Movie marketing is really stupid. They are announced way too early, and trailers ruin them. I know what you’re saying, “Just don’t watch trailers.” The one problem with that is the 5-7 trailers they show for 25 minutes at theaters. But despite all that, there are always a select number of films I can’t help but get really excited about. For the past many years, two or three of those were MCU movies. But after Endgame, I honestly do not care about the MCU anymore (don’t get me wrong, I will still go see some of them). The hype for Endgame was unlike anything I’ve ever seen and the movie (for me) delivered absolutely. So, with MCU movies no longer on my radar (unless they actually look incredible), I had to do some digging to find information on films coming out next year, and decide which ones I can get excited about. Below is the list of those select films.
This list is ordered from “Most-Most Hyped-For” to “Least-Most Hyped-For”.
Fast and Furious 9
Expected Release: May 22nd
Director: Justin Lin
Writer: Chris Morgan; Daniel Casey
Cast: You already know
Why I’m excited about it: The Fast and Furious franchise has held a special place in my heart ever since Dwayne Johnson’s character came on the scene in Fast Five in 2011. The cast is perfect, high adrenaline and over-the-top action, stupid (yet quotable) dialogue, and how can we forget the tear-jerker that was the finale of Furious 7. My love for the series grew even more after the shocking post-credit scenes of Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6. I was so afraid when The Fate of the Furious came out in 2017, since it was the first without Paul Walker, but it was still able to hit all the right notes for me. Then Hobbs & Shaw hit theaters this year and while I came out feeling a little empty after seeing it the first time, it was much better the second time around and is still a fantastic entry to the F&F universe.
That being said I did hear Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Shaw (Jason Statham) will be absent in this next installment, and it saddens me since those characters are two of my favorite in the series. But I still have hope since Justin Long (the man behind F&F 3/4/5/6) is back to direct, and Chris Morgan (the writer for F&F 3/4/5/6/7/8/H&S) is back to write. Not to mention the cluster fuck of a cast this movie is rumored to have. John Cena and Cardi B have joined the crew, Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron are back, and Tokyo Drift‘s Lucas Black is rumored to return. Please for the love of Snapple let him be in this and let him be a main character. I was really disappointed he only had a few seconds of screen time in Furious 7. But I think we’ll be alright.
Released: December 25th, 2019 (Limited)
Director: Sam Mendes
Writer: Sam Mendes, Krysty Wilson-Cairns
Cast: Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay
Plot: During WWI two soldiers are tasked with stopping 1600 men from walking into a trip.
Why I’m excited about it: First of all, fuck limited releases. As you can see above, this film was released on Christmas, but guess what? Not everywhere. It’s scheduled for a wide release on January 10th, which is why it made it to this list. Again, fuck limited releases. Anyway, this film looks absolutely incredible. From the reviews I’ve seen/heard, 1917 is filmed in a way that makes it seem like the whole movie is one long shot. Which from that alone has my interest peaked.
1917 is directed & co-written by Sam Mendes, who did Skyfall in 2012 and Spectre in 2015. This is his screenwriting debut along with co-writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns. The cinematographer is Roger Deakins who was also involved in many other films like Skyfall, Blade Runner 2049, and Sicario. The editor is Lee Smith who has done Dunkirk, The Dark Knight, and Master and Commander.
So in all this is a very solid crew. I’m more of a WWII guy but the idea of this film and the look of it and everyone involved just gets me very excited. Fuck. Limited. Releases.
Bad Boys for Life
Release Date: January 17th
Directors: Adil El Arbi; Bilall Fallah
Writers: Joe Carnahan (screenplay / story); Chris Bremner (screenplay/story);
Peter Craig (story)
Cast: Will Smith; Martin Lawrence
Plot: Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowery are fuckin’ back baby.
Why I’m excited about it: Hell. Yes. Bad Boys I & II are two of my top favorite action/comedy/buddy-cop movies, and Will Smith is my favorite actor. The first two movies brought high adrenaline and over-the-top action paired with comedy and even provided some solid memes. How can we forget this masterfully crafted scene?
