Upcoming movies that still don't have release dates

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July 20, 2020
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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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Roy Andersson Filmproduktion AB

About Endlessness

- 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.

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Annette

- 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.

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Fox Searchlight Pictures

Antlers

- 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.

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Water's End Productions

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.

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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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Blue Creek Pictures

Black Bear

- 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.

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Overbrook Entertainment

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.

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Topic Studios

The Climb

- 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.”

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Alexander Nanau Production

Collective

- 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.

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Atelier de Production

Deerskin

- 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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Big Mouth Productions

Dick Johnson Is Dead

- Director: Kristen Johnson
- Genre: Documentary

To cope with her father’s impending death from dementia, filmmaker Kristen Johnson stages her father’s death in various grisly, gratuitous, and comical ways, while ruminating on their lives and their own mortality. Though it was acquired for distribution by Netflix, it does not yet have a release date.

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Fabula

Ema

- Director: Pablo Larraín
- Genre: Drama

An adoption gone awry causes the relationship between a dancer and choreographer to fray, in this eclectic, dizzying film exploring love, loss, parenthood, gender, and sexuality. The film had its world premiere in 2019 at the Venice Film Festival with a planned theatrical release from MUBI in 2020 but instead went to streaming for the United Kingdom, Europe, and India. However, distribution rights had previously been acquired by the U.S.

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A24

False Positive

- Director: John Lee
- Genre: Horror

Purported to be a modern take on “Rosemary’s Baby,” this horror film features a star-studded cast including Ilana Glazer, Justin Theroux, Sophia Bush, and Pierce Brosnan. Not much more is known about the plot of the film, currently in post-production, with no set date beyond a still-planned 2020 release for the U.S.

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Trademark Films

The Father

- Director: Florian Zeller
- Genre: Drama

Starring Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman, an aging man begins to endure the effects of his deteriorating mind and body, refusing assistance from his daughter as he struggles to cope with the rapidly changing circumstances of his reality. Currently, it has planned releases for fall 2020 in the Netherlands and 2021 in the U.K., Europe, and Argentina, with no dates for the U.S. beyond its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival back in January.

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The Forever Purge

- Director: Everardo Valerio Gout
- Genre: Horror

Though the plot is still unknown for the fifth and final installment of the “Purge” franchise, production has been completed, and its release has been delayed to 2021. The film is set to feature Josh Lucas, Cassidy Freeman, Leven Rambin, Ana de la Reguera, and Will Patton.

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Sailor Bear

The Green Knight

- Director: David Lowery
- Genre: Fantasy

From the director of “A Ghost Story,” this film set in medieval times is a fantasy retelling of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Starring Dev Patel, Joel Edgerton, Alicia Vikander, Sean Harris, and Barry Keoghan, the film is being distributed by A24 and was set to have its world premiere at the since-cancelled 2020 South by Southwest Festival, with a theatrical release May 29. Because of the pandemic, it was pulled from the release schedule.

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The Little Mermaid

- Director: Rob Marshall
- Genre: Musical

Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of another one of its classic animated films is set to star actress Halle Bailey in the role of Ariel, with a star-studded cast including Melissa McCarthy, Awkwafina, Jacob Tremblay, Megan Fox, and Idris Elba. Production was set to start in April but has since been delayed because of COVID-19, with no official postponed start date set.

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Malignant

- Director: James Wan
- Genre: Horror

From acclaimed horror director James Wan, of films such as “Insidious” and “The Conjuring,” this new horror feature stars Annabelle Wallis and McKenna Grace in a plot that has yet to be revealed. It was planned to hit theaters in August, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the film was pulled from the schedule and no longer has any release date listed.

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185 Films

Memoria

- Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
- Genre: Drama

This drama film starring Tilda Swinton follows a Scottish orchid farmer who visits her ailing sister in Colombia and forms a friendship with two very different people while she’s there, all while becoming obsessed with strange sounds. The film is director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s first English-language film. Distribution rights were acquired by NEON, though it only has 2021 in the U.S. listed as its release date.

