2020 has pretty much been a horror show so far and the Hollywood movie industry is still trying to figure out how to cope with the ongoing global crisis. Part of their response has been to make films available to the home market earlier than they usually would, while others saw their opening weekends getting delayed. That being said, there’s still lots to be excited about going forward!
Artemis Fowl by Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh, Dame Judi Dench, and Josh Gad all worked together on 2019’s Murder on the Orient Express and reunite once more to work on this popular fantasy book series.
Artemis Fowl is a 12-year old mastermind-in-the-making, descended from a long line of expert criminals. He finds himself engaged in an epic battle against a race of powerful subterranean sprites who may be behind the disappearance of his father.
With the date getting shaken up due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, Disney decided to skip Artemis Fowl’s theatrical release altogether. They’ve decided to take the film directly to their Disney+ streaming service instead.
It’s set to go live on June 12.
Tenet by Christopher Nolan
This action epic revolves around international espionage, evolution, and time travel. Details are thin on the ground, but it may be about a man trying to prevent World War III through time travel and rebirth.
Directed by Christopher Nolan, Tenet stars John David Washington, Elizabeth Debicki, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Robert Pattinson, and Kenneth Branagh takes a turn on the other side of the camera.
The trailer for Tenet became available in mid-December but its cryptic enough to ensure no one really knows what to expect! It’s only opening on the 17th of July this year, so we’ll have to make do with debates on Instagram, exchanging ideas on Facebook, and chatting on New Zealand bingo sites until the truth gets revealed!
Wonder Woman 1984 by Patty Jenkins
Kirsten Wiig, of Bridesmaids fame, climbs aboard Wonder Woman 1984 as the villain Cheetah in the sequel to the smash-hit first film released in 2017.
Gal Gadot reprises her role as the Amazonian princess in action set during the Cold War of the 1980s. Happily, Chris Pine is back as Steve Trevor, the main love interest, despite his death in the first film, and we get to watch how it all goes down come August 14th.
Antebellum by Christopher Renz and Gerard Bush
In Antebellum, a successful author suddenly finds herself in a horrifying alternate reality, possibly set in the American South during the Slavery era, and must figure out how to break free. Starring Eric Lange, Jack Huston, Janelle Monáe, Jena Malone, and Kiersey Clemons, we get to find out how she fares when the 21st of August rolls around.
The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard by Patrick Hughes
In this follow-up, Salma Hayek, who plays Sonia, the hitman’s wife, needs rescuing, so Ryan Reynolds’ Michael and Samuel L. Jackson’s Darius team up once more to save her. We can see how things go for the group when the film drops on August 28.