12 Jan

Susan Leighton

Netflix is throwing the gauntlet down with their selection of Original Films for 2021. It will be interesting to see if the other streaming sites will be able to compete. 

Scott Stuber, the Head of Original Films has been steadily expanding not only the volume of releases but he has been instrumental in attracting big name talent. Adam Sandler and Kevin Hart have production deals with the network but they aren’t the only box office behemoths to come into the fold. 

According to Deadline, the Russo Brothers of Avengers fame are helming The Gray Man which stars Chris Evans and Ryan Gosling. The spy thriller is set up to become a franchise. 

As if that news isn’t exciting enough, Netflix has released their slate of upcoming movies and they are chockfull of Academy Award winning talent and heavy hitting directors. Here is a list of some of the upcoming titles that will definitely capture the attention of movie lovers clamoring for entertainment during this never-ending pandemic: 

  • Don’t Look Up: Adam McKay, the other half of Will Ferrell’s successful Gary Sanchez Productions will be helming this comedy of disastrous proportions. Leonardo DiCaprio plays astronomer, Dr. Randall Mindy who tries to warn everyone of pending doom when he discovers a giant meteorite that is on course to destroy the earth in six months. The film also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Chris Evans, Jonah Hill and Cate Blanchett. 
  • Red Notice: Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot play two rival criminals who are set to pull a monumental art heist until Interpol issues a Red Notice. This global alert pulls in a well-known FBI profiler (Dwayne Johnson) who is set to pursue the duo and capture them at any cost. 
  • tick, tick…BOOM!: Lin Manuel-Miranda makes his directorial debut helming this autobiographical musical from the late Jonathan Larson, the creator of the amazing hit musical, Rent. Vanessa Hudgens and Andrew Garfield star in this film adaptation of the Broadway show about a fledgling composer who has dreams of bringing his production, Superbia to the Great White Way. 
  • Army of the Dead: Another highly anticipated Zack Snyder flick about a zombie outbreak in Vegas where thieves try to pull off the ultimate heist using the undead as their cover. 
  • Bruised: Halle Berry steps behind the camera for the first time to direct this drama about an MMA fighter who attempts to regain custody of her son while preparing to get back in the ring.

Some other productions on the horizon include Concrete Cowboy with Idris Elba, an untitled Sandra Bullock project and Jake Gyllenhaal in Antoine Fuqua’s The Guilty.

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