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Plan B Entertainment

Minari

- Director: Lee Isaac Chung
- Genre: Drama

This drama film from A24 starring Steven Yeun follows a Korean American family who moves to a farm in Arkansas, looking to plant their roots in the country. Their plan, however, is upended by the arrival of the family’s grandmother. Sundance Film Festival held the film’s world premiere, where it won both the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award and the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize. Beyond two release dates for Europe in fall 2020, it has no release set for the U.S.

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Caramel Film

Most Wanted

- Director: Daniel Roby
- Genre: Thriller

Set in 1989, this thriller follows an investigative journalist out to expose corrupt cops who organized a heroin bust and put a potentially innocent man in a Thai prison for life. The film stars Josh Hartnett, Antoine Olivier Pilon, Jim Gaffigan, Amanda Crew, and Stephen McHattie, and it does not yet have a release date listed for the U.S.

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Next Goal Wins

- Director: Taika Waititi
- Genre: Sports comedy

The newest comedy from New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi is adapted from the documentary of the same name. It centers on Thomas Rongen, a Dutch American soccer coach, as he tries to lead what is considered to be one of the world’s weakest teams: the American Samoa. The cast includes Michael Fassbender, Elisabeth Moss, Rhys Darby, Rachel House, and Armie Hammer, and it began post-production in January 2020, with no release date yet.

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Cor Cordium Productions

Nomadland

- Director: Chloé Zhao
- Genre: Drama

From the acclaimed director of 2017’s “The Rider,” Frances McDormand stars as a woman who loses everything during the Great Recession of 2008 and begins her life as a nomad journeying through the American West, living in her van. The film also stars David Strathairn and will be distributed by Searchlight Pictures, with only “2020” listed as its release date in the U.S.

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On the Rocks

- Director: Sofia Coppola
- Genre: Comedy-drama

In Sofia Coppola’s much-anticipated reunion with Bill Murray (with whom she previously collaborated on 2003’s acclaimed “Lost in Translation”), a young mother travels to New York City in an attempt to salvage a relationship with her playboy father. The film also stars Rashida Jones, Marlon Wayans, Jenny Slate, Jessica Henwick, and Barbara Bain and has since completed production, though with its release only listed as “2020” for the U.S.

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Rhombus Media

Possessor

- Director: Brandon Cronenberg
- Genre: Horror

When an assassin who inhabits other people’s bodies in order to complete her hit reluctantly takes on a new assignment, she finds it increasingly difficult to separate herself from her new host. Starring Andrea Riseborough, Christopher Abbott, and Jennifer Jason Leigh, the film was picked up for distribution by NEON, though there is no release date as of yet.

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Praise This

- Director: Tina Gordon
- Genre: Musical drama

Delving into the world of youth choir competitions, this musical film from the director of “Little” (2019) does not yet have any plot info, nor does it have an announced cast. As of June, the film had an open casting call listed on Backstage and is still in pre-production, with no information on any eventual release date.

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FilmNation Entertainment

Promising Young Woman

- Director: Emerald Fennell
- Genre: Thriller

A young woman tormented by a past tragedy preys on men she meets in bars as revenge, until she finds her path upended by a chance encounter. This thriller stars Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Alison Brie, and Adam Brody, among others, and it had its world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Though scheduled for a mid-April release, it was pulled because of the pandemic and has yet to be rescheduled.

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Rebecca

- Director: Ben Wheatley
- Genre: Thriller

This remake of the classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller follows a young woman newly married to a widower. The new wife finds herself gripped by the shadow of her husband’s ex-wife, Rebecca, who died under mysterious circumstances. The film stars Lily James, Armie Hammer, Sam Riley, Kristin Scott Thomas, Keeley Hawes, and Ann Dowd, and it is directed by Ben Wheatley, who previously directed “High Rise” and “Free Fire.” It has a listed release date of only “2020” for the U.K. and U.S.

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Run

- Director: Aneesh Chaganty
- Genre: Horror

From the director of 2018’s “Searching” comes this horror film starring Sarah Paulson as the overprotective mother of a teenager. Soon, the daughter begins to suspect that her mother is harboring a dark secret. Though it was previously scheduled to be released May 8, 2020, it has since been pulled, Lionsgate wishing to wait until there is more clarity on theater reopenings and safety.