The screenwriters for this movie have done nothing noteworthy, aside from Peter Craig who did The Town and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1/2. And both directors literally have the same filmmaking history and this is their biggest movie yet. I would honestly love to do research into how this movie got made, starting from obtaining the rights to do it. Will Smith hasn’t had the best past few movies, and I don’t even want to know what happened to Martin Lawrence. So while I am excited, my expectations are low.
All I want from this is a fun time: crazy (but enjoyable) action, lots of laughs, and for this to not take itself too seriously.
007: No Time to Die (Bond 25)
Expected Release: April 8th
Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Writers: Neal Purvis; Robert Wade; Scott Z. Burns; Cary Joji Fukunaga;
Cast: Daniel Craig
Plot: Bond has retired… until he decides to do one last job… again.
Why I’m excited about it: The first 007 film I ever saw was Casino Royale (2006), and it was (and still is) incredible. It inspired me to go back and watch all the other 22 movies that came before it and to look into reading the books. Daniel Craig was the first rendition of James Bond I got to see. I think he did/does a phenomenal job. I was always excited to see the 3 installments proceeding after Casino Royale, and (for the most part) enjoyed every minute of them all.
The 25th James Bond film and 5th installment of Daniel Craig’s Bond is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, who has won an Emmy for an episode of True Detective and has a pretty successful portfolio of films. Among the plethora of writers, Cary Joji Fukunaga was a co-screenwriter for IT (2017), Neal Purvis was a screenwriter for the previous few Bond films, same goes for Robert Wade. Scott Z. Burns has had a pretty successful writing career, most notably The Bourne Ultimatum. Finally, Phoebe Waller-Bridge makes her feature film screenwriting debut, but has done plenty of TV shows in the past. Ralph Fiennes, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, and Naomie Harris are all returning, which is exciting. Upon finally seeing the trailer earlier this month, I do think this will be a good time.
So in all, this looks like a pretty good crew. Am I expecting better than Casino Royale or even Skyfall? Of course not. I do hope it’s better than Spectre but all I really want is all the things we’ve come to love about a James Bond film, and especially a good send-off for Daniel as Bond. And you bet I’m doing a Daniel Craig Bond marathon in the days leading up to this.
Expected Release: March 6th
Director: Dan Scanlon
Writer: Dan Scanlon
Cast: Tom Holland; Chris Pratt
Plot: Two brothers embark on a quest in a modernized fantasy world.
Why I’m excited about it: I’m always excited to learn about new fantasy worlds, and a fantasy world but the era is modernized like today? You bet I’m all in. Let’s just not have another Bright on our hands, please. Visually, this film looks stunning. I really hope this film offers deep lore that requires multiple viewings or deeper analysis or creates spin-off books or even a sequel. Is that expecting too much? Given that this is a Pixar movie, possibly. Seriously though, fantasy movies tend to require a lot of world-building.
The film is written and directed by Dan Scanlon. Dan was responsible for Monster’s University in 2013. Which was a perfectly fine movie, especially since that was the year I started college. Despite that being the only experience Dan has, Pixar had enough faith in him so I do too.
To reiterate, this is a G-rated Pixar movie. So I guess I shouldn’t expect a highly sophisticated world with deep lore and detailed world-building. But it’s nice to hope.
Godzilla vs. Kong
Expected Release: March 13th
Director: Adam Wingard
Writer: Eric Pearson (screenplay); Max Borenstein (screenplay); Terry Rossio (story); Michael Dougherty (story); Zach Shields (story)
Cast: Eiza González; Alexander Skarsgård; Millie Bobby Brown
Plot: …… I’ll give ya one guess
Why I’m excited about it: I’ve been hyped about this ever since the end of the eye orgasm of Skull Island and they showed that it took place in the same universe as 2014’s Godzilla. In fact, they straight up announced this movie back in like, 2015 (2 years before Skull Island). However, since Godzilla: King of the Monsters was a massive disappointment, I am a little worried.
