Now that 2023 has concluded, it’s time to turn our attention to 2024 and what this year has to offer movie fans. Although we have recently begun to include TV series and new additions on streaming platforms in our Screen Times, looking ahead to the next 12 months, we are focusing exclusively on theatrical films, of which, judging by the premiere dates we already know, there are plenty to look forward to.
But before we dive into this expanded edition of Screen Time, a quick reminder: we based our choices on a British release calendar, so be sure to check local listings and dates.
The beekeeper – Jan. 12
We kick off the year with a brand new action film directed by everyone’s favorite Brit with grating voice, Jason Statham. In The Beekeeper, Statham takes revenge on those who revealed his secret identity as a special, clandestine agent to the world.
Mean Girls – January 19
After two decades, the original Mean Girls is getting a new lick of paint. 2024’s Mean Girls is going to offer some big changes. A new cast, some musical numbers and more will bring the classic comedy to a new generation. But for older fans, there are also some returning cast members to keep the nostalgia going.
Argylle – Feb. 2
An author of spy novels, real spies, a boatload of action and explosions, and a cat in a backpack. All that and more comes to our screens in early February when Argylle launches. Originating from the brains behind Kingsman and Kick-Ass, Argylle follows a novelist taken into the underground world of spies and syndicates.
Migration – Feb. 2
Following the release of The Super Mario Bros. Movie, Illumination is ready with a new animated adventure. This time we follow a family of ducks as they go on the journey of a lifetime. They start in New England and travel through New York all the way to Jamaica in this light-hearted comedy.
The Iron Claw – Feb. 9
Wrestling is fake. We all know that. But sometimes the stories are all too real. In The Iron Claw, Zac Efron, Jeremy Allen White and more play the roles as the Von Erich brothers, who made history in the world of professional wrestling in the 1960s. Pushed by their father to do their best, this family’s story soon takes a dark turn.
Madame Web – Feb. 16
We can’t believe they made Morbius for women. In all seriousness, Madame Web is Sony’s latest spin-off for its own Spidey universe. Starring Dakota Johnson as the titular Madame Web, the film will see her and three Spider-Women face off against a villain with the ability to see the future.
Dune: Part Two – March 1
After the acting strike pushed Dune: Part Two out of its predestined release date, next spring finally lets us return to Arrakis. Based on the second half of the first Dune book, we see Paul Atreides come to power on the desert planet as he seeks revenge on the Harkonnens. If you like sci-fi epics, you won’t want to miss this one.
The Fall Guy – March 1
Ryan Gosling, one of the most popular actors in Hollywood today, leads this action-comedy film in which he shines alongside Emily Blunt, playing a former stuntman who gets caught up in all sorts of crazy antics while hunting for a missing movie star. With Aaron Taylor-Johnson also appearing, The Fall Guy looks to be one of the biggest films of March.
Kung Fu Panda 4 – March 8
After three fantastic mainline outings, Dreamworks’ legendary animated series makes a comeback. In this film, Po takes on a new villain called the Chameleon, who can transform into powerful kung fu masters. Hopefully, this film will live up to the expectations of the previous trilogy.
Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire – March 29
When something strange is in your neighborhood, there’s really only one person to call. Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is the sequel to the rebooted film series and sees Finn Wolfhard, McKenna Grace, Paul Rudd and the rest of the team team up with Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and the remaining original gang to stop an icy attack on New York City.
Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire – April 12
You’ve seen the giant monkey and the radioactive lizard battle each other and a shared threat, and now we see the latter happening again. In Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, the primal duo team up to take on another potential world-ending disaster in a film that promises massive amounts of destruction and devastation.
The Garfield Movie – May 24
Chris Pratt may have one of the best agents out there. Not only did he manage to score the role of Mario this year, but next year he will also shine as one of the most famous felines in the world. The Garfield movie includes everything you would associate with the fat cat. A little hatred for Odie, some quips for the camera and lots of lasagna to eat.
Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes – May 24
It’s been a long time since we last got a glimpse of what the world might look like if apes took over. In the latest Planet of the Apes movie, we jump forward in time, past the age of Caesar and into a new era as we follow his ancestors. With the reign of man long gone, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes will see our distant ancestors settle into their new world.
Furiosa – May 24
Following the success of the epic Mad Max: Fury Road, Furiosa is a spin-off that explores the origins of the renegade post-apocalyptic warrior before joining forces with Mad Max. In this epic tale, Anya Taylor-Joy leads the cast, while Chris Hemsworth also shines in a supporting role.
