Streaming offerings will also continue to represent strongly, with Netflix planning Noah Baumbach’s “White Noise,” starring Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig, and Apple TV Plus’ “Killers of the Flower Moon” from Martin Scorsese among the high-profile offerings.
Some of the film world’s most prominent auteurs have pics expected this year, with many likely to premiere at film festivals in Cannes, Telluride and Toronto. Wes Anderson, Luca Guadagnino, Kasi Lemmons, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Darren Aronofsky and Paul Schrader are among the indie favorites who have movies planned to debut in 2022.
The coming year looks to be a pivotal one for the movie business, and the pandemic has accelerated the transition from a theatrical-dominant model to a time when each film gets evaluated on how it can best reach the audience, whether streaming, in theatres, for premium rental prices or a combination. But one thing is clear: There are plenty of exciting pics coming out in the next year, whether your jam is superheroes, sci-fi, horror or maybe something completely new. And yes, Tilda Swinton stars in almost every one of them.
The 355 (Jan. 7)
Simon Kinberg’s latest directorial effort sees Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Penélope Cruz, Diane Kruger and Fan Bingbing teaming up for an all-star spy movie. When a top-secret weapon threatens world safety, a CIA agent (Chastain) must join forces with a set of international agents to recover it. “The 355” was originally scheduled for release in January 2021, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Scream (Jan. 14)
A decade after their last outing (and 25 years after they first faced off against Ghostface), Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette return for “Scream.” The fifth installment in the bloody franchise finds the trio searching for a new killer who’s terrorizing the once-sleepy town of Woodsboro. Directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett take the helm from horror legend Wes Craven, who died in 2015.
Moonfall (Feb. 4)
An extinction-level-event-sized hunk of rock is headed for Earth and it’s going to take a starry cast of scientists to save mankind? No, it’s not “Don’t Look Up“ — it’s the latest epic from disaster auteur Roland Emmerich, who recruited Halle Berry, Patrick Wilson, John Bradley, Michael Peña, Charlie Plummer, Kelly Yu and Donald Sutherland to avert the titular disaster. Though the Feb. 4 release date doesn’t scream prestige, the bonkers trailer promises action, thrills and more lunar conspiracy theories than “Room 237.”
Jackass Forever (Feb. 4)
The infinite madness of Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Wee Man, Preston Lacy, Dave England, Chris Pontius, and Ehren McGhehey made its big screen debut in 2002 with “Jackass.” Twenty years, a handful of films and hundreds of stunts later, the gang returns for “Jackass Forever,” billed as the final installment of the circus-like prank documentary franchise. The movie features guest appearances from Eric Andre, Tony Hawk, Machine Gun Kelly, Tyler the Creator and more, but noticeably missing is original “Jackass” performer Bam Margera, who is tied up in a lawsuit with his former collaborators after being fired from “Jackass Forever.” Jeff Tremaine returns as director.
Death on the Nile (Feb. 11)
After solving the case in 2017’s “Murder on the Orient Express,” Kenneth Branagh returns as Hercule Poirot for another whodunit with a star-studded lineup of suspects. Branagh, who sports some preposterous facial hair, co-stars with Gal Gadot, Annette Bening, Russell Brand and Armie Hammer in the long-delayed murder mystery which promises plenty of twists and turns.
Uncharted (Feb. 18)
Hot off worldwide praise for “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” Tom Holland is swinging over to a new Sony franchise with this adaptation of Naughty Dog’s popular action-adventure video game series. Holland will star as Nathan Drake, a globe-trotting treasure hunter who gets into some death-defying antics alongside his partner Victor “Sully” Sullivan, played by Mark Wahlberg, and a villainous Antonio Banderas.
The Batman (March 4)
Robert Pattinson dons the iconic cape and cowl in Matt Reeves’ gritty take on Batman. The new iteration focuses on Bruce Wayne’s early days as the Caped Crusader and features a stacked cast of supporting villains and allies, including Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as Riddler, Colin Farrell as Penguin, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon and Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth.