I do like some of Adam Wingard’s films (You’re Next, V/H/S), but I feel he won’t fare too well with an action monster movie. Especially ones as legendary as these two. We have Michael Dougherty as a story writer, who co-wrote King of the Monsters but has done nothing else noteworthy other than the screenplay for X2: X-Men United in 2003, Zach Shields as a story writer, who also co-wrote King of the Monsters. So far, not looking good. But we do have Eric Pearson co-writing the screenplay, he also co-wrote Thor: Ragnarok, Max Borenstein as a co-screenplay-writer, he also did the first Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island, and Terry Rossio who has a very successful portfolio of movies he wrote. Finally, we have Ben Seresin as the cinematographer, who has done a lot of big movies, but nothing noteworthy. As for the cast… nobody really to get excited for other than Lance Reddick. Kyle Chandler and Millie Bobby Brown are returning, both of whom I’m not a big fan of.
So in all, the production crew is looking a little iffy. But I still have hope. I have hope this movie will surprise me. Please don’t let it be another snoozefest like King of the Monsters.
And honestly, being the icons these monsters are… I’m calling it now. Both Godzilla and Kong will fight all movie just to “awaken” a bigger monster and they’ll have to team up to defeat it and in doing so will forget their beef.
Expected Release: May 15th
Director: Tony Cervone
Writer: Kelly Fremon Craig, Matt Lieberman
Cast: Frank Welker, Will Forte, Gina Rodriguez, Amanda Seyfried, Zac Efron
Plot (IMDB): Scooby and the gang face their most challenging mystery ever: a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As they race to stop this dogpocalypse, the gang discovers that Scooby has an epic destiny greater than anyone imagined.
Why I’m excited about it: Okay, first of all, look at that IMDB plot summary again, “…unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As they race to stop this dogpocalypse…”. I’m already interested. Second, I really like the detailed and colorful art style. Despite the fact this will be just another cliche and predictable Scooby-Doo movie, I think this will be a nice, fun, and heartwarming adventure.
The movie is directed by Tony Cervone, who has a long history of directing, writing, producing, and just in some way involved in cartoons like Scooby-Doo, Tom & Jerry, and Looney Tunes. Kelly Fremon Craig wrote The Edge of Seventeen, and Matt Lieberman has a very recent history of kids movies like The Addams Family (2019) and Playing With Fire and The Christmas Chronicles.
Honestly, I’m not too sure if it’s that hard to fuck up a Scooby-Doo movie. It’s a very simple formula. I guess just don’t make it cringy. I could totally see them making this as a way to get the newer generation interested in Scooby-Doo. So they’ll do dumb shit like have slang and references to things like Tiktok or popular dances. I will be mad but not surprised at all if there’s a Fortnite reference. I swear to god though if Scooby dabs 😡
But from the visual style of this movie alone, I’m excited.
Wonder Woman 1984
Expected Release: June 5th
Director: Patty Jenkins
Writer: Dave Callaham; Geoff Johns; Patty Jenkins
Cast: Gal Gadot
Why I’m excited about it: After the success of the first movie in 2017, and the fact it is directed by the same person, it’s hard not to get excited about this. Me personally, I also enjoy seeing how Warner Brothers continues to attempt to keep the DCEU held together. Because at this point it has fallen apart beyond repair. The only thing we can hope for are solo movies like Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and, of course, Shazam!. The movie poster also gives (me personally) Thor: Ragnarok vibes with its vibrant colors. After the trailer dropping on December 8th, not only does it look absolutely incredible and fun, it only added to the vibes.
Like I said, Patty Jenkins is back to direct. Dave Callaham (The Expendables Trilogy, Godzilla) is here to co-write, and Geoff Johns is someone who has done DC comics-related content his entire career. But most importantly, Zack Snyder has nothing to do with this (he is listed as a producer on IMDB, but I highly doubt he has much control).
So this is definitely a solid crew. I think this will be fine. After seeing the trailer, expectations are high.
The King’s Man
Expected Release: June 5th
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Writer: Matthew Vaughn; Karl Gajdusek
Cast: Harris Dickinson; Ralph Fiennes; Djimon Hounsou
Plot: 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.
