In 2021, HBO Max is offering all of Warner Bros. 2021 theatrical films on the same day they are released in theaters in the US. This is a bold and game-changing move, to say the least. If you don’t already have HBO Max we highly recommend it.
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You can sign up for HBO Max now at the link below, where it will cost just $14.99 a month. Considering going to just one new movie can easily cost more than this depending on concessions and the number of people in your family, HBO’s new same-day theatrical release plans more than pay for the monthly subscription.
So, what movies can you expect to stream on the service, and why is Warner Bros. doing this anyway? Here’s what we know about this highly unusual movie release strategy for one of the biggest movie studios in Hollywood.
How will the new Warner Bros HBO Max movie release schedule work?
Warner Bros still plans to offer all of its 2021 movies in theaters that are open worldwide. However, due to the current coronavirus outbreak that has delayed the theatrical release dates of most major films, the studio decided to give US moviegoers an option to see its films from the safety of their own homes. Therefore, all of its 2021 films will debut day-and-date in both theaters and on HBO Max for US residents.
Will I have to pay extra for watching these Warner Bros HBO Max movies?
If you get your HBO Max subscription under the $14.99 a month plan, you can access the Warner Bros. 2021 theatrical movies for no additional cost. The recently launched $9.99 a month plan, which includes ads, does not have the Warner Bros. 2021 theatrical movie slate.
How long will I be able to watch these films on HBO Max?
Again, these movies will follow the strategy of Wonder Woman 1984. They will be available to stream on HBO Max for one month, and then they will leave the service. The movies will still be available for a couple of extra months in open movie theaters. They will then be released via digital movie stores for rent or purchase, along with 4K UHD, Blu-Ray, and DVD discs. After several months, the movies will return to HBO Max for a much longer run, likely over a year.
Here’s the list of the Warner Bros HBO Max 2021 movies, in order of their current popularity. All of them have release dates. Some have already appeared on the service and then left the service after their 31-day run was complete — but they are coming back. Keep in mind that these dates could, and likely will, change.
Warner Bros HBO Max movies for 2021
Dune (October 1, 2021)
The most anticipated of the Warner Bros. HBO Max movies may be this one. Denis Villeneuve, the acclaimed director of Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, adapts the first half of Frank Herbert’s epic sci-fi novel. The movie will center on Paul Atreides, the heir to a great family empire. He and his family settle on the desert planet Arrakis, also called Dune. However, evil forces conspire to attack the Atreides family, and Paul will have to become more than a man to defeat them. The movie features an all-star cast, lead by Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides. Other cast members include Jason Momoa, Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista, Javier Bardem, Oscar Isaac, and Zendaya.
The Matrix 4 (December 22, 2021)
One of the biggest movie franchises of all time returns for its fourth installment. The Matrix 4 will be released over 18 years after the last movie, The Matrix Revolutions. Lana Wachowski, who co-wrote and co-directed the previous three films, is the sole director for The Matrix 4. It looks like we are returning to the computer-generated dreamworld, with Keanu Reeves (Neo), Carrie-Anne Moss (Trinity), Jada Pinkett Smith (Niobe), and Lambert Wilson (The Merovingian) reprising their roles from the original trilogy. Other cast members will include Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris, Jessica Henwick, and Priyanka Chopra. Plot details of the movie are still unknown.
The Suicide Squad (August 6, 2021)
The DC Comics supervillain team returns for its second live-action film as part of the Warner Bros. HBO Max movie lineup. This film is written and directed by James Gunn, the writer-director of Marvels’ Guardians of the Galaxy series. As with the first Suicide Squad film, the second installment has the government recruiting supervillains to do off-the-books missions. Margot Robbie returns as Harley Quinn, along with Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, and Viola Davis as the team’s leader Amanda Waller. Other cast members include Idris Elba, Sylvester Stallone, Taika Waititi, and John Cena as Peacemaker. HBO Max will also show a Peacemaker limited series in 2021, starring Cena as well.
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Godzilla vs. Kong (Not currently available)
It’s time for the biggest battle of all time! After releasing the 2014 edition of Godzilla, 2017’s Kong: Skull Island, and 2019’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters, these two massive creatures will finally face off in this production. Millie Bobbie Brown returns from Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and she is joined by Alexander Skarsgård, Rebecca Hall, and Eiza González. Adam Wingard (You’re Next, The Guest) directs. This movie has already run on its first 31-day window but will come back to HBO Max later in 2021.
