It has been a pretty sparse year when it comes to Disney film releases. Many scheduled for 2020 have inevitably re-scheduled, some vanished from 2021 calendar completely. The pandemic has wreaked havoc on filming and animation. But 2021 has become a beacon of light for Disney Studios.
There are plenty of films to look forward to in the new year. Disney’s mass expansion has allowed the empire to multiply in many different directions. IP machines Pixar, Marvel and 21st Century Fox are a few who have entered the fold. This growth has paved the way for newbies, overhauls, and sequels to dominate the industry.
Let’s take a look at some anticipated films expected to hit the screens in the next year. And what Disney’s calendar looks like.
Raya and the Last Dragon
Release date: 12th March 2021
The studio behind Moana and Frozen have created this hyper-realistic visual. The animation follows Raya, a trainee guardian dragon gem. Along with her adorable side-kick Tuk Tuk, she sets out to find the last dragon. Kelly Maria Tran (Raya) and Awkwafina (Sisu) star in this mind-blowing simulation. The film is set to be theatrically released by Disney in the US in March 2021.
Release date: 7th May 2021
This prequel to the Avengers film will star David Harbour as Alexei. Florence Pugh as Yelena and Rachel Weisz as Melina. Cate Shortland has the task of fast-tracking this film to fit into the 2021 calendar.
Release date: 28th May 2021
What’s better than a new live-action version of 101 Dalmatians you ask? A film dedicated to the villain we all love to hate. Even better? Emma Stone has bagged the role of the evil dog-napper Cruella, and she looks pretty fabulous. Mark Strong (who plays Boris) has already hailed it as story-telling at its best. But the live-action prequel looks at how Cruella came to be, rather than how much fur she actually owns. The plot looks at Cruella’s fashion career, and how her insatiable lust for fur developed.
Release date: 18th June 2021
Luca promises to be a beautifully sweet and endearing tale about a boy who befriends a sea monster. Disney hasn’t revealed much for this film so far. A trailer teaser aired back in August, but it is rather opaque. It’s set to hit the big screen next summer.
The Little Mermaid
Release date: 9th July 2021
With many of Disney original animations rebooted. It was inevitable that The Little Mermaid would make an appearance. The announcement bought much anticipation, but fans have also voiced their anxieties. Even so, the film is set to be a record-breaking box office hit. Disney has broadcasted that Halle Bailey will play the leading role of Ariel. Jonah Hauer-King is cast as Eric. Much-loved comedian Melissa McCarthy will play arch-villain Ursula. And Awkwafina as Scuttle.
Release date: 30th July 2021
Jungle Cruise, sound familiar? Well, that’s because the movie was set to air back in 2019. The movie’s new release date was pushed to 2020, but Mulan took the spot. Now, with the pandemic, further delays have pushed it to summer 2021. Dwayne Johnson took to social media to announce the news. Although the pandemic has put the film on the backbench, the delay is also because of the film’s premise. Jungle Cruise is based on the eponymous theme park ride. The team felt that the release of the film shouldn’t happen unless the theme park is open.
Release date: 5th November 2021
Another film to have fallen victim to the pandemic is Chloe Zhao’s Eternals. Marvel is going all-out in marketing for this production. Their website even includes a countdown until the film’s release. Eternals follows the events of Avengers: End Game, and includes a stellar star cast. Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden and Kit Harrington are but a few names obtained.
West Side Story
Release date: 10th December 2021
As far as musicals go, the 1957 production is one of the best. And an adaptation is going to hit our screens towards the end of 2021. Steven Spielberg has taken on the colossal task of restoring the original tale. Where two teenagers of different ethnicity fall in love in 1950s New York.
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Release date: 17th December 2021
Tom Holland makes his third appearance as one of Marvel’s most beloved heroes. Zendaya will also be returning as MJ. The movie promises to be action-packed with a few twists and turns along the way.
And that’s our list of Disney films to look forward to in 2021. What do you think? Which one will you be queuing up to see? Let us know in the comments below.
Check out our article on Superhero movies to get excited about in 2021 HERE.
Book To Movie Adaptations Coming Soon
It seems that Hollywood is on an adaptation bender these days. With the upcoming Dune film to the To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before Netflix franchise, there is a lot of money to be made in book to screen adaptations. And there are a ton of them in the works. Here’s 15 book to movie adaptations that will soon be coming to a screen near you.
1. The House of Gucci – November 24th, 2021
You don’t have to wait long to watch this true story unfold. Written by Sara Gay Forden, the book goes into the real-life whodunnit of the murder of Maurizio Gucci. Starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver, this film is coming out this November.
2. Where the Crawdads Sing – June 24, 2022
This bestseller is going to premiere next summer on Netflix. The book, written by Delia Owens follows Kya; a young woman with a turbulent life, who becomes the prime suspect in a mysterious murder. Daisy Edgar-Jones is set to play Kya.
