With 2016 firmly in the books, we’re getting ready to ramp up our 2018 Oscars coverage. While it is obviously very early in the season, the buzz is already starting to build for some films after they’ve played at the Sundance Film Festival. With that in mind, Amazon and Netflix have already started to make their plays. “Logan” also gives us a potential look at a contender in several fields if the hype is to be believed. With that in mind, what 2017 releases are you most excited for? These do not necessarily have to be Oscar players, so let us hear what you’re excited for on the Awards Circuit Message Boards! Here are a few we’re excited about as well.
1. “The Shape of Water” – Guillermo del Toro
There are few filmmakers that can blend fantasy and history into a well-told story. However, Guillermo del Toro is one of the most talented directors in the world at doing just that. Del Toro has proven time and time again that fantasy can fit into any setting, including the Spanish Civil War, World War II and the turn of the 20th century. The Cold War setting is certainly intriguing, and del Toro has brought along a great cast again. “The Shape of Water” stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins and Doug Jones.
2. “Blade Runner 2049” – Denis Villeneuve
Denis Villeneuve has established himself as one of the top directors in the world over the past two years. If “Blade Runner” comes close to his last few films, Villeneuve is on an incredible hot streak. Since 2010 Villeneuve has released “Incendies,” “Prisoners,” “Sicario” and “Arrival.” With Ryan Gosling assuming the lead and Harrison Ford returning, “Blade Runner” has the potential to be something special. For Villeneuve to continue his ascent to Nolan-level prominence, he’s hoping it is.
3. “The Untitled Detriot Project” – Kathryn Bigelow
It’s been almost a decade since Kathryn Bigelow shook up the Oscars and became the first woman director to win an Academy Award. Bigelow’s snub for “Zero Dark Thirty” was inexcusable, but she’s back with a vengeance. It’s fair to assume that Bigelow will return to the stage this year with her film on the 1967 Detriot riots. The August release date seems a little early for a film of Bigelow’s caliber, but considering its deep cast, the film definitely has box office potential. With Jason Mitchell, Anthony Mackie, Jack Reynor, John Krasinski, John Boyega, Will Poulter, Kaitlyn Dever and Tyler James Williams in tow, this looks like an ensemble powerhouse. Bigelow has proven she can handle large casts in the past. Will the zeitgeist factor push the film towards a picture nomination?