5. The Accountant – October 14, 2016
After being saddled with the troubled-production of Jane Got A Gun, director Gavin O’Connor is hoping to return to prominence with The Accountant. Distributed by Warner Bros. whose new best friend in the whole wide world is Batman a.k.a. Ben Affleck, the movie stars Affleck as a genius mathematician who moonlights as an assassin.
The cast is as impressive as with most O’Connor productions with Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal and John Lithgow bolstering up the ranks. The Accountant’s understated trailer has us intrigued more than excited, but expect great things from O’Connor, and having Affleck lead one of his movies feels like a match made in heaven.
6. Keeping Up With the Joneses – October 21, 2016
We weren’t sure whether or not to put this on the list because it’s very very loosely based on an early 20th century comic-strip from the New York World Magazine that would poke fun at class disparity. The comic-strip faded into obscurity even though its themes still feel topical to this day. So, taking the class-warfare angle and running with that, we have the director of Superbad, Adventureland and Paul behind the camera for this of-the-moment comedy… with secret agents.
The premise: Zack Galifianakis and Isla Fisher are the Gaffney’s, and next door moves Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot as the Jones’. The Jones’ seem to be absolutely perfect in every way, but that’s because they’re a husband & wife spy duo leaving the more down-to-earth Gaffney’s caught in their espionage-heavy lifestyle. We got a really funny trailer a few weeks ago and this looks set to be one of the better original comedies coming out before year’s end.