Films and series in 2021: Great promises after years of delay and uncertainty | NOW



After an eventful film year full of delay and uncertainty, it is now also time to look ahead. What will the coming months bring us in the field of films and series? Which names and titles will dominate the Oscars? NU.nl looks at what 2021 has to offer.

The cinemas may be closed and will certainly not be able to fill all the seats for the time being, but there is no question of a sober agenda. More big crowd pullers are likely to be released in the coming months than were released in all of 2020.

That starts with the reopening of the cinemas, expected around January 19, with premieres of The Battle of the Scheldt and Wonder Woman 1984. Don’t forget that just before the new lockdown, nine new titles appeared in the cinema, including public film Bon Bini: Judeska in da House and it well received Come here that I kiss you.

Return of sequels and remakes

Many of the major releases in the coming months continue a familiar line: film companies today often aim to revise or expand existing stories. There are therefore not only sequels for the animation films The Croods and Peter Rabbit, but also for action movie Kingsman, the Dutch comedy Soof and the horror A Quiet Place. Marvel also comes out with Morbius and Black Widow. And it should be early April too No Time to Die appear, at 163 minutes the longest James Bond film ever.

The same strategy can be found on streaming services. For example, Netflix has a new adaptation of Resident Evil and a spin-off from the hit series Vikings are in the planning. Disney is coming alongside their original movie Raya and the Last Dragon, featuring several miniseries for famous Marvel heroes, such as WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. And Prime Video has put more than $ 1 billion (about $ 819 million) into one Lord of the ringsseries, which may appear at the end of 2021.

Major cinema releases (dates subject to change)

  • January 20: The Battle of the Scheldt
  • January 20: Wonder Woman 1984
  • January 27: The Croods 2
  • January 28: The Little Things
  • February 4: My best friend Anne Frank
  • February 18: Nomadland
  • March 4: Soof 3
  • March 4: Cash Truck
  • March 5: Raya and the Last Dragon
  • March 10: The King’s Man
  • March 18: Morbius
  • March 25: The Father

Possibly an Oscar for Chadwick Boseman posthumously

The start of every film year is always dominated by the big prizes. Both the Golden Globes and the Oscars were pushed back for two months, but speculation is now in full swing. For example, Netflix has various irons in the fire, including The Trial of the Chicago 7 and Limp. In addition, Chadwick Boseman has been posthumously nominated for his swan song in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Several tipped titles are yet to appear in our country early next year. For example, Netflix has the western News of the World bought with Tom Hanks and Prime Video comes with the civil rights drama One Night in Miami. Oscar winners Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman appear in theaters with the dementia drama The Father. Also the immigrant film Minari, which should be released in the Netherlands in April, is a title that has recently appeared more often in American trade media.

However, the title most often mentioned since September is the drama Nomadland. Frances McDormand opts for a modern nomadic life, after she loses her job and home. With a top prize at the Venice Film Festival director Chloé Zhao is very successful.

High-profile new titles on streaming services

  • January 7: Pieces of a Woman (Netflix)
  • January 15: One Night in Miami (Prime Video)
  • January 15: Outside the Wire (Netflix)
  • January 15: WandaVision (Disney +)
  • January 20: The Minister (Ziggo Movies & Series)
  • March 5: Coming 2 America (Prime Video)
  • April: Shadow and Bone (Netflix)
  • First Quarter: News of the World (Netflix)
  • First Quarter: TRECX (Prime Video)

Spectacle for the end of 2021

Zhao is a name to keep an eye on anyway. She is also at the helm of the new Marvel movie Eternals with Angelina Jolie, one of the titles to be released later in the year. Because high-profile films will also be ready before the end of 2021. For example, Steven Spielberg directs a new version of West Side Story, Timothée Chalamet plays the leading role Dune and Keanu Reeves returns as Neo in The Matrix 4. In addition, there are still new parts for it Fantastic Beasts, Spider-Man and Mission: Impossible expected.

Times remain uncertain, but cinemas agendas are at least beginning to show more confidence. Results in the United States now also seem to offer perspective. Wonder Woman 1984 broke its opening record last week Tenet, despite a smaller number of open cinemas.

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