Although, the 2010 movie calendar has started, many studios are just unloading their wild-card films during the month of January. Lionsgate starts to rev-up in February and once again, brings a variety of releases to the 2010 docket. They may not have a robust summer line-up, but they do have some contenders that could surprise moviegoers. Here’s what Lionsgate is looking to profit on:
From Paris With Love (February 5th)
A personal aide to the U.S. Ambassador in France, James Reese (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) has an enviable life in Paris and a beautiful French girlfriend, but his real passion is his side job as a low-level operative for the CIA. All James wants is to become a bona fide agent and see some real action. So when he’s offered his first senior-level assignment, he can’t believe his good luck – until he meets his new partner, special agent Charlie Wax (John Travolta).
A trigger-happy, wisecracking, loose cannon who’s been sent to Paris to stop a terrorist attack, Wax leads James on a white-knuckle shooting spree through the Parisian underworld that has James praying for his desk job. But when James discovers he’s a target of the same crime ring they’re trying to bust, he realizes there’s no turning back…and that Wax himself might be his only hope for making it through the next forty-eight hours alive.
Travolta is sporting an interesting look for this role, but it borders on cheesy. This flick will try to have the success that last year’s Taken did.
Season of the Witch (March 19th)
Lionsgate and Relativity Media’s supernatural thriller, SEASON OF THE WITCH, stars Nicolas Cage as a medieval knight who undertakes a terrifying mission to save the world from the scourge of an evil witch. After years of battle in the Crusades, Lavey returns to France to find his homeland decimated by a deadly, unstoppable plague. Lavey is summoned to Avignon, where a dying Cardinal charges him with delivering a young peasant girl – believed to be a witch responsible for the plague – to a distant abbey where her powers can be destroyed. A non-believer, Lavey doubts the girl is anything but a helpless captive. But as he and five others make their dangerous journey, they realize with mounting dread that the cunning girl is no ordinary human…and that their mission – which will decide the fate of mankind – will pit them against the very embodiment of evil.
One can’t argue that Nicholas Cage likes diversity in his roles. He seems to enjoy acting, but doesn’t seem to care about accolades. Then again, he may need the money since he doesn’t like to pay taxes. This could be interesting for fantasy lovers.
Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too (April 2nd)
Reuniting the same charismatic cast and characters from his hit comedy/drama, WHY DID I GET MARRIED, Tyler Perry brings us the next chapter in the lives of eight college friends struggling with the challenges of marital life in WHY DID I GET MARRIED TOO?
Tyler Perry has actually turned a movie property into a sitcom. It seems like every six months we get a new episode of his characters. Genius? Or getting ridiculous? This has its niche market and that’s the only people that will want to see this.
Kick-Ass (April 16th)
KICK-ASS tells the story of average teenager Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), a comic-book fanboy who decides to take his obsession as inspiration to become a real-life superhero. As any good superhero would, he chooses a new name — Kick-Ass — assembles a suit and mask to wear, and gets to work fighting crime. There’s only one problem standing in his way: Kick-Ass has absolutely no superpowers.
His life is forever changed as he inspires a subculture of copy cats, meets up with a pair of crazed vigilantes — including an 11-year-old sword-wielding dynamo, Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) and her father, Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) — and forges a friendship with another fledgling superhero, Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). But thanks to the scheming of a local mob boss Frank D’Amico (Mark Strong), that new alliance will be put to the test.
This has Mystery Men success (failure) written all over it. Somehow this is going to work and please audiences. At least it’s an original idea.
Killers (June 4th)
Spencer Aimes (Ashton Kutcher) is just your average, undercover, government-hired super-assassin accustomed to a life of exotic European locales, flashy sports cars and even flashier women. But when he meets Jen Kornfeldt (Katherine Heigl), a beautiful, fun-loving computer tech recovering from a bad break-up, he finds true love…and happily trades international intrigue for domestic bliss.
Three years later, Spencer and Jen are still enjoying a picture-perfect marriage – that is, until the morning after Spencer’s 30th birthday. That’s when Spencer and Jen learn he’s the target of a multi-million dollar hit. Even worse, the hired killers have been stalking the happy couple for years, and could be anyone: friends, neighbors, the grocery store clerk, even that crabby old guy shuffling across the street.
An action-comedy, with two hit-or-miss stars in the lead role. The premise has something to it, and having Tom Selleck in a supporting role may save this flick. 13 years ago, this would have starred Harrison Ford and Julia Roberts, if that helps one gauge what this will be like.
Read the 2nd half of Lionsgate 2010 preview.