Upcoming movies that still don't have release dates
In the long list of COVID-19-related postponements—including festivals, sporting events, awards ceremonies, beauty pageants, conventions, and religious ceremonies—the film industry has seen its own fallout. Not only have the productions of various films set to release later this year or next year been halted—their eventual releases hinging on when in-person production is safe to start up again—but finished films are hanging on a precarious thread of their own. There are some films that once had a set date, such as the A24 horror flick “Saint Maud,” and have since been pushed back multiple times. Others have been indefinitely pulled from the release schedule, such as the Dev Patel-led period picture “The Green Knight.” Still more films never had a date at all, their premiere fate still unknown.
And while many films, such as “Trolls World Tour,” “The King of Staten Island,” “Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always,” and “First Cow” (the latter of which had its limited theater run set to expand just as lockdown began) settled for an on-demand release, others are left with even more ambiguity. It’s uncertain as to whether some films will eventually make a compromise and go to streaming, stick things out until theaters safely reopen, or make promises to force themselves into the summer cinema-sphere one way or another (much like the film “Tenet”). Some films, such as Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods” and the Sundance hit “Palm Springs,” had the good fortune of already being set for streaming-only releases.
Because of the uncertainty over health concerns and theater safety—and the varying degrees of COVID-19 reopening state-to-state in the United States—it’s difficult for many distributors to make a decision. That’s left many eager cinephiles craving release dates for hyped-up features during a time when new films are few and far between. Stacker researched movies originally targeted for 2020 and 2021 that have yet to be given official release dates and listed them alphabetically.
Here are 39 upcoming films that still don’t have release dates but will hopefully whet appetites for their impending arrival to either laptop or theater screens everywhere.
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- Director: Roy Andersson
- Genre: Drama
Inspired by the collection of Indian and Middle Eastern folk tales entitled “One Thousand and One Nights,” this Swedish film explores life and the preciousness of human existence. The film is director Roy Andersson’s sixth feature and was screened at the 76th International Film Festival. Though it has been screened at numerous film festivals, it does not have any theatrical release dates set outside of Europe.
- Director: Leos Carax
- Genre: Musical
In this musical film, a stand-up comedian and his famous singer wife deal with the unexpected consequences in their life after the arrival of a daughter who has a unique talent. Starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard, the film is French director Leos Carax’s first English-language film. The film wrapped shooting in 2019 and has a release planned for 2021 in the U.S., but no date is scheduled as of yet.
- Director: Scott Cooper
- Genre: Horror
In a small Oregon town, a schoolteacher (Keri Russell) becomes concerned about the home life of one of her students, whose family may be harboring a creature of unimaginable horror. Produced by acclaimed horror and fantasy director Guillermo del Toro and also starring Jesse Plemons, the screenplay was co-written by Nick Antosca and adapted from his short story “The Quiet Boy.” Originally slated for a mid-April release date, the film has since been indefinitely postponed because of COVID-19.
The Artist's Wife
- Director: Tom Dolby
- Genre: Drama
When a famed artist is diagnosed with a degenerative illness, he and his wife must endure the new strains put on their relationship. His wife, an artist herself, had fallen into the shadow of her husband, and she must decide whether to embrace a newfound spotlight. Starring Bruce Dern and Lena Olin, the film was previously screened at numerous film festivals and had been planned for release in April, but it has since been delayed.
Barb & Star
- Director: Josh Greenbaum
- Genre: Comedy
Starring Kristen Wiig, Jamie Dornan, Damon Wayans Jr., and Wendi McLendon-Covey, this comedy film follows best friends Barb and Star, whose excursion to Florida from their small, Midwestern town turns into a harrowing adventure. Co-written by Wiig, the film had an original release set for the end of July but has since been pushed to nearly a year late due to the pandemic.
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- Director: Lawrence Michael Levine
- Genre: Thriller
Looking to focus on her creativity, a filmmaker seeks a getaway at a wilderness retreat belonging to a young couple expecting a child. But during their time together, the three find themselves entangled in a web of their worst impulses, blurring the lines between what is real and what is fiction. Starring Aubrey Plaza, Christopher Abbott, and Sarah Gadon, the film premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Momentum Picture acquired distribution rights, but the film does not have any release dates yet.
Charm City Kings
- Director: Angel Manuel Soto
- Genre: Drama
A young boy is desperate to join an infamous dirt bike gang in Baltimore, but when he’s eventually taken in by one of its members, the boy finds himself torn between the violence of the gang and the safety of his life without it. The film held its world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and stars Jahi Di'Allo Winston and Meek Mill. It has no release date.
- Director: Michael Angelo Covino
- Genre: Comedy
Two friends must confront a dirty secret, and their lifelong friendship is soon tested by an admission that threatens to tear them apart. The film’s world premiere was held at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and was originally slated for a March release, which was moved to July because of COVID-19. More recently, the film’s release date was changed to “TBD.”
- Director: Alexander Nanau
- Genre: Documentary
This Romanian documentary film follows investigative journalists looking into health care corruption following a fire at a Romanian nightclub, after which patients with nonlife-threatening wounds began turning up dead. The film premiered at the 76th Venice International Film Festival and was screened at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival and the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, but it does not yet have a release date.
- Director: Quentin Dupieux
- Genre: Black Comedy
Starring Jean Dujardin and Adèle Haenel, the dark comedy film follows one man’s obsession with owning the designer deerskin jacket he’s always dreamed of, leading him down a murky path of crime. Though it was released in France in 2019 and screened at multiple film festivals, its March 20 release date for the U.S. was pulled.
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