SPRING/SUMMER 2021 RELEASE SCHEDULE
Godzilla vs. Kong has already raked in over 130 million in the first few days of release. These gigantic numbers have eased studio fears over sending their larger budgeted productions to the big screen. As mass vaccines continue to be distributed and theatres start to open, eagerly anticipated films have begun to get official release dates. Get ready to butter up your popcorn, fill up your soft drinks, and devour the newest films from the big boys. (Butcher Media has pulled all dates from official studio release formats. All dates are subject to change. Please use official distribution companies web sites for daily information on film release dates.)
MORTALK KOMBAT: APRIL 23, 2021 Based off of the juggernaut video game series, started by Midway in 1992, this updated version is a reboot from the fantastic 1995 film version. Legendary director James Wan helms the film with promises of a brutal and action-packed production. Wan better keep the fist pumping as the film’s run time comes in close to two hours long. Will this new update springboard a series of franchise films, or be another forgettable entry like the 1997 sequel to the original? Find out on April 23.
SPIRAL: FROM THE BOOK OF SAW: MAY 14, 2021 Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson headline this entry into one of the highest grossing and critically acclaimed franchises of all time. Rock both wrote and produced the film, bringing his noted passion for the Saw series to another level. The early details tell of a sadistic mastermind taking out a bloody form of creative justice, something all too familiar to the region from past horrors. Will this passion project bring the tense atmosphere and originality of the first film, or be just another torture porn plotless adventure? Come play the game again on May 14.
A QUIET PLACE 2: MAY 28, 2021 Writer/Director/Actor, John Krasinski gave the world a terrific out of this world tale with the original. “A Quiet Place” shot out of the economic stratosphere, rocketing in around 350 million dollars. The film was praised for the tense atmosphere, terrific physical performances, and bold new concept. An alien design that was less than stellar was the only blight on this invasion piece, but audiences still clamored for more. The surviving members of the Abbott family return to avoid and fight of both human and alien dangers. Krasinski returns and with promises of more details of the apocalyptic event. With iconic actors Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou joining the fight, we can all look forward to this sequel hitting the screens on May 28.
THE FOREVER PURGE: JULY 9, 2021 After a few forgettable sequels and short-lived television series, the team behind The Purge have high hopes on giving the fans a climatic cinematic ending. Based on a story where a few immigrants flee a Mexican cartel only to end up in a town that decides to keep the purge going well after the final whistle. The original film was literally a few years before its time and stood as an early precursor to the economic division the United States is currently entangled in. Will the conclusion break barriers and serve as another metaphoric masterpiece or become just another sloppy sequel? Head back to the theater on July 9 th to find out.
CANDYMAN: AUGUST 27, 2021 The most highly anticipated horror film of the season swarms in late this summer. After several delayed release dates due to the international pandemic, MGM will be releasing this spiritual sequel to the big screen August 27 th . There has been no bigger name in the macabre as Jordan Peele the last few years. The Oscar winner steps in as producer on this iconic updated entry to the series. Nia DaCosta has fought hard to keep the picture from a streaming release, stating that the film will be best enjoyed in a theatrical setting. Based on the Clive Barker short novella, “The Forbidden,” “Candyman,” was one of the first horror films to thrive in a minority urban setting. We are headed back to the now gentrified Cabrini Green area, where a young black artist’s imagination brings back the legend. From the fantastic trailers to early praise, everything around this film is pointing to a sweet treat. As fans strive to get back to normal and back in the cushy seats of the theatre, we at Butcher Media will keep updating these productions and more over the course of solidified release dates. Check back weekly on The Spotlight for new dates on both films and series hitting the big screen and streaming services..