More than 160 new films will be released in the four months from May to August, during which time Film Distributors’ Association (FDA) anticipates at least 60 million cinema visits, practically equivalent to one per person in the UK population. In the equivalent period of 2012 there were 58.5 million visits, but cinemagoing patterns then were influenced by the unprecedented summer of sporting and cultural events.
A range of movie icons has been revitalised and brought back to the cutting-edge of cinema for today’s audiences. Eagerly awaited summer appearances include Man of Steel starring Henry Cavill as this generation’s Superman/Clark Kent; The Lone Ranger presenting Armie Hammer in the title role, Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp as Tonto; The Wolverine starring Hugh Jackman – the most iconic character in the X-Men stable; and the latest voyage for the Enterprise crew in Star Trek Into Darkness directed by JJ Abrams.
The summer line-up includes the latest works by some of the world’s most stylish and accomplished filmmakers, including Sofia Coppola (The Bling Ring), Baz Luhrmann (The Great Gatsby), Robert Redford (The Company You Keep), M Night Shyamalan (After Earth), Neil Jordan (Byzantium), Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha), Pedro Almodóvar (I’m So Excited) and Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim).
For lovers of state-of-the-art cinematic spectacle and adventure, the season promises titles such as300: Rise of an Empire, Kick-Ass 2, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Michael Bay’s Pain and Gain. Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park makes its debut in digital-3D.
Action-packed releases filmed partly in the UK include Fast & Furious 6, RED 2 and World War Z.
The summer’s big comedies include a trio of British films: The World’s End directed by Edgar Wright;Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa bringing the favourite Radio Norwich DJ to cinema screens for the first time; and All Stars, a feel-good family outing with Theo Stevenson, Kimberley Walsh and Ashley Walters.
Melissa McCarthy, who made a lasting impression in Bridesmaids (2011), stars this summer both in the epic finale to the hit comedy franchise, The Hangover Part 3, with Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis, and in The Heat alongside Sandra Bullock, the latest comedy from her Bridesmaids director, Paul Feig.
Among the summer crop of animated adventures are Despicable Me 2, with the voices of Steve Carell and Al Pacino making his debut in an animated movie; and Pixar’s Monsters University, reuniting the voices of Billy Crystal and John Goodman. This is a prequel to Monsters, Inc. which grossed £37.9 million on its UK cinema release in February 2002, even today retaining a place in the all-time top 40 chart.
The importance of the summer season is evident in the fact that, in 2012, seven of the fifteen highest-grossing releases of the year were launched in the summer (May-August), including The Dark Knight Rises, Ted, Ice Age: Continental Drift and The Amazing Spider-Man.
Check out the round up trailer for Summer 2013 in Cinema: