This year is truly shaping up to be a fantastic year for Hollywood movies. Several major releases have already happened, and there are many more yet to come. As usual, there are likely a few movies that aren’t generating any buzz or gaining any attention that will end up coming out of nowhere, but trying to predict those is impossible.

2013 seems like it will be another year of sequels to well established franchises, and one of the most anticipated early films of the year certainly fits this mold. “A Good Day to Die Hard” brings Bruce Willis back to the role of John McClane yet again, this time to go on an overseas adventure with his son.

Robert Downey Jr. will also make his return as Tony Stark in another one of this year’s most anticipated films, Iron Man 3. In what seems to be a trend at this point, Iron Man 3 will be a dark third part, forcing Tony Stark to deal with his demons and a villain that is far worse than the ones he has faced in the past.

Yet another extremely anticipated film for 2013 is the long-awaited sequel to 2010’s reboot to the Star Trek franchise. After JJ Abram’s Star Trek film did far better than anyone expected, work immediately began on a sequel, and after spending time with other projects, Abrams finally got around to filming it. There has been a lot of mystery swirling around the film, and very few people know what it’s about, even though its release is not all that far away.

Although not necessarily a sequel, Hollywood has decided to take yet another swing at “The Great Gatsby“, with an all star cast including Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. The story remains the same as it ever was, but the title has been delayed over and over again, making its emphasis on 3D seem extremely strange.

At this point, it might seem like Hollywood is just going to pump out a ton of sequels and remakes this year, but there are some interesting takes on old ideas as well. For example, Sam Raimi is creating a prequel to the Wizard of Oz called “Oz the Great and Powerful“, which depicts the arrival of the wizard in Oz, focusing in on his origin story. There look to be quite a few connections to the original movie, while providing a modern take on the world.

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