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Movies that will blow everyone away in 2020

The year 2020 is fast approaching, and Hollywood's major studios have lined up a slew of projects to compete for your filmgoing dollar. Some of the upcoming releases on the calendar are highly anticipated sequels, but that isn't all we're expecting to see: the studios have also set up new adaptations of existing properties and all manner of would-be blockbusters, making for what should be an epic year at the movies

It's never too early to start thinking about how you'll be spending your time at the theater in the months to come, so to help you begin marking your calendar now, we've rounded up an in-depth look at the biggest and best upcoming releases. Make room in that popcorn budget, film fans: here are all the films you already have to look forward to in 2020.

Bad Boys For Life - Jan. 17

Seventeen years after the release of Bad Boys II, audiences will finally get another entry in the buddy cop franchise. Sony has dated Bad Boys for Life for January 17, 2020, bringing back Will Smith and Martin Lawrence (finally confirmed by the pair via Instagram) as Miami Police Department detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett, respectively. Jerry Bruckheimer has returned to produce the project, which will be directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Black).

Bad Boys for Life has had a long journey to the big screen, and many fans thought that the oft-discussed film would never actually happen, especially when the movie was pulled from the studio's release schedule and lost its initial director due to scheduling conflicts. However, it appears that it's finally moving forward now, which should mark a fun new opportunity for fans to enjoy the action adventures of Smith and Lawrence once again as they take on a vicious drug cartel.

The long-awaited sequel, which co-stars DJ Khaled, Vanessa Hudgens, and Jacob Scipio, wrapped filming in April 2019.

The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle - Jan. 17

Dr. Dolittle is a character with a weird history. The physician who could talk with animals was created by author Hugh Lofting in letters written home to his children from the trenches of World War I. The character would go on to become the star of a series of popular children's books, set in Victorian England and published from the 1920s through the '50s.

A number of adaptations appeared over the following decades, including cartoons, radio plays, stage productions, and a lavish 1967 movie musical starring Rex Harrison. Upon hearing the title, however, modern audiences will probably think of the 1998 movie starring Eddie Murphy, which became something of a franchise all its own, spawning such intriguingly titled direct-to-DVD sequels as Tail to the Chief. Now, the good doctor is returning to the big screen in the form of Robert Downey Jr. The animal cast will be voiced by a star-studded lineup that includes Rami Malek, John Cena, Emma Thompson, Octavia Spencer, Tom Holland, Selena Gomez, and Ralph Fiennes.

Birds of Prey - Feb. 7

DC and Warner Bros. seem determined to play to their strengths in 2020. Suicide Squad was divisive, to say the least, but fans loved Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn… or, at least, they could see her potential. That's why she's being given an even more central role in a Birds of Prey movie, the full title of which (as revealed by Robbie herself on Instagram) is the delightfully colorful Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).

Birds of Prey has been a prominent title in DC Comics since 1996, when it debuted as a team-up book about Black Canary and Oracle. There have been numerous iterations of the team over the years, casting the spotlight on a rotating cast of DC's street-level female heroes and anti-heroes. A Birds of Prey TV show lasted for one season on the WB in 2002, but the DCEU movie will likely be quite different (and almost certainly a bigger hit).

Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jurnee Smollett-Bell join Robbie's Harley as Huntress and Black Canary, respectively. The trio will team up with Detective Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) to protect young Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco) from the villainous Black Mask (Ewan McGregor). We've already gotten a brief teaser, which didn't reveal much beyond a glimpse at the production's striking aesthetic. 

Directed by indie filmmaker Cathy Yan (the first Asian woman to direct a superhero movie) from a script by Bumblebee's Christina Hodson, Birds of Prey flies into theaters on February 7.

Peter Rabbit 2 - Feb. 7

Sony Pictures has set Peter Rabbit 2, a sequel to the 2018 box office hit, for 2020. The original film, loosely based on the classic Beatrix Potter books, starred James Corden as the voice of the title character. Peter, along with his sisters Cottontail (Daisy Ridley), Flopsy (Margot Robbie), and Mopsy (Elizabeth Debicki), finds his quiet life in Joe McGregor's (Sam Neill) vegetable garden disrupted when Joe's nephew Thomas (Domhnall Gleeson) moves in, intent on getting the rabbits out of their home. 

A battle of wills soon breaks out as Thomas hatches a scheme to kick Peter out of the garden, only to find that the resourceful rabbit is a worthy opponent. Rose Byrne, Colin Moody, and Sia also starred in the first film. While it's unclear which members of the cast will be returning for the sequel, with writer/director Will Gluck already confirmed, this seems like another children's hit.

The King's Man — Feb. 14

After a successful-enough sequel that broadened the scope and raised the stakes of its predecessor, the Kingsman series is becoming what every action property dreams of: a fully-fledged franchise. Not only does director Matthew Vaughn have another sequel in mind for Taron Egerton and Colin Firth's characters, he's also envisioning a spinoff, a TV series, and a prequel. The prequel will be arriving next, slated (after some re-shuffling of Fox's schedule) for Valentine's Day of 2020.

According to the studio's plot summary for The King's Man, "As a collection of history's worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man must race against time to stop them." The film is set in the early 1900s and stars Ralph Fiennes as the Duke of Oxford, with Harris Dickson as his new protégé. The action-comedy's first teaser dropped in July 2019, giving fans a glimpse into the beginnings of the secret, secret service organization, as well as its earliest foes, including Rhys Ifans as the infamous Rasputin.