3. The Nightingale – December 23, 2022
The Nightingale, written by Kristin Hannah, follows the lives of two French sisters after their lives are torn apart by World War Two. The film stars sisters Elle and Dakota Fanning and is set to be released on 23 December 2022.
4. The School for Good and Evil – 2022
Written by Soman Chianani, The School for Good and Evil is a middle-grade standout. It takes place at twin schools that kidnap two children every year. Alongside the children of famous fairy-tale heroes and villains, these children are then trained at either the School for Good or the School for Evil. Eventually becoming the next generation of fairy tales. This film has big names in the cast, such as Charlize Theron, Laurence Fishburne, and Kerry Washington. The main characters Sophie and Agatha will be played by Sophia Ann Caruso and Holly Sturton. Shadow and Bone mainstay Kit Young will also be in this adaptation. It has wrapped filming and will come out sometime in 2022.
5. All Quiet on the Western Front – 2022
Who else remembers reading this in school? The classic was written by Erich Maria Remarque and chronicles the horrors of World War One. The book is being adapted as a film by Netflix. It’s going to be directed by Edward Berger and will star Daniel Bruhl. This is actually the third time the book has been adapted for the screen and will premier in 2022.
6. House of the Dragon/ Fire and Blood – 2022
Rejoice Game of Thrones fans, there’s more coming your way. Based on the book Fire and Blood by George R. R. Martin, this Game of Thrones spin-off follows the Targaryens 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones. It’s being produced by HBO and will be a ten-part limited series. It’s set to premiere in 2022.
7. Bridgerton (Season 2) – 2022
The pandemic hit Bridgerton has also been renewed for season two. The second season will cover The Viscount Who Loved Me, by Julia Quinn. This love story will centre around Anthony Bridgerton. There’s no official release date, but speculation puts it at 2022.
8. A Discovery of Witches (Season 3) – 2022
AMC +’s Discovery of Witches has been renewed for season three. The show is based on Deborah Harkness’All Souls Trilogy. It centres around actors Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer as a vampire and witch who fall in love. It’s set to premiere sometime in 2022.
9. Shadow and Bone (Season 2) – 2022/2023
Netflix’s Shadow and Bone has been confirmed for a second season. It will cover the events of the second book, Siege and Storm. It’s also unclear if it will dip into the Six of Crows duology. You can read more of our coverage of season two of Shadow and Bone here.
10. Ninth House – TBD
Written by the same author of Shadow and Bone, Ninth House is Leigh Bardugo’s adult fiction series. It follows Yale freshman Alex Stern, who has the ability to see ghosts. She is hired to oversee the dark magical dealings of Yale’s secret societies and gets caught up in forces beyond her imagination. Picked up less than two days after its release in 2019, Ninth House is in the works for an Amazon series adaptation. The show does not have a release date yet and is still in pre-production. Leigh Bardugo is currently writing both the sequel and the show, according to her Instagram.
11. They Both Die at the End – TBD
When Mateo and Rufus are told that they will die, they befriend each other to enjoy their last day. After the project fizzled out at HBO, They Both Die at the End has now been picked up for a tv show by Entertainment One. The show will also be written by the author of the book, Adam Silvera. There is no release date yet.
12. The Selection – TBD
A staple of 2010s dystopian fiction, The Selection by Kiera Kass is right up there with Divergent and the Maze Runner. The Selection follows America Singer, who is selected to compete in a Bachelor-like competition to select the next Queen. What feels frivolous quickly becomes a high-stakes competition for the fate of the country. The Selection is set to premiere on Netflix as a movie. Haifaa Al-Mansour is attached to direct. You can expect to be able to watch The Selection in mid-2021.
13. The Red Queen – TBD
Another mainstay of mid-2010’s dystopia is the Red Queen series, by Victoria Aveyard. The Red Queen is set in a world divided by blood colour. The silver-blooded have superpowers and rule over the kingdom. The red-blooded are powerless; living in poverty and serving as cannon fodder to the war. But when red-blooded Mare Barrow reveals the power to manipulate lightning, everything changes. Elizabeth Banks is executive producing and directing The Red Queen for a TV series at Peacock. She will also play a key role. We’re still waiting on a release date, but Aveyard has co-written the pilot.
14. Blackout – TBD
Blackout is a collection of short stories following black teenagers who stumble upon love in the middle of a blackout in New York City. Authors include Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Nicola Yoon, and Ashley Woodfolk. The collection is going to be adapted into a six-part anthology on Netflix. The Obamas are actually producing Blackout under their flagship Higher Ground banner and Temple Hill. There is no release date yet.
15. Long Way Down – TBD
Written by Jason Reynolds, Long Way Down takes place in the sixty seconds the main character decides whether or not to murder the man who killed his brother. It’s being adapted into a feature film by Universal and is produced by John Legend and Michael De Luca. There is no release date yet.
That’s our list of 15 book to movie adaptations coming out soon. Which one are you most looking forward to seeing? Let us know in the comments below.
Check out the five things you missed in Bridgeton Season One HERE.
Read iMDB information on The House of Gucci HERE.
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