Industry News: Movies Prepare To Go Big Again

AMC Theatres – August 24, 2020.

To big screen or not big screen? That is the question for an upcoming slate of intriguing movies expected to premiere across the fall.

On September 3, Christopher Nolan’s oft-delayed sci-fi epic Tenet is expected to touch down in select cities. The reception to this anticipated film and how well multiplexes follow safety procedures could determine the path forward for other major films in 2020.

So what’s expected in multiplexes in upcoming months? Here are seven films likely to play big:

  • Ammonite, slated for September 11, brings together Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan for a romantic drama between a paleontologist and a tourist along the Southern English coastline. These frequent Oscar nominees are getting Titanic-level love story buzz.
  • Wonder Woman 1984, directed by Patty Jenkins, is now scheduled for October 2. Expect Gal Gadot to soar in this sequel as the popular DC Comics heroine. This time she battles Kristin Wiig as her adversary in this ‘80s-set adventure.
  • Black Widow, the next big-screen Marvel movie starring Scarlett Johansson, is slated for November6. This fierce protagonist must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.
  • West Side Story, slated for December 18, is Steven Spielberg’s epic retelling of the classic musical of a star-crossed love between a couple from rival gangs The Sharks and The Jets starring Baby Driver’s Ansol Elgort and newcomer Rachel Zegler. Expect a diverse cast and amazing choreography on the rough and tumble streets of New York.
  • Dune, also slated for December 18, is a remake of the science fiction epic about spice trade warriors on a desert planet and is getting buzz for revolutionary effects and a leading man performance by art-film darling Timothée Chalamet. Denis Villeneuve directs.
  • Respect is the much-anticipated biopic of legendary R&B superstar Aretha Franklin starring Jennifer Hudson. Co-starring Forest Whitaker and Marlon Wayans, this music-filled drama is scheduled for limited release on December 25.  
  • The French Dispatch is eccentric director Wes Anderson’s multi-character historic comedy set at an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional 20th-century French city with Benicio del Toro, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton among an eclectic ensemble. The release date, even for this Oscar-bait film, is still in flux.

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