Warner Bros. announced all of their 2021 movies would be released in theaters and on their streaming service HBO Max simultaneously. This has ruffled the feathers of a few of their partners and filmmakers. These films will debut on streaming for a limited time. Then after a 2-4 week period they will leave streaming and then follow a traditional rollout.
Dates are subject to change.
The Little Things – mini-review
Release Date: January 29, 2021
Genre: Crime Thriller
Director/Writer: John Lee Hancock (The Blindside, Saving Mr. Banks, The Founder, The Highwaymen)
Cast: Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, Jared Leto, and Natalie Morales
Plot: Denzel plays a Sheriff who’s sent to L.A. and becomes embroiled in the search for a serial killer. Could it be Jared Leto? How could it not be Jared Leto?
Judas and the Black Messiah
Release Date: February 12, 2021
Director: Shaka King
Writers: Shaka King and Will Berson
Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons, and Martin Sheen
Plot: the true story of Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton, who was assassinated by the FBI at the age of 21.
Tom & Jerry
Release Date: February 26, 2021
Genre: Animation/Live-Action Family Film
Director: Tim Story (Fantastic Four franchise, Ride Along franchise, Barbershop Franchise)
Writer: Kevin Costello
Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Michael Peña, Rob Delaney, Bobby Cannavale, Lil Rel Howery, and Ken Jeong
Plot: Jerry moves to a New York City hotel on the eve of the “wedding of the century.” The event planner then hires Tom to get rid of him.
Godzilla vs. Kong
Release Date: March 26, 2021
Genre: Monster Action Movie
Director: Adam Wingard (The Guest, Blair Witch, Death Note)
Writer: Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean, Deja Vu)
Cast: Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Eiza González, Kyle Chandler, and Demián Bichir.
Plot: It’s in the title.
Release Date: April 16, 2021
Genre: Action/Martial Arts
Director: Simon McQuoid
Writers: Greg Russo and Dave Callaham
Cast: Joe Taslim, Chin Han, and Lewis Tan
Plot: Based on the popular video game franchise. If you do not know, this might not be for you.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
Release Date: June 4, 2021
Genre: Period Horror
Director: Michael Chaves
Writer: David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick
Cast: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson
Plot: The third film in the Conjuring franchise, 8th including spinoffs, is a story about demonic possession wrapped in a courtroom drama as a murder suspect claims possession as his defense.
In the Heights
Release Date: June 18, 2021
Director: Jon M. Chu (Step Up 2 The Streets, Step Up 3D, G.I. Joe Retaliation, Crazy Rich Asians)
Writer: Quiara Alegría Hudes
Cast: Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Stephanie Beatriz, and Jimmy Smits
Plot: Based on the smash- Broadway hit by Lin-Manuel Miranda, In the Heights about a bodega owner in Washington Heights who dreams of a better life.
Space Jam: A New Legacy
Release Date: July 16, 2021
Genre: Family Sports Animated Comedy
Director: Malcolm D. Lee (Scary Movie 5, Undercover Brother)
Writers: Sev Ohanian and Ryan Coogler
Cast: LeBron James, Sonequa Martin-Green, and Don Cheadle
Plot: LeBron James teams up with Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes for a sequel to the original movie that starred Michael Jordan.
The Suicide Squad
Release Date: August 6, 2021
Genre: Superhero Action/Adventure
Director/Writer: James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy 1 & 2)
Cast: Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, Peter Capaldi, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Alice Braga, Pete Davidson, Taika Waititi, Nathan Fillion, Storm Reid
Plot: The Suicide Squad, goes on a new, dangerous mission to South America.
The Many Saints of Newark
Release Date: September 24, 2021
Genre: Period Crime Drama
Director: Alan Taylor (Terminator Genisys, Thor 2)
Writers: David Chase and Lawrence Konner
Cast: Alessandro Nivola, Leslie Odom Jr., Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Billy Magnussen, Ray Liotta, and Vera Farmiga
Plot: 1960s riots, when African-American and Italian communities fought. A prequel to HBO’s The Sopranos and featuring younger versions of the characters.
Release Date: October 1, 2021
Genre: Sci-Fi Fantasy Epic
Director: Denis Villenueve (Blade Runner 2049, Arrival, Sicario)
Writers: Denis Villenueve, Jon Spaihts, and Eric Roth
Cast: Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Stellan Skarsgard, Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem
Plot: Based on the novel by Frank Herbert, Dune tells the story of a gifted young man Paul Arteries born into a dynasty who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to secure his family’s future.
Release Date: November 19, 2021
Genre: Biopic Drama
Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green
Writer: Zach Baylin
Cast: Will Smith, Jon Bernthal, Dylan McDermott, Tony Goldwyn
Plot: You know those tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams? Well what about their DAD? How brilliant was he? Don’t know? Well you will, as we have found another age appropriate role for Will Smith to play (Good on him, following Gemini Man and Bad Boys For Life he is one of the few major Hollywood actors to play his age. He should have been in the suicide squad sequel though)
The Matrix 4
Release Date: December 22, 2021
Director: Lana Wachowski (Jupiter Ascending, Sense 8)
Writers: Lana Wachowski, Aleksandar Hemon, and David Mitchell
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Priyanka Chopra, Neil Patrick Harris, and Jonathan Groff
Plot: Top Secret.
Release Date: TBA 2021
Genre: Romantic Sci-Fi Thriller
Director/Writer: Lisa Joy
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson, and Thandie Newton
Plot: A scientist discovers a way to relive your past, which he then uses to search for his lost love.
Release Date: TBA 2021
Director: James Wan
Writer: Akela Cooper
Cast: Annabelle Wallis
Plot: Under wraps.
Those Who Wish Me Dead
Release Date: TBA 2021
Director: Taylor Sheridan (Yellowstone, Wind River)
Writers: Taylor Sheridan and Michael Koryta
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Jon Bernthal,, Nicholas Hoult, Tyler Perry, Aidan Gillan
Plot: A teenage murder witness is pursued by twin assassins in the Montana wilderness while being protected by a survival expert.
Apparently this is not as many films as WB released last year. Is this due to their new owner AT&T? What do you think? Sound off below.