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02.01.2017by: Alex Maidy

2017 Universal Studios Preview

2016 was not a bad year for Universal Studios. Benefitting greatly from their partnership with Illumination Entertainment, Universal rode the box office hits THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS and SING to $1.4 billion at the domestic box office. While JASON BOURNE did well at the box office, films like THE HUNSTMAN: WINTER'S WAR and WARCRAFT failed to kickstart the franchises the studio was hoping for, but in 2017 there are lots of potential hits. From a new chapters in the FAST AND FURIOUS and DESPICABLE ME franchises along with new films from Blumhouse, Universal is hoping for 2017 to be the year their iconic monsters are reborn starting with THE MUMMY.

Check out the full slate of 2017 films coming from Universal Studios and let us know which you are looking forward to in the comments below.

A DOG'S PURPOSE (January 27th)

Bailey (voiced by Josh Gad) is a dog whose life is shown from his birth to his death and to his reincarnation through different dog breeds.

Starring Britt Robertson, Dennis Quaid, K. J. Apa, Josh Gad, Peggy Lipton and Juliet Rylance. Written by Audrey Wells and directed by Lasse Hallström (HACHI),

FIFTY SHADES DARKER (February 10th)

Following the events of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, Anastasia "Ana" Steele tries to move on from her relationship with Christian Grey. A wounded Christian convinces her to resume their romance under Ana's conditions. As the couple begins their normal relationship, Christian's past threatens to tear the couple apart.

Starring Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Kim Basinger, Luke Grimes, Eloise Mumford, Bella Heathcote and Marcia Gay Harden. Written by Niall Leonard. Directed by James Foley (GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS).

THE GREAT WALL (February 17th)

European mercenaries searching for black powder become embroiled in the defense of the Great Wall of China against a horde of monstrous creatures.

Starring Matt Damon, Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe and Andy Lau. Written by Doug Miro and Tony Gilroy. Directed by Zhang Yimou (HERO, HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS).

GET OUT (February 24th)

A young African American man visits his white girlfriend's diverse family estate only to learn that many of its black residents have gone missing, and he soon learns the horrible truth when another frantic African-American warns him to "get out". He soon learns this is easier said than done.

Starring Daniel Kaluuya, Catherine Keener, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford and Caleb Landry Jones. Written and directed by Jordan Peele (KEANU).

THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS (April 14th)

With Dom and Letty on their honeymoon, Brian and Mia having retired from the game, and the rest of the crew exonerated, the team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom into a world of crime he cannot seem to escape, causing him to betray those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before.

Starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kurt Russell, Scott Eastwood, Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren. Written by Chris Morgan. Directed by F. Gary Gray (STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON).

STEPHANIE (April 28th)

Stephanie is a young girl who was abandoned by her parents in their home. With only a toy turtle to talk to and surviving off peanut butter, there is also a dark supernatural force watching over Stephanie. When her mother and father return, the entity gets angry and spins out of control with Stephanie in the middle.

Starring Anna Torv, Frank Grillo, Kenneth Choi and Shree Crooks. Written by Ben Collins. Directed by Akiva Goldsman (A WINTER'S TALE).

THE MUMMY (June 9th)

Thousands of years ago, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, was mummified and entombed in an ancient tomb buried deep beneath the desert. She was awakened in the contemporary world, bringing with her a malevolent grudge that has grown over millennia and terrors that will defy all of humanity.

Starring Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance and Russell Crowe. Written by Jon Spaihts and Christopher McQuarrie. Directed by Alex Kurtzman (PEOPLE LIKE US, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS).

DESPICABLE ME 3 (June 30th)

Gru faces off against Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who grows up to become obsessed with the character he played in the '80s; and gets into some sibling rivalry when he meets his long lost twin brother, Dru.

Starring the voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Steve Coogan, Julie Andrews and Trey Parker. Written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda.

GIRL TRIP (July 21st)

The film tells the story of four lifelong friends who travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Music Festival, where sisterhoods are rekindled and wild sides are rediscovered.

Starring Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Larenz Tate and Mike Colter. Written by Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver. Directed by Malcolm D. Lee (UNDERCOVER BROTHER).

AMERICAN MADE (September 29th)

American Made tells the story of Barry Seal, a TWA pilot who is recruited by the CIA to help counter the emerging communist threat in Central America. Seal's role in this major CIA covert operation led in turn to his involvement with the Medellin cartel, which ultimately embarrassed the Reagan White House after the Iran-Contra scandal became public.

Starring Tom Cruise, Sarah Wright, Domhnall Gleeson, Jayma Mays and Jesse Plemons. Written by Gary Spinelli and directed by Doug Liman (EDGE OF TOMORROW).

THE SNOWMAN (October 13th)

Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman.

Starring Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Toby Jones, J.K. Simmons, and Jakob Oftebro. Written by Matthew Michael Carnahan and directed by Tomas Alfredson (TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY).

INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 4 (October 20th)

The fourth entry in the INSIDIOUS franchise.

Starring Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, and Angus Sampson. Written by Leigh Whannell and directed by Adam Robitel (THE TAKING OF DEBORAH LOGAN).

LET IT SNOW (November 22nd)

Three separate stories intertwine with each other as teens experience a huge snow storm during the Christmas season

Cast and crew TBA.

PITCH PERFECT 3 (December 22nd)

Third entry in the box office hit musical comedy franchise.

Starring Anna Kendrick, Anna Camp, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, and Hailee Steinfeld. Written by Kay Cannon, Mike White, and Dana Fox. Directed by Trish Sie (STEP UP: ALL IN).

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