From whodunnits to cerebral sci-fi: what movie trends will 2022 bring? | Movies


Now arguably greater than ever, it’s arduous to predict what will and received’t join with cinemagoers over the following 12 months, a tumultuous time of uncertainty extending till an unknowable date. Whereas the tough launch schedule is greater than sure to change (quite a few January releases have already moved on account of Omicron), what it does do is present us what the trade is banking on proper now, outdoors of the bread-and-butter enterprise of superheroes.

Right here’s a take a look at what you’ll be seeing essentially the most of in 2022:


Armie Hammer and Gal Gadot in Death on the Nile
Armie Hammer and Gal Gadot in Demise on the Nile. {Photograph}: Landmark Media/Alamy

It appears odd {that a} style as reliably rewarding because the whodunnit was ever not in trend however after star-packed homicide mysteries dominated the multiplex all through the 70s and 80s, the years since noticed a retreat to the small display screen. It took Kenneth Branagh’s lavish, if creatively redundant, remake of Homicide on the Orient Specific to remind studios of viewers curiosity, making a shock $351m worldwide again in 2017. This yr sees the belated follow-up, a redo of Death on the Nile with a barely much less impressively starry solid – Penélope Cruz, Johnny Depp, Judi Dench and Michelle Pfeiffer changed with Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Russell Model and Annette Bening – touchdown in February. Later this yr will additionally see a Netflix sequel to Rian Johnson’s 2019 hit Knives Out, formally untitled as of now however tentatively known as Knives Out 2 as a result of in all probability, bringing again Daniel Craig and sending him to Greece to discover a killer from a solid together with Kathryn Hahn, Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe and Kate Hudson. The streamer paid over $450m for the rights to the franchise. Saoirse Ronan and Sam Rockwell will additionally hunt for a assassin within the West Finish in See How They Run, with a solid of suspects together with Ruth Wilson, David Oyelowo and Adrien Brody. A highschool reunion ends in homicide within the comedy Reunion which stars Jillian Bell and Lil Rel Howery (a set-up that’s nearly similar to Apple’s new collection The Afterparty with Tiffany Haddish and Ilana Glazer) whereas Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston are at present filming Murder Mystery 2 for Netflix in order that may be a late addition.


Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox in Scream
Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox in Scream. {Photograph}: Paramount/Allstar

One other once-prolific style that then fell out of favour, the slasher has seen a shock resurgence prior to now few years thanks to the field workplace success of Glad Demise Day and the return of Halloween. Cheaply produced and based mostly on an simply replicated components, it’s additionally discovered its apparent place inside the world of streaming with Netflix’s Concern Avenue trilogy and There’s Somebody Inside Your Home and Amazon’s I Know What You Did Final Summer season remake. This month sees the inevitable return of Ghostface in Scream, a much-anticipated franchise-restarter bringing again the unique Campbell-Cox-Arquette trio for extra meta mayhem (if it makes as a lot as analysts predict it may lead to much more slashers in 2023). Subsequent month, Leatherface follows swimsuit in Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a tortured manufacturing offered to Netflix throughout the pandemic, one other try to relaunch the dirty gore-heavy collection, with Don’t Breathe’s Fede Alvarez concerned as writer-producer and Eighth Grade’s Elsie Fisher starring. Michael Myers will even be making his “remaining” stab at killing Laurie Strode, AKA Jamie Lee Curtis, later within the yr with Halloween Ends however the mammoth field workplace for his return would possibly prolong the initially envisioned trilogy. There’s additionally the intriguing prospect of an A24 slasher from Cat Individual’s Kristen Roupenian known as Bodies, Bodies, Bodies a few recreation that goes awry starring Maria Bakalova, Amandla Stenberg and Pete Davidson.

Cerebral sci-fi

Colin Farrell in After Yang
Colin Farrell in After Yang. {Photograph}: A24

Whereas science-fiction that tackles one thing a bit of chewier than whether or not Godzilla or Kong can punch the toughest isn’t precisely not a factor, the following yr gives a steadier stream than traditional of choices aiming extra for thoughts over matter. After a premiere at Cannes final summer season, Columbus director Kogonada’s After Yang will hit cinemas in March, a quiet drama with Colin Farrell and Jodie Turner-Smith a few household making an attempt to save their live-in robotic from extinction. David Cronenberg returns later this yr with Crimes of the Future, a horror-tinged sci-fi story set in a distant future the place individuals discover “the limitless potential of transhumanism”, stated individuals together with Kristen Stewart and Viggo Mortensen. Cronenberg’s son Brandon will additionally comply with his well-received Sundance hit Possessor with Infinity Pool, a thriller starring Alexander Skarsgård and Mia Goth as a wealthy couple who uncover one thing uncommon past the gates of their all-inclusive resort. Yorgos Lanthimos can be reuniting with The Favorite screenwriter Tony McNamara and star Emma Stone for Poor Things, a Victorian period Frankenstein-esque story of a girl introduced again to life by a scientist who replaces her mind with that of her unborn little one. One of the crucial intriguing huge bets comes from the Mad Max director George Miller and his epic romance Three Thousand Years of Longing a few lonely scholar whose encounter with a wish-granting djinn leads to sudden penalties. And whereas plot particulars are but to be revealed, Jordan Peele’s mysterious new movie Nope, starring Daniel Kaluuya, has debuted a poster that hints at a sci-fi mind-trip.

Fan favorite sequels

A still from Hocus Pocus 2
A nonetheless from Hocus Pocus 2. {Photograph}: Disney

A glance forward at any yr prior to now 5 a long time would present an unhealthy smattering of 2s, 3s and colons however in 2022, there’s a extra particular type of sequel that’s set to dominate. Lengthy-awaited, fan-petitioned follow-ups will be cosying up in opposition to the extra anticipated superhero fare, studios betting on nostalgia to drive audiences out to the massive display screen or to stream. The aforementioned Scream is the primary huge check, to see if a 90s-born franchise can nonetheless pack ’em in, weeks earlier than Paramount additionally bets on Jackass Forever, the primary entry from the crew since 2010. The oft-delayed Top Gun: Maverick will additionally check if audiences nonetheless really feel the necessity for each pace and Tom Cruise outdoors of the Mission: Inconceivable franchise (his solely fruitful endeavour nowadays). Reese Witherspoon’s belated return as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde 3 is allegedly set for a summer season launch (though latest experiences counsel which may not occur) with assist from Mindy Kaling scripting. Halloween will see the return of sister witches Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy in Hocus Pocus 2, after a lot fan hypothesis, haunting a brand new era on Disney+ whereas the platform will additionally see Amy Adams returning as a fish-out-of-water princess in Disenchanted. And eventually, Kevin Smith will full his cult comedy trilogy with Clerks III.

Bruce Willis

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It could be a shock to anybody who doesn’t spend hours scouring the very backside rows of the streaming underworld however Bruce Willis is working tougher than you, I or anybody we all know. His admirably constant model of cheaply made motion thrillers is ever-expanding (he was in 9 movies in 2021) and in 2022, he will star in one other 10 VHS-era movies tailor-made towards essentially the most undemanding of viewers. Within the subsequent 12 months, he will be “seen” in Gasoline Alley with Luke Wilson, Fortress 2 with Shannen Doherty, A Day to Die with Frank Grillo, The Wrong Place with Ashley Greene, Vendetta with Mike Tyson, Corrective Measures with Michael Rooker, Die Like Lovers with Dominic Purcell, White Elephant with John Malkovich, Paradise City with John Travolta and Wire Room with Kevin Dillon.