Mortal Kombat (Not currently available)
It has begun. Over 20 years after the last Mortal Kombat live-action film, we are getting a new adaptation of the classic video game fighting franchise. Simon McQuoid makes his feature directing debut with this film, which will also be rated R. That’s right: we will finally see live-action fatalities! Cast members will include Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade, and Mehcad Brooks as Jax. This movie has already run on its first 31-day window but will come back to HBO Max later in 2021.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (June 4, 2021)
This will be the third main film in The Conjuring horror series, with Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga returning to their roles as paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. Michael Chaves is the director of the movie, which will base its plot loosely on the 1981 murder trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson, who claimed he was possessed by a demon when he killed his landlord.
Malignant (September 10, 2021)
After his huge box office success with 2018’s Aquaman, director James Wan (Saw, Insidious, and the first two Conjuring movies) returns to his low-budget horror roots with this movie. Annabelle Wallis stars in the film, but plot details are currently under wraps.
Tom & Jerry (Not currently available)
The classic comedy duo of Tom the Cat and Jerry the Mouse are back in this 2021 hybrid movie. Tom, Jerry, and other animals are 2D animated characters that live in a 3D live-action world. When Jerry decides to live in a high-end hotel and cause trouble, a new staff member, played by Chloë Grace Moretz recruits Tom to stop him. They’ll need to avoid issues as the hotel is preparing to host a massive wedding. Tim Story (Barbershop, Ride Along) directs. This movie has already run on its first 31-day window but will come back to HBO Max later in 2021.
Space Jam: A New Legacy (July 16, 2021)
LeBron James is the human star of this animated/live-action sequel. Once again, one of the top NBA basketball players must get the help of legendary 2D animated characters like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and others from Warner Bros’ Looney Toons gang. The plot has James and his son brought into a digital world, and the only way out is to play basketball against some evil AI opponents. The movie, which also stars Don Cheadle, is directed by Malcolm D. Lee (Girls Trip).
In The Heights (June 18, 2021)
Before he wrote Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda co-wrote this musical, which is finally being adapted for the big screen. Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) directs the movie version, which tells the tales of people who live in the Washington Heights section of New York City. Cast members include Jimmy Smits, Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, and Miranda himself in a small role.
The Many Saints of Newark (September 24, 2021)
The Sopranos remains one of the greatest HBO shows, and indeed one of the best TV series period. Now its creator David Chase is returning to that universe by co-writing this crime drama, set in 1960s and 1970s New Jersey. Michael Gandolfini, the son of original Sopranos actor James Gandolfini, has inherited his father’s role of Tony Soprano in this prequel film. It also stars Jon Bernthal, Ray Liotta, and Vera Farmiga.
King Richard (November 19, 2021)
Venus and Serena Williams are two of the greatest tennis players of all time. Much of their success was achieved with the help of their father and coach Richard Williams. This movie will put the spotlight on Richard, played in the movie by Will Smith. It’s directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green and also stars Jon Bernthal, Tony Goldwyn, and Dylan McDermott.
Cry Macho (October 22, 2021)
Clint Eastwood will direct and star in this drama, based on the novel by N. Richard Nash. Set in 1978, Eastwood plays a onetime rodeo star who is asked by a former boss to drive the man’s son home. The journey of Eastwood’s character and the boy turns into much more than either one of them expected.
Reminiscence (August 20, 2021)
Hugh Jackman will star in this sci-fi action film set in the near future. He plays a man who offers a way to relive anyone’s past memories via advanced technology. However, things get complicated when his lover, played by Rebecca Ferguson, is a suspect in a series of crimes, based on the memories of someone else. Jackman has to relive Ferguson’s memories in order to clear her name. Lisa Joy, the co-creator of HBO’s Westworld TV show, makes her theatrical writing and directing debut with this film.
Those Who Wish Me Dead (Not currently available)
Angelina Jolie will star in this thriller, directed by Taylor Sheridan, who co-created the hit TV show Yellowstone. Jolie plays a woman who must keep a teenage boy, the only witness to a murder, safe from both a wildfire in Montana and a pair of killers who want to assassinate him. This movie has already run on its first 31-day window but will come back to HBO Max later in 2021.
The Little Things (Not currently available)
Denzel Washington is the star of this Warner Bros HBO Max crime drama, written and directed by John Lee Hancock. Washington plays a small county deputy sheriff who heads to Los Angeles to gather evidence in a case. However, his instincts are so good that the LA County Sheriff recruits Washington to help them stop a serial killer. This movie has already run on its first 31-day window but will come back to HBO Max on June 17.
Judas and the Black Messiah (Not currently available)
Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, Black Panther), stars in this docudrama. He plays Fred Hampton, the head of the Illinois Black Panther Party during the late 1960s. The film also features his Get Out co-star Lakeith Stanfield who plays an FBI informant who has been recruited in order to bring Hampton down. This movie has already run on its first 31-day window but will come back to HBO Max later in 2021.
That’s all for now. Not that you’d need more, as this is a pretty ambitious list! Don’t forget to sign up for HBO Max if you haven’t already!