The coronavirus pandemic has hit the film industry, with studios forced to postpone releases and delay production cycles. Globally, many movies will be landing in cinemas later than expected.
Although movie theatres reopened across Dubai last month, reruns and old films have dominated the schedules. While this has been a great opportunity to catch up on some of the biggest films of 2019 and 2020, such as Parasite and Jojo Rabbit, it has also left movie fans wanting to see something new.
But that is about to change.
As life gradually returns to a semblance of how things were before Covid-19, cinemas are once again gearing up to show new releases. With that in mind, here we round-up nine of the most anticipated films coming to the big screen with their most up-to-date release dates.
Release date: Thursday, June 25
The low-budget horror flick seems to be the first new film to hit UAE cinemas since the pandemic shut theatres down in March. The film tells the story of a teenage boy as he takes on a thousand year-old witch, who is posing as his next-door neighbour. The Wretched is one of the few films to have potentially benefited from cinema closures, becoming a sleeper hit in drive-in cinemas across the United States after it was released widely there at the start of May.
Release date: Thursday, July 2
This Russian dark fantasy tells the story of a young architect who wakes up after a mysterious accident in a world he can’t seem to recognise. Though it somewhat resembles the reality he left behind, the world the architect finds himself in is based on the memories of people living in comas.
Release date: Thursday, July 9
Russell Crowe stars in this upcoming thriller that shows what happens when road rage goes too far. Simply billed as The Man, Crowe takes on the role of a stranger who begins stalking and tormenting a single mother after the two confront each other at a red light.
Release date: Thursday, July 16
An action epic with a time travel twist, Christopher Nolan’s latest release will tell the story of an international spy tasked with preventing another world war from breaking out.The film stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh.
Release date: Thursday, July 23
Fans have been waiting some time for this live-action remake of the 1998 Disney classic. Like the original animation, Mulan tells the epic story of a young Chinese girl who disguises herself as a male warrior to save her father. The film was originally set to hit theatres in March, but was postponed.
‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’
Release date: Thursday, July 23
A fresh take on the Charles Dickens classic that tells the story of the young orphan as a comedy-drama. The film stars Dev Patel as the titular protagonist, and also features Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton and Peter Capaldi. It was initially set for a March release.
‘Wonder Woman: 1984’
Release date: Thursday, August 13
The sequel to 2017's Wonder Woman sees Gal Gadot reprise her role as the lasso-spinning superhero. The film pits Wonder Woman in the height of the Cold War, where she takes on media businessman Maxwell Lord and friend-turned-enemy The Cheetah.
‘A Quiet Place: Part II’
Release date: Thursday, September 3
The sequel to the nail-biting, dialogue-anaemic thriller by John Krasinski. The film continues the adventures of the Abbott family as they continue to fight for their survival in silence. The film stars Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, and Noah Jupe.
‘No Time to Die’
Release date: Thursday, November 19
Trailers and teasers of the 25th instalment of the James Bond movie started appearing well over six months ago, before the film's April release was pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic. As eager as we've been to see Daniel Craig reprise his role as the super spy, we're more excited to see Rami Malek take on the role of the villain.
The film sees Bond break out of his retirement after his old friend Felix Leiter turns up asking for his help to stop a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
Please note: Movie release dates are subject to change