5 Must-See TV and Movie Trailers: ‘Emerald City’ and More

Emerald City - NBC

Emerald City | NBC

Trailers are as much a part of the movie-going experience nowadays as the films themselves. There’s something incomparably exciting about seeing what amounts to a two-minute sizzle reel of a release’s best scenes. It’s why trailer culture has proliferated into what it is today, and makes it so even the release date of a short teaser is a day to look forward to. In the spirit of this, our team gathers together the best the internet has to offer, delivering all the TV and movie trailers and teasers you can possibly handle in one place every week.

1. Emerald City

L. Frank Baum’s 1900 Wonderful Wizard of Oz novel has been adopted time and again, leading to a host of spinoffs in film, television, and even additional books by different authors. The latest adaptation promises to be the boldest one yet, coming to us originally from Siberia mastermind Matthew Arnold, and featuring a star-studded cast to boot. This new version, set to debut on NBC in 2017, falls in line with Hollywood’s recent fixation on “dark and gritty” reimaginings, a theme the first full-length trailer seems to confirm.

From the look of it, Emerald City is what happens when Game of Thrones combines with the classic Wizard of Oz story, updated for a modern audience. All this comes after years of being stuck in development hell. The saga began when Arnold pitched the idea to NBC back in 2014. Josh Friedman (The Sarah Connor Chronicles) was then brought on as the showrunner, before the show was canceled in 2015 due to creative differences with the network. Its cancellation was reversed soon after that, and a new creative team was brought on board. Now, the series will go ahead as planned, and the initial footage gives us plenty to get excited about.

2. The Mummy

Franchises have taken over Hollywood in a big way, and any studio that doesn’t have one of its own is likely to find itself left out in the cold. Universal understands this well, having already laid out a plan to turn their collection of copyrighted movie monsters into its own shared universe. It was thought that 2014’s Dracula Untold would kick things off, but after a disappointing box office return, it sent the studio back to the drawing board. Enter The Mummy, directed by Star Trek co-writer Alex Kurtzman, and starring Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe. Whether it will successfully get the franchise train rolling remains to be seen, but Universal is certainly hoping for the best, having already lined up solo movie follow-ups for The Invisible Man and Van Helsing among others.

3. The Flash and Arrow winter finales

It’s been an exciting week for The CW’s superhero universe, following the massively successful four-part crossover event. Now that it’s all wrapped up though, it’s now time for each individual series to return to their respective storylines. That means both The Flash and Arrow will be rolling out their winter finales, as they take a hiatus for the rest of the year.

The former will have Barry and Jay Garrick face off against the mysterious “god of speed,” Savitar, while the Green Arrow deals with a traitor in his ranks, culminating in a climactic showdown with the equally-enigmatic Prometheus. Combined, it should be another solid week for The CW’s collection of comic book series.

4. Sleight

Sleight may not be able to compete with big-budget studio blockbusters, but the film that absolutely astonished Sundance this year doesn’t need flashy special effects to set itself apart. Most critics who saw it earlier in 2016 label it as a thrilling cross between Chronicle and Iron Man, all while managing to operate on a shoestring budget. Unfortunately, we have to wait until next April to see it for ourselves, which itself is a damn shame. The first teaser for the film will have to suffice in the meantime, showing us a good deal of what’s to come for the much-anticipated indie flick.

5. The Belko Experiment

James Gunn is most known as the director behind Marvel’s smash hit, Guardians of the Galaxy. That said, his creative abilities extend far past the realm of superheroes, as evidenced by his latest film, The Belko Experiment. A tense psychological thriller, the story follows an office building on lockdown, with a mysterious voice offering a difficult moral challenge: Kill three of your coworkers, or six will die anyway. Naturally, things devolve from there, launching the office into complete Purge-like chaos. It’s interesting to say the least to see Gunn flexing his muscles outside of Marvel, and with a solid cast behind him here, it has all the trappings of an instant horror hit.

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