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Movies that will blow everyone away in 2020

A new decade is upon us, 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.

Gretel & Hansel - Jan. 31

The 19th century German fairy tale about a young pair of siblings who find themselves lost in the woods and end up the dinner target of a witch has certainly seen its fair share of film adaptations. Generally speaking, none have been particularly outstanding, and some (2013's Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, for instance) have gone so far off the rails story wise that it's just sort of laughable. 

But come the end of January, we'll get a pretty straightforward onscreen version of the story. Sophia Lillis, who played the younger version of Beverly Marsh in the It films, leads the cast as Gretel, while Sam Leakey makes his feature film debut as her younger brother Hansel. Genre veteran Alice Krige takes on the role of the witch, Holda. Gretel & Hansel marks only the third film by director Oz Perkins — his previous works are The Blackcoat's Daughter and Netflix's I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House.  

Aside from its character-swapped title, Gretel & Hansel looks to be an incredibly creepy, true-to-its-source-material feature. Think The Witch, but with bread crumbs.

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 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). 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.

The Lodge - Feb. 7

The terror of isolation is having a real moment in the horror genre — films like 2016's Hush or 2019's Midsommar present a kind of fear that's compounded by the fact that there's quite literally nowhere to run to. So, too, does The Lodge, which centers on soon-to-be stepmom Grace (Riley Keough) as she struggles to discover the truth behind a mysterious and terrifying presence in a snowed-in remote village.

The Lodge is as much a story about a troubled young woman trying to make a connection with her fiance's less than enthusiastic kids as it is about the creepy monster hiding in the snow storm. Grace has a difficult past, and it's hard to tell how much of what's happening to her in the present is a direct result of it.

The film premiered at Sundance in 2019, and it's already done well with critics, who call it "a suitably unsettling destination for fans of darkly atmospheric horror."

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. The film's first trailer dropped in November 2019, not only confirming that Sanders' expertise will be on full display, but reminding us all of the ease with which one's heart strings can be tugged by an adventurous dog, animated or no.

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. In February 2020, the Fast & Furious actor steps into the lead role in Sony's ultra-violent Bloodshot movie. The film, 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. The movie is 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!

The Invisible Man - Feb. 28

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 February 28, 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.

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. Liu's 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.

No Time to Die - April 8

After several development setbacks, including Daniel Craig's uncertain return to the franchise following 2015's Spectre, the latest Bond film is finally scheduled for wide release on April 8. Late in 2018, the film's original director, Danny Boyle, left the project due to a script dispute. Only a month later, True Detective's Cary Fukunaga signed on in his place, but Boyle's departure wound up setting the film's release date back six months. While No Time to Die will officially mark Craig's final film as James Bond, it will introduce a brand new 007 to the franchise. 

Returning cast members include Christoph Waltz, Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux, Naomie Harris Jeffrey Wright, and Ralph Fiennes. New to the film are Lashana Lynch as a fresh 00 agent and Rami Malek, who'll portray the movie's villain. No Time to Die is set sometime after Bond has retired from active service. He's called back by Felix Leiter (Wright) when the CIA needs help with "a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology."

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). 

Legally Blonde 3 - May 8

Nearly two decades after we first saw charming, idealistic law student Elle Woods demonstrate the perfect bend and snap, Reese Witherspoon is set to reprise one of the biggest roles of her career with Legally Blonde 3. According to Deadline, Witherspoon won't be the only familiar face returning for the threequel — it seems as though most of the original film's creative team has signed on as well.

Currently, not a whole lot is known about the film — no director has been announced, and specific plot details are being kept under wraps (making its targeted May 2020 release seem pretty unlikely, but the movie's IMDb page still lists that date for now). Rumor has it that Legally Blonde 3 will be in line with the two previous movies, in that it will center on Elle Woods' ability to overcome adversity through optimism, ingenuity, and sheer determination. The idea with this one is that it will most likely focus on female empowerment, which, as Deadline points out, will "draw back in the audience that grew up with the original film and find a new global audience."

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. 

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, while The Mandalorian's Pedro Pascal pulls the strings as evil tycoon Maxwell Lord.

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. Conflicting reports about Todd reprising his role and/or being replaced by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II suggest that DaCosta and Peele have some intriguing twists in store.

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.

Free Guy - July 3

Coming mid-summer 2020 is Free Guy, an action comedy directed by Stranger Things' Shawn Levy and starring Ryan Reynolds, who might be the only actor to ever play the same character twice with completely opposite results. Free Guy tells the story of Guy (Reynolds), a bank teller who comes to find out that he is, in fact, a non playable background character in a brutal and violent video game. The film also stars Taika Waititi, Jodie Comer, and Joe Keery and is written by Matt Leiberman and Zak Penn.

There are two big, noteworthy reunions happening with Free Guy. The first is between Keery and Levy, who have a long-running history on Netflix's hit series Stranger Things. But there's also the on-screen reunion between Reynolds and Waititi, who appeared together once before, in 2011's Green Lantern (although it seems as if the pair — and everyone else — would like to forget that whole thing ever happened).