Why I’m excited about it: Kingsman: The Secret Service in 2014 was such a wild and fun movie. I loved it. The sequel, however… yikes. Taron Egerton is definitely becoming a very noteworthy actor. But here we have a prequel to The Kingsman. I got the one-sentence plot summary from this film’s IMDB page. And just from that alone, I’m all in. But like how the first two focused more on comedy-over-the-top-action, this one seems to want to take itself a bit more seriously. Which isn’t a bad thing, unless you compare it to the tone of the other two.
The film is directed and co-written by Matthew Vaughn, who did the other two Kingsman movies. So it is good he is back to do this. Other films of his include: Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class. Karl Gajdusek is the other co-writer, who hasn’t done much. I always love seeing Ralph Fiennes, and I’m starting to really enjoy Djimon Hounsou.
I think it’ll be nice to get an origin story for The Kingsman. I hope this doesn’t mess up anything we were told in the other movies. I think it’ll be fun, but I hope it doesn’t take itself too seriously. I mean, just read that one-sentence plot summary again.
Expected Release: March 27th
Director: Niki Caro
Writer: Rick Jaffa; Amanda Silver; Elizabeth Martin; Lauren Hynek
Cast: Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen, Jet Li
Plot: A live-action remake of Disney’s “Mulan (1998)”.
Why I’m excited about it: Oh boy. The official trailer for this dropped on December 5th and it got me so excited. This actually looks really good. I’ve stayed away from Disney remakes for a while. I mean, I did see The Lion King (2019) earlier this year and it was complete and utter garbage. But I did go in expecting it to be bad, just not THAT bad.
This new remake is directed by Niki Caro, who did Whale Rider and Disney’s McFarland, USA. So she has experience working with heartwarming films and Disney. Writers include Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, who both were co-writers for 2 of the 3 Planet of the Apes reboots and for Jurassic World (They are also co-writers for Avatar 3). This is also both Elizabeth Martin’s and Lauren Hynek’s film screenplay debut. The production designer is Grant Major, who is the man responsible for the beautiful and epic production design of the entire The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
So, this actually has a pretty solid and qualified crew. I have high expectations. I’m telling you… this trailer… damn.
Expected Release: May 29th
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Writer: Michael Goldenberg; Conor McPherson
Cast: Ferdia Shaw
Plot: Artemis Fowl must search for his missing father and restore the family fortune.
Why I’m excited about it: Hey! I actually read this book! Okay, that’s a lie I listened to them on Audible! And they were great!
The movie is being directed by Kenneth Branagh, who has a plethora of successful films under his belt. Writer Michael Goldenberg was one of the guys behind 2011’s Green Lantern (yikes), and Conor McPherson, who did The Eclipse and I Went Down. Cinematographer Haris Zambarloukos has a great history of movies like Thor, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, and Cinderella.
So aside from the director, this production crew is looking a little iffy. Plus the last time I got really excited about a fantasy book adaptation, I walked out of the theater with brain cancer. *cough* *cough* Mortal Engines.
Sonic the Hedgehog
Expected Release: February 14th
Director: Jeff Fowler
Writer: Josh Miller; Patrick Casey; Oren Uziel
Cast: Ben Schwartz; James Marsden; Jim Carrey
Plot: Gotta go fast
Why I’m excited about it: Okay I can explain. This is on the list but please notice it is at the very bottom. It’s on this list for one reason and one reason only. I want to see how this movie turns out. After the first trailer dropped and… you know., director Jeff Fowler vowed to return to the studio with the visual effects team to do some revisions and delay the film. With the release of the new trailer and Sonic’s updated design, while I do agree he looks MUCH better than before, the way his CGI blends in with the rest of the world still looks really poor. I know it’s going to be a bad movie. Much like the DCEU, I’m only interested to see how they try to keep this boat afloat.
The film is directed by Jeff Fowler. This is his directorial debut. The only thing notable from all 3 writers is Oren Uziel who wrote 22 Jump Street. You’ll probably recognize Sonic’s voice, Ben Schwartz, as he has a long history of voice acting roles. Jim Carry just looks like he’s having fun and that’s all that matters.
Other Movies I’m Kind-Of Interested In:
- Top Gun: Maverick
- Jungle Cruise
I’ll most likely update this as the year progresses and new trailers come out. I did see other titles for movies coming out later next year, but I’m always skeptical about false information.