Who: Gary Ross (director), Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson
What: A dark fantasy film that explores daily life in America if American Idol were replaced with a psychotic and brutal televised ritual where young people are pitted against each other and looked upon by a panel of crazies.
Why: WithHarry Potterover andTwilightwinding down, Hollywood needs a new series to wean young audiences on. Enter:The Hunger Games.
Who: Barry Sonnefield (director), Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin
What: A secret government agent travels back in time in search of his old partner and some good jokes, having exhausted all of them in the present day.
Why: Will Smith hasn't released a movie since 2008 (guess Seven Pounds not breaking $100 million convinced him to focus on other things) and there appears to be still worldwide affection for the franchise.
Who: Peter Jackson (director), Martin Freeman, Ian Holm, Ian McKellan
What: A band of vertically-challenged friends, with the help of a wizard, quest for some jewelry.
Why: The actors, the sets, the personnel -- everything is in place. And high hopes remain that Jackson's heart is in the right place, too, and that his passion for Middle-earth hasn't diminished after so many years spent on the films.