2020 will still see the arrival of a handful of science-fiction movies despite most films being pushed back to 2021 and 2022. What looked to be a jam-packed year at the box office quickly upended plans for studio releases when theaters around the world shut down in March. Now several movies have been delayed to 2021 or moved to VOD. Sadly, the movie industry hasn’t had a chance to revive because of subsequent surges in coronavirus cases.
Before the global wide theater shutdowns, a few sci-fi titles had the chance to make their marks on the box office. Blumhouse’s sci-fi take on The Invisible Man made a splash in theaters when it debuted at the end of February. That was followed by the Vin Diesel-led Bloodshot, which released around the same time that theaters shuttered their doors, forcing a VOD move just two weeks after the initial premiere. Whereas Bill & Ted Face the Music elected for a digital release at the end of August, Tenet and The New Mutants took the risk with theater releases.
While the theater releases were the focus on numerous headlines, the various delayed films also received a lot of attention, including highly anticipated sci-fi movies. 2020 was originally gearing up for movies like Godzilla vs. Kong, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, and Dune. There might not be many big-budget titles planned to debut by the end of the year, but there are still some noteworthy arrivals, especially within the sci-fi genre.
First up on the remaining releases for sci-fi movies in 2020 is Jiu Jitsu, a martial arts film directed by Dimitri Logothetis. Based on the comic book co-created by Logothetis, the movie stars Alain Moussi as a Jiu Jitsu fighter, Jake Barnes, that is forced to face off with an alien invader named Brax every six years. Nicolas Cage also has a prominent role in the movie as Wylie, a man that teams up with Jake to defeat the alien. The rest of the cast includes Frank Grillo, JuJu Chan, and Tony Jaa. Jiu Jitsu is set to debut in theaters on November 20.
Previously titled Anti-Life, Breach follows an interstellar ark consisting of survivors from plague-ravaged earth. While traveling through space, they encounter a shape-shifting alien hellbent on destroying the rest of humanity. Bruce Willis headlines the sci-fi action movie directed by John Suits alongside a cast that includes Thomas Jane, Rachel Nichols, Cody Kearsley, Callan Mulvey, and Timothy V. Murphy. Suits previously directed sci-fi thrillers Pandemic and 3022 as well as the recently released Die Hard short film featuring Willis. In addition to its release in theaters on December 18, Breach will also be available through VOD and digital platforms that same day.
The Skyline film series will officially come to an end with the release of the third installment of the trilogy on December 18. Liam O’Donnell, who originally created the franchise, directed both sequels of the series which centers on a group in Los Angeles during an alien invasion. Skylines (also stylized as SKYLIN3S), takes place years after its predecessor, focusing on a team of soldiers that take the war against aliens to space in an attempt to end the conflict once and for all. Among the cast featured in the final Skyline chapter is Lindsey Morgan, Rhona Mitra, Alexander Siddig, James Cosmo, and Daniel Bernhardt.
George Clooney is not only starring in The Midnight Sky, but he also directed the sci-fi movie. Based on Good Morning, Midnight by author Lily Brooks-Dalton, The Midnight Sky follows Augustine (Clooney), a scientist in the Arctic that tries to stop a group of astronauts from returning to earth following a global catastrophe. Aside from Clooney, the post-apocalyptic film features Felicity Jones, David Oyelowo, Tiffany Boone, Demián Bichir, and Kyle Chandler. The Midnight Sky marks Clooney’s first director gig since 2017’s Suburbicon. Rather than a theatrical release, the forthcoming science-fiction movie will debut December 23 on Netflix.