Two strikes in Hollywood in 2023 messed up the movie plan. These were the writers’ and actors’ strikes. The release dates of many of the biggest and most-anticipated movies were pushed back to 2024 or later. But soon enough, the wait will be over. The lack of movies in 2023 will be replaced by a feast for movie fans, with a year full of big hits and much-anticipated art-house plays.
Keep an eye out for these big and great movies coming out next year.
Part 2 of Dune
The ambitious second half of Denis Villeneuve’s version of the Frank Herbert sci-fi classic was one of the biggest movies that had to be pushed back to 2024. It was originally set to come out this year around the holidays.
The wait has only made people more excited for the sequel. Timothee Chalamet will return as Paul Atreides, the messianic leader of the rebellious Fremen who live in the desert, who wants to get payback on the people who hurt his family. As the Fremen warrior Chani, Zendaya joins him. Florence Pugh, Lea Seydoux, Austin Butler, and Christopher Walken are also in the group.
Following up on his Oscar-winning film Parasite, Bong Joon-ho’s English-language follow-up is a sci-fi movie based on Edward Ashton’s 2022 book Mickey7. It stars Robert Pattinson, Steven Yeun, Naomi Ackie, Toni Collette, and Mark Ruffalo.
The book tells the story of a “expendable,” or “disposable” worker who is sent on a human journey to colonize an ice world. If the employee’s copied body dies, a new body is made with most of his memories still intact.
Bob Marley:One Love
The British actor Kingsley Ben-Adir made a big impression as Malcolm X in Regina King’s directorial debut One Night in Miami (2020) and as one of Kens in Barbie this year. He is now set to become a star as Bob Marley in this musical biopic from King Richard director Reinaldo Marcus Green.
Another movie whose opening was pushed back because of the actors’ strike was Challengers, which was supposed to open the 2023 Venice Film Festival. Zendaya plays Tashi, a former tennis star whose career ended in an accident. She is still connected professionally and romantically to her twin teenage relationships with Art (Mike Faist), her husband and an international tennis star, and Patrick (Josh O’Connor), who wants to make a comeback.
It seems like Hollywood is going back to the well in 2024, because there are so many sequels, spinoffs, prequels, and reboots of old titles.
Kraven the Hunter, Madame Web, and Venom 3
At least three new movies will be added to Sony’s Spider-verse, which is made up of Spider-Man pictures without Spider-Man. Aaron Taylor-Johnson plays Kraven the Hunter, one of the comic book’s most popular bad guys, in an origin story movie directed by J.C. Chandor of Triple Frontier.
There will be a new movie directed by British TV director S.J. Clarkson (Succession, Jessica Jones). Dakota Johnson will play Madame Web, a mutant who can see ghosts and works with Sydney Sweeney as Spider-Woman.
And Tom Hardy plays reporter Eddie Brock again in Venom 3, the latest in the surprisingly successful comedy-horror Spidey spinoffs. Brock is an awkward home for the alien Venom, which eats people. Fans of the cartoon Spider-Verse movies that won an Oscar may have to wait a little longer. Sony hasn’t said for sure whether Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse, the third game in the series, will come out next year or in 2025.
The Joker: Folie à Deux
Todd Phillips’ R-rated version of the famous Batman bad guy won the Golden Lion at Venice in 2019 and got Joaquin Phoenix an Oscar for best actor. In the movie, Lady Gaga will play Harley Quinn, the crazy love interest of the Joker. Also, the new movie will have a show. That’s right.
Since the most recent Marvel movie, Nia DaCosta’s The Marvels, didn’t do well at the box office, Disney is cutting back on superhero movies. This year, there will only be one big superhero movie: Deadpool 3. Ryan Reynolds will return to the role of the savage soldier known for breaking the fourth wall and talking directly to the audience in the R-rated meta-movie. He is joined by Hugh Jackman, who plays Wolverine again and, as expected, takes the claws out for the last time.
Gladiator 2 and Beetlejuice 2
Two very long-awaited sequels are finally coming out next year. Tim Burton and Michael Keaton will work together again to bring back the ghostly clown Beetlejuice, who was the main character in the cult comedy hit of 1988. There are also plans for Winona Ryder and Catherine O’Hara to play Lydia and Delia Deetz again.
Russell Crowe, who plays a mean dad in Kraven the Hunter, won’t be back in the Colosseum for Gladiator 2, but director Ridley Scott is going back to old Rome to make a much-anticipated follow-up to the 2000 epic. The movie takes place twenty-five years after the first movie and stars Paul Mescal from “Aftersun.”
