz, Bailee Madison, Kristen Bell, and Jackie Earle Haley.

I hope this is one of those dark/quirky comedies. It doesn’t sound like it’s gonna be broad, which is why I have it here. I’ll be watching out for this. I hope it happens.

I Fought the Law

A writer finds a link between his fiancé’s suicide and the unsolved death of Bobby Fuller, a one-hit wonder from the ’60s. His investigation into their deaths leads him to a conspiracy involving the music industry, LAPD and snuff films.

Starring Giovanni Ribisi, Malin Akerman, Michael C. Hall, Josh Lucas, Jason Ritter, Logan Marshall-Green, and Melissa Leo. And apparently Frankie Valli too.

This seems like it’s definitely gonna happen.

Frank

A comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon, who discovers he’s bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank.

Starring Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Fassbender is Frank.

It just sounds interesting. Plus, when you see the IMDB photo, Fassbender’s wearing this ridiculous fucking giant head over his head. I have no idea what this is, but I want to see it.

(Good news — they started filming.)

Frank or Francis (postponed)

This is Charlie Kaufman’s movie. They postponed it. I’m keeping it here because I hope it happens. We’ve gone too long without a Charlie Kaufman movie in our lives.

A satire of Hollywood set to music, where a film director feuds with a blogger.

Steve Carrell and Jack Black are playing the director and the blogger, Nicholas Cage is playing someone called “The Emcee,” and apparently Elizabeth Banks, Jacki Weaver, Catherine Keener, Kevin Kline and Paul Reubens are attached.

Please let them fucking make this already!

Furious Angel

Seventeen year old Lily is a high-powered assassin but when she wants to opt out of her life of violence and the chance to lead a normal life her adopted guardian isn’t so keen.

It’s starring Dakota Fanning.

I had to mention it.

Hasn’t shot yet. May never shoot. Don’t know.

But I had to mention it.

Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father

That Gotti movie we’ve been hearing about for years.

Now Barry Levinson is involved.

Pacino, Travolta, Ben Foster, Kelly Preston, and Chazz Palminteri are apparently still attached, but I don’t know if this actually does ever happen.

Honestly, how long is it now we’ve heard this was happening? I don’t believe them until they start rolling.

Hands of Stone

The legendary Roberto Duran and his equally legendary trainer Ray Arcel change each other’s lives.

It’s De Niro playing a boxing trainer. Gael Garcia Bernal is the fighter. Andy Garcia’s also in it.

They’re in pre-production. Seems like they’re gonna go through with it.

Heat

A recovering gambling addict finds work providing protection to his friends.

Directed by Simon West, screenplay by William Goldman (apparently) and starring Jason Statham.

They start filming in “early 2013” according to IMDB.

The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence)

I had to mention it. It’s totally happening. You know it’s happening.

I Am Wrath

After his wife’s murder case goes cold, a widower decides to hunt for the killers, unearthing a trailer of police corruption in the process.

Directed by and starring… wait for it…

Nicolas Cage.

The defense rests.

It Is What It Is

A comedy about a group of friends in their mid-20s realizing they can’t actually be whatever they want to be.

Well that’s depressing. But… female director! And solid cast. Olivia Thirlby, Evan Rachel Wood, Ari Graynor and Sigourney Weaver.

No idea if and when they start shooting.

Janis Joplin: Get It While You Can (unknown)

Apparently Lee Daniels is in talks to direct this now.

We’ve been hearing about this for years… don’t hold your breath.

Apparently Amy Adams is still playing the role, which — never understood that one at all, but whatever.

Still don’t believe this comes out within the next three years, if at all.

The Last of Robin Hood

Please let this actually happen:

The last days in the life of legendary Hollywood actor Errol Flynn.

Kevin Kline is Errol Flynn.

I believe I have your attention now.

The Last Voyage of Demeter

Follows the ill-fated crew aboard the merchant ship Demeter which carried Dracula’s coffin from Transylvania to England only to arrive at port with no survivors aboard.

Viggo Mortensen is apparently in talks for it. He was offered it, anyway. And apparently Ben Kingsley is/was attached. It’s being directed by the guy who did The Descent.

I’m sure this’ll start shooting within the year as soon as they get a cast.

Left Behind

A group of people struggle to survive in the aftermath of a “Rapture” that has removed people of the Christian faith from Earth.

Nicolas Cage movie.

You should know that I’m going to keep track of every single one of these.

It’s eyeing a spring start.

Lore

A young man defends the world from legendary beasts from folklore.

Barry Sonnenfeld and Dwayne Johnson.

I feel like this is going to happen.

Madame Bovary

Mia Wasikowska, Ezra Miller, Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans. Female writer, female director. Starting in the spring.

I support this.

Maggie

A teenage girl in the Midwest becomes infected by a zombie.

Chloë Moretz is attached. Apparently it’s a look at what it’s like to slowly turn into a zombie. And I’m sure it’ll be about puberty or whatever too.

