Cor*nav**us has ruined 2020. It has made my first “Most Hyped-For” list completely useless as many of those movies were delayed. The biggest one being Fast & Furious 9, which held the #1 spot on that list. It was delayed by a whole year. Cor*nav**us has broken me. Anyway, I have revised this list to reflect the second half of 2020. Most of the same movies will be on this list as they were pushed back by months. However, in mid-June, Wonder Woman 1984, Mulan, & Tenet got pushed back again! Fuck! BUT No Time to Die got moved up by 5 whole days! Fuck!
This list is ordered from “Most-Most Hyped-For” to “Least-Most Hyped-For”.
007: No Time to Die (Bond 25)
Expected Release: November 20th
Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Writers: Neal Purvis; Robert Wade; Scott Z. Burns; Cary Joji Fukunaga;
Cast: Daniel Craig, Ana de Armas, Rami Malek
Plot: Bond has retired… until he is called back for 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, and I am in love with Ana de Armas. Upon finally seeing the trailer earlier this year, 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.
The French Dispatch
Expected Release: October 16th
Director: Wes Anderson
Writers: Wes Anderson, Jason Schwartzman (story), Roman Coppola (story), Hugo Guinness (story)
Cast: It’s a STACKED cast. Just look at it here.
Plot: A love letter to journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional twentieth century French city that brings to life a collection of stories published in “The French Dispatch Magazine”.
Why I’m excited about it: This movie is almost tied for 1st. Wes Anderson is easily one of my all-time favorite filmmakers. The Grand Budapest Hotel is one if my all time favorite movies and I really enjoyed Isle of Dogs. So it’s no surprise I’m super hyped for this.
Wes Anderson is responsible for many classics: Rushmore, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Isle of Dogs. I love his style of films but especially his style of comedy. Alexandre Desplat is a musical master at this point. He scored tons of amazing movies and even won an Oscar for his score for Grand Budapest Hotel. Check out his portfolio here. Robert D. Yeoman is the cinematographer. He also did The Grand Budapest Hotel, Rushmore, and Moonrise Kingdom. Adam Stockhausen is the production designer. He won an Oscar for The Grand Budapest Hotel and also did Rushmore, Isle of Dogs, Widows, Bridge of Spies, and Moonrise Kingdom. Please check the link above for the cast. Seriously, it looks insane.
So basically, the same crew that Wes Anderson has been working with for his past films is also making this one. So it shouldn’t be a surprise why my expectations are set very high.
Wonder Woman 1984
Expected Release: October 2nd
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. Birds of Prey was okay, but nothing about it got me excited. 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 (although he is listed as a producer on IMDB).
So this is definitely a solid crew. I think this will be fine. After seeing the trailer, expectations are high.
Expected Release: August 12th
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Gal Gadot
Plot: John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki
Why I’m excited about it: The more times I see a trailer for this the more excited I get. It just looks like another brain fuck action adventure epic from ya boi C. Nolan.
We all know what Christopher Nolan is responsible for. He’s a genius, although Dunkirk was rough. The cinematographer is Hoyte Van Hoytema, who did Dunkirk, Interstellar, and Ad Astra. Ludwig Göransson did the score, who is a legend in the industry. He won an Oscar for his Black Panther score, he also did both Creed films, and Venom. Finally the production designer is Nathan Crowley, who did all 3 of Nolan’s Batman movies, Interstellar, Dunkirk, and First Man.
It’s no surprise I have high expectations for this film. It looks fun, it looks wild, I’m excited to see John David Washington & Robert Pattinson, and Clémence Poésy got me all 👀👀👀.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
Expected Release: September 11th
Director: Michael Chaves
Writer: David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (Screenplay/Story), James Wan (Story)
Cast: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson
Why I’m excited about it: I’m honestly surprised movies are allowed to be released on 9/11. The Conjuring 1 & 2 are absolutely amazing, despite the cinematic universe has gone very downhill. Annabelle Comes Home was just stupid, The Curse of La Llorona was asinine, and what can I say about The Nun?
Michael Chaves is the director. He was the director of The Curse of La Llorona. That was his feature film directing debut. That is not good. However, David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick is the screenwriter. He wrote Orphan, Wrath of the Titans, The Conjuring 2, and Aquaman. Horror-God James Wan helped write the story and is a producer.
Horror is my favorite genre of film. I always have high expectations. Since this is not only the 3rd “Conjuring”-titled entry but also written and produced by Horror-God James Wan, the expectations are very high. But director Michael Chaves did not make a good first impression. As of writing this, we still do not have a trailer or any idea of what the plot will be. The fact this movie has a release date in September, one of the Dump-Months for films, also worries me. However, the fact that we still don’t have a trailer, makes me think this’ll inevitably be pushed to 2021 thanks to the Rona.
Expected Release: September 18th
Director: Sean Durkin
Writer: Sean Durkin
Cast: Jude Law, Carrie Coon
Plot: Life for an entrepreneur and his American family begin to take a twisted turn after moving into an English country manor.
Why I’m excited about it: Another film I’m excited for yet worried about because it is released in September. I get strong The Shining vibes from this.
It is directed and written by Sean Durkin, who did Martha Marcy May Marlene, a film I’ve never seen but reviews are positive.
The trailer for this just looks very interesting. I really like Jude Law and the overall premise of the film piques my interest.
Godzilla vs. Kong
Expected Release: November 20th
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.
The King’s Man
Expected Release: September 18th
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. Rocketman was amazing. 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: August 21st
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) last year and it was complete and utter garbage. 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.
I can’t wait to see what movies were pushed back again the day after I published this.
Other Movies I’m Kind-Of Interested In:
- Top Gun: Maverick (12/23)
- Black Widow (11/8)
- The New Mutants (8/28)
- A Quiet Place Part II (9/4)
- Soul (11/20)
- Free Guy (12/11)
The 2021 Oscars are going to be ridiculous and 2021 or 2022 in Movies is going to be legendary.