20 FILMS TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2020

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The 2010s has been one hell of a ride for the film industry, we saw Netflix go from a rent by-mail DVD service to become one of the largest streaming service of film media, the franchise tsunami that left us with the cinematic universes of the Harry Potter Series, Marvel Comics, Fast and Furious, DC, the return of the Star Wars and the Mission: Impossible Series. There was also Disney-Fox Merger and the foray of Amazon into the film industry and sequels, reboots and remakes been the in-thing in Hollywood. Then, there’s the #MeToo movement which rocked Hollywood, the domination of Superhero genre at Box Office and the increased diversity and acceptance but, amongst all of these we should not forget some of the films that were really impactful and in time would become pop culture references for our descendants, films like Marvel’s Infinity Saga, the DCEU’s rollercoaster movies and the Snydercut movement, Mad Max: Fury Road, Moonlight, Get Out, Roma, Joker, Bridesmaids, Christopher Nolan’s Batman’s Triology, Inception and Dunkirk, 12 Years a Slave, The Star Wars Reboot. Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse, Parasite and so much more.

We can’t know certainly how the next ten years is going to impact cinema but one thing we know for sure is that we have a whole awesome list of dope movies coming in 2020 and I am obliged to share with you my most anticipated list of some of these movies.

  1. Bad Boys for Life

Directed by: Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah

Starring: Will Smith and Martin Lawrence

Opening Date: January 17, 2020

It’s been 17 years since we last saw a Bad Boys movie and after all these years, we are finally getting another sequel. The buddy cop action comedy which was released in 1995 and followed by its sequel in 2003 was Michael Bay’s directorial debut and although it had mixed reviews with most critics rating it poorly, it still has nostalgic memories especially for those in their late twenties. It was announced in February 2018 that Michael Bay wouldn’t be returning to direct it but we would have in his place the Belgian duo, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah who directed movies like Black and Patser which had positive reception, we can rightly say that they will match Bay’s explosive signature.

 

  1. Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

Directed by: Cathy Yan

Starring: Margot Robbie, Jurnee Smollett-Ball, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Ewan Mcgregor

Opening Date: February 7, 2020

The last time we saw Margot Robbie take on the Harley Quinn character was Suicide Squad, a film which didn’t seat well with most DC fans, a film I rate a little higher than Justice League, but were Margot’s performance captivated our dear hearts. Now, we’ll be seeing her unleash mayhem as we saw in the trailer with her new DC’s all-ladies team of adventurers as they face Black Mask. The film directed by Cathy Yan will be the second superhero genre film directed by a woman.

 

  1. Sonic the Hedgehog

Directed by: Jeff Fowler

Starring: James Marsden, Ben Schwartz, Jim Carrey, Tika Sumpter, Neal McDonough.

Opening Date: February 14, 2020

If you played a lot of videogames while growing up, you would surely have come across the Japanese videogame, Sonic the Hedgehog, the anthropomorphic blue hedgehog who battles the evil Doctor Eggman. Well, this game is getting a movie adaptation cum Valentine’s day, 2020 although originally scheduled for November 8, 2019 but due to the overwhelming negative reviews of Sonic’s design in the first trailer, the release date was delayed to make room for the redesign. A new trailer which was released on November 12, 2019, garnered a far more positive reaction from fans and media outlets praising the redesign, effects and humour. This film would be Jeff Fowler’s directorial debut.

 

  1. A Quiet Place II

Directed by: John Krasinski

Starring: Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds, Cillian Murphy, Djimon Hounsou.

Opening Date: March 20, 2020

One of the most insane films from 2018 and a personal best, A Quiet Place is returning with a sequel helmed by John Krasinski, starring his wife, Emily Blunt, as it follows up with the Abbott family after the events of the first film. The plot is not clear yet but from experience, we know that John Krasinski has prepared us for one hell of a ride and I am not sure about you but I am certainly ready. After watching A Quiet Place, I left subconsciously aware about any little sound I made, oddly this feeling was very funny to me and I hope to feel the same way again.

 

  1. Mulan

Directed by: Niki Caro

Starring: Yifei Liu, Jet Li, Donnie Yen, Gong Li.

Opening Date: March 27, 2020

One of the highlights of cinema in this past decade was Disney’s live-action remake of some of its animation classics which birthed The Lion King and Aladdin, Disney is also ushering us into the new decade with another remake, Mulan. Directed by Niki Caro of North Country and Whale Rider and featuring a host of Chinese legends, we are possibly looking at another Disney movie trying to make another billion at the global box office and this is the perfect film to do so riding on the backs of the acclaimed House of the Mouse and the muscle power of the Chinese box office, a demographic the film ought to appeal to.

 

  1. The New Mutants

Directed by: Josh Boone

Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt,Alice Braga

Opening Date: April 3, 2020

In this new decade, we’ll be getting to see a studio do a horror take on the superhero genre, the film The New Mutants will be based on the Marvel Comics team of the same name. The film premise says that five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their wills and would have to fight to escape their past and save themselves. There’s no news right now asserting if it’s connected to the wider X-Men universe but screenwriters are looking at exploring this in more sequels.

  1. No Time To Die

Directed by: Cary Fukunaga

Starring: Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Rami Malek, Naomie Harris, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch

Opening Date: April 8, 2020

This is no time to die but you could say it’s probably a time to retire; April 8 of 2020 will go down in history as the fifth and final feature of Daniel Craig as our beloved 007 in the 25th instalment in the James Bond series. The premise of the film places it five years after the happenings of Spectre where we saw the capture of Ernst Stavro Blofeld and James Bond has left active service. From the trailer, we can infer that recent Best Actor winner, Rami Malek is reported to play the villain and it’s implied that Lashana Lynch will play a newer 007 who may have to relinquish her famous code number back to Bond when comes out of retirement. It could be that we have a successor to Daniel Craig in the person of Lashana.

 

  1. Black Widow

Directed by: Cate Shortland

Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Rachel Weisz

Opening Date: May 1, 2020

Black Widow would be the first film to kick off Marvel’s Phase 4; the film is set after the event of Captain America: Civil War, the film sees Natasha Romanoff on the run and is then forced to confront her past. In the trailer, viewers get to get their first view of Red Guardia, the Russian super-soldier counterpart to Captain America and Yelena Belova’s Black Widow played by Midsommar’s queen, Florence Pugh. The trailer seems to suggest that the film is going to be more about the Red Room, the black widows training facility rather than just about Natasha. We would also see R. Downing Jr. reprising his MCU role as Ironman and William Hurt as Thaddeus, I hope Hawkeye is thrown in the mix and we finally get to see happened in Budapest.

 

  1. Fast and Furious 9

Directed by: Justin Lin

Starring; Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, Chris Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, John Cena, Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron, Michael Rooker.

Opening Date: May 22, 2020

By now, we all know its full throttle to the 9th movie in the crime/adventure/anti-terrorism/car racing/family centric Fast and Furious movie series. Much information hasn’t be revealed as to the premise of the film but nine films into this series and we most definitely know what to expect. Charlize Theron is set to reprise her cyber-terrorist role as Cypher from the last film and Ozuna and Cardi B have been cast in undisclosed role, I hope it’s much more than a cameo.

 

  1. Wonder Woman 1984

Directed by: Patty Jenkins

Starring; Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig

Opening Date: June 5, 2020

In WW 84, we have Gal Gadot as Diana Prince in a sequel 2017’s Wonder Woman returning to the big screen. The premise places Wonder Woman in conflict with Maxwell Lord and Cheetah, while reuniting with her undead love Steve Trevor. If you have seen the trailer, you would know for certain there was a lot of improvement in the special effects and the fighting sequence, if you are still not enthusiastic for the film at least take it from me who feels that her abilities were watered down, there’s considerable improvement but I can’t speak for the swinging on lightening part (as of the writing of this article, I am still goggling to see if that’s possible), and with Warner Bros’s DCEU new modus operandi of handling we would probably be seeing WW84 retcon Wonder Woman’s involvement in BvS and Justice League so I don’t think we would be getting any other major DC character crossover. According to director Patty Jenkins, there’s a Wonder Woman spin-off film in development focusing on the Amazons of Themyscira.

 

  1. Top Gun: Maverick

Directed by: Joseph Kosinski

Starring: Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Val Kilmer, Jay Ellis, Miles Teller, Monica Barbaro.

Opening Date: June 26, 2020

After 34 years! I repeat after 34 years, we are finally getting a sequel to Top Gun. 34 years since Tom Cruise first took to the skies as Maverick. After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. When he finds himself training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen. Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it.

 

  1. Free Guy

Directed by: Shawn Levy

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Taika Waititi, Jody Comer, Joe Keery, Lel Rel Howery.

Opening Date: July 3, 2020

In the open world video game Free City, Guy is a non-player character (NPC) working as a bank teller in a violent, open-world video game. Ryan Reynolds stars as Guy who becomes self-aware and he decides to take his destiny into his own hands and save the game before the developers shut it down. Typical of almost every Ryan Reynolds’s film these days, expect a whole lot of sarcasm and over-the-top action sequences in this awesome looking, special effects-driven action comedy.

