Adolytsi gave me a heads up that the latest edition of the 1,001 Movies book has an entry on the U.S. Amazon site. It will be a hardcover book, so that means it will be published in the U.S. The release date is October 1, 2015. I checked Amazon UK, but there is no entry there yet for the softcover version which gets published in that country.
Adolytsi observed that this year instead of having a single image on the cover, they have multiple smaller images of movie posters, all of which seem to be ones in the list. Assuming this to be the case, he was able to derive from the cover the following movies being added:
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Theory of Everything
In addition, the text of the Amazon page also mentions The Grand Budapest Hotel being in it.
Only one of these is a surprise to me. Birdman and Ida are givens considering they won the Oscar for Best Picture and Best Foreign Language Film. Winners of these two categories in past years have always been added.
Boyhood was also a given just from the way it was made – filmed for a week or two over a dozen years so that we see the characters age. The Grand Budapest Hotel was both a fan favorite and a critical darling, so that doesn’t surprise me. And The Theory of Everything is not unexpected since the main editors of the books are UK-based and have shown a bias towards UK-centric stories when it comes to new additions. I might have thought The Imitation Game would have been selected over this, but maybe both will be chosen.
That brings me to Guardians of the Galaxy. First, let me say that I greatly enjoyed this movie and consider it second only to the first Avengers movie among all comic book based films. It was my number one film of 2014. (You can read my review here.)
Despite this, I am surprised to see it make the newest edition since the history of the editors picking the new films is to NOT select any movies from this genre. The only film like this ever added is The Dark Knight. And that was added to only a single other comic book entry – the earlier Batman (1989).
Not even the first Avengers movie made the list, despite the fact that it became the second or third highest grossing film in movie history (depending on how you count Titanic, which was re-released just to push it back ahead of Avengers).
It seemed like if you weren’t a “creature of the night” like Batman or a vampire then the editors didn’t want you on the list. (There’s an inexplicable preponderance of vampire films picked for the list – seven of them, five of which are all based on the same Bram Stoker Dracula novel.)
Based on this history, both Adolytsi and I were pretty sure that Guardians would not get added. Both of us even tried to counsel a Letterboxd 1,001 Movies list commenter to not get his hopes too high because he was sure Guardians would be added because of its greatness. Assuming the book cover on Amazon indicates Guardians makes it then this marks a rare departure for the editors. Now if they would only give a little more weight to new animated films, too, since they are similarly underrepresented in each year’s additions.