The coronavirus pandemic has set in motion many changes over the course of the year, including a drop in the number of movie premiers. Film fans and casual movie goers everywhere have lost the ability to head to the theater and have had to get their cinema fix while sitting at home. For some, that’s been the optimal scenario, but we’ll all be thankful when theaters open back up and we can dig into a good movie and some buttery popcorn. The list of films that were supposed to premier over the course of the pandemic is long and sure to provide ample entertainment when theaters reopen. Let’s take a look at some of those films:
NO TIME TO DIE is the latest James Bond film that was supposed to premier in March 2020 but was pushed back until 2021. The film explores Bond’s departure from active service which doesn’t last long when an old friend from the CIA appears asking Bond for help. The trail leads Bond to a mysterious villain with access to dangerous technology. Classic Bond.
WONDER WOMAN 1984, the sequel to 2017’s action film starring Gal Gadot, was set to release in June of 2020, but has tentatively been pushed to December 2020. Following the death of Steve Trevor, Wonder Woman must prepare to face off against two new foes: The Cheetah and Max Lord.
CANDYMAN is a horror film directed by Jordan Peele set to release in August of 2021 after the initial plan for a 2020 premier fell through. A sequel to the 1992 movie of the same name, this next chapter sees the murderous Candyman head back to Chicago, the place where the legend began.
Perhaps the quirkiest movie on this list, Wes Anderson’s THE FRENCH DISPATCH follows a European publicist who decides to publish a memorial of the most interesting stories of the past decade. Among the stories are an artist with a life sentence and a kidnapping case solved by a chef. Originally scheduled for release in June of 2020, a new premier date has not yet been set.
Originally set to premier in late September, THE MANY SAINTS OF NEWARK surely will appeal to history buffs and prospective mobsters. It explores Tony Soprano and the early formative years of his life as a New Jersey gangster. A thought provoking drama directed by Alan Taylor, this one is sure to stick with the audience when it releases in early March 2021.
THE BEATLES: GET BACK, a music documentary about, you guessed it, The Beatles, moved from its September 4th premier to late August 2021. Following the production of their hit song “Let It Be,” the never-before-seen footage promises to provide a Beatles experience unlike any other.
FREE GUY, produced by and starring Ryan Reynolds, was originally scheduled for release in June of 2020 and has since been pushed to December of the same year, although there is a chance it’s pushed even further back into 2021. Realizing he is a character in an open world video game, a bank teller named Guy, played by Reynolds, must figure out what to do after hearing that his game is soon going offline. It’s sure to provide that mindlessly hilarious comedy that Ryan Reynolds has mastered, and although it lacks a rating, it’s sure to attract audience members of all ages.
For all the Marvel fans out there, BLACK WIDOW is set to release on May 7th, 2021. Following the hero who has been with The Avengers since the beginning, Natasha Romanoff (Scarlet Johansson) must fight for her life against the crumbling U.S.S.R. government and a formidable new villain, The Taskmaster.
The fourth installment in one of the most well known horror franchises of all time, THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT was initially set for release in September of 2020, but has since been pushed to June 4th, 2021. The film follows franchise stars Ed and Lorraine Warren in the most dangerous and horrifying journey of their lives and casts an interesting light on the American legal system when demonic possession is claimed as a defense in a murder case.
DUNE, a science fiction thriller based on the Frank Herbert novel of the same name will debut in early October of 2021. It follows the galaxy’s most vital element, and the son of a noble family who must protect it at all costs. Actors Jason Momoa, Zendaya, Timothée Chalamet, and Josh Brolin are sure to attract masses of fans come opening day.
The ever evolving FAST AND FURIOUS series brings us the ninth installment in the form of F9, a thriller which sees Cypher enlist the help of Jakob in a battle against Jakob’s own brother, Dom. With Charlize Theron and Vin Diesel, it is set to release on May 28th, 2021.
GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE was originally set to premier in early July of 2020 but was pushed back until June 11th, 2021. An absolutely loaded cast including Finn Wolfhard, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray, and Paul Rudd will see their characters discover a connection to the original ghostbusters and a secret legacy left behind by a founding member.
As Marvel begins to take the next steps after the conclusion of Phase 3, they take a more mature approach with MORBIUS, a thriller/horror that unleashes a villainous vampire called Morbius who has a bloodthirsty desire to take down Spider-Man. This darker installment in the MCU is set to premier on March 19th, 2021.
More than 30 years after the first installment, TOP GUN: MAVERICK sees Tom Cruise once again strap into his flight boots and helmet as he continues to avoid the advancement in rank that would release him from his duties as a pilot. Premiering in early July of 2021, this film has potential to be one of the biggest of the year.
Perhaps 2021 will be one of the most legendary film years in history considering the list of slated movies ready to drop. Either way, theater openings are sure to attract huge numbers as we continue to navigate the Coronavirus pandemic. There’s a lot to look forward to next year.