Quarterly Gossip, Rumors & Dates for Upcoming Movies
— by Night Flier
Upcoming entertainment and why you might want to see it.
Special note on this issue: Due to the Covid-19 crisis many movies have been given delayed release dates. This means the list below is very light, and subject to change after it has been posted.
In the Stream:
Netflix: The Old Guard On 7/10 Charlize Theron leads a group of immortal mercenaries.
Disney+: Artemis Fowl will not get a theatrical release now, instead it will be released to streaming on 6/12.
On the Big Screen:
No movies of note released!
A psychological thriller starring Russell Crowe as a man pushed beyond his limit. Why: Russell Crowe usually plays interesting characters, this looks to be no exception.
Christopher Nolan (Dark Knight trilogy, Inception) is keeping the story line for this sci-fi action adventure a secret, but it deals with the concept of inverted time. Why: Have you seen any of Nolan’s movies?
Live action version of the Disney classic. Young Chinese maiden disguises herself as a warrior to save her father. Why: The animated version was good, this should be equally good but less silly.
14 Wonder Woman 1984
Wonder Woman’s story jumps from 1917 to 1984. Why: The first Wonder Woman was the best of the DC movies so far. Plus, I really like the music in the trailer, hope they keep it in the movie.
21 Bill & Ted Face the Music
William “Bill” S. Preston, Esq. and Theodore “Ted” Logan are back for an adventure to seek the song that will bring harmony to the universe. Why: Party on, dudes!
28 The New Mutants
Five young mutants just discovering their abilities are held in a secret facility against their will. Why: Marvel and Fox are working together on this one, so we may actually get a decent mutant movie.
Gossip, Rumors and Other Guesses
Netflix: Remember the arcade game Dragon’s Lair? How much fun do you think it would be if the main character were played by Ryan Reynolds? If Netflix has its way, we may just find out!
CBS All Access: The streaming side of the broadcaster has given the green light to the series Star Trek: Strange New World starring Anson Mount, Ethan Peck and Rebecca Romijn reprising their roles as Pike, Spock and Number One.
At the Box Office:
Remakes & Sequels:
It is official, Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarök) will direct and co-write a Star Wars movie. Release date not yet announced.
If Sylvester Stallone has his way, we will be seeing a Demolition Man 2 in theaters in the future. He feels now is a good time for a sequel to the 1993 movie.
George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road) will be making an Imperator Furiosa movie but without Charlize Theron. I wish him luck.
Something completely different:
Tom Cruise, known for doing his own stunts, is looking to make the first action movie placed and filmed in outer space! Cruise is reportedly in talks with SpaceX and NASA to help with the project.
Even though it’s just been a few months so far, the Covid-19 crisis has had a big effect on theatrical film-making as we know it. In the short-term, movie releases and production has been delayed. But this will pass and most of these movies will be filmed and released, just not on the dates we expected.
The longer lasting effect may be how films are released in the future. Warner Brothers has stated they are reviewing the whole release model and are expecting big changes. We also see Disney transferring movies slated for theatrical release to streaming, and rumors of Sony selling Greyhound (starring Tom Hanks) to Apple TV+ for $70 million. Will we see other future projects being sent to streaming instead of a theatrical release? Will this become a common practice with only the ‘tent pole’ movies appearing in the theater? Time will tell.
Night Flier’s Pick
I have been writing “Coming Soon” for several years now, and never did I think I would list June as “no movies of note released”, but even with this unusual event, July and August have some great movies scheduled.
I am really looking forward to Tenet and hope they can keep the 7/14 release date. Christopher Nolan has made some great movies, and I think Tenet will be another one of his memorable stories.