Here are 10 films we're excited to see in 2013

Oscar Diggs’ (James Franco) hot air balloon sails

Oscar Diggs’ (James Franco) hot air balloon sails over the landscape of the Land of Oz (Credit: Oscar Diggs’ (James Franco) hot air balloon sails over the landscape of the Land of Oz.)

As is usually the case in Hollywood, 2013 will offer lots of sequels. Many big franchises are getting new installments next year. But that doesn't mean Hollywood is solely in the retread business. In 2013, we'll be getting some familiar friends back in the form of yet another Superman, an old-time Western hero and young lady with a bow. But we'll also get to see a classic literary work on the big screen and a brand new take on Oz.

Here are some of the films we're excited to see in 2013:

'Oz: The Great and Powerful'
March 8
Director Sam Raimi takes you to Oz in this film about magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco), who arrives in the magical land and is thought to be a great and powerful wizard. But three witches - played by Mila Kunis (Theodora), Rachel Weisz (Evanora) and Michelle Williams (Glinda) - aren't so sure.

'The Great Gatsby'
May 10
Let's offer a hearty welcome back to writer/director Baz Luhrmann as he makes his return to film (his first since "Australia" in 2008) with this ultramodern adaptation of the classic novel, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan.

'Star Trek: Into Darkness'
May 17
In the sequel to J.J. Abrams' epic "Star Trek" film, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the rest of the Enterprise crew members are back, on a new mission against an evil menace played by Benedict Cumberbatch.

'Man of Steel'
June 14
And here's yet another Superman. Young up-and-comer Henry Cavill dons the tights and cape for this new take on the superhero, which is directed by the overrated Zack Snyder and produced by David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan. The producers are behind the Batman trilogy, of course, so let's hope for the best!

'World War Z'
June 21
Zombies, zombies everywhere! If you're not yet sick of the shambling monsters, this adaptation of Max Brooks' novel - written for the screen by "Lost" executive producer Damon Lindelof and starring Brad Pitt - should be your zombie apocalypse movie of the year.

'The Lone Ranger'
July 3
The "Pirates of the Caribbean" team of director Gore Verbinski and star Johnny Depp reunite in the Old West for this film adaptation of the popular radio and television show (from when your parents or grandparents were young) about a masked cowboy (Armie Hammer) and his Native American sidekick Tonto (Depp) riding for justice. Hi-yo, Silver! Away!

'Pacific Rim'
July 12
Monsters and people in giant robots fighting them - what more could you possibly ask for? Creatures come from the sea and it's up to humans controlling enormous battle armor to save the world. Kind of like "Godzilla" meets "Real Steel." Guillermo del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth," "Hellboy") directs, so it will probably be amazing.

'Oldboy'
Oct. 11
Spike Lee remakes this brutal Korean film (which itself was based on a Manga series) about a guy who finds himself trapped in a prison for 15 years, but doesn't know why. And he only has 5 days to figure it out. Starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen and Samuel L. Jackson.

'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'
Nov. 22
The adventure of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) continues, as she has to face the Quarter Quell, which probably means something to people who have read the book. I haven't, but the first film was awesome, so I'm on board. You should be too.

'The Wolf of Wall Street'
2013
The "Boardwalk Empire" team of director Martin Scorsese and writer Terence Winter tell the real-life story of Jordan Belfort, who served prison time for not cooperating with an investigation into a Wall Street securities fraud case. The all-star cast includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Kyler Chandler and Jean Dujardin.

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Other sequels we're excited for:

'G.I. Joe: Retaliation'
March 29

'Iron Man 3'
May 3

'Monsters University'
June 21

'The Wolverine'
July 26

'Thor: The Dark Worlds'
Nov. 8

'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'
Dec. 13

'Anchorman: The Legend Continues'
Dec. 20

Tags: ENTERTAINMENT , SCOTT A. ROSENBERG

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