UK broadcaster Sky has secured the rights to a host of upcoming feature films, packing its 2021 film list with titles such as Allison Janney featuring Latest news in Yuba County and the Irvine Welsh-written Creation stories.
The company says it will release two “original” films each month this year and one per week starting next year. The full list of the 14 newly announced originals is below, they join the previously announced photos on the slate such as Torsion with Michael Caine, animation Dragon rider voiced Felicity Jones and Patrick Stewart, and To Olivia with Hugh Bonneville and Keeley Hawes.
In the past, Sky has released its original titles day in and day out with UK cinemas. Once the sites are able to reopen after the lockdown, this could come into play again.
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When asked if Sky was opportunistic about its film selection in light of theatrical closings and delayed film releases, Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Sky Content in the UK and Ireland, said : “We’ve been making original films for a while … and we absolutely planned to supercharge this area, but we’ve definitely gone even further since February / March of last year.
He added: “If there are ways to stream movies on the platform, we try them. We are not trying to undermine the theater, we want a thriving theatrical market, not least because our existing studio contracts … will all be triggered [by releases]. In the meantime, we are talking to the studios about all the ways we can help them. “
Bennett said movie consumption on Sky Cinema increased by around 10% last year, with popular exclusive releases including Secret garden (which registered 1.5 million views) and Four children and IT (nearly 2 million views).
Here is the list of new titles with the synopses provided:
Save the cinema: Samantha Morton, Jonathan Pryce, Adeel Akhtar, Susan Wokoma and Tom Felton star in this new British film based on real events. Liz Evans makes it her mission to prevent the demolition of her local cinema.
Kinship: A psychological thriller about a vulnerable mom-to-be who is taken in by the mother and stepson of her recently deceased boyfriend, who seem more and more obsessed with her every move. With Fiona Shaw, Tamara Lawrence and Jack Lowden.
Creation stories: Written by Irvine Welsh and Dean Cavanagh, Creation stories traces the true story of the rise and fall of Creation Records and its infamous founder Alan McGee, who signed to generation-defining bands such as Oasis and Primal Scream.
Latest news in Yuba County: A dark, twisted comedy that explores the outrageous lengths some people will go to to get the much-desired attention. With Allison Janney, Mila Kunis and Awkwafina.
Six minutes to midnight: Emmy Award winner Eddie Izzard and Oscar winner Judi Dench fight to protect a group of college students from Hitler’s grip in this WWII thriller.
The return path: Two film producers who owe the crowd money have launched their aging movie star for an insurance scam in an attempt to save themselves. With Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones and Zach Braff.
Antebellum: A terrifying new thriller with a horror kiss from the producer of the acclaimed films Get out and We, with Janelle Monáe.
The Glorias: The Glorias is the female story of feminist icon Gloria Steinem; known for her activism that shaped the world, her leadership of the revolutionary women’s movement and her writings that have impacted generations. Written and directed by Julie Taymor.
Every Breath You Take: Oscar-winning actor Casey Affleck plays a psychiatrist who finds his life turned upside down after his patient’s sudden suicide. When he invites his patient’s surviving brother (Sam Claflin) to his home to meet his wife (MichellemMonaghan) and daughter, his family life and career are suddenly torn apart.
Faded away: Op and Ed are two adorable donut-shaped animals – Flummels – who accidentally traveled back in time from 1835 to modern Shanghai. With Rachel Bloom, Adam Devin and Ken Jeong.
Monster family 2: To free Baba Yaga and Renfield from the clutches of Monster Hunter Mila Starr, the Wishbone family once again transform into a vampire, Frankenstein’s monster, a mummy, and a werewolf. With Jason Isaacs, Emily Watson and Nick Frost.
The secrets we keep: In post-World War II America, a woman rebuilding her suburban life with her husband kidnaps her neighbor and seeks revenge for the heinous war crimes she believes she committed against her. With Noomi Rapace, Chris Messina and Joel Kinnaman.
Shaking: A female-focused action comedy that follows Lindy (Kate Beckinsale), a bouncer with a deadly anger management issue that she controls with a vest lined with electrodes to get back to normal every day. time she feels homicidal. With Stanley Tucci and Laverne Cox.
The United States vs. Billie Holiday: In the 1940s, the US government targeted beloved jazz icon Billie Holiday as part of their war on drugs, to prevent her from performing her heartbreaking ballad “Strange Fruit,” a cry of defiance against lynching. Directed by Lee Daniels, written by Suzan-Lori Parks and starring Andra Day.