 

  1. Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Directed by: Jason Reitman

Starring: Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Paul Rudd

Opening Date: July 10, 2020

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is the direct sequel to Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989) and Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts from the original films are reported to be returning for this sequel. Set 30 years after Ghostbusters II, a family moves to a small town, where they discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secrets their grandfather left behind.

 

  1. Tenet

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Starring: John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Michael Caine, Kenneth Branagh.

Opening Date: July 17, 2020

We finally got the first trailer for Christopher Nolan’s next movies, a trailer which sent half of the internet buzzing in December, and though it’s cryptic enough that we kind of don’t know what’s going on but we would all agree that it is connected with time travel and espionage but knowing Christopher we could toss in memory manipulation into that mix. Denzel Washington’s son, John David Washington is set to play the main character, many suggest he is an agent that is able to experience time both forwards and backwards, maybe-ish we would only know by July 17.

 

  1. Morbius

Directed by: Daniel Epinosa

Starring: Jared Leto, Jared Harris, Adria Ajona, Matt Smith, Tyrese Gibson.

Opening Date: July 31, 2020

Morbius is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, a Spidey villain who suffers from a rare blood disease and inadvertently becomes afflicted with a form of vampirism in a misguided attempt to cure himself. We would be looking at Sony’s second attempt to decentralize their grasp from the Spider-man character after their success with Tom Hardy’s Venom in 2018. In the title character role would Jared Leto, academy award winner and the most hated Joker after his ‘misunderstood’ portrayal of Joker in Suicide Sqaud but nevertheless, Jared is immensely talented and often goes deep into his characters and we can expect him to deliver a good performance, one hell of a performance that he has already teased.

 

  1. The King’s Man

Directed by: Matthew Vaughn

Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, Djimon Hounsou, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Charles Dance.

Opening Date: September 18, 2020

Yaay! We getting another Kingsman movie but unfortunately we would not be seeing Eggsy or a spinoff for The Statesmen but instead we would be going back in time to see the formation of our beloved onscreen, privately-ran secret service, Kingsmen as they try prevent the end of the world in early-1900s. As expected in the Kingsman film series, we would be seeing some intense stylised action sequences with as they have been already been teased in the trailer coupled with the excitingly funny gadgets of the Kingsman which gives it this James Bond feel but with the laughs.

 

  1. Venom II

Directed by: Andy Serkis

Starring: Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams, Reid Scott, Naomie Harris.

Opening Date: October 2, 2020

After performing well at Box Office and kicking off the Sony Marvel Cinematic Parallel Universe and as all beautiful movies, we would be getting a sequel. This was teased in the closing scene where we saw Woody Harrelson’s character Cletus Kasady AKA Carnage who promised that there’ll be blood. Unlike, the first film were we just one villain to Eddie’s Venom, in Venom II we would be seeing a secondary villain as news in the street suggest that Naomie Harris was casted to play Shriek, another symbiote and a love interest for Carnage.

 

  1. The Eternals

Directed by: Chloè Zhao

Starring: Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kit Harrington, Lauren Ridloff, Barrye Keoghan, Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, Gemma Chan, Lia McHugh, Don Lee, Salma Hayek.

Opening Date: Novemeber 6, 2020

I don’t think I am more hyped for any film in 2020 other than Marvel’s Eternals, I earnestly eager for this for a host of reasons one of them being that it brings entirely fresh faces to the MCU with a rich background in the comics. Another is the proposed storyline which is said to lean to the romantic side, not something you’d regularly see in the comic book genre especially when it is intertwined with the idea of ancient aliens visiting prehistoric humanity and inspiring myths and legends and let’s not forget what am awesome cast we getting Salma Hayek, Angelina Jolie, Games of Thrones’s Richard Madden, The Big Bang Theory’s Kumail, Train to Busan’s Don Lee and everyone’s heartthrob Kit Harington formerly known as Jon Snow, most of which are immensely talented actors.

 

  1. Godzilla vs. Kong

Directed by: Adam Wingard

Starring: Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Kyle Chandler, Eiza González, Zhang Ziyi and Demián Bichir.

Opening Date: November 20, 2020

Since I found out there’s going to be a movie where we would have Godzilla pitted against King Kong, it has been a puzzle in my mind to how this things would be but if Marvel could pit Ironman against Captain America in Civil War, who am I to think that Legendary Pictures can’t pull this legendary feat. This film would be the fourth installment in Legendary’s MonsterVerse, a very cool cinematic universe that I think a lot of people are not looking at. For certain, we would see MUTOs go toe-to-toe like the past films and we can thus expect the lit visual effects like other film in the series. Wingard confirmed that the film will tie in with Godzilla: King of Monsters, it would be set in modern times and feature a “more rugged, a bit more aged Kong.”