Downton Abbey: A New Era (March 18)
Based on the hit television series, the sequel to the 2019 film “Downton Abbey” appears to be set in the South of France around Tom Branson’s second wedding. Though other plot details have been kept under wraps, the principal cast of the first film are expected to return, including Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye and Dominic West. “A New Era” is written by series creator and writer Julian Fellowes, and directed by Simon Curtis.
The Lost City (March 25)
In this comedy adventure, Sandra Bullock plays Loretta Sage, a novelist who is kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe) who believes she can find the treasure from her book’s titular lost city. Wanting to prove he’s more than just a pretty face, Alan — Loretta’s naive-but-hunky cover model — sets out for the jungle to rescue the author and help find the treasure. Directed by Adam and Aaron Nee, “The Lost City” also features Brad Pitt, Patti Harrison, Da’Vine Joy Randolph and Oscar Nunez.
Morbius (April 1)
Sony continues to build out its universe of Marvel characters with another villain-centric spinoff following the success of the two “Venom” films. Jared Leto transforms into Morbius, a doctor who attempts to cure himself of a rare blood disease but inadvertently becomes a super-strong, flying, blood-thirsty vampire.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (April 8)
Sonic is back and he’s joined by two fan-favourite characters from the popular video games. Jim Carrey’s evil Dr. Robotnik recruits Knuckles, a spiky-fisted, red echidna voiced by Idris Elba, to take over the world with the Chaos Emeralds. Luckily for Sonic, he’ll have the help of Tails, a yellow, two-tailed flying fox, in his latest adventure.
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (April 15)
Four years ago, audiences discovered the crimes of Grindelwald. Now, Warner Bros. continues to expand the Wizarding World by digging into the secrets of Hogwarts’ legendary headmaster, portrayed by Jude Law. Mads Mikkelsen takes on the role of the nefarious Grindelwald for this entry, while Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller and other “Fantastic Beasts” return for this new spin-off in the “Harry Potter” universe.
The Northman (April 22)
Following up his 2019 psychological thriller “The Lighthouse,” Robert Eggers enlists Alexander Skarsgård, whose Amleth embarks on a quest to avenge his father (Ethan Hawke) and save his mother (Nicole Kidman). The Viking revenge tale takes place in 10th century Iceland and also stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Willem Dafoe, Björk and Claes Bang.
Disappointment Blvd. (April 22)
“Hereditary” and “Midsommar” mastermind Ari Aster’s third A24 feature will inevitably light Film Twitter aflame. Although the logline is vague (“An intimate, decades-spanning portrait of one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time”), the cast list is fascinating: Joaquin Phoenix! Maryl Streep! Parker Posey! Patti LuPone! And given that the film reunites Aster with cinematographer Pawel Pogorzelski for a third time, audiences are sure to be met with plenty of the indelibly chilling imagery that is a trademark of their partnership.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (May 6)
After the events of “WandaVision,” “Loki” and “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s multiverse is in desperate need of repair, and Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange will attempt to fix it. He’ll be joined by Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlet Witch; Benedict Wong as Wong, the new Sorcerer Supreme; and Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez, a new hero with the power to cross into other realities. They will battle with otherworldly monsters and an evil version of Doctor Strange in this horror-themed film directed by Sam Raimi.
Legally Blonde 3 (May 20)
Elle Woods is back – and so is Reese Witherspoon – for the third installment of the feel-good franchise. Though plot details are being kept secret for now, Mindy Kaling and Dan Goor are penning the script for the film.
Top Gun: Maverick (May 27)
Our need for speed will finally be satiated when Tom Cruise returns to the cockpit for the “Top Gun” sequel, after languishing for more than 35 years on the runway. Several COVID-induced delays later, the film from director Joseph Kosinski will finally see the light of day. Cruise‘s Pete “Maverick“ Mitchell is back and as rebellious as ever, reuniting with Val Kilmer’s Tom “Iceman“ Kazansky. Miles Teller joins the cast as Bradley “Rooster“ Bradshaw, the son of Maverick’s best friend, the late Nick “Goose” Bradshaw (Anthony Edwards).
