In recent years, reboots, remakes and sequels have littered movie releases like stale popcorn on the cinema floor. 2017 is no different - we're getting additions to some absolute cult classics that could see millions of fans crying out in either terror or joy.

Here are four films that, if mishandled, could make Trump's inauguration and triggering Article 50 seem like high points of the coming year. Plus one film I'm not actually that worried about.


Blade Runner 2049

Of all the sequels this year, Blade Runner 2049 is the one I want both the most and the least. Villeneuve has promised us the same existential brooding and crisis, and judging by the trailer and concept art, it will no doubt deliver right down to the rain-soaked streets and towering neon billboards.

The beauty of Blade Runner is its subtlety so the addition of Jared Leto, who has become about as sophisticated as a condom in the post, makes me anxious. Despite details being kept firmly under wraps, everything except Jared Leto makes me think that the Blade Runner 2049 will treat its legacy with the respect it deserves.

Blade Runner is released on 6th October (USA).


T2: Trainspotting

With Trainspotting, Danny Boyle gave us an instant cult classic and made us all grateful that not even the foulest festival bog will be as bad as the Worst Toilet in Scotland, but a sequel never really felt necessary.

Loosely based on Irvine Welsh's 2002 novel Porno, which even Danny Boyle described as "not a great book", T2 sees Mark Renton return to Edinburgh after 20 years in Amsterdam. Perfectly timed for the height of '90s nostalgia and clearly trying to recapture the wired, frenetic energy of the first film, this might actually be a sequel that lives up to its predecessor.

T2: Trainspotting is released on 27th January.


Alien: Covenant

Replacing the "DURRRRRRs" that have plagued every sci-fi action trailer since Prometheus with Aurora's haunting version of 'Nature Boy', the trailer promises a return to the taut action of the early franchise. In fact, it seems that Alien: Covenant will be more of a prequel to Alien than the sequel to Prometheus.

Unfortunately, I've been burned one too many times by the Alien franchise. As much as the trailer teases all the Alien hallmarks - facehuggers, sinister androids and corridor creeping - interviews the Ridley Scott have indicated that the films risks getting bogged down in the existential funk that plagued Prometheus. When it comes to the Alien films, I really don't care about the origins of humanity, I just want to see the universe's most perfect organism in a deathmatch with a badass female lead.

Alien: Covenant is released on 19th May.


Wonder Woman

DC has been Marvel's sidekick since pretty much day one of their foray into film. But with Wonder Woman, it looks like DC could actually deliver where Marvel has so far failed spectacularly - giving us a female-led superhero movie with a credible story to tell.

There's not an awful lot of capital behind this film - both Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad were uniformly terrible - so my expectations aren't concerned with whether it will mar a much-loved legacy (although I fully appreciate there are a lot of comic book fans out there who will be). The trailer indicates the film could be as beautiful as it is exhilarating, and with the wit that audiences have come to expect from the superhero genre. My worry is how DC will handle (the other) Princess Di herself - we're not only getting a female-driven film, but also our first queer female hero.

Wonder Woman is released on 2nd June.


Star Wars: Episode VIII

The height of expectation surrounding Episode VIII is taller than Captain Phasma standing on a Stormtrooper's shoulders, and yet I'm not worried about it at all, I'm just excited. The Force Awakens and Rogue One showed that Disney have firmly closed the door on George Lucas, trade embargoes and Jar Jar Binks. Rumours that Hayden Christensen will be returning as Anakin Skywalker have so far been unsubstantiated, much to the disappointment of no one, ever.

Star Wars: Episode VIII is released on 15th December.