2017 Sony Preview

Last Updated on August 3, 2021

Sony still seems to be reeling from the aftershocks of their email scandal a couple of years ago. With the prospect of losing the James Bond franchise to another studio and only two films that crossed the $100 million mark at the box office this year, including the controversial GHOSTBUSTERS and the critically maligned THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE, Sony is hoping that 2017 will be a chance for them to regain some market share on top of their 2016 total of $911 million at the box office. With a couple of reboots, their first SPIDER-MAN movie after partnering with Marvel Studios, and the long in development THE DARK TOWER, this could be a great year for Sony.

Take a look at what Sony has to offer in 2017. Let us know which movies you are looking forward to in the talk backs below.

JUMANJI (December 22nd)

In a brand new Jumanji adventure, the tables are turned as four teenagers are sucked into Jumanji’s world – pitted against rhinos, black mambas and an endless variety of jungle traps and puzzles. To survive, they’ll play as characters from the game: meek Spencer becomes a brave explorer; hulky jock Fridge becomes a tiny genius; It-girl Bethany becomes a bookworm professor; and unathletic Martha becomes an amazonian warrior. To beat the game and return to the real world with their lives, they’ll have to start seeing things in an entirely different way.

Starring Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, and Kevin Hart. Written by Chris McKenna (Community, American Dad!) and Jeff Pinkner (THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2). Directed by Jake Kasdan (BAD TEACHER, SEX TAPE).

HE’S OUT THERE (December 1st)

On vacation at a remote lake house, a mother and her two young daughters must fight for survival after falling into a terrifying and bizarre nightmare conceived by a psychopath.

Starring Yvonne Strahovski. Directed by Dennis Iliadis (THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT).

THE STAR (November 10th)

A small but brave donkey and his animal friends become the unsung heroes of the first Christmas.

Voice credits to be announced. Directed by Timothy Reckart (HEAD OVER HEELS, ANOMALISA).

FLATLINERS (September 29th)

Medical students experiment on “near death” experiences that involve past tragedies until the dark consequences begin to jeopardize their lives. A remake of the 1990 Joel Schumacher film.

Starring Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, Ellen Page and Kiefer Sutherland. Directed by Niels Arden Oplev (THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, Mr. Robot).

THE SOLUTREAN (September 15th)

A story of survival set 20,000 years ago during the last Ice Age. After a hunting expedition goes awry, a young caveman struggles against the elements to find his way home.

Starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Leonor Varela and Natassia Malthe. Written by Dan Wiedenhaupt (OPEN GRAVE). Directed by Albert Hughes (BOOK OF ELI, FROM HELL).

CADAVER (August 25th)

When a cop who is just out of rehab takes the graveyard shift in a city hospital morgue, she faces a series of bizarre, violent events caused by an evil entity in one of the corpses.

Starring Shay Mitchell, Stana Katic, Grey Damon, and Nick Thune. Directed by Diederik Van Rooijen.

BABY DRIVER (August 11th)

After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.

Starring Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey, and Eiza González. Written and directed by Edgar Wright (THE WORLD’S END).

THE EMOJI MOVIE (August 4th)

Gene, a muli-expressional emoji, sets out on a journey to become a normal emoji.

Starring the voices of T.J. Miller, Ilana Glazer, James Corden, Tom Kane, Stephen Wright and Rob Riggle. Directed by Tony Leondis (LILO & STITCH 2).

THE DARK TOWER (July 28th)

Based on the epic novel by Stephen King. Jake Chambers is a young 11-year-old adventure seeker who discovers clues about another dimension called Mid-World. Upon following the mystery, he is spirited away to the land Mid-World where he encounters the lone frontiersman knight Roland Deschain who is on a quest to reach the “Dark Tower” that resides in End-World and reach the nexus point between time and space that he hopes will save Mid-World from extinction. But with various monsters and a vicious sorcerer hot on their trail, the unlikely duo find that their quest may be difficult to complete.

Starring Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor, Katheryn Winnick, Jackie Earle Haley and Fran Kranz. Written by Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner. Directed by Nikolaj Arcel (A ROYAL AFFAIR).


Following the events of Captain America: Civil War,Peter Parker, with the help of his mentor Tony Stark, tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens, New York City with fighting crime as his superhero alter ego Spider-Man as a new threat, the Vulture, emerges.

Starring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, Marisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr. Written by Jonathan M. Goldstein & John Francis Daley (HORRIBLE BOSSES) and directed by Jon Watts (COP CAR).

ROCK THAT BODY (June 16th)

Five friends from college reunite when they rent a beach house in Miami for a wild bachelorette weekend that goes completely off the rails when a male stripper turns up dead.

Starring Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, and Zoë Kravitz. Written and directed by Lucia Aniello (Comedy Central’s Broad City).


Smurfette attempts to find her purpose in the village. When she encounters a creature in the Forbidden Forest who drops a mysterious map, she sets off with her friends Brainy, Clumsy, and Hefty to find the Lost Village before the evil wizard Gargamel does.

Starring the voices of Demi Lovato, Mandy Patinkin, Jack McBrayer, Danny Pudi, Joe Manganiello and Rainn Wilson. Directed by Kelly Asbury (SHREK 2).

LIFE (March 24th)

The six-member crew of the International Space Station is tasked with studying a sample from Mars that may be the first proof of extra-terrestrial life, but which proves to be more intelligent than expected.

Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Olga Dihovichnaya, Ariyon Bakare, Hiroyuki Sanada and Ryan Reynolds. Written by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese (DEADPOOL). Directed by Daniel Espinosa (CHILD 44, SAFE).


20 years after the previous film, Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to Scotland to make amends with his friends, Daniel “Spud” Murphy (Ewen Bremner) and Simon “Sick Boy” Williamson (Jonny Lee Miller), whilst avoiding the psychopathic Francis “Franco” Begbie (Robert Carlyle), who has recently been released from prison.

Starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, and Robert Carlyle. Written by John Hodge (TRAINSPOTTING). Directed by Danny Boyle (TRAINSPOTTING).

PATIENT ZERO (February 17th)

After an unprecedented global pandemic has turned the majority of humankind into violent “Infected,” a man gifted with the ability to speak the Infected’s new language leads the last survivors on a hunt for Patient Zero and a cure.

Starring Matt Smith, Natalie Dormer, Stanley Tucci, Agyness Deyn and Clive Standen. Written by Mike Le. Directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky (ANATOMY).


Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began – The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.

Starring Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Shawn Roberts, Ruby Rose, Eoin Macken, William Levy, and Iain Glen. Written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson.

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