Jurassic World Dominion (June 10)
With dinosaurs now unleashed on the modern world, “Jurassic World Dominion” will answer the age-old question of whether humans and dinos can co-exist. Colin Trevorrow is back to direct the third installment of the rebooted franchise, which also marks the return of original “Jurassic Park” actors Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum. “Jurassic World Dominion,” starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, is sure to jolt the pandemic-battered box office.
Lightyear (June 17)
Disney’s next computer-animated feature is a spinoff of the “Toy Story” -verse, in which audiences will finally see a full-length Buzz Lightyear adventure on the big screen. Chris Evans nudged Tim Allen out of the vocal booth for the titular character, and while the trailer teases a handsome interstellar adventure, little is known about the actual plot. Fingers crossed that it’s a remake of Claire Denis’ 2018 space nightmare “High Life”!
The Black Phone (June 24)
Scott Derrickson’s latest horror outing stars Ethan Hawke as a serial killer who traps children inside a soundproof basement. But when 13-year-old Finney (Mason Thames) discovers a disconnected phone with the ability to transmit the voices of previous victims, he just might be able to escape. Based on the short story by Joe Hill, “The Black Phone” is produced by Derrickson, Jason Blum and C. Robert Cargill.
Elvis (June 24)
Starring Austin Butler as the pioneering rocker and Tom Hanks as his savvy manager Colonel Tom Parker, Baz Luhurmann’s film will chronicle Presley’s life and career as the King of rock ‘n’ roll, focusing on his relationship with Parker. The cast also includes Olivia DeJonge, Yola Quartey, Luke Bracey, Natasha Bassett, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Dacre Montgomery, Helen Thomson, Richard Roxburgh and David Wenham.
Minions: The Rise of Gru (July 1)
Our favorite yellow pill-shaped creatures are back in the sequel to the spinoff “Minions.” Set after the events of the 2015 prequel when the titular characters — who have existed since the beginning of time — find a new evildoer to serve, the animated pic chronicles 12-year-old Gru’s transformation from a fan of supervillains to the ultimate baddie himself.
Thor: Love and Thunder (July 8)
Director Taika Waititi returns with the follow-up to “Thor: Ragnarok,” and he’s bringing Natalie Portman, who played Thor’s love interest Jane Foster in the first two movies, back into the fold to wield Thor’s mighty hammer Mjolnir. This romance-themed movie will also bring in the Guardians of the Galaxy for a crossover and introduce Christian Bale as the villain Gorr the God Butcher.
Bullet Train (July 15)
David Leitch’s upcoming thriller features a stacked cast including Brad Pitt, Joey King, Andrew Koji, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Zazie Beetz, Logan Lerman, Bad Bunny, Sandra Bullock and Karen Fukuhara. As the title implies, the movie is set on a Japanese bullet train, where five assassins discover that their missions are all connected.
Nope (July 22)
The mastermind behind “Get Out” and “Us,” Jordan Peele returns this summer with the mysterious “Nope.” While the plot has yet to be announced, the film’s poster features a stormy cloud with a trail of pennant flags. Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer and Steven Yeun are set to star alongside Barbara Ferrera, Brandon Perea and Michael Wincott.
Where the Crawdads Sing (July 22)
Olivia Newman makes her feature directorial debut with this adaptation of Delia Owens’ best-selling novel set among the remote marshes of North Carolina. Covering a 17-year period, the structure shifts between a young girl’s childhood and adolescence living in an isolated cabin and an investigation into the murder of a local football star. Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine and Sony’s 3000 Pictures are producing, while Daisy Edgar-Jones stars.
Black Adam (July 29)
Dwayne Johnson is suiting up as a superhero for the first time in his career as Black Adam, an antihero with powers that rival Superman. The dark and violent DC Comics movie will also introduce the Justice Society of America and its members, including Doctor Light (Pierce Brosnan), Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo), Hawkman (Aldis Hodge) and Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell).
