15 Netflix Originals movies to look forward to in 2018
Tiresome awards season ceremonies, ongoing sexual harassment allegations, yet another RoboCop reboot (like the first remake didn’t flop enough). Yep, 2018 is shaping up to be a lot like last year, and we’re not even through the first month. But fret not Film Daily readers, because we’ve got some good news to get those smile muscles flexing!
Recently Netflix announced it will be spending a whopping $8 billion on content this year, meaning the streaming giant will be releasing a lot of movies. There’s going to be zombies, spies, murders, cults, terrorist attacks, and post-apocalyptic settings aplenty – all in all, we’ve got a very dark year ahead. Yay!
Release date: February 23
Duncan Jones is back with a noir sci-fi he’s been trying to make ever since he put out Moon. Starring Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood), Justin Theroux (American Psycho), and Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Mute is set in the seedy underbelly of Berlin, and the stills look very Blade Runner-esque. What’s not to love?
Release date: April 13
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) plays the lead in this true-story drama about evangelist Carlton Pearson, who is ostracized by his church for preaching that there is no hell. Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival this week, critics argue this is
Release date: June 1
Hold the Dark is a crime-thriller based on William Giraldi’s novel of the same name, following writer Russell Core (Jeffrey Wright) who is hired by the parents of a missing six-year-old boy to track down and locate their son in the vastness of the Alaskan wilderness. Expect death, crime, wolves, and a lot of freakin’ snow.
Release date: June 8
Netflix bagged this post-apocalyptic zombie-thriller in a multi-million dollar deal. The flick, Ben Howling & Yolanda Ramke’s collaborative debut, is based on their viral short film which follows a father trying to save his child in the wake of a violent pandemic. Oh yeah, and the producers of The Babadook are getting involved. Basically, expect all the scares.
Release date: June 15
Based on Uri Bar-Joseph’s bestselling novel The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel, this spy-thriller from director Ariel Vromen (The Iceman) tells the true story of Ashraf Marwan, a high-ranking Egyptian official who became perhaps the most famous spy in the Middle East.
Release date: July 27
Theo James (Underworld Awakening) becomes a contender for on-screen father of the year in David M. Rosenthal’s How It Ends, portraying a man who will stop at nothing to get home to his pregnant wife on the other side of the country, in the midst of a mysterious apocalyptic event. An unbelievable example of how to bag serious brownie points.
Release date: September 21
It’s no easy task turning infertility into a comedy, but director Tamara Jenkins does a pretty good job of it in her first film since acclaimed Sundance hit The Savages. Telling the story of a couple, played by Paul Giamatti (American Splendor) and Kathryn Hahn (I Love Dick), struggling to conceive, critics have described it as both “touching and bittersweet”.
Release date: September 28
We won’t be seeing the follow up to The Raid 2 anytime soon, but director Gareth Evans is not dossing about. In his new period thriller, Thomas Richardson (Dan Stevens) travels to a remote island to take on the murderous religious sect that kidnapped his sister (Lucy Boynton). However, it soon becomes clear that the cult will regret the day it baited this man. Revenge is a dish best served with a serious dose of badass
Release date: TBC
Arguably one of the most anticipated films of 2018, pioneer and restless innovator of film Orson Welles’ unfinished masterpiece The Other Side of the Wind is being restored and completed by Netflix. Welles started to shoot the Hollywood satire — which is populated with an Oscar-winning cast — in 1970 but died before it could be finished, leaving behind 1,080 reels of footage for the streaming giant to string together. Trust Welles to be wowing even beyond the grave.
Release date: October 19
In the newest offering from John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks), Bonnie and Clyde meet their match in the shape of Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves) and Woody Harrelson (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), playing two Texas Rangers who help to put an end to the robbery spree of the infamous criminal couple. “They can’t stop us”? Think again . . .
Release date: October 26
Director Dan Gilroy will reunite with Nightcrawler stars Rene Russo and Jake Gyllenhaal for this genre pic set in the contemporary art world of Los Angeles. The details surrounding the project remain shrouded in mystery, although Gilroy did say, “It’s opening Halloween next year, that will give you some indication what kind of movie it is.”
Release date: November 2
This notably SEO-unfriendly titled film directed by Paul Greengrass (the Bourne series) is a real-life drama about the 2011 Norwegian terrorist who murdered 77 people in the country’s deadliest attack since WW2. Although the film details the horrific violence inflicted by right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik, it will also show how Norway united as a nation following the attack.
Release date: November 23
David Mackenzie’s back to put Braveheart in the shade with this historical action-drama that digs into the story of Robert the Bruce and the Wars of Scottish Independence. If you love gore, then this will be right up your alley, with the film set to feature some of the bloodiest battle scenes in the history of cinema. Expect to see horses being sliced in half, soldiers drowning in bogs, and dogs feasting upon rotting corpses. Gulp.
Release date: November 30
Another film with an air of mystery and intrigue surrounding it is the next feature from Noah Baumbach, following on from the director’s successful collaboration with Netflix on The Meyerowitz Stories. Although the plot details are unknown at this time, we do know he’s taking on an all-star cast including Adam Driver (Logan Lucky), Laura Dern (Jurassic Park), and Scarlett Johansson (Lost in Translation). So if you like famous people and love Baumbach, then keep your eyes peeled for this one.
Release date: December 21
Written by Eric Heisserer (Arrival) and starring Sandra Bullock (Gravity) in the lead, this thriller follows a woman and a pair of children who are blindfolded and forced to walk through a post-apocalyptic setting along a river. Sounds lovely, despite all the end of the world doom and gloom, doesn’t it? This’ll definitely be one for anyone who likes to avoid the Christmas spirit.