I was interested in this from when I first heard about it.

Marble City

A prisoner leaves jail and seeks out those that placed him inside.

Cage movie.

You know I’m gonna do it.

Apparently they have financing here, so it’s gonna happen.

Maps to the Stars

Complex look at Hollywood and what it reveals about Western culture.

David Cronenberg.

Rachel Weisz, Viggo Mortensen, Robert Pattinson. Shooting over the summer.

Monster Butler

The true story of serial-killing con-man Roy Fontaine, who cut a bloody swath through England and Scotland.

Malcolm McDowell is playing Fontaine, and Gary Oldman is also in it. That’s what god me interested in the first place.

Don’t know if and when this is going to happen, but I’ll be paying attention to Gary Oldman does.

Murder Mystery

American newlyweds visiting Europe on their honeymoon get caught up in murder mystery after witnessing a deadly crime.

Starring Charlize Theron and directed by John Madden and written by a guy who has his name on a lot of quality scripts of the action/thriller genre — Zodiac, The Rundown, The Amazing Spider-Man, White Hosue Down –I had to put it here. Don’t know if it’ll happen, but it’s sure looking like good probability, isn’t it?

Outcast

A mysterious warrior teams up with the daughter and son of a deposed Chinese Emperor to defeat their cruel Uncle, who seeks their deaths.

If you can’t figure out why something is here based on the synopsis, you can probably answer it with those same two magical words —

Nicolas Cage.

Shooting in China in April.

Bring on the Chinese hookers.

Pompeii

Set in the days leading up to the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, a slave on a ship heading for Naples works to get home to save the woman he loves and his best friend, a gladiator trapped inside the city’s coliseum.

Paul W.S. Anderson’s movie that’s been in talks for years now. Pretty sure even Roman Polanski was gonna do a Pompeii movie at some point over the past decade.

Doubtful this actually gets going. He’ll get another Resident Evil movie off the ground before he makes this.

Queen of the Desert

A chronicle of Gertrude Bell’s life, a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century.

Werner Herzog.

Naomi Watts.

Jude Law.

Robert Pattinson.

They just put it on hold yesterday, but I figure this will probably happen. If it doesn’t start shooting by end of the year, or a start date isn’t figured out by then, doubtful this actually happens. But — you have to figure they’re gonna make this, right?

The Rover

A dirty and dangerous near-future Western set in the Australian desert.

Oh, I’ll find me some westerns.

Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce.

It’s been greenlit, that’s all.

But it’s a western. I’ve followed shit based on less.

The Rut

In order to win the approval of her father, a teenage girl surrounds herself with danger and adventure as she journeys into the wilderness alone to hunt deer.

Karyn Kusama’s next movie. Chloë Moretz, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Ray Liotta are apparently in it.

This seems like it’ll happen.

Silence

Scorsese’s next movie. About the priests.

He said this is gonna be his next movie. And he’s also setting up The Irishman. Since he’s being sued for not starting this, methinks this will actually be his next one.

Squirrel to the Nuts

A married Broadway director falls for a prostitute-turned-actress and works to help her advance her career.

It’s a Peter Bogdanovich movie. Which can be a good thing or a very not good thing. I get worried when directors do something over a certain age, especially when they haven’t in a while. There’s a very high probability of it not working.

But I’ll follow it.

Thunder Run

The dangerous and bloody capture of Baghdad by American Forces at the onset of the Iraq War.

Simon West directing, Gerard Butler, Matthew McConaughey and Sam Worthington starring.

Gotta pay attention to this, right?

Tokarev

A reformed criminal comes home to find that his daughter has been kidnapped by the Russian mob. He rounds up his old crew and seeks his own brand of justice.

Do I even need to tell you who is attached to star in this one?

Townies

A comedy centered on a frat boy whose behavior affects a local neighbor’s family life.

Zac Efron and Seth Rogen starring and directed by Nicholas Stoller.

I feel like this will definitely be shot within the year.

Triple Nine

An upstanding cop interferes with his fellow officers plan to pull of a major heist.

John Hillcoat’s next movie. Starring Shia LeBeouf. They’re hoping to shoot within the year.

Untitled Elmore Leonard Project

It’s based on “The Switch,” which is the Jackie Brown prequel.

Right now, Mos Def and John Hawkes are attached to play Ordell and Louis, and Tim Robbins, Will Forte, Isla Fisher and Jennifer Aniston are also attached.

I’ve been hearing about this for years, so we’ll see if it actually ends up happening.

Valet Guys

Two valet parking guys witness a murder and subsequently find themselves running for their lives.

Starring Kevin James and Kevin Hart.

I just wanted to warn you — this will probably happen.

Also, most of you probably know why I’m personally keeping track of this.

Ever watch a Cheetah eye a gazelle from across the savannah?