Don’t Worry Darling (Sept. 23)
Olivia Wilde’s second feature directing effort stars Harry Styles and Florence Pugh as a seemingly-perfect 1950s couple who become consumed by a dark secret. The psychological thriller also features Wilde in a supporting role, with a cast rounded out by Gemma Chan, KiKi Layne, Nick Kroll and Chris Pine. The Warner Bros. movie is set for release on Sept. 23.
Mission: Impossible 7 (Sept. 30)
2022 might as well be the year of Tom Cruise action sequels. In addition to “Top Gun: Maverick,” Cruise will return for the latest “Mission: Impossible.” Cruise trained for a year,and performed 500 skydives and 13,000 motorbike jumps to prepare for the movie, which is sure to include death-defying stunts.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse – Part One (Oct. 7)
The follow-up to the beloved animated film “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is introducing, even more, Spideys and splitting its universe-spanning story into two parts. Miles Morales, Gwen Stacey and Peter B. Parker are all confirmed to return, alongside new characters like the futuristic Spider-Man 2099 (Oscar Isaac) and Spider-Woman (Issa Rae).
Halloween Ends (Oct. 14)
Marking the end of David Gordon Green’s modern “Halloween” trilogy, “Halloween Ends” once again stars Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, who will seek revenge on Michael Myers after he slaughtered her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) in “Halloween Kills.” The final installment also stars Andi Matichak, Kyle Richards, Nick Castle and James Jude Courtney.
The Flash (Nov. 4)
The DC Extended Universe is stepping into the multiverse with Ezra Miller’s first “solo” Flash movie, which is shaping up to have multiple versions of the Scarlet Speedster and the Caped Crusader himself, Batman. Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton are both slated to appear as their iterations of Batman in the film, in which Flash goes back in time to prevent his own mother’s murder.
Canterbury Glass (Nov. 4)
Christian Bale reunites with “The Fighter” director David O. Russell for what will inevitably be one of the season’s most intense movies. This 20th Century Studios feature has amassed one of the most stacked casts this side of a Tarantino picture, with Margot Robbie, John David Washington, Rami Malek, Zoe Saldana, Robert De Niro, Mike Myers, Chris Rock, Anya Taylor-Joy, Taylor Swift and many more reporting for duty. Behind the camera, the film is lensed by master cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, his first feature since the 2017 Terrence Malick project “Song to Song.”
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Nov. 11)
Ryan Coogler is returning to direct the sequel to “Black Panther,” which will be released two years after the tragic death of star Chadwick Boseman. The majority of the cast will return to continue the superhero tale set in Wakanda, including Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Angela Bassett, Winston Duke and newcomers Michaela Coel and Dominique Thorne as the young hero Ironheart.
The Fabelmans (Nov. 23)
Because genius never sleeps, Steven Spielberg’s next feature is coming out less than a year after his ambitious and critically-acclaimed “West Side Story” remake. This coming-of-age film from Universal Pictures is based on Spielberg’s childhood, and the director is co-writing it with “Story” scribe Tony Kushner. Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen and Paul Dano have been cast as key adults in the story, along with a group of child actors that will inevitably nail the nostalgia that Spielberg has made a career off of. Still not sold? It’s the next film with pint-sized “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” star Julia Butters, who delivered one of the best performances of 2019 at 10 years old.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (Dec. 16)
Jason Momoa is back as the king of Atlantis, with a new, golden suit to boot. Director James Wan returns for the underwater sequel, as does Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus and newcomers to the series Indya Moore, Pilou Asbaek and Jani Zhou.
Avatar 2 (Dec. 16)
After a 13-year wait, audiences can finally return to Pandora. James Cameron’s long-gestating sequel is not only one of the most anticipated films of the year, but the decade. The pic finds Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) fleeing their home to protect their family when an old threat returns.