The Call of the Wild - Feb. 21

The Call of the Wild, Jack London's 1903 adventure novel about a sled dog's journey across the Yukon Territory, is a classic. For proof of its status in the literary canon, just look at how many times it's been adapted to the screen, stretching all the way back to the silent era. The lead human role of prospector John Thorton has been played by Hollywood tough guys like Clark Gable, Charlton Heston, and Rutger Hauer.

On February 21, 2020, John Thorton's rugged boots will be filled by Harrison Ford in a live-action/animation hybrid from Lilo and Stitch and How to Train Your Dragon director Chris Sanders and Logan writer Michael Green. The impressive supporting cast is rounded out by Dan Stevens, Karen Gillan, Omar Sy, and Bradley Whitford. It remains to be seen just how Sanders' animation expertise will bring the story's animal characters to life in this 20th Century Fox production (now set to be distributed by Disney following the merger of the two companies), but the impressive pedigree of the material makes this adaptation one to keep an eye on.

Bloodshot - Feb. 21

After Grooting it up for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy movies, Vin Diesel is shifting gears for a different sort of comic book film. According to The Wrap, the Fast & Furious actor will step into the lead role in Sony's ultra-violent Bloodshot movie. (We've worked a little Photoshop magic to give you an idea of what he might look like as the character.) The film, which is being adapted from Valiant Comics' successful comic series, "is about a mortally wounded soldier resurrected with cutting-edge nanotechnology and tasked with rounding up super-powered outcasts known as 'harbingers.'"

The period from the mid '80s to the early '90s proved fertile ground for cyborg crimefighting stories. The comic premiered at Valiant in 1993, running for 110 issues, with upward of 7.5 million copies sold. Now, with the success of violent comics-derived films like Logan and the Deadpool movies, Valiant and Sony will surely be striving for an R rating. Given this hero's taste for blood, we'd expect nothing less.

Bloodshot will be helmed by visual effects artist and first-time director Dave Wilson (Avengers: Age of Ultron) and will co-star Eiza Gonzalez, Michael Sheen, Toby Kebbell, and Sam Heughan. To quote the immortal words of Robocop's Bixby Snyder, we'd buy that for a dollar!

Onward — March 6

On March 6, 2020, Pixar's Onward hits theaters. Onward is set in a fantasy suburbia and follows two elf brothers (voiced by Tom Holland and Chris Pratt) as they set out into the world in search of magic that will allow them to spend a day with their dead father. Cue the heavy sobbing.

Onward is a completely new entry to the Pixar canon (with the exception of 2017's Coco, the studio has been devoted to sequels in recent years), so its imaginative world promises to be like nothing we've seen from them so far. And judging by the film's first teaser trailer — which features dozens of mythical creatures, from pet dragons to trash-eating unicorns — there will be plenty to explore.

Onward is directed by Dan Scanlon, who helmed 2013's Monsters University and has worked on the senior creative team for Brave, Inside Out, Coco, and Toy Story 4. It's a personal project for him — he told the audience at D23 that the story was inspired by his own personal search for answers regarding his father, who passed away when he was a year old.

The Invisible Man — March 13

A few years ago, Universal set its sights on launching the Dark Universe, an interconnected franchise that would bring back the studio's beloved monsters of old. It officially launched with 2017's The Mummy (apparently we're supposed to forget 2014's Dracula Untold ever happened), but after that film flopped at the box office, Universal decided it was time to reevaluate their plans. Peter Cramer, Universal's president of production, told Variety in early 2019 that the studio would be taking "a more individualized approach" to its monster films.

That brings us to The Invisible Man, set to hit theaters on March 13, 2020. The H.G. Wells adaptation focuses on an optics scientist who becomes unable to reverse a procedure that makes him invisible. Other than that, the story is — at this point — up in the air. According to Variety, Universal's new monster strategy will be horror focused, but will otherwise have no restrictions as far as budget or rating goes. The 1933 Universal classic starred Claude Rains as a mad scientist who plots to take over the world with his invisibility-granting formula.

The new Invisible Man stars Elisabeth Moss and Oliver Jackson-Cohen. In the director's chair is Leigh Whannell, who horror fans might know best as James Wan's writing partner on 2004's Saw, or as the director of Insidious Chapter 3 and Upgrade.

Godzilla vs. Kong - March 13

Film fans will finally get the answer to an age-old question in 2020, when Godzilla and King Kong face off on the big screen. Director Adam Wingard has already assured fans that his take on the two monsters will crown a definitive winner, unlike the 1962 film that first pit the two characters against each other. This will be the fourth entry in Legendary's MonsterVerse, first established in 2014's Godzilla and further explored in Kong: Skull Island.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters opened up that world even wider in 2019, bringing old favorites like Mothra and Rodan into the fray and setting the stage for this clash of the titans. Godzilla vs. Kong is the biggest project yet for Wingard, whose previous directing credits include You're NextThe Guest, and Blair Witch. As if the collision of these two screen icons wasn't fan-pleasing enough, the movie will also feature an impressive assembly of human actors. Stranger Things' Millie Bobbie Brown will reprise her King of the Monsters role, with Black Panther's Danai Gurira and Deadpool 2's Julian Dennison also attached to star

A Quiet Place 2 — March 20

In 2018, A Quiet Place took Hollywood by surprise, turning a modest $17 million budget around to pull in nearly $350 million worldwide at the box office. It's also one of the most highly acclaimed horror films in recent years, with Rotten Tomatoes granting it an overwhelmingly fresh rating and calling it "a ruthlessly intelligent creature feature that's as original as it is scary." So it's no wonder Paramount Pictures would want to capitalize with a sequel. On March 20, 2020, A Quiet Place 2 will hit theaters.

