As the film industry reached a global stalemate due to the coronavirus pandemic, industry professionals and cinema buffs held their breath. Now the movie reels are beginning to turn once again and postponed release dates are re-emerging to everyone’s delight.
Although some flicks still won’t make it over the threshold in 2020, here are ten that, with a bit of luck, will hit the big screen with a bang as planned.
Release date: July 17, 2020
Directing big-hitter Christopher Nolan is determined to bring this original franchise to our screens on its original release date. We can hear the dollar signs ringing from here. With very little info about the plot being released we are poised to see what John David Washington’s James Bond-like leading role bring to the table in what’s being dubbed as,“an action epic evolving from the world of international espionage”. With a sterling supporting line-up including the legendary Michael Caine, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Kenneth Branagh, and more, will it live up to the hype?
Release date: July 24, 2020
Disney is well on its way to working through its back catalog and transforming them into live-action epics. After the success of the likes of Dumbo and Aladdin, Mulan is next up and will be directed by Niki Caro. Taking up the role is Liu Yifei with Rogue One’s Donnie Yen starring as her mentor Commander Tung, and Jet Li as the Emperor.
Bill & Ted Face the Music
Release date: August 21, 2020
Could this be the injection of feel-good that we all so desperately need? Thanks to the return of William S. Preston Esquire and “Ted” Theodore Logan our sense of humor may be salvaged. This long-awaited follow-up to Excellent Adventure and Bogus Journey reunites stars Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves, creators Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson. Roll on August we say.
A Quiet Place Part II
Release date: September 4, 2020
John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place Part II has carved out a new release date that will see the Abbott family face the terrors of the outside world as they fight for survival in silence. Emily Blunt returns with Krasinski now behind the camera (you need to watch part I to understand why!) Set to be the thriller of the year, we are all in.
The French Dispatch (2020)
Release date: October 16
Wes Anderson returns to tell the story of a group of journalists working for an American newspaper outpost based in a fictional French City. The cast is quite something and includes Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Léa Seydoux, Owen Wilson, and Tilda Swinton alongside Timothée Chalamet, Benicio del Toro, and Jeffrey Wright. Expect all of the beloved idiosyncrasies of Anderson’s signature style at play.
Godzilla vs. Kong
Release date: November 19, 2020
Think of a more epic battle: Godzilla vs Kong — we’ll wait… Adam Wingard brings all of the primal power in the 4th installment in the Monsters-Verse series. Expect explosive CGI action and sound design.
No Time to Die
Release date: November 12 (UK), November 25 (US)
The Bond movie said to be cursed, No Time to Die, aka Bond 25, has already stumbled on its way to the big screen. Marking Craig’s last outing as 007, we hope it’ll be worth the headlines – and the wait.
Release date: December 11, 2020
Ryan Reynolds stars as the eponymous non-playable character (NPC) Guy, who suddenly finds himself as an actual video game character. The game is due to be closed down and it falls on the lead to and one of the game’s developers (played by Jodie Comer) to win out.
Coming 2 America Part 2
Release date: December 18, 2020
We never thought we’d actually see the day that Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall would reunite to create a follow up to one of the most classic comedies of all time – but they have! This time around, Murphy’s former Prince Akeem Joffer is about to become King of Zamunda when he discovers he has a son back in Queens in America – the street-savvy Lavelle, played by Jermaine Fowler. Excited much?
Top Gun: Maverick
Release date: December 23, 2020
Tom Cruise is the movie machine that never lets up and he is proving his longevity with this follow up to the original Top Gun 34 years later. This time Pete “Maverick” Mitchell is an instructor at the eponymous San Diego flight school, where he meets trainee pilot Bradley Bradshaw who happens to be the son of Maverick’s late co-pilot Goose. Val Kilmer also returns as Iceman. Now that’s what we call cool.