(ANSA) – ROME, 06 JAN – The pandemic has taught us to be wary of ‘forecasts’ and for cinema it is all a gamble given that the only forecast to bet on is to have cinemas full again.
The annual survey by Fandango, the US ticket resale giant, in revealing that the title at the top of expectations for 2023 is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, reveals that 9 of the top 10 films considered unmissable of 2023 are sequels, all ten are franchises . Here they are: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3 with Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, (May 3); SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE (June 1); ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA (February 15); JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 4 with Keanu Reeves (March 23); INDIANA JONES AND THE WHEEL OF DESTINY with Harrison Ford (Summer); AQUAMAN AND THE LOST KINGDOM with Jason Momoa and Ben Affleck (December 25); MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – DEAD RECKONING PART 1 with Tom Cruise in the new sequel shot in Italy (July 14); THE HUNGER GAMES: THE BALLAD OF THE NIGHTINGALE AND THE SNAKE (November 17); CREED III (March 3) and the SUPER MARIO BROS. (April 7).
These are 10 blockbusters, but there are many other titles on which interest is spasmodic. Starting with KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON, the new Martin Scorsese with Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro.
It is also clear that WONKA with Timotheè Chalamet (also the protagonist in DUNE 2 by Denis Villeneuve) in the role of the young Willy Wonka is at the top of the list, as well as BARBIE with Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling in the ultra pop transposition of Greta Gerwig and LA LITTLE MERMAID Halle Bailey in the remake of the 1989 Disney classic. Among the dramas NAPOLEON directed by Ridley Scott and Joaquin Phoenix Emperor and Christopher Nolan’s OPPENHEIMER with Cillian Murphy. And the new Wes Anderson is expected with ASTEROID CITY and the ‘usual’ cast of stars with Tom Hanks, Margot Robbie, Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johansson. January is the month of BABYLON, the new film by Damien Chazelle with Brad Pitt.
Many titles are expected from European cinema including JEANNE DU BARRY with the return of Johnny Depp and at Easter THE PALACE, the black comedy by Roman Polanski with Mickey Rourke. In Italy it is the year of the return to theaters of Garrone, Moretti and Bellocchio.
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