While writer/director John Krasinski is confirmed for the sequel now, it wasn't always that way. In an interview with The Ringer's The Big Picture podcast, Krasinski said he initially didn't want to have anything to do with a second film but was convinced by his producer to jot down a few ideas. "After like three weeks he was like, 'Why don't you just write this and then we'll get another filmmaker?' and of course Jedi mind tricked me into signing on to the sequel," he said.

As far as the story goes, writers Scott Beck and Bryan Woods told Fandango that there was the potential to focus on new families. Krasinski seemed to agree that the sequel wouldn't be just about the Abbotts of the original, telling The Hollywood Reporter, "In our circumstance, the thing that the audience loved most was the world. That's the cool thing that you could explore on and on."

Mulan - March 27

Disney is set to turn another one of their most popular animated films into a live action epic in 2020, debuting an updated version of Mulan. The movie, which was initially set to be released in 2018 but later pushed back, will be directed by The Zookeeper's Wife's Niki Caro based on a script from Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Jurassic World).

The delay in the film's release date reportedly happened because it took Disney a year of searching across the world to find its star. They eventually landed on Chinese actress Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu. Liu is one of China's most popular actresses and is nicknamed "Fairy Sister" due to her innocent persona. With the lead warrior princess in place, the cast was rounded out with international stars Jet Li, Donnie Yen, and Jason Scott Lee. The musical element of the movie remains a subject of conflicting rumors, but Liu has already proved that she has the singing chops should Caro choose to go that route. Her filmography also shows that she has a lot of experience in the action required for the role, and should be a great fit for the popular Disney princess.

The New Mutants - April 3

Dare we even talk about The New Mutants as a 2020 release? At this rate, assigning an actual date to this seemingly cursed X-Men project is like waiting for a toad to get struck by lightning. After an initial trailer was released in the bygone days of October 2017, the movie has been pushed back no fewer than three times, shifting from April 2018 to February 2019, then to August 2019. The recent release of Disney's post-Fox-merger schedule, however, revealed that New Mutants had been delayed yet again, all the way to April 3, 2020.

So, what's behind all the delays? By all accounts, it's not actually the quality of the film itself — unlike Dark Phoenix, New Mutants has reportedly been well-received in test screenings. The movie's source comics — created in the 1980s by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz — remain unique fan favorites. The cast features up-and-comers like The Witch's Anya Taylor-Joy and Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams. A number of other factors have been at play, however — the release of Deadpool 2, a decision to play up the movie's horror elements, expansion of certain characters' roles, and the Earth-shaking Disney/Fox merger among them.

Hopefully we'll actually be able to watch The New Mutants in 2020… and hopefully, it will live up to its potential as a stylish and frightening final Fox X-Men movie.

Bond 25 - April 8

Tomorrow never dies, and neither does James Bond. The follow-up to 2015's Spectre has had as rough a road as any entry in the franchise's five-decade history. It was uncertain for a while if Daniel Craig would even return for a fifth mission, and acclaimed Trainspotting director Danny Boyle was in and then out of the director's chair. Now, though, some facts about 007's 25th cinematic outing are becoming official.

Craig will indeed return one last time in a film by True Detective's Cary Fukunaga, the first American director to helm a Bond movie. Recent Oscar-winner Rami Malek will be facing off against Bond as the film's villain, with a supporting cast of both familiar faces (Ralph Fiennes, Ben Wishaw, Jeffrey Wright, Léa Seydoux) and intriguing new additions (Blade Runner 2049's Ana de Armas, Captain Marvel's Lashana Lynch). True to Bond tradition, the globe-trotting production will be shooting in Jamaica, Norway, Italy, and London.

Craig's tenure as bond has been marked by a distinct back-and-forth critical reception — middling reactions to Quantum of Solace and Spectre came between overwhelming acclaim for Casino Royale and Skylfall — so this movie is set up for a rousing success. Important details like the film's title and who will perform the theme song have yet to be announced, but we do know that Bond 25 will hit theaters on April 8, 2020.

Trolls: World Tour - April 17

Nimona will have some animated competition for the spring season in the form of Trolls: World Tour. The sequel will see the return of Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake as the mystical, musical creatures. Unfortunately, they won't be joined by the first film's lead director, Mike Mitchell, as he's busy getting The LEGO Movie 2 ready for its 2019 release date. Stepping up to take Mitchell's place are Walt Dohrn (co-director of the first movie) and David P. Smith.

World Tour will send the returning heroes on a journey of discovery, determined to create harmony among other Troll tribes around their world. Each civilization defines itself by a different genre of music, setting up the sequel for another chart-topping soundtrack. Kendrick and Timberlake will be joined by an eclectic cast of newcomers, including Chance the Rapper and Sam Rockwell. Oh, and the McElroys will be in it.

Black Widow — May 1

On May 1, 2020, Marvel Studios is set to release Black Widow, its 24th film and the beginning of the MCU's Phase 4. During the Marvel Hall H panel at 2019's San Diego Comic-Con, the cast and crew of Black Widow discussed the film's official announcement (finally!), along with some story and character details.

