There are frequently complaints that today’s movies are all just sequels, reboots, or remakes. With this list of odd movies, you can see what you get with original thinking.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - June 21st
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, discovers vampires are planning to take over the United States. He makes it his mission to eliminate them.
Battleship – May 18th
A fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals.
Odd, because it’s based on the board game, Battleship.
Bernie - April 27th
In small-town Texas, the local mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when he kills her, he goes to great lengths to create the illusion that she’s alive.
Butter - October 5th
In small-town Iowa, an adopted girl discovers her talent for butter carving and finds herself pitted against an ambitious local woman in their town’s annual contest.
Buttwhistle – 2012
An unusual relationship is formed between a young student at a community college and the suicidal girl he saved.
With a title like that, I could see how it would be an unusual relationship.
Cloud Atlas – October (?)
Six stories set in a different time and place become intricately related to each other.
Damsels in Distress – April 6th
A trio of girls set out to change the male-dominated environment of the Seven Oaks college campus, and to rescue their fellow students from depression, grunge and low standards of every kind.
Dredd – September 21st
In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO.
Five Against a Bullet – 2012 (?)
An action picture with a Mexican politician that hires five of the best bodyguards in the world that money can buy after a drug cartel murders his father.
Footnote – March 9th
Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are father and son as well as rival professors in Talmudic Studies. When both men learn that Eliezer will be lauded for his work, their complicated relationship reaches a new peak.
Gravity – November 21st
The lone survivor of a space mission to repair the Hubble telescope desperately tries to return to Earth and reunite with her daughter.
Here Comes the Boom – October 12th
A high school biology teacher moonlights as a mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to save the school’s music program.
Hunter Killer – December 21st
An untested American submarine captain teams with U.S. Navy Seals to rescue the Russian president, who has been kidnapped by a rogue general.
Hysteria – May 18th
A romantic comedy based on the truth of how Mortimer Granville devised the invention of the first vibrator in the name of medical science.
Iron Sky – April 4th
The Nazis set up a secret base on the moon in 1945 where they hide out and plan to return to power in 2018.
Jeff, Who Lives at Home - March 16th
Dispatched from his basement room on an errand for his mother, slacker Jeff might discover his destiny (finally) when he spends the day with his brother as he tracks his possibly adulterous wife.
John Carter – March 9th
Transplanted to Mars, a Civil War vet discovers a lush planet inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians. Finding himself a prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter a princess who is in desperate need of a savior.
Life of Pi – December 21st
The story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper’s son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean.
Based on the popular book of the same name.
Little Boy – 2012 (?)
A young American boy struggles to achieve the impossible…bring his father back from World War II.
Looper – September 28th
A killer who works for the mob of the future recognizes one of his targets as his future self.
Mirror Mirror – March 30th
An evil queen steals control of a kingdom and an exiled princess enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright.
Moonrise Kingdom – May 16th
A pair of lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out and find them.
Movie 43 – April 13th
A feature-film comprised of short comedy segments.
Neighborhood Watch – July 27th
Suburban dads form a neighborhood watch group to get time away from their families, only to discover a plot to destroy Earth.
Playing the Field – December 25th
A former professional athlete with a weak past tries to redeem himself by coaching his son’s soccer team, only to find himself unable to resist when in scoring position with his players’ restless and gorgeous moms.
Premium Rush – August 24th
In Manhattan, a bike messenger picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a dirty cop, who pursues the cyclist throughout the city.
Safety Not Guaranteed – June 8th
Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified ad seeking a companion for time travel.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen – March 9th
A fisheries expert is approached by a consultant to help realize a sheik’s vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert and embarks on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible possible.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World – June 22nd
As an asteroid nears Earth, a man finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is a neighbor who inadvertently puts a wrench in his plan.
The Great Gatsby – December 25th
Nick Carraway, a Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby’s circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy.
From the not so Great book…
The Guilt Trip – November 2nd
An inventor and his mom hit the road together so he can sell his latest invention.
Starring Seth Rogen and Barbara Streisand…
The Island President – March 30th
After bringing democracy to his country, President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, the lowest-lying country in the world, takes up the fight to keep his homeland from disappearing under the sea.
The Raven – April 27th
A fictionalized account of the last days of Edgar Allan Poe’s life, in which the poet pursues a serial killer whose murders mirror those in the writer’s stories.
Total Recall – August 3rd
As the nation states Euromerica and New Shanghai vie for supremacy, a factory worker (Farrell) begins to suspect that he’s a spy, though he is unaware which side of the fight he’s on.
Colin Farrell takes Schwarzenegger’s place in this remake.
Untitled International Thriller – December 19th
An account on the hunt for Osama bin Laden and the battled on his compound that resulted in his death.
I don’t know if this is a code name or the actual name the movie will be using.
World War Z – December 21st
A U.N. employee is racing against time and fate, as he travels the world trying to stop the outbreak of a deadly Zombie pandemic.
Brad Pitt stars in this book adaptation.
Just so you don’t think 2012 is special, here are some weird ones coming in 2013.
College Republicans – 2013
A young Karl Rove vies for the position of chief campus conservative under the guidance of Lee Atwater.
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters - January 11, 2013
15 years after their traumatic gingerbread-house incident, siblings Hansel and Gretel have become a formidable team of bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world.
Jack the Giant Killer - March 22, 2013
A modern day fairy tale in which the long-standing peace between men and giants is threatened, as a young farmer leads an expedition into the giants’ kingdom in hopes of rescuing a kidnapped princess.
Warm Bodies – February , 2013
After a zombie becomes involved with the girlfriend of one of his victims, their romance sets in motion a sequence of events that might transform the entire lifeless world.