Untitled Mario move (Dec. 21)
Chris Pratt playing the Italian plumber and video game icon Mario certainly got fans’ attention, and many are hoping the animated movie doesn’t meet the same fate as the 1993 live-action movie. The A-list voice cast includes other inspired choices, including Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, Jack Black as Bowser, Charlie Day as Luigi, Anya Taylor-Joy as Peach, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad and Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong.
I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Dec. 23)
Directed by “Harriet” helmer Kasi Lemmons and from TriStar Pictures, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” is the first Whitney Houston biopic authorized by the late singer’s estate. Serving as a look into the pop star’s life and career, the film stars Naomi Ackie as Houston, Ashton Sanders as Bobby Brown, Stanley Tucci as Clive Davis, Nafessa Williams as Robyn Crawford and Clarke Peters and Tamara Tunie as Houston’s parents.
Babylon (Dec. 25)
“La La Land” director Damien Chazelle will inevitably return to the Oscars conversation with his upcoming tale about classic Hollywood. Details are under wraps, but the starry cast is a mix of A-listers (Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Tobey Maguire), directors (Olivia Wilde, Spike Jonze) and a deep bench ranging from Jean Smart to Flea. Although filming wrapped in October, the awards-friendly title moved from a January to December 2022 release date due to COVID shakeups.
Knives Out 2 (undated)
The first of two upcoming sequels to Rian Johnson’s 2019 hit whodunit, “Knives Out 2” has no official release date but is expected for 2022. Daniel Craig returns as Detective Benoit Blanc, starring alongside Kathryn Hahn, Dave Bautista, Edward Norton, Ethan Hawke, Leslie Odom Jr., Kate Hudson, Janelle Monáe, Jada Pinkett Smith, Madelyn Cline and Jessica Henwick. Filming for the Netflix-backed sequel began on a Greek island last summer and wrapped in September.
Killers of the Flower Moon (undated)
A Martin Scorsese crime drama — adapted from a bestselling novel — toplined by Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro? If that’s not an Oscar film, we don’t know what is. The movie, centring on an FBI investigation into the real-life murders of members of the Osage tribe in 1920s Oklahoma, also stars Indigenous actors.
White Noise (undated)
Noah Baumbach once again collaborates with Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig for this Netflix adaptation of Don DeLillo’s award-winning 1985 postmodern novel about a professor of Hitler studies and his family who are rocked by an “Airborne Toxic Event” – a catastrophic train accident that blankets their town in chemical waste. Jodie Turner-Smith, Alessandro Nivola and Don Cheadle also star. And yes, the band Airborne Toxic Event was inspired to name their band after the story.
Armageddon Time (undated)
Director James Gray returns to his old stomping ground of New York for a semi-autobiographical drama about growing up in 1980s Queens. Narrative details are sparse at the moment, though a possible appearance by a younger Donald Trump has been rumored to be in the cards. The cast includes Anne Hathaway, Anthony Hopkins and Jeremy Strong.
Apollo 10 ½ (undated)
A series of children’s visions about the Apollo 11 moon landing is brought to life in Richard Linklater’s return to using rotoscoping technology for a semi-animated look. It’s been more than a decade since “A Scanner Darkly” and “Waking Life” brought the director’s slacker philosophy to life, with animation imagining a new visual language for his winding, wonderful dialogue.
Asteroid City (undated)
Wes Anderson turns his camera to Spain for his next directorial effort. While plot details are being kept on the down-low, the director has assembled a characteristically massive ensemble for his 11th feature film, including favorite collaborators like Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody and Jeffrey Wright and new ones like Tom Hanks, Margot Robbie and Matt Dillon.
Bardo (or False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths) (undated)
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest, starring Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Griselda Siciliana and Grantham Coleman, is his first to shoot in his native Mexico after several years. Described as a nostalgic comedy, it revolves around a well-known journalist and documentary filmmaker who returns to Mexico on a journey to face his family and memories, as well as the past and new reality of his country.
