The already appreciable stakes of the Streaming Wars have been heftily raised at the moment with the seismic announcement that Warner Bros. will probably be premiering their full slate of 2021 movies on HBO Max concurrently with their theatrical releases. Jason Kilar, the gung-ho CEO of WarnerMedia, despatched shockwaves all through the leisure trade final month together with his choice to debut Marvel Girl 1984, a $200MM film that doubtless would have grossed north of $1 billion worldwide theatrically, on HBO Max on Christmas Day, 2020. That dangerous transfer, although, seems to be like a drop within the pond when in comparison with at the moment’s choice, which is able to see 17 large funds, excessive octane movies going straight into the dwelling rooms of HBO Max subscribers in the USA all through everything of 2021.
With film theaters struggling at dwelling and overseas within the face of the coronavirus pandemic, Kilar’s gamble immediately transforms HBO Max from a second tier “nice to have” subscription streaming service into a primary tier, “must subscribe” choice for film lovers. No matter how this transfer shakes out for WarnerMedia (as a enterprise) and Hollywood (as a complete), the excellent news for you, expensive reader, is that 2021 is setting as much as be an outstanding 12 months for all of us dwelling leisure fans.
With all that stated, let’s reduce to the chase. Listed below are the discharge dates, as they presently stand, for Warner Brothers’ slate of 2021 film releases, together with The Matrix 4, House Jam 2, Dune, The Suicide Squad, and extra.
HBO MAX WARNER BROTHERS 2021 RELEASE SCHEDULE
RELEASE DATE: January 15, 2021
STARS: Jessica McNamee, Tadanobu Asano, Hiroyuki Sanada
DIRECTOR: Simon McQuoid
Mortal Kombat, which relies on the online game of the identical title, marks the third installment within the profitable movie franchise. The most recent Mortal Kombat film follows Shaolin Monk Liu Kang (Ludi Lin), who’s invited to compete within the intergalactic martial arts match.
RELEASE DATE: January 29, 2021
STARS: Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, Jared Leto
DIRECTOR: John Lee Hancock
The Little Issues follows sheriff deputy Deke (Washington) as he groups up with detective Baxter (Malek) to catch a serial killer (Leto) in California. Whereas Deke is gifted at looking for out the small print in any case, he strays from the foundations and has his personal unconventional strategies, touchdown Baxter in a dilemma.
RELEASE DATE: March 5, 2021
STARS: Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña, Rob Delaney, Colin Jost
DIRECTOR: Tim Story
The Tom and Jerry movie takes the beloved Hanna-Barbera cartoon and provides it an origin story, going again in time to inform the story of how Tom and Jerry met and the way their well-known rivalry started.
RELEASE DATE: March 12, 2021
STARS: Michael Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal
DIRECTOR: Alan Taylor
The Many Saints of Newark explores the historical past of one among TV’s most well-known gangsters, Tony Soprano. The late James Gandolfini’s son, Michael, takes on his father’s iconic position to play a youthful model of Soprano, who got here of age in 1960s Newark, New Jersey.
RELEASE DATE: April 16, 2021
STARS: Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson, Thandie Newton, Daniel Wu
DIRECTOR: Lisa Pleasure
Sci-fi drama Memory follows Nick Bannister, a person dwelling in Miami sooner or later, when rising seas have remodeled town. Nick has the distinctive means to let his shoppers revisit any reminiscence of their previous, and when he meets Mae (Ferguson), he instantly falls for her — however one other shopper’s reminiscences make him query what he thought he knew about her.
RELEASE DATE: Could 21, 2021
STARS: Millie Bobby Brown, Julian Dennison, Alexander Skarsgård
DIRECTOR: Adam Wingard
Godzilla vs. Kong, the sequel to Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Kong: Cranium Island, marks the fourth movie within the MonsterVerse. The fearsome titular monsters face off, however with people caught within the center, a conspiracy has folks planning to wipe the creatures from the planet for good.
RELEASE DATE: June 4, 2021
STARS: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ruairi O’Connor
DIRECTOR: Michael Chaves
Also called The Conjuring 3, the third movie within the horror franchise follows paranormal investigators Ed (Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Farmiga) as they give the impression of being right into a homicide case through which the suspect claims he was possessed by a demon.