Chronologically, Black Widow will take place between the films Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. As far as plot goes, specific details are still being kept under wraps, but according to its cast, the film is going to be something of a departure from other Marvel properties. David Harbour, who plays Alexei (a.k.a. the Red Guardian), spoke with Marvel after the panel and said, "It feels like an espionage movie; it's got all these elements to it." Scarlett Johansson said, "It's a little dirty; it's a little salty. It's bringing some realness to the Marvel universe."

Joining Johansson and Harbour are Florence Pugh as Yelena (Natasha's fellow Black Widow agent), O-T Fagbenle as Mason (a "fixer" who has "a complex relationship with Natasha"), and Rachel Weisz as Melina (a character who's been through the Widow program five times). 

Scoob - May 15

Scooby-Doo will return to the big screen in 2020, starring in his own animated feature film, titled simply Scoob. Chris Columbus has come aboard as a producer, working alongside director Tony Cervone (who will make his big-screen directorial debut after a long career in TV and direct-to-video animation, as well as key roles on movies like Space Jam and Fantastic Mr. Fox). Kelly Fremon Craig, writer/director of the 2016 indie hit Edge of Seventeen, has had a hand in the screenplay. 

The classic Mystery, Inc. gang will be voiced by Will Forte, Gina Rodriguez, Zac Efron, and Amanda Seyfried. The supporting cast includes Ken Jeong, Kiersy Clemons, and Tracy Morgan. Legendary voice actor Frank Welker will once again voice the titular mutt.

Scoob's storyline is still shrouded in mystery, but the movie marks a significant moment in the gang's 50-year history. This will be the character's first theatrical adventure since the 2002 and 2004 Raja Gosnell-directed live-action/animated outings. It may seem surprising given the massive library of TV shows and home video releases, but this will be the first fully-animated big-screen adventure for the daring dog and his teen sleuth cohorts. Hopefully future news about the movie's development doesn't give fans any cause to say, "Ruh-roh."

Fast & Furious 9 - May 22

Viewers will have to wait an extra year for Fast & Furious 9, but they'll get a spinoff movie out of Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in the meantime — and it should be worth the wait when it finally does hit theaters in the summer of 2019. Although we don't know much about where the saga's headed next, the pressure to keep upping the stakes should mean it'll find a way to be even more epic than previous installments

With Charlize Theron's Cipher still alive and on the loose at the end of Fate of the Furious, there are lots of opportunities for mayhem. You can probably count on most of your favorite cast members returning, and the franchise's ever-increasing profile means there's always the chance they'll land even more big names to join the family. Audiences will definitely want to drive out to the theater for this extravaganza. 

The SpongeBob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge - May 22

SpongeBob SquarePants just might live forever. 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the series' debut on Nickelodeon, and in that time the little yellow guy has starred in 244 episodes, a Broadway musical, and two theatrical feature films (not to mention a smattering of theme park attractions and an ocean of merchandise). 2015's The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water was a particular success (despite coming over a decade after 2004's The SongeBob SquarePants Movie), all but guaranteeing a follow-up.

It looks like sponge heads won't have to wait 11 years this time. Paramount Animation is prepping The SpongeBob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge for a May 22, 2020 release (moved up from an originally announced July date). It's a Wonderful Sponge will be a prequel, detailing the Bikini Bottom gang's first meeting at summer camp. Longtime series writer Tim Hill will direct, with a hybrid of CG animation and live-action sequences. It will be the first major SpongeBob production without the involvement of creator Stephen Hillenburg, who passed away in 2018.

Artemis Fowl - May 29

Author Eoin Colfer has described his young adult fantasy series Artemis Fowl as "Die Hard with fairies." Critics have called Artemis "the new Harry Potter." If those comparisons pique your interest, good news — eight novels about this young criminal mastermind's coming-of-age were published between 2001 and 2012 for your reading pleasure. Or you could just wait until May 29, 2020, when a film adaptation of the first book in Colfer's series is slated to hit theaters.

That first book finds the 12-year-old antihero kidnapping a fairy in the hopes of restoring his family fortune and finding his long-lost father. The Disney-produced feature stars Irish newcomer Ferdia Shaw as Artemis, with a supporting cast that includes Judi Dench, Josh Gad, and Game of Thrones' Nonso Anozie. Kenneth Branagh, best known for the Marvel's first Thor film and a multitude of Shakespeare adaptations, is in the director's chair — a role he previously filled for Disney on 2015's Cinderella.

Wonder Woman 1984 - June 5

2017's Wonder Woman is the most critically acclaimed movie in the DC Extended Universe by a wide margin (no, really… wide margin). It makes sense, then, that Gal Gadot's embodiment of the Amazonian warrior is being fast-tracked back to the big screen while Superman and Batman are left to fight a legion of issues standing in the way of their next movie appearance. Diana's second solo adventure hasn't been without delays of its own, however; the movie was pushed back from its original 2019 holiday season release to June 5, 2020.

When the movie does at last arrive, it will bring with it the blast from the past promised by the title. Filling in part of the timeline between the first movie's World War I setting and the hero's reemergence in Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeWonder Woman 1984 will see the return of Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, and director Patty Jenkins. SNL alum Kristen Wiig joins the fray as nemesis Cheetah, clashing with Diana in the Soviet Union.

Candyman - June 12

It is the destiny of all horror franchises to be rebooted. That's been the case for pretty much the entire 21st century so far — since the dawn of the new millennium, we've seen remakes and reimaginings of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and multiple stabs at a new Halloween. The newest of those, David Gordon Green and Danny McBride's take on Michael Myers, has been unquestionably the biggest success of them all. Part of that success is thanks to Halloween 2018's rather unique approach to revitalizing its franchise. Rather than a hard reboot, it was a sequel to John Carpenter's 1978 masterpiece that simply ignored what had come between.

Another long-dormant series seems ready for similar treatment. Candyman, released in 1992, was based on a story by Hellraiser creator Clive Barker, starred Tony Todd as a supernatural murderer who haunted a housing project in Chicago and represented the specter of racial and class inequality. Also, bees came out of his mouth. It's perfect material for the shockingly prolific Jordan Peele, who is producing and co-writing a new Candyman slated to hit theaters on June 12, 2020. Bloody Disgusting reports that the film, directed by up-and-comer Nia DaCosta, will be a "spiritual sequel" that returns to the now-gentrified neighborhood of the original. Casting remains unannounced, but Todd is angling to be involved in some capacity.

Soul — June 19

Pixar Studios will release two original features in 2020. Along with March's Onward, Soul makes its way to theaters June 19. Currently, there are very few details regarding Soul, but the studio has released a description for the film: "Ever wonder where your passion, your dreams and your interests come from? What is it that makes you… YOU? In 2020, Pixar Animation Studios takes you on a journey from the streets of New York City to the cosmic realms to discover the answers to life's most important questions."

Soul is directed by Pete Docter, the Academy Award winner behind Pixar's Monsters, Inc., Up, and Inside Out. Docter has been on Pixar's story team for as long as they've been making feature films, having contributed to Toy Story, Toy Story 2, and WALL-E

The fact that Pixar is opting to focus on original material in 2020 as opposed to further sequels is a promising sign. Perhaps other studios will begin to follow suit and take a chance on something new, rather than relying on tried-and-true content.

Top Gun: Maverick - June 26

Director Joseph Kosinski made his movie debut with 2010's TRON: Legacy, a sequel for a generation that hadn't even been born when its predecessor was made. Now, he's set to do it again with Top Gun: Maverick, the 2020 follow-up to 1986's military thrill ride. Much like Creed, the new film will find the original movie's hero taking the son of his fallen friend under his wing.

Top Gun director Tony Scott had envisioned a sequel, but his death in 2010 put those plans on hold. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer remained dedicated, however, eventually hiring Kosinski and getting original stars Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer on board. Miles Teller will play the son of Goose, with Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, and Ed Harris also joining the cast. A big part of Top Gun's success was its wildly popular soundtrack, and Maverick has already promised to pay homage to that, with Harold Faltermeyer returning to compose the score and Kenny Loggins recording a new version of "Danger Zone." Feel the need for speed on June 26.

In the Heights - June 26

Lin-Manuel Miranda has become a defining voice of our times. Not only did he earn a Pulitzer Prize for the monumental impact of Hamilton, he's been a delightful presence in family film and television — not to mention his often-uplifting Twitter feed. Director Jon M. Chu created a cultural event in 2018 with Crazy Rich Asians. Combining these two forces would be sure to produce a major highlight of the upcoming movie landscape.

That's exactly what's going to happen in 2020, with Chu's adaptation of Miranda's debut Broadway musical, In the Heights. Though little else has been revealed about the movie, the show examines the lives of the Hispanic-American residents of the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. Miranda himself originated the central role of Usnavi, a young bodega owner who dreams of returning to his familial home of the Dominican Republic. After a long and troubled development history that stretches back a decade, In the Heights will finally hit screens on June 26.

Minions 2 - July 3

No matter how much success the animation studio has with Dr. Seuss adaptations and funny animal franchises, Illumination will always be the house that Minions built, and they aren't likely to forget it any time soon. The little yellow mischief-makers have dominated the box office since Despicable Me debuted in 2010, and after ten years, two sequels, and their own spin-off, the characters will get their second chance at leading their own big-screen outing. 

Minions 2 was pretty much a given after the first film took over theaters and toy stores everywhere, but Illumination has proven throughout the Despicable Me franchise that there's still a lot creativity behind this juggernaut. It still remains to be seen what the banana-loving little guys will be up to in their standalone sequel, but the first movie promised a glimpse at their early adventures with a young Gru. We have faith that whatever the studio comes up with will be fun for the whole family.

Ghostbusters - July 10

It's pretty hard to keep a movie production a secret, particularly in the age of comprehensive entertainment news sites like, well, this one. When that movie is part of a decades-long franchise that's been the frequent subject of intense fan debates, you can usually count on hearing about every step of development whether you want to or not. That's why it was as startling as a freaky ghost when filmmaker Jason Reitman revealed that not only was he working on a new Ghostbusters movie, but that he already had a vague but atmospheric teaser trailer announcing its summer 2020 arrival.

The son of original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman (who will produce this outing), Jason has formed his own identity as a director with such offbeat, low-key dramedies as Juno and Tully. Now, as he explained to Entertainment Weekly, he's ready to direct and co-write (with Poltergeist remake director Gil Kenan) a new chapter of the story he watched unfold on set as a child (he also had a cameo in Ghostbusters II as the kid who tells Ray and Winston that his dad "says they're full of crap").

There were plenty of reasons for fans to be frustrated with Paul Feig's 2016 Ghostbusters reboot (some completely valid, some totally ridiculous), but it's still a bold move to return to the original timeline. "It is not a reboot. What happened in the '80s happened in the '80s, and this is set in the present day," Reitman explained, though he expressed admiration for Feig and his all-female cast. It remains to be seen who else will be involved — Harold Ramis passed away in 2014, Rick Moranis is in semi-retirement, and Bill Murray has long been slippery on committing to another sequel. But then, who knows what Bill Murray will do at any given moment? 

Bob's Burgers - July 17

It took a little while for Bob's Burgers to pick up steam. Its first season on Fox in 2011 garnered a handful of devoted fans, but ratings and reviews were mixed. The show was fortunate enough to get a second season, and continued a long process of finding its voice and its audience. Its unique blend of offbeat humor and heart has only continued to gain momentum, with nine seasons under its belt and a cult following still eating up every episode. 

In 2020, the Belcher family will head to the big screen for a Bob's Burgers movie. Series creator Loren Bouchard has promised that the adventure "will scratch every itch" for longtime fans while also bringing the characters to a whole new audience. Plot details are still a secret recipe, but the show's talented voice cast is on board, and they're sure to indulge in a show-stopping musical number or two. It remains to be seen whether the movie will serve as the show's grand finale or just the next step in Belcher burger domination.

Tenet — July 17

Currently, very little is known about Christopher Nolan's upcoming "action epic revolving around the world of international espionage," Tenet, which is slated for release July 17, 2020. We do know that it's shaping up to be an expensive production, with the budget reportedly clocking in at about $225 million. On top of that, Tenet will be shown in IMAX, so expect big things — literally.

The film stars John David Washington, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Robert Pattinson, among others. Pattinson told USA Today in April 2019 that he had been "sworn to secrecy" regarding Tenet's details. The actor was fond of the script, however, and said that Nolan changed his mind about doing big budget movies. "I got locked in a room to read the script — I don't have it myself," he explained. The future Batman said of the Dark Knight director, "There's just something about Chris Nolan's stuff. He seems like the only director now who can do what is essentially a very personal, independent movie that has huge scale. I read the script and it's unreal."

Jungle Cruise - July 24

In addition to their powerhouse stable of brands like Star Wars, Marvel, and (soon) intellectual property once owned by Fox, Disney has a few franchises within their in-house productions that aren't so much series as they are trends. For instance, the live-action remakes of their own animated classics are ramping up to an alarming degree (including four in 2019 alone). Less consistent are their attempts to spin blockbuster movies out of classic theme park attractions.

After The Country Bears flopped in 2002, Disney kickstarted their ride-to-movie initiative in 2003, with the twin releases of Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion. One of those was a massive hit at the box office, revitalized the career of its star, and launched a juggernaut franchise of its own. The other was The Haunted Mansion. Tomorrowland didn't do much to impress, either.

Now, Disney is banking on the star power of two ever-likable leads, Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, to make a movie out of a beloved park staple. The Jungle Cruise has been a part of Disneyland since its opening day in 1955, famous for its live "skippers" who are trained to ham it up with outrageously corny puns about the animatronic animals guests encounter. It's the kind of material perfectly suited for Johnson's eyebrow-arching goofy side, giving us hope that Jungle Cruise might be the second hit to successfully translate E-tickets to movie tickets.

Morbius - July 31

One of the most intriguing cinematic developments of 2018 was the launch of Sony's new generation of Spider-Man movies. Having successfully partnered with Marvel to bring Tom Holland's live-action Peter Parker to the MCU, the studio has set out to keep their own stake in the Spidey brand alive with a slate of spinoffs and animated titles. The first two examples, Venom and Into the Spider-Verse, proved that they were ready to explore a variety of unique and vastly different facets of the webhead's corner of the Marvel Universe.

Work quickly began on sequels to both Venom and Spider-Verse, though no firm dates for those follow-ups have been officially announced. Sony has, however, confirmed a July 31, 2020 release for Morbius, starring the "Living Vampire" who has faced off with Spider-Man in comics since the '70s. Daniel Espinosa is on board to direct, with a script by Dracula Untold writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. Jared Leto will star as the titular bloodsucker, with former Doctor Who Matt Smith appearing in a major role (probably villain Loxias Crown) and True Detective star Adria Arjona as love interest Martine Bancroft. 

Bill & Ted Face the Music - Aug. 21

We are living in a Keanussance. Thanks in no small part to the ongoing success of the John Wick series, rumors have been bouncing around Hollywood about potential sequels and reboots for everything from The Matrix to Speed. One follow-up that's definitely coming is Bill and Ted Face the Music, a (hopefully) fantastic voyage following in the radical footsteps of 1989's Excellent Adventure and 1991's Bogus Journey.

After many years of rumblings, Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter officially confirmed in a video in March of 2019 that strange things were indeed afoot at the Circle K once more. William Sadler is slated to reprise his role as the oft-Melvined Grim Reaper. Original writers Chris Matheson and and Ed Solomon have returned to pen the screenplay, with Galaxy Quest director Dean Parisot set to helm. Reeves himself revealed that the plot will catch up with a now-middle aged Bill S. Preston and Theodore Logan as they realize that adult responsibilities like fatherhood have prevented them from coming up with that universe-saving song they were destined to write.