Ghostbusters: Afterlife - 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. As he explained to Entertainment Weekly, he finally felt 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").

Paul Rudd, Carrie Coons, Finn Wolfhard, and Mckenna Grace head up the cast of the sequel, with original Ghostbusters stars Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts all returning. The movie was finally given an official title, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, when the first teaser trailer arrived in December of 2019.

Tenet - July 17

Even after the initial teaser arrived in December 2019, we still know very little about the plot of 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 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

Disney has a long history of adapting its theme park rides into blockbuster movies — Pirates of the Caribbean turned a 15 minute boat ride into a film franchise that spans five films and, soon, a reboot. Of course, it would only make sense for the Mouse House to want to expand on its ride-to-movie franchise opportunities before things flip completely and Disney's parks are comprised solely of movie-based attractions. The Jungle Cruise ride is a favorite for weary park goers who are looking to take a break and listen to some cheap jokes for ten minutes. The Jungle Cruise movie looks like it could be another franchise hit, with a fresh spin on the ride's cornball one-liners courtesy of star Dwayne Johnson.

The actor was originally announced for the film back in 2015, but development on Jungle Cruise took its time — co-star Emily Blunt wasn't cast until 2018. The film's official synopsis promises "a supernatural element" to the river-bound tale, which is right up director Jaume Collet-Serra's alley — he's responsible for both Orphan and the 2005 remake of House of Wax.

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 as 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 and news 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. The sequel 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. They will be assisted by their daughters (Samara Weaving and Brigitte Lundy-Paine) and come face-to-face again with Death (William Sadler reprising his Bogus Journey role). 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.

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It - Sept. 11

Just before Halloween 2020 hits, we'll be getting the third installment of the Conjuring Universe's flagship series, and the official continuation of the Warrens' story. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga will both reprise their roles as Ed and Lorraine Warren, although James Wan, who was behind the camera for both The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2, is sitting out directorial duties this time around, as he's busy with other projects. He's still on board as a producer, though, with The Curse of La Llorona director Michael Chaves taking the helm.

In December 2018, Wan confirmed plot details of the film to Bloody Disgusting, saying, "It's this guy who was on trial for committing a murder... I think it's the first time in America's history where the defendant used possessions as a reason, as an excuse." Since The Conjuring films have focused on actual past Warren cases, we always knew we could count on the "based on a true story" tagline with this one. Sure enough, in December 2019, the movie received an official title: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It.

The official plot synopsis (via Slashfilm) confirms that the third Conjuring is inspired by "the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defense." That would be the story of Arne Cheyenne Johnson, who was put on trial for the murder of his landlord following a failed exorcism attempt. He claimed to have been possessed at the time of the killing.

The King's Man - Sept. 18

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 September 18, 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.

Venom 2 - Oct. 2

Venom may not have been a critical success, but it wasn't long after its 2018 release that rumors began to circulate regarding the film's inevitable sequel. That was confirmed in January 2019, and by August, Andy Serkis had signed on as the film's director. Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson, and Michelle Williams will all return for Sony's second round with the famous Marvel symbiote, while Naomie Harris is rumored to be taking on the role of Shriek, Carnage's deadly partner.

If the rumors are true, that could mean big things for Sony's Spider-Verse. In the comics, Shriek's team up with Carnage ultimately led to a face-off between Spider-Man and Venom, along with Cloak and Dagger, Iron Fist, Deathlok, Morbius, Black Cat, and Captain America. How the whole thing inevitably unfolds will likely have a lot to do with the fragile relationship between Sony and Marvel, but if the two studios manage to work things out, Venom 2 could be setting up the framework for a huge crossover. 

The Witches - Oct. 9

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 has 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.

Halloween Kills - Oct. 16

When David Gordon Green and Danny McBride rebooted the Halloween franchise in 2018, they took a huge risk. The new film retconned everything that had happened in the franchise following the original 1978 film and picked up four decades later, in a world where former babysitter Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) had spent a lifetime preparing for another confrontation with her masked stalker.

But according to McBride, his and Green's leap of horror faith could have been an even bigger one. He told Entertainment Weekly in June 2018 that the pair had originally planned to pitch two films, to be shot back-to-back. They ultimately decided against it, but shortly after Halloween opened to both critical and commercial success, not one but two more films were confirmed.

Halloween Kills will see Curtis again reprise her role as Laurie Strode, along with Judy Greer and Andi Matichak as Laurie's daughter Karen and granddaughter Allyson, respectively. It will also bring the return of several of the franchise's original characters: 1978 babysitting charges Tommy and Lindsey are back and all grown up, with original Lindsey Kyle Richards returning while Anthony Michael Hall takes the role of Tommy. Nancy Stephens and Charles Cyphers, meanwhile, are reprising their respective roles of Nurse Marion Chambers and Sheriff Leigh Brackett.

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.

Godzilla vs. Kong - Nov. 20

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

The timeline for this monster mash has been shuffled around several times throughout production. After sliding in and out of various spring and summer release dates, it was announced in late 2019 that Godzilla vs. Kong had been pushed back to November 20.

Dune - Dec. 18

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 - Dec. 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).