10 film releases in 2020 that will spark the nostalgia in all of us

Comebacks, remakes, sequels – this is the recurring theme for film releases in 2020. And I can assure you, it’s going to be the year every film buff will remember forever.

2020 film releases
Tom Cruise plays Capt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in Top Gun: Maverick from Paramount Pictures, Skydance and Jerry Bruckheimer Films.

A flurry of cult films are set to plunge back into the limelight. But that’s not all. With original cast members, follow on stories and cinematic revivals in the pipeline, next year is going to be epic for cinema.

So, without further ado, here are (just) 10 (and there are more!) film releases in 2020 that will leave you brimming with nostalgia. And we’re in no doubt that you’ll be rushing to the big screen to take them all in. We’ll see you there!

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1. Bill & Ted 3

If you were wondering whether these excellent friends would ever grace our screens again, you can stop the daydream. Because earlier this year Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves (both now in their 50s) announced (with a totally not-bogus) YouTube video that the pair were actually reuniting the Wild Stallions for a third, and long-awaited, instalment of Bill & Ted.

Bill & Ted Face The Music is due to hit UK screens in the summer of 2020 and follows best friends, Bill S. Preston, Esq and Ted ‘Theodore’ Logan on their adventures through time. We revisit the pals enduring the monotony of middle-aged life until they are warned by a visitor from the future of the need for them to create a song that will save the universe…

Expect to see friendly faces from the past and famous musicians appearing. But, sadly, not the boys’ confidante Rufus played by iconic comedian George Carlin as he passed away in 2008. RIP. 

This promises to be yet again another excellent adventure for the world to enjoy, and we can’t wait. 

2. Top Gun

Could you have another Top Gun without Tom Cruise? Of course not.  So, for next year’s sequel – Top Gun 2: Maverick – Tom is back with his iconic badge-laden leather jacket (yep, the very same one) and slick aviators for the next part of the fighter pilot’s story.

It’s hard to believe that the original Top Gun came out more than 30 years ago, especially because Cruise looks like he hasn’t aged a day. But this new film is going to have plenty to remind us about what we’ve been missing for the last three decades. With nods to the original film such as those iconic beach volleyball scenes, Maverick’s motorbike, leather jacket and of course a few poignant moments to remember fallen heroes from the first film (talk to me, Goose). And all the same tom-foolery (pardon the pun) – with flybys, inverted planes and bogies a plenty – this is definitely going to be a stark tribute to the 80s film, but also, by Tom’s own admission, a ‘love letter to aviation’. 

And with Cruise being quite open about the fact he does all his own stunts – including flying the plane – Top Gun 2020 is set to be even more thrilling and exciting than the first.

There has already been a delay on this feature but Top Gun 2 is set to open on UK screens in June/July 2020, but if you can’t wait until then – here’s the trailer!

3. Ghostbusters 3

Probably one of the most famous franchises from the 80s is Ghostbusters, still proving a hit with kids today even though they weren’t around to see the originals.

This latest instalment, due out in summer 2020, is going to bring back all of our favourite cast members from the original films including Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver and Ernie Hudson, as well as a whole host of new cast such as Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon and Stranger Things’ Ben Wolfhard.

Not much is known about the plot for the new film, but it’s clear this is going to be heavily nostalgic and we wouldn’t want it any other way! With teasers showing much of the same supernatural goings on and also paying homage to the original Ecto-1 – the Ghostbusters’ iconic Cadillac, it feels like we are not going to be disappointed at all!

4. Bad Boys For Life

One we don’t have to wait too long for is Bad Boys 3, or Bad Boys For Life. Cop best buddies Mike and Marcus played by Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are reprising their 90s roles for the third time as they fight against the drug cartel of Miami. With plenty of healthy banter between the two, along with action-packed scenes, fast cars and brotherly love, this is going to be more of the same we love to see from the dynamic duo. 

Bad Boys For Life is due out mid-January 2020.

