With the year coming to an end and moviegoers flocking to movie theaters over the holiday break, almost every studio has stepped up their game on releasing new trailers for 2018 releases. The general idea is that for almost every new movie released, there’s going to be a new trailer attached from the studio.
For instance, Universal Pictures released the first trailer for next year’s summer prequel Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again, placing it in front of Pitch Perfect 3, which opened in theaters for previews last night.
TriStar Pictures has a trailer for its own sequel Sicario 2: Soldado, starring Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro, which will likely be in front of Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World when it opens Monday.
Also this week, we got the very first teaser trailer for the Peter Jackson-produced Mortal Engines, which will be released by Universal in December 2018.
You can watch those trailers and seven more below.
Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again
Likely to be one of Universal’s bigger releases of 2018, presuming 10 years isn’t too long to wait for a prequel to the musical rom-com starring Meryl Streep, is this new movie due out July 20 which stars Lily James (Baby Driver) as the younger version of Streep’s character.
Sicario 2: Soldado
Dennis Villeneuve didn’t stick around to direct the sequel to his 2015 crime-thriller that received three technical Oscar nods. Emily Blunt’s character also isn’t around for the movie that focuses on the characters played by Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin. Directed by Stefano Sollima based on Taylor Hawkins’ screenplay, it will be released on June 29.
Probably one of the odder trailers that will hit theaters over the holidays is this one for the new comedy from Australian stuntman-turned-filmmaker Nash Edgerton (The Square), starring Charlize Theron, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sharlto Copley and Nash’s brother Joel Edgerton. STXfilms will release the Amazon Studios production on March 9.
Produced by Peter Jackson and adapted from Philip Reeve’s 2001 Scholastic novel by Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, this post-apocalyptic fantasy epic will be released by Universal Pictures on Dec. 14, 2018. That’s the same weekend in which Jackson has released many of his previous films including both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. The FX epic is directed by visual FX artist Christian Rivers who provided those skills on Jackson’s King Kong.
A bit of a change of pace is this teaser trailer for the MGM, Pantelion and 3 Pas Studios remake of the 1987 comedy, starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, this one being given a Latin flavor with the casting of Anna Faris and Mexican superstar Eugenio Derbez. It will be released on April 20.
A Futile and Stupid Gesture
Despite not having a new movie in theaters perse, Netflix still got in the game by releasing a trailer for what is essentially a telling of the National Lampoon story directed by David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer). Netflix doesn’t have a date for the comedy, but it will be one of the more high-profile premieres at Sundance next month.
Enterainment Studios Motion Pictures picked up this drama about Ted Kennedy’s car accident that killed a campaign worker (Kate Mara) after it premiered at TIFF and will release it on April 6. Kennedy is played by Jason Clarke (Mudbound) and co-stars Ed Helms, Jim Gaffigan and Bruce Dern.
Sam Maoz’s Israeli drama recently made the shortlist for the Oscar foreign language film, and Sony Pictures Classics has released the first trailer for the film that has played well on the festival circuit and will get a platform release on March 2.
On the animation and family entertainment side of things, Lionsgate released a new trailer for Nick Park’s claymation film Early Man featuring the voices of Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston and Maisie Williams. It will open on Feb. 16
Mary and the Witch’s Flower
Finally, GKIDS will release this animated film from director/animator Hiromasa Yonebayashi (When Marnie Was There) on Jan. 18. It’s based on Mary Stewart’s 1971 children’s book The Little Broomstick.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor