Quarterly Gossip, Rumors & Dates for Upcoming Movies
— by Night Flier
Upcoming entertainment and why you might want to see it.
Due to the ongoing Covid crisis some of the dates for theatrical releases may change. See “Stray Thoughts” below.
In the Stream:
FX and Hulu: 9/02 What We Do in the Shadows (season 3)
Prime Video: 11/19 The Wheel of Time (season 1)
Adult Swim/Crunchyroll: 10/14 Blade Runner: Black Lotus
Paramount+: 2021? Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
On the Big Screen:
03 Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Another Marvel CU movie. Why: If you want to catch them all you should see this one also.
10 The Card Counter
A gambler sets out to reform a young man seeking revenge on a mutual enemy from their past. Why: Not the usual fare for my movies list but does star Oscar Isaac and Willem Dafoe.
08 No Time to Die
Why: The first line of the trailer says it all “Name? Bond, James Bond”…
15 The Last Duel
Based on actual events about France’s last sanctioned duel. Why: Directed by Ridley Scott, starring Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.
15 Venom: Let There Be Carnage
Why: While not MCU, Tom Hardy did well the last time.
22 Last Night in Soho
A girl finds herself transported back to 1960’s London, but it is not just a simple step back. Why: A little bit of time travel and ghost story mixed together.
Based on the popular book by Frank Herbert. Why: Directed by Denis Villeneuve, starring Rebecca Ferguson, Jason Momoa, Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, Javier Bardem, Stellan Skarsgard.
Another part of the MCU reveals itself, the Eternals have been guiding humanity for 7,000 years but never directly interfered until now. Why: If you are a MCU fan you need to see it.
19 Ghostbusters: Afterlife
Single mom and her two kids encounter ghosts in a small town and find their connection to the original Ghostbusters. Why: Many nostalgia movies worry too much about the nostalgia and forget the story. The trailer looks like they may have put some thought into the storyline.
24 Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (no trailer yet)
A reboot of a popular movie series that was based on a video game. Why: Can you get any more Hollywood than this?
Gossip, Rumors and Other Guesses
Prime Video: Good Omens is returning for a second season and will include Michael Sheen and David Tennant to reprise their roles. Neil Gaiman will also return as a showrunner. According to Gaiman, he and Terry Pratchett were working on a second book when Pratchett passed away.
Netflix: A Magic: The Gathering movie has been in the works for over a decade, but recently Netflix has obtained the rights and is promising a release date late 2022.
Remakes & Sequels:
Master and Commander has a prequel in the works, don’t expect to see Crowe and Bettany though, the story will show a young Aubery’s first command and meeting the naval surgeon Maturin.
New Line Cinema is returning to Middle Earth with an anime theatrical feature The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim. The story will show the bloody war of the legendary King of Rohan, Helm Hammerhand, from which the fortress gets its name.
If you have been around the group for a while, you may remember us going to movies in a big group. Two of the movies we caught were Kingpin (1996) and Dark City (1998). Neither did great at the box office, but I think most of us enjoyed them.
The Farrelly brothers are working on a sequel to Kingpin. No word yet if Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid, or Bill Murray will be involved.
Alex Proyas, the director of Dark City, is in the early stages of developing a TV series based on the world. While in the same world it will not attempt to rehash the story from the movie.
We have seen several movie release dates moved in the recent year, and it looks like it is not over. According to reports by Vulture it is suggested Venom: Let There Be Carnage will be delayed to January. There is also a chance Eternals will also be delayed depending on how well Shang-Chi does.
Night Flier’s Pick
It has been said the Dune series of books is to Science Fiction what Lord of the Rings is to Fantasy, so it’s no surprise that there is the same hope for the movies. Both have been long time favorites of mine! Keep in mind this movie is just the first half (give or take) of the first book. Depending on how well this movie does, we will get the second half later.
Director Denis Villeneuve, who also directed Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, has shown a skill at creating visually stunning and thought-provoking movies. The cast is a dream team of skilled actors you have seen many times before. This has the potential to be a great movie!
The past year has seen several movies delayed and new release strategies; Dune has been affected by both. First scheduled for December 2020 it is now releasing in October of 2021. Dune will also have a simultaneous release in theaters and HBOMax. The director of the movie is worried the dual release will hurt the movie’s gross and limit the chance for the second half of the book being made.
I can understand everyone’s concern about theaters right now, but if you feel you can safely attend, I would highly recommend seeing Dune in the theaters.
Be safe and be the unique you.