September 23, 2009

What's Coming Up in 2010?

I thought I'd take a look ahead at 2010 and see what may be coming down the pike. IMDB's list of action films slated for 2010 is undoubtedly a hazy look into the future, but I did find some items of interest while going through it. Here are some notes, and I'll probably check the list again late this year to see what else has emerged. If you know of anything I missed, let me know!

Films with a scheduled release date:

  • The Book of Eli, January 15th: Post-apocalyptic. I think I saw a woman wearing a sword in the trailer, so I'm putting it on the list. Here's the official site with the trailer.
  • Takers, February 19th: Bank robbery film, Zoe Saldana is in the cast, no idea what her role is but I'm hopeful.
  • Legend of the Red Reaper, March 10th: "For a thousand years, the Reapers guarded mankind from the demons that wait in the dark. Now, at the beginning of a new age, the Reapers are betrayed and slaughtered. Only one Reaper remains - Red, and she's out to exact revenge." Here's a really terrible trailer on YouTube. I like it when the blood spatters on the camera lens. Does anyone use the term C-Movie?
  • Clash of the Titans, March 26th: With all the goddesses around, here's hoping at least one of them is actually badass.
  • Iron Man 2, May 7th: Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow.
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, May 28th: A prince and a princess (theoretically) working together to save the world. No sign of the princess in the trailer on YouTube, though. [Update 9.24 - see Zahra's comment below about the race issues here.]
  • Broken Blade, June 4th: There's a hint of a female assassin in the brief plot summary for this one.
  • Resident Evil: Afterlife, August 27th: I can't imagine this series is going to get better on Heroine Content criteria.
  • Red Dawn, September 24th: Remake of the 1984 film.

Films without a scheduled release date:

  • Agustina: "Agustina de Aragón, (1786 - 1857) was a famous Spanish heroine who defended Spain during the Spanish War of Independence. First as a civilian and later as a professional officer in the Spanish Army." Adapted from a graphic novel, here's the official site.
  • Armed Robbery: Lesbian lovers rob a bank and run for the border.
  • Arena: "A group of soldiers find themselves transported to a strange, terrain-shifting landscape where they must fight the best warriors from different eras and histories in a gladiatorial, kill-or-be-killed battle." Surely there's a woman in here somewhere.
  • Dead in the Head: Bounty hunters and zombies. one of the bounty hunters, known as The Babe (haaaack) is played by a woman.
  • Her Vietnam: A nurse serving in Vietnam when her base is attacked.
  • Jennifer Government: "Welcome to paradise! The world is run by American corporations [...] Jennifer Government, a legendary agent with a barcode tattoo, is the consumer watchdog from hell." I know i read the book, but for the life of me I can't remember anything about it.
  • Kick-Ass: Superhero movie (kind of), adapted from the comic book written by Mark Millar who also wrote Wanted. Chloe Moretz plays "Hit Girl." You can find io9's coverage here. I suspect this one will be a bit much for me.
  • Kungfused: Some kind of action comedy, there are a lot of women in the cast.
  • Maximum Ride: "Six kids who are pretty normal - except that they're 98 percent human and 2 percent bird. They grew up in a lab, living like rats in cages, but now they're free." Adapted from a young adult science fiction / fantasy series.
  • Opponent: Alien crash lands in junkyard, owner of junkyard offers a reward for someone to kill it, mayhem ensues. A lot of women in the cast.
  • Red Sonja: Still shows a release date of 2010, although news reports say filming won't start until then. The posters are horrifying.
  • Roadkill: Female assassin is mentioned in the plot description. Supposedly an action comedy, the guy who directed Blue Crush is slated to direct.
  • Sin-Jin: No information, just a couple of visuals on the IMDB page that I find intriguing. Chinese film.
  • The Assassin: Taiwanese film about a female assassin in eighth century China who wants to retire.
  • The Story of Bonnie and Clyde: Hilary Duff leads. Oh my.
  • Witchblade: The television show almost came together for me, we'll see if the film ever appears.


Racialicious has already done a piece on the racelift of "Prince of Persia"; although the main characters in the video game are an Iranian man and an Indian woman, they've both been cast with white actors (Jake Gyllenhaal & Gemma Atherton). I highly recommend the discussion:’s-wrong-with-this-picture/

Here's a better trailer for "Legend of the Red Reaper". And I promise, the movie won't suck. And if it does, at least there will be lots of ass kicking.

Well Tara, I appreciate your hands-on approach to the publicity, and it's clear that you put a lot into this movie.
I'll probably see it if it plays in my town. It looks fun and I have a weakness for sword-wielding women in medievalish settings.

Agreed, props to Tara for stopping by. Hoping it opens in Austin so I can check it out.

Did you hear the rumor about Rachael McAdams being cast as the Black Cat in the next Spiderman movie? I would fully support that casting, she'd be great! I love to see the intelligent actresses getting to play superheroines with more than just their sex appeal.



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