The last adventure of James Bond postponed since last spring, the Matrix fourth installment, Lebron James’ debut in the sequel to Space Jam, the updated version of Dune and the return of Wes Anderson, The French Dispatch, are just some of the premieres planned for the new year, a season that was born under great uncertainty and in which nobody knows when it will be safe to fill theaters again.
Will we see the new West Side Story in the cinema or in our homes? The review of the legendary musical by Steven Spielberg could have its projection on the big screen guaranteed because it will not be released until next Christmas but the way is not as clear for James Bond: No Time to Die (April), Black Widow (May), Fast and Furious 9 (May) or Jurassic World: Dominion (June).
To shed a little light on this maze, Warner Bros. it has been the fastest study to make a move, since throughout 2021 and until the coronavirus ceases his films will be released both in theaters and on streaming. A practically fatal blow to ensure that he releases his films.
So far no study, except Netflix, had dared to release a blockbuster in cinemas and the Internet at the same time. The famous ‘distribution window’ in which tapes waited three months before reaching the domestic market was scrupulously adhered to. But on Christmas day everything changed: Disney and Pixar released directly by the Disney + Soul platform, one of the animated films of the year, and Warner Bros brought Wonder Woman 1984 to HBO Max.
The strategy of the former was punctual, that of the latter was the inauguration of the method by which HBO Max will host all the studio’s films in 2021: Godzilla vs. Kong, In the Heights, Space Jam: A New Legacy, The Suicide Squad, Dune and Matrix 4, among others. The same day they hit theaters, they will be available on the streaming service for 30 days.
On the other side of the coin is Disney, which continues to bet on cinemas. At the moment, Mulan and Soul has only released on Disney +, and his next film, Raya and the Last Dragon, will follow that model. For now, Marvel fans will see Black Widow (May) and The Eternals (November) in theaters, according to the company’s plans. Also, Pixar’s visit to the Italian Riviera with Luca (June) and Encanto’s trip to Colombia (November) keep their exclusive premiere on the big screen.
Hollywood’s obsession with giving new life to its classics will remain intact. In 2021 a new version of West Side Story will arrive under the direction of Steven Spielberg and it will not be the only jewel of the seventh art that will be renewed. Denis Villeneuve will return to the classics of science fiction with a new Dune, starring the best of today’s Hollywood: TimothéeHamlett,Sundaya, Oscar Isaac, JasonMotora, Javier Bardem and Charlotte Rampling. Tom Cruise to return to Top Gun more than 30 years later with a sequel.
And outside of “remakes” there will still be space for continuations of sagas like Ghostbusters, Jurassic World, Fast and Furious, Matrix, Minions, James Bond and Tomb Raider.
Beyond the commercial circuit, in February it will be Frances McDormand’s turn with Homeland, a film that has praised critics who have already seen it and that sounds like a favorite for the Oscars. The Kings Man will arrive in March while there is no date yet to delve into Wes Anderson’s picturesque universes with The French Dispatch, though it will likely be before Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic takes center stage this fall.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.