George Miller hasn’t had to wait as long as Ridley Scott, but Mad Max fans have been dying for this fifth movie in his famous post-apocalyptic series ever since Mad Max: Fury Road came out in 2015. The new movie takes place before Fury Road. Anya Taylor-Joy, who played Imperator Furiosa in Fury Road, plays a younger version of the character. Charlize Theron played Furiosa in Fury Road, who drove a war rig and had mechanical limbs. The movie also stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Burke, Nathan Jones, and Angus Sampson. Max Max: Fury Road started the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and Furiosa is also set to do the same this year.
A sad goodbye to Keanu Reeves’s John Wick was said this year with the fourth and final game in Chad Stahelski’s shoot-em-up series. But Blonde star Ana de Armas wants to add to the world of John Wick with this spinoff story. She will play a female killer in a story that takes place between chapters 3 and 4 of the original movies, which means that Reeves’ famous character will make a cameo appearance.
The Lord of the Rings:The War of the Rohirrim
Warner Bros. is bringing back the world of The Lord of the Rings with this animated prequel movie that tells the story of Helm Hammerhand, the famous king of a group of riders called the Rohan. Succession star Brian Cox will voice Helm.
This is a very different kind of follow-up to the cult 2004 high school comedy. Tina Fey, who also wrote the original movie, adapts the stage musical version of it and plays Ms. Norbury again, the world-weary math teacher. Agourie Rice plays Cady Heron, the new girl, and Renee Rapp plays Regina George, the mean girl in charge.
The Unforgivable on Netflix and System Breaker were directed by Nora Fingscheidt, and Saoirse Ronan, who played Lady Bird, is in this version of Amy Liptrot’s book about a recovering alcoholic who goes back to her home in Scotland’s Orkney Islands and has to face her troubled past.
Back to Black
After writing 2009’s “Nowhere Boy,” which was about John Lennon’s teen years, Sam Taylor-Johnson now writes about another British pop music legend: soul singer Amy Winehouse, whose death shocked the world in 2011. In a movie that is sure to stir up debate, Marisa Abela plays Winehouse. However, fans of music biopics will not want to miss it in 2024.
Documentarian RaMell Ross (Hale County), who was nominated for an Oscar, This Morning, This Evening) directs his first full-length movie based on Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book. The movie is based on true events about Florida’s famous Dozier reform school and is about two boys who were wrongfully sent to a violently cruel reform school in the 1960s. The Nickel Boys is already a strong contender for the 2025 Oscars. It was made by Brad Pitt’s production business Plan B, which also made Moonlight and 12 Years a Slave.
Despicable Me 4
The fourth movie in the popular cartoon series is all about Gru, who used to be a bad guy but is now a hero and a super-dad (voiced by Steve Carell). The plot is still a secret, but you can expect a lot of tools, sight gags, and nonsense about Minions.
Pixar’s 28th full-length movie is a science fiction story about an 11-year-old boy named Elio who is accidentally sent into space by aliens who think he is an ambassador for Earth. Pixar’s last movie, Elemental, got mixed reviews. The animated company wants to get back on top with this original story from Adrian Molina, who co-directed the 2017 hit Coco.
Ghostbusters: The frozen empire
The 1980s sci-fi comedy series was brought back to life with Ghostbusters: Afterlife in 2021, following a less successful reboot starring women in 2016. This movie set the stage for this sequel. Fans of Carrie Coon, McKenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, and Paul Rudd can now also watch Kumail Nanjiani and Patton Oswalt in Afterlife. Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, and Bill Murray are some of the stars who came back from the first movies. As the story goes on, the Afterlife team goes back to the New York City firehouse from the first Ghostbusters movie, where it all started.
Mufasa: “The Lion King”
Barry Jenkins, who directed Moonlight, is in charge of this lifelike computer-generated prequel to Disney’s 1994 animated hit. It will show how Simba’s father, Mufasa, (voiced by Aaron Pierre from The Underground Railroad), came to be.
Inside out 2
Pixar goes back into the mind of young Riley (voiced by Kaitlyn Dias) eight years after the first Inside Out. Riley is now a teenager going to college and feels a lot of different emotions, including fear, joy, anger, disgust, sadness, and a new feeling of anxiety.
Sonic the Hedgehog 3
Movies based on video games used to be thought of as bad for business, but the big-screen versions of Sega’s famous run-and-jump series keep going strong. Inside this third movie, Ben Schwartz as Sonic’s voice, Colleen O’Shaughnessey as Tails, and Idris Elba as Knuckles are all back. The holiday of 2024 is when it will come out.