Bill & Ted Face the Music will be partying on in production throughout 2019. Be excellent to each other when you line up for your tickets on August 21, 2020.

Monster Hunter – Sept. 4

Writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson (not to be confused with Paul Thomas Anderson, who makes very different movies) has had a career largely defined by video game adaptations. Over the past 25 years, he's brought us Mortal Kombat, DOA: Dead or Alive, and most significantly, the Resident Evil series. Now, he's reuniting with his Resident Evil star (and wife) Milla Jovovich to bring yet another game franchise to the big screen: Capcom's Monster Hunter.

These fantasy role-playing games have been amassing fans since the inaugural entry's release in 2004, and there's no end in sight — the latest installment, Monster Hunter: World, was one of the best-selling video games of 2018. With a supporting cast that includes Tony Jaa and Ron Perlman, Jovovich stars as the leader of a platoon of soldiers transported from our world to a savage fantasy land.

Reviews for Anderson's filmography as a whole have been middling, to say the least. But he's described Monster Hunter as a "passion project," and maybe that passion will make for a grand spectacle. We'll find out when the game begins on September 4, 2020.

Bios - Oct. 2

Tom Hanks will be the last man on Earth in his 2020 sci-fi outing Bios. Specific plot details for the film are being kept tightly under wraps, but we do know that Hanks' character, Finch, is an ailing inventor who just so happens to be the last man left on this planet. The film, described as being "about love, friendship, and the meaning of human life," sees Finch building a robot to protect his beloved dog after his death. 

Craig Luck, a second unit video assistant for Doctor Strange, and Ivor Powell, an associate producer on Blade Runner, penned the script for Bios, which will be directed by Game of Thrones' Miguel Sapochnik. Luck, Sapochnik, Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future), and Andy Berman (Psych) will executive produce, while Powell, Kevin Misher (The Scorpion King), Jack Rapke (Cast Away), and Jackie Levine (Steel Soldiers) are producing. Although we don't have many concrete details yet, with that creative team, Bios is on track to make for an impressive film.

The Witches - Oct. 16

Not only are Roald Dahl's stories enduring works of literature, they've also been adapted by a staggeringly eclectic lineup of filmmakers — Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton, Wes Anderson, Danny DeVito, Quentin Tarantino, and Robert Rodriguez, to name a few. In 2020, Robert Zemeckis will join that lineup with a new take on The Witches. This 1983 children's novel tells the story of an orphaned boy who goes to live with his grandmother, a retired witch hunter. The pair must battle an international coven of witches poised to turn England's children into mice.   

The Witches has been made into a movie once before, in 1990. That production had a stellar array of talent, with acclaimed director Nicolas Roeg at the helm, Jim Henson on board as producer, and a delightfully wicked performance from Anjelica Huston. The film was received enthusiastically by critics, though Dahl, enraged by alterations to his story, called it "utterly appalling."

Zemeckis' Witches is already shaping up to have an impressive pedigree of its own. Not only is the man behind Back to the Future and Forrest Gump taking on writing and directing duties, but Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuarón are producing, and Anne Hathaway is attached to star as the Grand High Witch. The Witches will enchant theaters during the 2020 Halloween season.

G.I. Joe: Ever Vigilant - Oct. 16

Hasbro's Real American Heroes will return to the big screen in 2020 for G.I. Joe: Ever Vigilant, although who will star in the action flick is still up in the air. Paramount is set to release the third film in the franchise, seven years after the release of 2013's G.I. Joe: Retaliation and 11 years after G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. The studio is reportedly keen on getting Dwayne Johnson back to reprise his Retaliation role as Roadblock. 

It is unclear yet whether any other Joe stars like Channing Tatum or Bruce Willis will return for the sequel, but xXx: The Return of Xander Cage director D.J. Caruso has been attached to direct for most of the project's development. Ever Vigilant has been rumored to be a reboot that will kick off a Marvel-style Hasbro Cinematic Universe. No matter which route they go down, the franchise's past outings have combined action and adventure, and the third should be no exception. 

Eternals — Nov. 6

Alongside the rest of the MCU Phase 4 projects, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige took to the stage at 2019's San Diego Comic-Con to announce Eternals, which will make its way to theaters on November 6, 2020. While little is known regarding the plot of Eternals, the film will be based on the cosmic Jack Kirby characters first introduced in the pages of Marvel comics in 1976. 

According to Marvel, "The Eternals are a race of god-like beings locked in a millennium-old conflict with the less evolved Deviants and their originators, the Celestials… they are immortals blessed with strange, sometimes monstrous, powers." Eternals boasts an all-star cast, including Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, and Salma Hayek. It's directed by Chloé Zhao, whose two previous films, 2015's Songs My Brother Taught Me and 2017's The Rider were both met with critical acclaim — The Rider was nominated for Independent Spirit Awards for Best Film and Best Director. It will be exciting to see what a filmmaker with such a unique and intimate vision will bring to the sprawling Marvel cosmos.

Dune - Nov. 20

Frank Herbert's 1965 novel Dune has had a towering influence over the world of science fiction, which is probably why filmmakers have been trying to bring Herbert's universe to the screen for decades. Avant-garde director Alejandro Jodorowsky's ambitious but abandoned attempt in the '70s was so legendary it eventually became the subject of a hit documentary. David Lynch helmed a blockbuster version of Dune in 1984, but while the film has something of a cult following, many (including Lynch himself) found it unsatisfying. A Syfy miniseries in 2000 served as a faithful adaptation, but suffered from the limitations of a TV budget.

