2022 Summer Movie Preview

This summer in the movies, Tom Cruise is back in the cockpit behind these iconic pilots. Doctors Grant, Sattler and Ian Malcolm are back for another tour with Dinosaurs. Natalie Portman picks up Thor’s hammer. Jordan Peele is ready to terrorize us with the unknown. repeatedly.

Hollywood is bringing some of its biggest and most reliable players to the 2022 summer movie season, which kicks off unofficially this weekend with the help of Marvel and Disney’s Doctor Strange and the Multitverse of Madness. “And it runs through the end of August. It’s an uncertain time for the film industry, as studios and exhibitors are still making up for losses they’ve incurred during the pandemic and adapting to new ways of doing business.including shortcut editing windowsAnd competition from the flow and the need to feed their own services. Everyone is wondering if the perpetrators of the films will return to pre-pandemic levels.

But even as the pandemic continues, there is optimism in the air.

“We’re still waiting for older audiences to come back. It really feels like we’ve gone a corner,” said Jim Orr, head of local distribution for Universal Pictures. “You get the impression that fans want out, they want to be in theaters. I think it will be an extraordinary summer.”

Last week, studio executives and movie stars gathered with theater owners and exhibitors at a conference in Las Vegas, proudly poking fun at the films they promised would bring audiences back to movie theaters week after week.

Expectations are especially high for Top Gun: Maverick, which Paramount Pictures will release on May 27 after two years Epidemiological postponements. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer says he never gave in to his desire to release “Top Gun: Maverick” — a full throttle action movie made with intense aerial photography, hands-on effects and up to six cameras inside the cockpit of fighter planes — exclusively in theaters.

“It’s the kind of movie that embraces the experience of going to the theater. It takes you away. It transports you. We always say: We’re in transportation. We take you from place to place, and that’s what Top Gun does,” Bruckheimer said. movies and we hope to be one of them.”

The film industry has already had several notable hits in the past six months as well, including “Spider-Man: No Way Home”.“Now the third highest-grossing movie of all time,” Batman,” ” the lost City ‘, and despite being smaller, ‘everything everywhere every time’. The hope is that momentum will only recover in the coming months.

Before the pandemic, the summer movie season could have generated more than $4 billion in ticket sales, or about 40% of the year’s total according to Comscore. But in 2020, with theaters closed for the majority of the season and most releases pushed out, that total dropped to $176 million. Last summer delivered a remarkable $1.7 billion improvement, but things hardly returned to normal – many chose to either delay releases further or use mixed strategies..

Now everyone is refocusing on the stage, although the panels are slimmer. Ticket service Fandango surveyed more than 6,000 ticket buyers recently and 83% said they plan to see three or more movies on the big screen this summer. And no small matter, last month Netflix also reported its first subscriber loss Within 10 years, it expects to lose two million lives this quarter.

“Finally, it’s movie time, with blockbuster after blockbuster blockbuster after blockbuster,” said Adam Aaron, chairman and CEO of AMC Theaters, the nation’s largest theater chain. Promote franchises like ‘Doctor Strange 2’ “Top Gun 2”, “Jurassic World: Dominion” (June 10), “Thor: Love and Thunder” (July 8), and “new movie concepts” such as Jordan Peele’s “Nope” (July 22) and “Elvis” (24 July). June) and family-friendly shows from “Lightyear” (June 17) to “Minions: The Rise of Gru” (July 1).

“It’s a bold statement, but this summer could be on par with 2019, which will be huge for the film industry,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore.

Analysts expect “Doctor Strange 2” to reach $170 million this weekend, double what the first film made. Marvel and Disney follow along with the new Thor, which captures the character of Hemsworth traveling with the Guardians of the Galaxy after the “Endgame” and wondering, “Now what?”

“Thor is just trying to figure out his purpose, trying to figure out exactly who he is and why he is a hero or whether he should be a hero,” said director Taika Waititi. “I guess you could call it a midlife crisis.”

The movie brings back Jane Foster from Portman, who became The Mighty Thor, Waititi’s Korg, and Tessa Thompson Valkyrie, and adds Russell Crowe as Zeus and Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher. Waititi said it was the craziest movie he’s ever made.

