by Kevin Faber
Summer is one of Hollywood’s busiest seasons, and 2021 promises to be more lucrative to the industry and entertaining to audiences. Horror, action and animation are dominant genres of the upcoming films, and producers are hopeful that the movie’s themes persuade more customers to purchase tickets after a dismal 2020 summer. Unlike previous years, some of the summer blockbusters will be shown in theaters and streaming services. You can take a look at the newest summertime offerings in the following sections.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
After two successful Conjuring films, Vera Formiga and Patrick Wilson return as the paranormal investigative team examining and solving supernatural events. This time, the pair is involved with discovering the truth behind a murderer’s demonic possession, and the stakes seem to be much higher with the prince of darkness involved. Critics praised the previous films, but conspiracy theories involving accidents that occurred when people viewed the movie have only fueled the public’s interest. If you’ve enjoyed watching new releases at your home rather than going to the theaters, you can upgrade your home-viewing experience by contacting a professional pool construction Maryland contractor to create a poolside oasis where you can watch The Conjuring in the comfort of your new pool.
Top Gun: Maverick
In 1986, Tony Scott’s Top Gun grossed over $356 million, and its success contributed to a sharp increase in the Navy’s pilot recruitment program. Thirty-five years later, Top Gun is tentatively set for a July 2, 2021 release date. Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer will reprise their original roles in the new film, and they’re joined by a talented group of experienced actors like Jon Hamm, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connely and Glen Powell. Unlike the first film when Cruise flew an F-14 Tomcat, Maverick flies an F-18 Super Hornet in a new era of dogfighting where drones coexist with human pilots in combat.
Space Jam 2
If you’re hoping to see an imaginative animated film this summer, you’re in luck when Space Jam 2 premieres on July 16, 2021. The original Space Jam featured Michael Jordan with Bugs Bunny, but the sequel has superstar Lebron James assisting the famous rabbit. A slew of actors and NBA stars, including Don Cheadle, Zendaya, Anthony Davis, Chris Paul, Khris Davis and Cedric Joe, join in the animated/live-action blockbuster.
The Suicide Squad
David Ayer’s 2016 Suicide Squad had moderate success at the box office, but many devoted fans were displeased with the result and demanded a remake. Warner Brothers decided to hire James Gunn, the director of Guardians of the Galaxy, to direct a reimagining of the story that attempts to please comic fans and the general public. The Suicide Squad is scheduled to be released on August 6, 2021, and its cast includes Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, Jon Cena, Nathan Fillion, Sylvester Stallone and Pete Davidson. Margot Robbie reprises her role as Harley Quinn, but Idris Elba replaces Will Smith as Bloodsport.
On August 13, 2021, the late Aretha Franklin will get her wish of having Jennifer Hudson portray her in Respect. The autobiographical film shows Franklin’s rise to stardom into one of the greatest singers in American history, and it begins with a young Aretha singing in a church choir. As an accomplished and award-winning singer with an incomparable vocal range, Jennifer Hudson is likely to wow audiences and make the Queen of Soul proud of her performances. The film features Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Marlon Wayans, Forrest Whitaker and Tituss Burgess.
In 1992, the film Candyman was a runaway hit that spawned two inferior sequels that diminished the original film’s appeal. Jordan Peel, who directed the award-winning Get Out, decided to reignite the Candyman legend with his new script that ignores the last two movies and acts more like a direct sequel to the first film. The film stars Yahyah Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Tony Todd and Nathan Stewart.
Summertime is ideal for going to the movies with your friends and family, and this summer, you can enjoy some of the new releases in the comfort of your home or backyard.