RELEASE DATE: June 18, 2021
STARS: Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera
DIRECTOR: Jon M. Chu
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Within the Heights musical will get the film remedy with an onscreen adaptation about New York Metropolis’s Washington Heights neighborhood. On the middle of all of it is bodega proprietor Usnavi de la Vega (Ramos), who’s saving up cash and dreaming of beginning his personal enterprise again dwelling within the Dominican Republic.
RELEASE DATE: July 16, 2021
STARS: LeBron James, Don Cheadle, Sonequa Martin-Inexperienced, Ceyair J. Wright
DIRECTOR: Malcolm D. Lee
A sequel to the unique 1996 House Jam, subsequent 12 months’s House Jam: A New Legacy tells the story of LeBron James’ mission to rescue his lacking son, Bronny, as he finds his method by way of totally different Warner Bros. motion pictures and faces off in opposition to villain Al-G (Cheadle). And like the primary movie, House Jam 2 in fact options Bugs Bunny and extra Looney Toons.
RELEASE DATE: August 6, 2021
STARS: Margot Robbie, John Cena, Idris Elba, Joel Kinnaman
DIRECTOR: James Gunn
Gunn’s Suicide Squad, launched as a “soft reboot” or “standalone sequel” to 2016’s Suicide Squad, brings again the DC antiheroes — together with Harley Quinn, Rick Flag, Bloodsport, Peacemaker, and extra — for one more spherical of adventures.
RELEASE DATE: October 1, 2021
STARS: Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac
DIRECTOR: Denis Villeneuve
Dune is ready within the far future, the place a duke is given possession over a desert that’s dwelling to the highly effective and beneficial substance “the spice,” a drug that has the flexibility to assist people stay longer, improve their intelligence, and journey on the velocity of sunshine. The Duke brings his household and advisers with him, however the mining operation within the desert presents surprising challenges. Dune, which marks the primary a part of an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel, comes after the primary Dune film, which was launched in 1984.
RELEASE DATE: November 5, 2021
STARS: Austin Butler, Tom Hanks, Olivia DeJonge, Yola
DIRECTOR: Baz Luhrmann
Elvis, a biopic about The King, tells the story of Elvis Presley (Butler). Hanks costars as Presley’s supervisor, Col. Tom Parker, within the movie, which marks Luhrmann’s first movie since 2013’s The Nice Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
RELEASE DATE: November 19, 2021
STARS: Will Smith, Aunjanue Ellis, Saniyya Sidney, Demi Singleton
DIRECTOR: Reinaldo Marcus Inexperienced
King Richard tells the story of tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams and their coach and father, Richard Williams (Smith). The sports activities drama explores how the gifted sisters have been influenced by their dad and the way he made them who they’re at the moment.
RELEASE DATE: December 22, 2021
STARS: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jada Pinkett Smith
DIRECTOR: Lana Wachowski
Because the fourth movie within the fashionable sci-fi franchise, The Matrix 4 continues the story of Neo (Reeves), and his costars Trinity (Moss), Niobe (Smith) and extra. The most recent Matrix movie additionally brings on some new characters performed by Priyanka Chopra, Neil Patrick Harris, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.
RELEASE DATE: TBA
STARS: Daniel Kaluuya, Lakeith Stanfield
DIRECTOR: Shaka King
Primarily based on the true story of Fred Hampton, the chief of the revolutionary Black Panther Occasion, this movie marks the reunion of the celebrities of Get Out in a movie produced by mega-talent Ryan Coogler (Creed, Marvel’s Black Panther).
RELEASE DATE: TBA
STARS: Annabelle Wallis, Jake Abel
DIRECTOR: James Wan
Little or no is thought about Malignant, however James Wan is a well-proven commodity. He directed the primary Noticed film, the primary Insidious film, the primary Conjuring film, and even Quick 7. No matter he’s received for us to observe, we’ll gladly devour.
RELEASE DATE: TBA
STARS: Angelina Jolie, Nicholas Hoult, Tyler Perry, Jon Bernthal
DIRECTOR: Taylor Sheridan
Sheridan is among the most enjoyable American administrators working nowadays, with movies like Hell or Excessive Water and Wind River beneath his belt; he’s additionally a prolific author, penning initiatives like Sicario and TV’s Yellowstone. It’s been a sizzling minute since Angelina Jolie has filmed an grownup drama, however this pairing —in a “neo-Western,” no much less — has us geeked!