Imaginary Friends – May 24
With one of the most stacked casts you’ll see in 2024, Imaginary Friends is a comic film that follows a young girl who, after a difficult experience, gains the ability to see imaginary friends left behind by their adult counterparts. With Emily Blunt, Ryan Reynolds, Matt Damon, John Krasinski, Steve Carrell, Sam Rockwell, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Vince Vaughn, Awkwafina and more all appearing, this looks to be the big comedy outing of the spring.
Ballerina – June 7
The John Wick universe expands with a spin-off film revolving around a young hitman seeking revenge on those who murdered her family. Ballerina sees Ana de Armas lead the cast, while Keanu Reeves, Lance Reddick and Ian McShane all reprise their roles as Wick, Charon and Winston, respectively.
Inside Out 2 – June 14
In Pixar’s next major film, the animation studio returns to one of its more recent IPs. After a nine-year hiatus, Pixar finally gives us a sequel to Inside Out, with this sequel in which the crew of emotions is overwhelmed by new emotions joining their team, all while host Riley reaches out and faces the challenges of teenagehood.
The Bikeriders – June 21
An all-star trio of Tom Hardy, Austin Butler and Jodie Comer team up for a crime drama film revolving around a motorcycle club. The Bikeriders chronicles the lives of the club’s members as they gain fame in the American Midwest and become embroiled in a variety of criminal affairs.
A Quiet Place: Day One – June 28
John Krasinski is further expanding his A Quiet Place universe with a spin-off called A Quiet Place: Day One. This film stars Joseph Quinn from Stranger Things, as well as Djimon Hounsou and Lupita Nyong’o, all while trying to survive in a world where noise is your worst enemy.
Despicable Me 4 – July 5
Gru, Lucy, the kids and the Minions are back for another outing and for Illumination’s second film in 2024. Despicable Me 4 sees the return of Steve Carrell to the animated series, as well as Kristin Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove and Steve Coogan, as Lucy Wilde, Margo and Silas Ramsbottom, respectively.
Deadpool 3 – July 26
Perhaps the most anticipated Marvel movie since Spider-Man: No Way Home, Deadpool 3 sees Ryan Reynolds return as the witty and side-splitting superhero, teaming up with Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine in a film in which Deadpool veterans return to the fray, all on top of a huge array of rumors and major cameos also expected to appear.
Alien: Romulus – Aug. 16
We’ve seen awesome and powerful adults take on Xenomorphs before, but in the upcoming Alien: Romulus, which is directed by Fede Alvarez, the task of surviving the universe’s deadliest life form falls to a bunch of youngsters. With Isabela Merced leading the cast, this film hopes to bring the Alien series back to its horror roots.
Kraven the Hunter – Aug. 30
While Madame Web debuts earlier this year, Sony has saved Kraven the Hunter for late summer, with this installation in its Spiderverse revolving around Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Sergei Kravinoff as he strives to become the world’s greatest hunter. Joined by Russell Crowe and Ariana DeBose, this film will give us a darker superhero story.
Beetlejuice 2 – Sept. 6
More than 30 years after Tim Burton’s iconic comedy film first made its debut, the famed director and Michael Keaton team up again to bring the beloved character back to the big screen. With Jenna Ortega, Monica Bellucci, Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara, Willem Dafoe and more all attached, this sequel will look to kick off the season of horror films.
Joker: Folie à Deux – Oct. 4
Joaquin Phoenix returns to one of his most acclaimed roles to date when the Joker sequel arrives in October. This crime drama film is also considered a musical, making the addition of Lady Gaga as Harley Quinn increasingly appropriate. With Zazie Beetz and Brendan Gleeson also attached, and Todd Phillips back in the director’s chair, this film will attempt to reach the heights of the original.
Paddington in Peru – Nov. 8
There may not be a healthier movie planned for 2024, because after two absolutely fantastic outings, everyone’s favorite marmalade-loving, polite, well-dressed mammal is back, and this time he makes a trip back to his homeland to visit his family. In Paddington in Peru, Ben Whishaw will once again lend his voice, while the Brown family regulars also make a comeback.
No doubt many more films will debut during the calendar year, but from what we already know for sure will debut, it is clear that 2024 is going to be a very impressive year.