We’d be the last to discourage anyone who’s excited about this summer’s films, but we must admit the harsh truth: The really big news in blockbuster movies isn’t happening until next summer. Here’s a glimpse of 1997’s sequel-laden season-to-be.
Batman and Robin The fourth Batman blowout will mark George Clooney’s first appearance and Chris O’Donnell’s second in the title roles, but to add some box office insurance to a series that’s grossed over $1 billion worldwide, director Joel Schumacher has also attracted Arnold Schwarzenegger (Mr. Freeze), Alicia Silverstone (Batgirl), and Uma Thurman (Poison Ivy).
The Lost World Jurassic Park co-screenwriter David Koepp’s estimated $1.5 million salary for this sequel is the most ever paid for an adapted screenplay. Julianne Moore and Jeff Goldblum fend off businessmen with designs on cloning dinos for hunting. (A guy named Spielberg will direct.)
Alien: Resurrection Sigourney Weaver returns as a Ripley doppelganger who teams up with android Winona Ryder. The fourth Alien installment will have to vastly outperform Alien 3’s $56 million domestic gross to recoup its $70 million budget.
Speed 2 Keanu Reeves, Jan De Bont, and Sandra Bullock (who got a raise from $500,000 to $11 million) return, and this time the action takes place on a cruise ship.
Deep Rising Sharing the water with Speed 2 will be sea-creature fighter Treat Williams in this effects-heavy Poseidon Adventure-with-tentacles adventure from Disney.
Starship Troopers In need of a manly hit after Showgirls, Paul Verhoeven directs a troop of TV stars (including ER’s Michael Ironside and Doogie Howser, M.D.’s Neil Patrick Harris) who do battle with Earth-invading bugs. TriStar and Disney, in an unusual arrangement, will cofinance the high-cost film.
Face Off Reuniting Broken Arrow’s John Woo and John Travolta, this futuristic drama features Nicolas Cage as a criminal who swaps faces — literally — with Travolta’s city cop. Bet Cage wouldn’t mind swapping salaries, too; he’ll get $6 million to Travolta’s estimated $20 million.