We're just over a month into 2019, but multiple films have already been confirmed for release dates in 2021. Over the last decade or so, it's become common practice for studios to stake out dates for their tentpoles and "event" movies far in advance - as much as two to three years, in some cases. They don't always stick to them, of course, and it's as much about a studio being the first to plant their flag in the sand as anything else. Still, as a result, film buffs typically have a good idea of both what they have to look forward to and when, far ahead of time these days.
Case in point: just this past week, Warner Bros. announced release dates for several DCEU films in 2021, in addition to release dates in late 2019 and 2020 for the supernatural horror book adaptations Doctor Sleep and The Witches, respectively. They're not the only major studio that's recently announced movie release dates in 2021 either, in order to give themselves a two-year head start on the competition. As such, we're going to run down Every Movie Confirmed For 2021 (So Far).
The following are the films that've been confirmed for 2021 release dates so far. For the most part, our rundown will focus on the movies that either have proper working titles or official names right now. However, the lineup will also include as-yet untitled Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, if only because we already have a rough idea of what several of them could be.
Untitled Marvel Studios Film (February 12) - There a few possibilities for this one, Black Panther 2 among them. The sequel is one of the few Phase 4 MCU movies that's been officially announced so far, with Ryan Coogler back as director. Plus, this date would allow the film to hit theaters almost exactly three years after the first Black Panther.
Foster (March 5) - An animated movie about an avid reader who is literally transported into the world of his favorite fantasy book series. The Fox/Blue Sky Studios production is being directed by Steve Martino (The Peanuts Movie) and Karen Disher (making her feature debut) from a script by Tim Federle (Ferdinand).
Luck (March 19) - The forces of good luck and bad luck battle one another for supremacy in this animated movie from director Alessandro Carloni (Kung Fu Panda 3) and writers Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger (the Kung Fu Panda trilogy), and Erica Rivinoja (UglyDolls). This will be one of the first animated films released under John Lasseter's supervision as the head of Paramount and Skydance's animation division.
The Boss Baby 2 (March 26) - A sequel to the animated 2017 hit The Boss Baby. Alec Baldwin is reprising his role as the talking baby "Boss Baby", with The Boss Baby director Tom McGrath and writer Michael McCullers once again working behind the scenes. Official details beyond that have yet to be announced.
Fast & Furious 10 (April 2) - The tenth Fast & Furious will reportedly be the last mainline sequel in the series. Justin Lin is rumored to direct the film, after he finishes production on Fast & Furious 9. There's also a real chance this one will be delayed, with the female Fast & Furious spinoff taking its place in 2021.
Untitled Marvel Studios Film (May 7) - Considering how successful Black Panther was at the box office, it's possible this prime May date will go to Black Panther 2 instead of the February 2021 date. Other possibilities include The Eternals, Black Widow, and Doctor Strange 2, all of which have directors at this point and are expected to arrive from 2020-2021.
DC Super Pets (May 21) - A film adaptation of the DC comic books about superhero pets like Krypto the Super-Dog and Streaky the Super-Cat. LEGO Batman Movie co-writer Jared Stern is attached to direct the movie, which could be an animated feature or more of a live-action and animation hybrid.
Jurassic World 3 (June 11) - The finale to the Jurassic World trilogy is being directed by Jurassic World helmsman and Fallen Kingdom cowriter Colin Trevorrow, who's also writing the script with Emily Carmichael (Pacific Rim Uprising). Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are onboard to reprise their roles from the previous Jurassic World movies.
The Batman (June 25) - Written and directed by Matt Reeves (War For the Planet of the Apes), this DCEU adventure will follow a younger Caped Crusader as he uses his detective skills to battle Gotham's rogue gallery. Ben Affleck was originally set to write, direct, and star in the film, but stepped down back in 2017.
Indiana Jones 5 (July 9) - This will be the fifth and presumably final Indiana Jones movie starring Harrison Ford. Steven Spielberg is once again calling the shots as director, this time from a script by Jonathan Kasdan (Solo: A Star Wars Story). Assuming there are no further delays, Spielberg will make this film after he finishes West Side Story.
Mission: Impossible 7 (July 23) - Tom Cruise will once again reprise his role as IMF agent Ethan Hunt in this film, with Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and Fallout director Christopher McQuarrie at the helm. Cruise and McQuarrie are planning to shoot this movie back to back with Mission: Impossible 8, which is scheduled to arrive in 2022.
The Suicide Squad (August 6) - Guardians of the Galaxy 1 & 2 director James Gunn is writing and directing this DCEU film, which will function as a partial reboot of the Suicide Squad series. It's been reported that Gunn's "sequel" will only feature a few characters from David Ayer's original Suicide Squad movie.
Spooky Jack (September 17) - Written by Robert Ben Garant (Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb) and directed by Eric Darnell (the Madagascar trilogy), this DreamWorks animated film will explore the world of scary creatures conjured up by children's imaginations. Additional plot details are under wraps for now.
Untitled Marvel Studios Film (November 5) - In addition to the Phase 4 films listed earlier, other possibilities for this date include the Spider-Man: Far From Home sequel and Guardians of the Galaxy 3. However, seeing as the previous MCU Spider-Man and Guardians films were released in this summer, this fall date might end up going to something like Doctor Strange 2 or The Eternals instead.
Dungeons & Dragons (November 19) - LEGO Batman Movie director Chris McKay is attached to helm this reboot of the fantasy-adventure franchise inspired by the iconic role-playing tabletop game of the same name. Michael Gillio (Kwik Stop) is currently rewriting an earlier script draft by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (Aquaman).
Avatar 3 (December 17) - This will be the second Avatar sequel cowritten and directed by James Cameron, following Avatar 2's release in 2020. The films will pick up years after the original Avatar and continue to follow Jake Sully and Neytiri, as they raise their Na'vi children on Pandora. An additional two Avatar sequels are currently planned, assuming Avatar 2 & 3 are a success.