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Escape Plan Productions

Saint Maud

- Director: Rose Glass
- Genre: Horror

After being traumatized, an impressionable young nurse finds religion and becomes obsessed with saving the soul of an ailing yet hedonistic dancer. Starring Morfydd Clark in director Rose Glass’ feature debut, the film was set to be released April 10 and was later moved to July 17 because of the pandemic. It has since been pulled from the schedule entirely.

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Santa Fe Films

Sound of Freedom

- Director: Alejandro Gómez Monteverde
- Genre: Action

This action film tells the real-life story of a former U.S. government agent who leaves his job with the Department of Homeland Security in order to rescue children from sex trafficking rings. Starring Mira Sorvino, Jim Caviezel, and Bill Camp, the film has completed post-production but does not have any listed release date yet other than 2020.

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Dystopian Films

Stealing Chaplin

- Director: Paul Tanter
- Genre: Drama

Inspired by a true story, this film follows two brothers who exhume legendary actor Charlie Chaplin’s body in a plot to ransom it. Starring “Sopranos” actor Al Sapienza, the film has completed post-production, and though was originally listed as having a release set for late 2020, that timeframe has yet to be updated.

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Time

- Director: Garrett Bradley
- Genre: Documentary

Filmed over the course of two decades, this documentary follows the matriarch of a family as she fights for the release of her husband, who is serving a 60-year prison sentence. In the process, she becomes a self-described abolitionist. The film’s world premiere was held at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the award for U.S. Documentary Directing. Amazon Studios has since acquired distribution rights, though there is no release date scheduled.

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DreamWorks

The Trial of the Chicago 7

- Director: Aaron Sorkin
- Genre: Drama

From acclaimed director and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, of “The West Wing” and “The Social Network” fame, comes this true story of seven people who were convicted of various charges having to do with an uprising in 1986 at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. The film stars Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jeremy Strong, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It was picked up by Netflix for distribution rights, though it does not have a release date more specific than sometime in 2020.

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Twist

- Director: Martin Owen
- Genre: Drama

This modern take on the classic Charles Dickens story, “Oliver Twist,” stars Lena Headey, Rita Ora, Michael Caine, and David Walliams. The film was picked up for distribution by Sky Cinema in the U.K., while Saban Films has the distribution rights for North America for a still unknown date in 2020.

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Paprika Films

Two of Us

- Director: Filippo Meneghetti
- Genre: Drama

In this French drama, two older women who have been neighbors on the top floor of their apartment building for many years have hidden their secret love for one another. But the arrival of one woman’s daughter threatens to upend their quiet romance. The film is director Filippo Meneghetti’s feature narrative debut. A trailer released back in February promised that the film was “coming soon,” though it is still awaiting a release by the distributor.

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The Witches

- Director: Robert Zemeckis
- Genre: Fantasy

From the director of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?,” this second adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl children’s book surrounds a little boy who happens upon a witches’ conference while staying at a hotel with his grandmother. The film is set to star Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, and Chris Rock. It is currently in post-production and set to release sometime in 2021.

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20th Century Studios

The Woman in the Window

- Director: Joe Wright
- Genre: Thriller

Based on the novel of the same name, this thriller from the director of “Atonement” and “Anna Karenina” follows agoraphobic Anna Fox living in New York City, who befriends her neighbor across the street. But when she witnesses something horrible and the neighbor disappears, Anna is led down a dark path. With an all-star cast including Amy Adams, Anthony Mackie, Julianne Moore, and Gary Oldman, the film was set to be released mid-May but was indefinitely pulled because of COVID-19.

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Killer Films

Zola

- Director: Janicza Bravo
- Genre: Comedy-drama

Starring Taylour Paige, Riley Keough, Nicholas Braun, and Colman Domingo, two strippers meet by chance and form a fast friendship, one of them promising a chance to dance at multiple clubs in Florida that’ll pay them big. When things go quickly awry, the titular Zola realizes she’s not in the situation that she thought she was. The film is based on an infamous Twitter thread from 2015. It premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and was acquired for distribution rights, but it does not yet have a release date.

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