2019 was a great year for movies with films like Avengers: Endgame smashing all the box office records and Joker scoring major wins at the prestigious Academy Awards.
But if you thought that 2019 was “just amazing”, then you would be blown away with what 2020 has to offer.
Here is a tempting list of upcoming Hollywood movies in 2020.
Revised Released Date – August 26, 2020
The Dark Knight, Inception, and Dunkirk director Christopher Nolan remain one of the only filmmakers on the planet with enough clout to get a studio to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on a totally original franchise. His latest is Tenet, “an action epic evolving from the world of international espionage”.
Unfortunately, the ever-secretive Nolan has decided to play his cards even closer to his chest than usual, because we know very, very little about Tenet. “Time-inversion,” whatever that means, is a significant plot device, and BlacKkKlansman’s John David Washington plays a James Bond-like leading role.
Revised Released Date – September 4, 2020
Disney has a massive back to the back catalog of some incredible animated classic films turned into live-action movies. After the successful run of films like Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo, and Aladdin, Disney is set to release Mulan, the 1998 story of a young woman in Imperial China who pretends to be a man to join the army.
The main role is played by Chinese/American actor and pop star Liu Yifei and will be directed by Niki Caro. Mulan is releasing on online platform Disney+ for $30.
8. A Quiet Place Part II
Revised Released Date – September 4, 2020
A Quiet Place Part II is still trending as one of the most anticipated horror movies of 2020. Like Cinema’s most notable Part II film (the godfather), it picks up straight after the events of the first film but also flashes back to fill in some prequel gaps. While A Quiet Place original film started in the aftermath of a sound-seeking alien invasion, Part II will show us what happened on Day One (as seen in the recent trailer).
Emily Blunt, as you would expect, is returning, with John Krasinski primarily behind the camera due to his character’s fate in Part I. Will a post-apocalyptic horror seem scarier this time around? Almost certainly.
7. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
Expected Released Date – September 11, 2020
The third entry in the James Wan-created universe The Conjuring series, The Devil Made Me Do It, sees Ed and Lorraine Warren return for a case revolving around a man on trial for murder who says he is innocent as he was possessed by a demon at the time. The previous two Conjuring movies have been based on actual cases from the notes of the paranormal hunting couple, but it’s not clear if any of this has any grounding in actual fact.
Whether it’s as realistic as The Nun or not, though, it’s still exciting to see Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return for the official third entry in the series. Chaves is no stranger to horror. He was responsible for The Curse of La Llorona about a folklore monster who wants to steal your children. Given that movie’s tepid horror, let’s hope Chaves is just getting warmed up.
6. The King’s Man
Expected Released Date – September 16, 2020
After Kingsman: The Secret Service announced the arrival of a fun new spy saga, follow-up The Golden Circle fell a little flat. Matthew Vaughn, the director gets a chance to reinvigorate the series (based on Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons’ comic book series) by going back to the early 20th century in this prequel – we’re thinking of it as The League of Extraordinarily Tailored Gentlemen.
Visiting the origin story of the titular undercover organization provides a chance to roll out a lot of famous actors playing even more famous historical figures like Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson playing Lord Kitchener, and other famous actors from the original series. Expect ridiculous gadgets, over-the-top action, and plenty of innuendoes.
5. Wonder woman 1984
Expected Released Date – October 2, 2020
A sequel to Wonder Woman was pretty much inevitable following the first movie’s rave reception. The first installment of the film dealt with Diana being a part of the first world war, but the second film will pick up from 1984 (as the title suggests). Thanks to being immortal, Diana hasn’t aged a day. This time around she’ll be facing the perils of the Cold War and (we’re guessing) Rubik’s Cubes and New Romantics, as well as a new villain in the form of Kristen Wiig’s Cheetah.
Actress Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins are both back in action, as is Chris Pine, despite the fact, his Steve Trevor didn’t make it out of the first movie alive. Is he a figment of Diana’s imagination or is there another better reason for him to show up in a shopping mall in some very white trainers? We’ll have to wait and see…
4. Death on the Nile
Expected Released Date – October 9, 2020
There has been another murder – and there’s only one person who can solve what happened. Don’t make those wild guesses, we are definitely talking about Kenneth Branagh’s Hercule Poirot.
The cast for Branagh’s follow up to Murder on the Orient Express has another stellar cast, including Gal Gadot, Letitia Wright, Armie Hammer, Annette Bening, and other famous actors. And if that’s not enough to have you excited about this adaptation of Death on the Nile, then we’re not sure what will.
3. The French Dispatch
Expected Released Date – October 16, 2020
Wes Anderson returns with The French Dispatch – the director’s first output since 2018’s Isle of Dogs – centers on a group of journalists working for an American newspaper outpost based in a fictional French City. The cast features a mixture of Anderson favorites and newcomers: Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Léa Seydoux, Owen Wilson, and Tilda Swinton star alongside Timothée Chalamet, Benicio del Toro, and Jeffrey Wright.
Its trailer has all of the hallmarks we expect from a Wes Anderson film; bright colors, flat line delivery, and meticulously stylized shots. And, of course, we cannot wait for this hopefully whimsical affair.
2. No Time to Die
Expected Released Date – November 12, 2020
After the departure of original director Danny Boyle and an injury to leading man Daniel Craig, No Time to Die, AKA Bond 25, has taken its time getting to the big screen. Hopefully, it‘s a case of better late than never, however, because this will mark Craig’s last outing in the tuxedo before he hands back his license to kill.
Plot details are unsurprisingly scarce, but we do know that the movie kicks off in Jamaica, with Bond enjoying some R&R after the events of Spectre. Reports have indicated that a new 007 – played by Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel) – will bring Bond back into the fray, with Bohemian Rhapsody actor Rami Malek acting as the main villain. Ana de Armas (Blade Runner 2049) will also appear in the movie, with Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, and Jeffrey Wright all returning. Behind the camera, True Detective and Maniac director Cary Fukunaga becomes the first American to helm an official Bond movie, while Fleabag creator/star Phoebe Waller-Bridge is on the writing team.
Expected Released Date – December 18, 2020
Frank Herbert’s sci-fi novel, Dune was supposedly unfilmable or as we all perceived but David Lynch’s ambitious but flawed attempt to film it in 1984 shook some opinions, though not majorly. However, if anyone can get an adaptation right it’s Arrival director Denis Villeneuve, the man who directed the excellent Blade Runner 2049.
He’s lined up an impressive cast to tell the story of double-dealing and skullduggery on the desert world of Arrakis, the source of the valuable “spice” that makes interstellar travel possible.
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