Now, Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve hopes to get it right. His strongest asset so far is an already stacked cast, which includes Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, and Jason Momoa. Another point in the production's favor: the film will reportedly focus on only the first half of Herbert's novel, avoiding the overstuffed confusion of the Lynch movie.

News about Dune seems to be coming in fast and furious, with a release date set for November 20, 2020. Stay tuned to find out who else joins the cast (though at this point, it might be easier to announce who isn't in this movie).

Uncharted - December 18

After years in development, the big screen adaptation of Naughty Dog's video game franchise Uncharted will finally be making it to theaters, just in time for the holidays. In 2017, it was announced that Spider-Man's Tom Holland would be taking on the lead role of Nathan Drake in Sony's prequel film, which will star the character from the game but won't be following its plot. Instead, it will introduce a younger version of Drake as he learns the tricks of the trade from his mentor, Sully (fan-fueled rumors suggest fellow Marvel star Chris Hemsworth is on the short list to play the part). Bryan Cranston is also rumored to star, but his role remains unknown at the time of publication.

Uncharted has run through a series of directors over the course of its development — Seth Gordon, David O. Russell, Neil Burger, and Shawn Levy have all been attached at some point. Finally, in January 2019, Variety announced 10 Cloverfield Lane's Dan Trachtenberg would take the reins. 

Currently, little else is known about the film, but if casting rumors are true, the combination of Holland, Hemsworth, and Cranston would make for one video game adaptation that can't be missed.

Coming 2 America - Dec. 18

Coming to America was released in 1988, at the height of Eddie Murphy's superstardom. Murphy, who co-wrote the story, stars as Prince Akeem, heir to the throne of the fictional African nation of Zamunda. Determined to escape an arranged marriage and find a free-thinking bride to fall in love with, he travels to New York City with trusted aide Semmi (Arsenio Hall) in tow. It was a box office smash, capping off an explosively successful decade for Murphy (and giving him his first exercise in playing multiple roles).

After a period of rumors and rumblings, a Coming to America sequel has been officially announced and set to be released on August 7, 2020. Murphy released an enthusiastic statement confirming the project, which will reportedly send Akeem back to America after 30 years in search of his long-lost son. Original supporting players Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley, John Amos, and James Earl Jones are all rumored to be in talks as well. Black-ish creator Kenya Barris is penning the screenplay, with Craig Brewer (who worked with Murphy on Dolemite Is My Name for Netflix) taking the director's chair from the original movie's John Landis (who rather famously clashed with Murphy at the time).

West Side Story - Dec. 18

Steven Spielberg has dabbled in a lot of genres in his five-decade career, from rousing adventure to hard-hitting sci-fi to somber historical drama. But despite the importance of John Williams' iconic melodies to so many of his movies, musicals remain surprisingly uncharted territory for Spielberg. That's about to change, and the director has chosen a prestigious project for his first foray into the form: West Side Story, the classic street gang reimagining of Romeo and Juliet first staged on Broadway in 1957 with a book by Arthur Larents and songs by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.

West Side Story has been constantly remade in the decades since its debut, but is probably best known for the 1961 film adaptation by directors Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer starred in that version as star-crossed lovers Maria and Tony, with Rita Moreno turning in an iconic performance as Maria's friend, Anita. Moreno is back for Spielberg's version, this time playing a gender-swapped version of drugstore owner Doc. The lead roles, meanwhile, will be filled by Baby Driver's Ansel Elgort and viral singing sensation Rachel Zegler. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner, who previously worked with Spielberg on Munich and Lincoln, has written a new script incorporating Bernstein and Sondheim's classic songs. The Jets and the Sharks will snap their way into theaters on December 18, 2020.

Cruella - Dec. 23

Long before it started to seem like every single Disney animated classic was lined up for a live-action remake, Glenn Close starred as the villainous Cruella De Vil in 1996's 101 Dalmatians. Unsurprisingly, the studio is now itching to revisit their 1961 animated feature yet again, but with a new, Maleficent-like twist — this time, it's a Cruella origin story, getting inside her two-toned head to find out just how she came to hate everything about animals except their fur.

The flamboyant fashionista has always been a fan-favorite antagonist, but it remains to be seen how the filmmakers hope to gain any actual sympathy for a character whose whole deal is murdering and skinning puppies. It helps that the studio has landed a director with experience in bad girl stories — I, Tonya's Craig Gillespie. Emma Stone takes the lead in this "1980s punk" take on the character, with Emma Thompson joining her. The world will be such a wholesome place until Cruella slinks into theaters on December 23, 2020.

The Croods 2 - Dec. 23

The Croods 2 has had a long journey to the big screen. The first film was a big success at the box office, and a sequel was ordered shortly after, with a release date set for 2018. But the sequel was canceled in 2016, with sources saying that it was a troubled production from the start. Those troubles seem to have been at least partially alleviated, as the movie was put back on the studio's schedule in 2017.

Although struggles behind the scenes are rarely a good sign, the original film was an impressive success, earning a nomination for best animated film at the Oscars. The A-list voice cast, which includes Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, and Ryan Reynolds, is all set to return for the sequel alongside new cast member Leslie Mann, as the Croods face their biggest threat since leaving the cave: another family. We're ready to go back to the stone age.