5. Sonic the Hedgehog

Whether you were a gamer or not in the 90s you were fully aware of this blue, spiky creature who rolled through the air collecting rings left, right and centre. Well, now for the first time ever Sonic the Hedgehog is now being re imagined on the big screen for a live animation film due out in February of 2020 and it looks set to be a winner for children, as well as adults looking for a bit of nostalgia.

There’s been quite a buzz around this film so far! In fact, it came under fire after releasing a first look trailer earlier this year. And it was reported that fans were not not happy with the look of Sonic, prompting a redesign and pushing the release date back.

But now it looks set to open in the UK in February.

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6. Legally Blonde 3

It’s been almost 20 years since the first Legally Blonde exploded into our lives with lots of fluff, glitz and, yes, pink. And we fell in love with it instantly thanks to its girly, yet feminist, vibe, and feel good storyline. And we’ve lost count how many times we’ve done a ‘bend and snap’ on a night out…

But the latest film will see a much more serious side to Elle Woods if the trailer is anything to go by. The blonde is back but there is significantly less pink in the third instalment of Legally Blonde.

Thankfully though Reese Witherspoon is reprising her role as Elle and we for one can’t wait to see what’s in store for her next!

Legally Blonde 3 is due out in May 2020.

7. Coming 2 America

This has to be one of the highlights of the 2020 film calendar. ‘His Royal Highness’ is heading back to America – and it’s so exciting. Fans will remember the original film back in 1988 when Prince Akeem of Zamunda (Murphy), wanting to find himself, heads to Queens in New York with his best friend to do just that.

And now Eddie Murphy is bringing it all back to life for a 2020 sequel which follows Akeem back to America on the hunt for his long-lost son and heir to the throne of Zamunda. With co-stars like James Earl Jones and Arsenio Hall back by his side and newbies Wesley Snipes and Tracy Morgan added to the cast, this could even be better than the first. 

But we’ll have to wait until December next year to see it. Honestly, it’s going to be worth it. 

8. The Witches

Roald Dahl’s 1983 classic tale of witchcraft and smelly children is going to be re imagined on the big screen once again with a brand new film coming out in 2020. For those that remember the first film back in 1990, you will also remember just how creepy it was! And this next version is going to be just as eerie and then some. Directed and co-written by Robert Zemeckis, the 2020 film is going to be a dark fantasy comedy that will leave us all biting our nails on the edge of our seats while laughing out loud!

And who will be taking on the coveted role of the Grand High Witch? Well, it will be down to Anne Hathaway to take on the role made so iconic by Angelica Huston in the 90s version of the film. And alongside her will be stars Stanley Tucci, Octavia Spencer and Chris Rock. We can’t wait!

The new trailer has not been released yet, but here’s a reminder of the old film to whet your appetite.

9. Mulan

Disney fans will be excited to hear that the next re-release of its iconic string of stories will be the enchanting tale of Mulan. A live action interpretation of the animation from 1998 which follows the story of the eldest daughter of an honoured Chinese warrior. Who, after hearing the Emperor of China has issued a decree for one man per family to fight in the Imperial Army, decides to masquerade as a man and put herself forward instead to save her ageing father. 

Mulan will feature an international cast including: Yifei Liu as Mulan; Donnie Yen as Commander Tung; Jason Scott Lee as Böri Khan and, coming out of retirement, Jet Li as the Emperor.

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10. Indianna Jones 5

And finally, and quite possibly the best, is the fact that a brand new Indianna Jones film starring the original whip-yielding Dr Jones – Harrison Ford – is on the horizon. Hurrah! Directed by Steven Spielberg with writers: Philip Kaufman and David Koepp. 

It’s been 11 years since the last film in 2008 with the original trilogy dating back to the 80s. Not much is known about the fifth instalment in the series other than that the release date keeps moving and we’re not likely to get our eyes on it until 2021. So watch this space!

Which of these films are you most looking forward to seeing in 2020?

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