Space Movie Outlook for 2020 Not So Good

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2019 Is Giving Us Great Space Entertainment; 2020 Doesn’t Look as Hopeful

2019 has already given us EndgameSpider-Man: Far From Home, and Ad Astra. Before the year is out, it will give us the end to the nine-episode Star Wars Saga. Some great stuff came out this year, but next year could very much be hit or miss. We saw the end of some very long-running and popular stories this year, and I’m not exactly confident in Hollywood’s ability to fill the vacuum that will be left behind. In spite of a dim space movie outlook for 2020, three movies scheduled for next year do stand out. However, their promise remains to be seen. Let’s take a look and see what’s on the horizon, shall we?

1.Dune

If you’re a fan of Frank Herbert’s classic novel and the series of books that followed, you probably feel a little bit like Charlie Brown when Lucy holds the football for him and swear’s she’ll never pull it away again. Or you may feel like Douglas Adams fans. They’ve endured so many multi-media adaptations of Hitchhiker’s Guide… that always somehow fall short of the novel. David Lynch’s 80’s adaptation fell flat in many fans’ eyes. The 2000 Sci-Fi Channel mini-series fared better in the eyes of critics, but a cinematic masterpiece it was not. Let’s hope that director Denis Villeneuve means it when he says he’s not going to be influenced by any of the previous works. It would be nice to see a fresh take on the novel.

2. The Color Out of Space

H.P. Lovecraft has gained a bit of resurgence in pop culture as of late, especially in gaming. It stands then that Hollywood would want to jump on that gravy train, too. Here’s the deal. Details on this one are sketchy at the moment. It’s listed as a 2019 movie on iMDB, but no specific release date is listed. If it does come out this year, it’ll be close enough to 2020 that I’m lumping it in with the rest. While I love the idea of seeing a great Lovecraft movie… Nicholas Cage.

Crazy Nick Cage

Crazy Nick Cage

3. Voyagers

While there’s no video available for this one yet, Colin Farrell signed on. Neil Berger wrote it and is directing it now. And in case you’re wondering I put the Yoga Hosers intro here, that’s because Lily-Rose Depp (yeah, Johhny Depp’s daughter) is in it. I like Colin Farrell. Neil Berger did Limitless, which I enjoyed, but it remains to be seen whether they can pull this space movie off. Here’s the official Lionsgate synopsis:

Set in the near future, the film chronicles the odyssey of 30 young men and women who are sent deep into space on a multi-generational mission in search of a new home. The mission descends into madness, as the crew reverts to its most primal state, not knowing if the real threat they face is what’s outside the ship or who they’re becoming inside it.

So Here’s Hoping, I Guess

I’m not really a hard guy to please when it comes to movies. If I go into a movie expecting it to be fun and it is, then I’m good. Jurassic World was a perfect example. People ripped it apart for plot points and other things, but for me, I just wanted to see some big-ass dinosaurs chase and eat people.  On the other hand, it takes some really original work to truly impress me with a movie. The space movie outlook for 2020 isn’t exactly awe-Of the three I pointed out here, I think Dune has the most potential. Then again Nicholas Cage may make for some lovely B-Movie Breakdown fodder.

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Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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