**This post has been updated as of March 7, 2021. 2020 has been fraught with peril. The least of which is the complete shakeup of the motion picture industry. That […]
**This post has been updated as of March 7, 2021.
2020 has been fraught with peril. The least of which is the complete shakeup of the motion picture industry. That said, this is a movie blog and we will therefore talk about how the current pandemic has impacted the movies.
One of the biggest setbacks the industry is experiencing is the inability to release films theatrically. Whether that’s because physical movie theaters have been ordered shut or because the studio invested too much money into an individual film that releasing said project digital only would be financial suicide. Either way, most of the higher-profile motion pictures that were originally slated to hit screens in 2020 have been pushed back to 2021 at the earliest. This has made for a giant headache for anybody silly enough to attempt to keep track of what movie is releasing when.
That’s why I’ve compiled an updated list of many of the bigger profile films on the horizon and their release dates. As new developments arise, I will update this list to include any and all changes as often as possible. I’ll also be adding newer films and their release dates as we move deeper into the calendar. I hope you find this useful!
Truffle Hunters┃March 12 (Sony Pictures Classics)
Synopsis: Deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy, a handful of men, seventy or eighty years young, hunt for the rare and expensive white Alba truffle-which to date has resisted all of modern science’s efforts at cultivation.
Nobody┃March 26 (Universal Pictures)
Synopsis: A bystander who intervenes to help a woman being harassed by a group of men becomes the target of a vengeful drug lord.
Godzilla vs. Kong┃March 31 (Warner Bros.)
Synopsis: The epic next chapter in the cinematic Monsterverse pits two of the greatest icons in motion picture history against one another – the fearsome Godzilla and the mighty Kong – with humanity caught in the balance.
Mortal Kombat┃April 16 (Warner Bros.)
Synopsis: A feature film adaptation of the classic fighting video game.
A Quiet Place Part II┃April 23 (Paramount Pictures)
Synopsis: Following the events at home, the Abbott family now face the terrors of the outside world. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realize the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats lurking beyond the sand path.
Black Widow┃May 7 (Walt Disney Pictures)
Synopsis: A film about Natasha Romanoff in her quests between the films Civil War and Infinity War.
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway┃May 14 (Sony Pictures)
Synopsis: Thomas and Bea are now married and living with Peter and his rabbit family. Bored of life in the garden, Peter goes to the big city, where he meets shady characters and ends up creating chaos for the whole family.
Free Guy┃May 21 (20th Century Studios)
Synopsis: A bank teller discovers that he’s actually an NPC inside a brutal, open world video game.
Army of the Dead┃May 21 (Netflix)
Synopsis: Following a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.
Spiral: From the Book of Saw┃May 21 (Lionsgate)
Synopsis: A sadistic mastermind unleashes a twisted form of justice in Spiral, the terrifying new chapter from the book of Saw.
Cruella┃May 28 (Walt Disney Pictures)
Synopsis: A live-action prequel feature film following a young Cruella de Vil.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It┃June 4 (Warner Bros.)
Synopsis: Ed and Lorraine Warren investigate one of the most sensational cases from their files, it starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they’d ever seen before, to mark the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defense.
In the Heights┃June 18 (Warner Bros.)
Synopsis: A feature version of the Broadway musical, in which a bodega owner has mixed feelings about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune.
Luca┃June 18 (Walt Disney Pictures)
Synopsis: On the Italian Riviera, an unlikely but strong friendship grows between a human being and a sea monster disguised as a human.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage┃June 25 (Sony Pictures)
Synopsis: Plot unknown. Sequel to the 2018 film ‘Venom’.
F9┃June 25 (Universal Pictures)
Synopsis: Cypher enlists the help of Jakob, Dom’s younger brother to take revenge on Dom and his team.
Top Gun: Maverick┃July 2 (Paramount Pictures)
Synopsis: After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete Mitchell is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him.
Shang-Chi & the Legend of the Ten Rings┃July 9 (Walt Disney Pictures)
Synopsis: The movie, based on Marvel Comics, will focus on Shang-Chi; ‘The Master of Kung-Fu’.
Space Jam: A New Legacy┃July 16 (Warner Bros.)
Synopsis: NBA superstar LeBron James teams up with Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Looney Tunes for this long-awaited sequel.
Cinderella┃July 16 (Sony Pictures)
Synopsis: A modern musical version of the classic fairy tale “Cinderella”.
The Night House┃July 16 (Searchlight Pictures)
Synopsis: A widow begins to uncover her recently deceased husband’s disturbing secrets.
Jungle Cruise┃July 30 (Walt Disney Pictures)
Synopsis: Based on Disneyland’s theme park ride where a small riverboat takes a group of travelers through a jungle filled with dangerous animals and reptiles but with a supernatural element.
That is the most updated release schedule up through January 2021. Obviously, with the pandemic, dates are always getting moved around. I will update this list as often as possible as well as extend it the further into the calendar we get. As of right now, are there any films you are just dying to lay your eyes on? Sound off in the comments below and let me and the rest of the movie loving world know your thoughts!