Virgin Mary

A comedy centered on two best friends who vow to have sex with one another if they don’t lose their virginity by the time they turn 18.

Female writer/director, starring the kid from Spy Kids and Abigail Breslin.

I’m mostly interesting because I love when young actresses pick the time to transition into adult roles. It’s fun watching their choices. You can tell a lot about them based on how they do it.

A Walk Among the Tombstones

I’ll tell you right now, all I know about this is the title and the fact that Liam Neeson is going to star.

What more do you need?

Wild Oats

A retired widow who hits the jackpot when she receives a Social Security check mistakenly made out for $900,000 instead of $900. She and her granddaughter then take off for Las Vegas, only to become media sensations and fugitives from justice.

Shirley MacLaine and Maria Bello are attached or rumored to be the widow and daughter, and IMDb lists Jacki Weaver, Alan Arkin and Jon Voight as potential (or attached) cast members.

I’ll watch for this. I hope they make it. Seems like it’s gonna happen.

Wild Side

No idea what it’s about, but the cast is Nicolas Cage, Juno Temple and Johnny Knoxville.

I’m really curious to see how many of these Cage movies actually end up being made.

You Belong to Me

A psychiatrist, whose client commits suicide, finds his family life disrupted after introducing her surviving brother to his wife and daughter.

It’s a thriller directed by Rob Reiner and starring Harrison Ford and Zac Efron. I had to mention it.

Not shot yet, but I hope they do. And soon.

Your Voice in My Head

A self-destructive writer struggles with her personal issues and embarks on the difficult road to recovery.

Written by a woman and starring Stanley Tucci and Emma Watson. She’s the writer. Which is interesting. I like to see the Potter actors try to stretch themselves.

– – – – –

2012 Holdovers

(Except for the ones I’ve given up on.)

Byzantium

No idea when this comes out. Allegedly they’re gonna put it out this year. I’m still waiting for it.

The Company You Keep

Allegedly coming out in limited release on April 5th.

Decoding Annie Parker

Allegedly being released in March.

Dorothy of Oz

No idea what the deal is with this. They’re probably waiting to see what happens with Oz: The Great and Powerful first. My guess is a late summer release. That feels most appropriate. If it even comes out in 2013.

The East

It’s in Sundance. It’ll come out. The only question is when.

Effie

It’s coming out in May in the UK, so we’ll see what that means for the U.S. release. Either way — out in 2013.

The English Teacher

No idea what the deal is with this. Probably gonna get dumped on VOD or something.

Freaky Deaky

It’s been acquired for release. The only question is when they’re gonna do it and how.

The Frozen Ground

It’s done, so it’ll come out. Again, the only question is when.

I need more Cage!

Gambit

Got pushed from a late 2012 release to a late 2013 release. I’m thinking January 2014. (It must be bad. That’s the only reason for this constant pushing.)

Gimme Shelter

It’ll come out this year. Someone has it for distribution.

Gods Behaving Badly

Reshoots are taking place now. Which I’m sure is good news.

Great Expectations

It came out in the UK three months ago. They just didn’t release it here. I figured a May dump makes the most sense, if they put it out here at all.

Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story

They haven’t even shot this yet. There’s no way this ever comes out.

The Longest Week

It’s done, but there’s no release date in sight. I’m sure that’s good news.

Lovelace

It’s coming out this year. It’s at Sundance now. They’ll dump it over the summer at some point.

Odd Thomas

They pushed this early last year. So it’ll come out at some point this year. August seems likely.

Only God Forgives

Still no date on this, but they’re in post, so a 2013 release is all but assured.

Singularity

Allegedly coming out in 2013.

Small Apartments

They released this on DVD already. So I may or may not see this.

So Undercover

I have this. It’s out next month. It’s — well, it looks like it’s gonna live down to my expectations.

Standing Up

No idea what the deal is with this, but I will see it whenever it does come out.

Thanks for Sharing

No idea what the deal is with this. It’s done, but no release date.

Violet and Daisy

This was done from 2011. It may finally get some sort of release this year. finally. Though there’s a new poster that says 2013 on it, so maybe it will actually come out.

Voyage of Time

This isn’t coming any time soon. He’s got two films going — this will be on the shelf for a while.

What Maisie Knew

It’s done, but no release date.

Wrong

Mostly I just love that I get to end my preview articles for the third year in a row with a Quentin Dupieux film.

I actually have this. I’m sure it’s getting a U.S. release at some point, but I have it and will be seeing it very soon. I cannot wait. People should check this out, as well as his previous film, Rubber, which is pure surrealist and absurdist gold.

I wouldn’t stray you wrong. Trust me. I have a pretty good track record with this stuff.

– – – – – – – – – –

And that does it for our preview articles for 2013.

Pretty sure I talked about enough stuff to the point where I’m so far ahead that next year, I’ll already have mentioned like, 25% of the stuff.

Here’s hoping.

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