 

  1. Dune

Directed by: Denis Villeneuve

Starring: Timothée Chalamet, Josh Brolin, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Javier Bardem, Jason Momoa, Dave Bautista, Zendaya.

Opening Date: December 18, 2020

Dune is an upcoming American epic sci-fi film helmed by acclaimed director, Denis Villeneuve. It is going to be the first of a planned two-part adaptation of the 1965 novel of the same name by Frank Herbert, and will cover roughly the first half of the book. Set in the distant future amidst a feudal interstellar society in which various noble houses control planetary fiefs, Duke Atreides accepts stewardship of the dangerous desert planet Arrakis, the only source of the most valuable substance in the universe, “the spice”, drug which extends human life, provides superhuman levels of thought, and makes foldspace travel possible. The story explores the multi-layered interactions of politics, religion, ecology, technology, and human emotion, as the factions of the empire confront each other in a struggle for the control of Arrakis and its spice. Let it also go in your reminders, that worldwide acclaimed music composer opted to score Dune rather Tenet after being approached by Christopher Nolan.

 

Honourable Mentions

  1. The Invisible Man

Directed by: Leigh Whannell

Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Storm Reid

Opening Date: February 28, 2020

The Invisible Man is a sci-fi psychological horror film and is a loose modern adaptation of both the novel of the same name by H.G. Wells and a remake of the 1933 film of the same name. Elisabeth Moss stars as the former lover of an abusive sociopath who has committed suicide – or has he? The film was planned as part of Universal Pictures’ modern-day reboot of Universal Monsters, called Dark Universe. However, once The Mummy was released with negative critical reception and box office returns that were deemed by the studio as less-than-expected, changes were made to the Dark Universe to focus on individual storytelling and moving on from the shared universe concept. The film is expected to be produced by Blumhouse Productions who obtained rights to work on the Dark Universe franchise.

 

  1. The Woman in the Window

Directed by: Joe Wright

Starring: Amy Adams, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gary Oldman, Julainne Moore, Anthony Mackie, Brian Tyree Henry

Opening Date: May 15, 2020

‘Seeing is Believing’ is key in this psychological thriller starring Oscar winner, Amy Adams, the film is an adaptation of The Woman in the Window by pseudonymous author A. J. Finn. The trailer teases Amy Adams as Anna Fox, an agoraphobic woman who develops a friendship with a neighbour who lives in building across the street, only to witness her friend being murdered by her husband. Except, maybe that’s not actually what happened and maybe Anna’s meds are playing a trick on her mind.

 

  1. In the Heights

Directed by: Jon M. Chu

Starring: Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera, Olga Merediz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Gregory Diza IV, Stephanie Beatriz, Dascha Polanco, Jimmy Smits

Opening Date: June 26, 2020

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In the Heights is a upcoming musical drama adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s breakout musical directed by Jon M. Chu, who also directed Crazy Rich Asians, the film follows the stories of several characters in New York’s heavily Latino neighbourhood, Washington Heights over three days.

 

  1. The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard

Directed by: Patrick Hughes

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek, Richard E. Grant, Morgan Freeman, Antonio Banderas, Frank Grillo.

Opening Date: August 28, 2020

Netflix’s The Hitman’s Bodyguard is one film we all enjoyed in 2017 and as the title suggests it’s Salma Hayek who needs saving now so we’ll probably be seeing a team-up between Ryan Reynolds and S. L. Jackson once more to protect Salma. Frank Grillo been casted seems to suggest that he is on the bad side in this one and I am definitely seeing a villain in Antonio Banderas too.

 

  1. Escape Room 2

Directed by: Adam Robitel

Starring: Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Indya Moore, Holland Roden, Isabelle Fuhrman, Carlito Olivero, Thomas Cocquerel.

Opening Date: November 30, 2020

Last year’s Escape Room was a surprise hit, unsurprisingly we would be getting a sequel this year and we are definitely curious to see what happens. We don’t know the plot for the sequel but it is expected that it pick from where it is stopped where we saw a simulation of an escape room being created as a plane crash with 4% chance of survival for Zoey and Ben’s flight, apart from these, we do not know what else to expect but there’s chatter among most people that the others aren’t actually dead, we would have to wait for the sequel to see if this is true.

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