“It’s a really cool and fun little champion group, a new team for Thor with Korg, Valkyrie and Mighty Thor,” Waititi said. “And in my humble opinion, we probably have the best Marvel villain ever in Christian Bale.”

But superhero movies alone don’t make for a particularly healthy or compelling cinematic scene. There must be options for theaters to survive.

“Our business can’t just turn into branded IP and support poles. We really need to continue to offer as broad a list as possible,” Orr said. “We have something for every segment of the audience. The audience craves it and the exhibitors crave it.”

Universal is proud of its diverse summer roster that includes a specific dinosaur support column, family animations, thrillers and horrors, comedies like “Easter” (August 5) and period magicians from focus features like “Downton Abbey: A New Era” (May 20). ) and “Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris” (15 July).

Jason Bloom, strong producer and Blumhouse head, hopes Scott Derrickson’s “The Black Phone” supernatural horror, which features Ethan Hawke as a rare villain, will be the “not a summer superhero movie” special when it hits theaters on the 24th. June.

There are more shows coming to theaters than just franchises. There are literary adaptations, such as “Where the Crawdads Sing”, with Daisy Edgar-Jones, non-stop rides as “Bullet Train” (July 29), with Brad Pitt and Sandra Bullock, Baz Luhrmann’s drama about the life and music of Elvis Presley, a satirical film about A Little Seashell (Marcel the Shell With Shoes On, June 24), romantic comedies like “Shotgun Wedding” (June 29) in which Jennifer Lopez’s wedding is taken hostage, Regency-era fun in “Mr. Malcolm’s List” (July 1) and Nannies Frightening poetry such as ‘The Watcher’ (June 3), ‘Bodies, Bodies, Bodies’ and ‘Resurrection’ (both August 5).

“Extermination” writer and director Alex Garland is also introducing a new movie, “Men,” coming to theaters May 20. Jesse Buckley plays a woman who returns to the English countryside for some peace after a personal tragedy to be confronted with more horrors than men in this quaint town, all played by Rory Kinnear.

As someone who makes challenging, original films for the big screen, Garland is a little concerned about the film industry and the seismic shifts that occur beneath the surface that are “partly cultural and partly economic.”

“Every time an interesting movie comes out and it does poorly, I kind of get really worried about it,” Garland said. “If the only films that make money are for a younger audience, something is changing culturally. Something is changing about the types of films that are being funded, and why they are being funded.”

“It sounds kind of old-fashioned or kinda boring, but I think there’s a value in cinema,” he added. “A movie like ‘Men’ works differently in cinema. Not being able to stop it until its end means it has a qualitatively different effect.”

In the meantime, broadcasting companies are still going strong. Netflix has a massive summer slate of over 35 movies, including the spy thriller “The Gray Man” (July 22), directed by the Russo brothers and starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans, and “Spiderhead” (June 17), with Chris Hemsworth. There’s a documentary on Jennifer Lopez (“Halftime,” June 14), the Adam Sandler basketball joint (“Hustle,” June 8) and Kevin Hart/Mark Wahlberg buddy pic (“Me Time,” August 26).

Some of the more interesting titles from this year’s Sundance Film Festival have been released by broadcasters as well, including “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande” (Hulu), “Cha Cha Real Smooth” (Apple TV+), “Emergency” ( Amazon, ) and “Am I OK?” (HBO Max).

“Live broadcasting has a place in the world, but it’s not the only thing in the world,” Bloom said, convinced that there was still a desire to go to the cinemas. “There were people saying the movies were over. I never thought about that, but I was worried about how much demand was left. But it looks like this part of our world is not going away any time soon.”

For Bruckheimer, the equation is probably simpler.

“It all depends on the movies. It’s always about the movies. If there are things people want to see, they will come out,” Bruckheimer said. “I always use the analogy: you have a kitchen in your apartment or house, but you like to go out to eat. You want a different meal.”

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Jake Coyle contributed AP Films writer from New York.

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