Ana de Armas is Marilyn Monroe in director Andrew Dominik’s adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’ novel of the same name. The film has been a decade-long project for Dominik, with actresses like Naomi Watts and Jessica Chastain once attached to the role. After seeing a rough cut, Oates called the film “startling, brilliant, very disturbing and perhaps most surprisingly an utterly ‘feminist’ interpretation.” Dominik reportedly is sticking with an adults-only NC-17 version of the cut.
Bones & All (undated)
Taylor Russell and Timothee Chalamet star in Luca Guadagnino’s latest feature, his first set in the U.S. Mark Rylance, Michael Stuhlbarg, Andre Holland, Jessica Harper, Chloe Sevigny and David Gordon Green co-star in the horror-tinged story adapted from Camille DeAngelis’ novel about an unusual young woman who hungers for acceptance and an intense drifter who take a thousand-mile road trip to confront their otherness from society.
Crimes of the Future (undated)
David Cronenberg returns with his first film since 2014’s “Maps to the Stars,” buoyed by a très chic cast including Kristen Stewart, Viggo Mortensen and Léa Seydoux. The film shares a title with and is rumored to be a remake of the director’s 1970 short film, and would likely be a horror-based feature evoking his classics such as “Scanners” and “Videodrome.”
The End (undated)
Joshua Oppenheimer takes a step away from documentary filmmaking for his next project: a musical following the last family in a post-apocalyptic world. The “Act of Killing” filmmaker once shared that he hopes to synthesize the styles of Samuel Beckett and Jacques Demy’s “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” an audacious goal. His ongoing project to explore how humans pathologize cruelty at least fits the bleak premise. Tilda Swinton, Stephen Graham and George MacKay star.
The Killer (undated)
David Fincher continues his partnership with Netflix with this adaptation of Matz and Luc Jacamon’s graphic novel. The assassin story features a script from “Seven” scribe Andrew Kevin Walker and is set to star Michael Fassbender. “The Killer” will be Fincher’s first film since the divisive awards darling “Mank.”
Master Gardener (undated)
Paul Schrader follows up last year’s acclaimed “The Card Counter” with a thriller starring Joel Edgerton. He plays a horticulturist working at a grand estate who is torn between two women – the estate’s owner, who is old enough to be his mother (Sigourney Weaver), and her troubled niece, who is young enough to be his daughter. Schrader wanted Zendaya for that role, but it currently remains uncast.
Guillermo del Toro steps into animation for the first time for this co-directing effort with Mark Gustafson. The pair will tackle the classic tale of a puppet who wants to become a real boy, using the illustrations of Gris Grimly as inspiration. Del Toro’s sympathies have always been with the outcasts and monsters of the world, so this material should match well with his creative impulse.
Former actor Todd Field won praise for directing “In the Bedroom” and “Little Children,” then took an extended break from filmmaking. Now he’s back with the Focus Features project “Tár,” which shot in Berlin last fall and stars Cate Blanchett in the story of a world-renowned musician and her 6-year old daughter adopted from Syria.
The Whale (undated)
Brendan Fraser stars as a 600-lb. man’s attempts to reconnect with his 17-year old daughter in Darren Aronofsky’s film for A24 based on the acclaimed play by Samuel D. Hunter. Aronofsky confirms “lots of makeup and prosthetics” will be employed to transform Fraser into Charlie, who turned to compulsive eating after he abandoned his family for his gay lover, who later died. Sadie Sink, Hong Chau and Samantha Morton co-star.
Three Thousand Years of Longing (undated)
After riding triumphantly into Valhalla with “Mad Max: Fury Road,” director George Miller makes a characteristic zag with his follow-up: a romance between an academic and a genie. Will the film take on the same kooky eroticism of “The Witches of Eastwick”? Or will it be as operatic and heartfelt as “Lorenzo’s Oil”? Or something else entirely? Whatever tone Miller summons up for this intriguing premise will certainly be worth the wait. Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba star.