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01.16.2017by: Alex Maidy

2017 Lionsgate Preview

Lionsgate continues to struggle in finding a replacement for THE HUNGER GAMES. 2016 didn't provide quite the box office power for the smaller studio but they still managed to gross $664 million thanks to films like BOO! A MADEA HALLOWEEN and THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT. Towards the end of the year, Lionsgate entered the awards season fray with such contenders as HACKSAW RIDGE and DEEPWATER HORIZON. 2016 looks like it could produce a couple of new franchise starters in POWER RANGERS and MY LITTLE PONY amongst some other intriguing titles.

Check out Lionsgate's 2017 slate and let us know which flicks you are most looking forward to.

JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 (February 10th)

Legendary hitman John Wick is forced back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins' guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome, where he squares off against some of the world's deadliest killers

Starring Keanu Reeves, Common, Laurence Fishburne, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ruby Rose, John Leguizamo, and Ian McShane. Directed by Chad Stahelski.

ROCK DOG (February 24th)

Bodi, a wide-eyed Tibetan Mastiff, is expected to become the next village guard to a group of fun-loving, country-side sheep, but fears he doesn’t have the passion to assume the role from his dad, Khampa. Everything changes when a radio literally falls out of the sky and Bodi hears a song by rock legend Angus Scattergood, opening his heart to a musical world he must explore.

Starring the voices of Luke Wilson, Eddie Izzard, J. K. Simmons, Lewis Black, Kenan Thompson, Mae Whitman, Jorge Garcia, Matt Dillon and Sam Elliott. Directed by Ash Brannon.

THE SHACK (March 3rd)

A grieving man receives a mysterious, personal invitation to meet with God at a place called "The Shack."

Starring Octavia Spencer and Sam Worthington. Directed by Stuart Hazeldine.

POWER RANGERS (March 24th)

A group of high-school kids, who are infused with unique superpowers, harness their abilities in order to save the world.

Starring Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G, Ludi Lin, Bill Hader, Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Banks. Directed by Dean Israelite (PROJECT ALMANAC).

WONDER (April 7th)

A young boy born with a facial deformity is destined to fit in at a new school, and to make everyone understand he's just another ordinary kid, and that beauty isn't skin deep.

Starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay. Directed by Stephen Chbosky (THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER).

HOW TO BE A LATIN LOVER (April 28th)

Finding himself dumped after 25 years of marriage, a man who made a career of seducing rich older women, must move in with his estranged sister, where he begins to learn the value of family.

Starring Kristen Bell, Salma Hayek, Raquel Welch, Michael Cera and Rob Lowe. Directed by Ken Marino (WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER).

THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD (August 18th)

The world's top bodyguard gets a new client, a hit man who must testify at the International Court of Justice. They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time.

Starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek. Written by Tom O'Connor and directed by Patrick Hughes (THE EXPENDABLES 3).

GRANITE MOUNTAIN (September 22nd)

A drama based on the elite crew of men who battled a wildfire in Prescott, Arizona in June 2013 that claimed the lives of 19 of their members.

Starring Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, James Badge Dale, Jeff Bridges, Taylor Kitsch and Andie McDowell. Written by Ken Nolan (BLACK HAWK DOWN) and directed by Joseph Kosinski (TRON LEGACY, OBLIVION).

MY LITTLE PONY (October 6th)

When a dark force threatens ponyville and the Mane 6, they go on a journey to the end of equestria to save their beloved home and they meet new friends and dangerous challenges along the way.

Starring the voices of Emily Blunt, Liev Schrieber, Michael Pena, Taye Diggs, Sia, and Kristen Chenoweth. Directed by Jayson Thiessen.

THE COMMUTER (October 13th)

A businessman is caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home.

Starring Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Sam Neill, Jonathan Banks and Patrick Wilson. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (NON-STOP, UNKNOWN).

SAW: LEGACY (October 27th)

The serial killer known as Jigsaw returns with more elaborate ways to kill those who he finds guilt in this seventh sequel in the SAW franchise..

Starring: Tobin Bell. Directed by Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig (PREDESTINATION).

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