In the Heights: June 18, 2021

In the Heights
Release date: June 18

In the Heights, the screen adaptation of Tony-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda Broadway musical, directed by Jon M. Chu, was delayed to June 2021.

The Warner Bros. title, like the rest of the studio’s 2021 slate, is set to stream on HBO Max the same day it hits the big screen.

The film stars Anthony Ramos as a bodega owner who has mixed feelings about closing his store and going to his parents’ homeland of the Dominican Republic after he inherits his grandmother’s fortune.

The film also stars Corey Hawkins, Jimmy Smits, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Stephanie Beatriz and Dascha Polanco.

Watch the trailer here.

Top Gun: Maverick
Release date: July 2

In early April, the long-awaited Tom Cruise sequel flew from its June 2020 release date to Christmas before breaking the 2021 barrier over the summer. In addition to Cruise, the Joseph Kosinski-directed film stars Jon Hamm, Jennifer Connelly, Glen Powell, Miles Teller and Jay Ellis.

Hamm, who’s seen a cut of the film, said of the delay, “Obviously, there was no way it was going to come out this summer because this summer has been canceled, but when they moved it to Christmas, I thought it felt like it needs to be a summer release. It just has that amazing Tom Cruise, tentpole blockbuster, summertime thing. It’s so good. It rides the line so perfectly between the nostalgia of the first one and the newness of this next chapter in the story. Obviously, Tom knocks it out of the park and all the young kids are great in it. It’s just a really good story. It’s the movie equivalent of a fist pump. You’re just like, ‘Yes!’ It’s exactly what it’s meant to be.”

Watch the trailer here.

Jungle Cruise
Release date: July 30

Based on the Disneyland ride of the same name, the Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt starrer in April sailed out of its summer 2020 release date and into another destination, a year later in 2021. The Jaume Collet-Serra-directed movie, set in the early 20th century, follows Johnson’s riverboat captain and Blunt’s scientist as they journey into the jungle to find the Tree of Life. Jack Whitehall, Edgar Ramirez, Jesse Plemons and Paul Giamatti round out the cast.

Watch the trailer here.

Release date: Aug. 27

The filmmakers behind Candyman kept saying his name in 2020, moving the release date of the spiritual sequel to the 1992 supernatural horror film from June into the fall before planning to haunt moviegoers in 2021. The MGM and Universal film, directed by Nia DaCosta and produced by Jordan Peele, who penned the script with DaCosta and Win Rosenfeld, takes place in the now-gentrified area surrounding Chicago’s Cabrini-Green housing projects, where in the original film a grad student was investigating an urban legend about a hook-handed killer. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Colman Domingo and Vanessa Williams star. While a number of films have opted for streaming or premium VOD releases this year, the team behind Candyman is committed to a theatrical release. Peele played a prominent role in delaying the film’s release, worried about encouraging consumers to gather in an indoor theater amid the pandemic.

Addressing the postponement on Twitter, DaCosta wrote, “We made Candyman to be seen in theaters. Not just for the spectacle but because the film is about community and stories–how they shape each other, how they shape us. It’s about the collective experience of trauma and joy, suffering and triumph and the stories we tell around it. We wanted the horror and humanity of Candyman to be experienced in a collective, a community, so we’re pushing Candyman to next year, to ensure that everyone can see the film, in theaters, and share in that experience.”

Watch the trailer here.

Death on the Nile
Release date: Sept. 17

The Kenneth Branagh-directed follow-up to Murder on the Orient Express, like its predecessor, is based on an Agatha Christie novel of the same name and finds Branagh’s Hercule Poirot searching for a murderer while on vacation in Egypt. The film from Disney’s 20th Century Studios hopped around the fall 2020 calendar before it was pushed into 2021 in December. In addition to Branagh, the film stars Tom Bateman, Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Dawn French and Gal Gadot.

Watch the trailer here.

Release date: Oct. 1

Based on the groundbreaking 1965 Frank Herbert novel, Denis Villeneuve’s ambitious big-budget sci-fi film explores fate, politics, religion, ecology and war amid the backdrop of the planet Arrakis, known as Dune. Many have tried and failed to adapt the expansive, influential novel for the big screen, and it remains to be seen if Villeneuve, who directed and wrote the script with Jon Spaihts and Eric Roth, breaking the work into two films, has succeeded. Dune — which stars Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Javier Bardem, Dave Bautista, Charlotte Rampling and Stellan Skarsgard — was originally set to hit theaters Dec. 18, 2020, before moving this fall to October of 2021.

Watch the trailer here.

Halloween Kills
Release date: Oct. 15

Over the summer, David Gordon Green’s follow-up to his Jamie Lee Curtis-starring 2018 revival of the horror series canceled its 2020 plans, opting instead for Oct 2021.

John Carpenter, who executive produces Halloween Kills, explained the delay in, writing that the team behind the film had “looked at the forecast of theatrical exhibition with obvious concern,” as they “discussed and struggled” with how best to present the film.

“If we release it in October of this year as planned, we have to face the reality that the film would be consumed in a compromised theatrical experience. After weighing our options, we have chosen to push the film’s theatrical release by one year,” Carpenter and Green wrote. In addition to a theatrical release, they wrote, an Imax run is planned, and the follow-up Halloween Ends is in the works.

Watch the trailer here.

Release date: Nov. 5

The star-studded Marvel film, directed by Chloé Zhao, in April moved from its Nov. 6 release date to February 2021, subsequently shifting to later in the year. Eternals stars Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek and Kumail Nanjiani.

West Side Story
Release date: Dec. 10

Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story remake was delayed nearly a year, it was announced in September, shifting from Dec. 18, 2020, to Dec. 10 of the following year. The musical stars Ansel Elgort, The Prom‘s Ariana DeBose and newcomer Rachel Zegler.