Looking Ahead: FirstShowing's 2023 Release Schedule is Ready Now
by Alex Billington
December 28, 2021
"I wasted time, and now doth time waste me." We have officially launched our 2023 Release Schedule page (being added to the button bar once we jam our way into the New Year), featuring listings throughout the year 2023 now that we're days away from sliding into 2022. This is our annual release update, to keep everyone informed about release dates in 2022 and 2023 looking ahead. We always launch the next calendar at the end of each year, and only update two years out as it gets seriously sketchy beyond that. Earlier this year, we announced that the schedule has some changes regarding additional listings of VOD/streaming releases, as well as a clear indicator of which films will be opening in theaters. It seems the industry has settled into a 45-day theatrical window, for now, and will continue pumping content into all the streaming services: lead by Disney+, Netflix, Prime Video, HBO Max, with Paramount+ & Discovery+ also on the rise.
Coming up in 2023 are a handful of movies that were set for 2022 but then pushed back: André Øvredal's vampire ship movie Last Voyage of the Demeter (January 27th); the MCU Captain Marvel sequel The Marvels (February 17th) directed by Nia DaCosta; Keanu Reeves back in Chad Stahelski's John Wick: Chapter 4 (March 24th), the other sequel Fast & Furious 10 (May 19th), the superhero comedy sequel Shazam! Fury of the Gods (June 2nd); Steven Caple Jr.'s movie Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (June 9th); James Mangold taking over directing Indiana Jones 5 (June 30th), and the finale to the back-to-back action saga Mission: Impossible 8 (July 7th). Other exciting movies also set for 2023 include Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer (July 21st), David Gordon Green's remake of The Exorcist (October 13th), Denis Villeneuve's epic sci-fi sequel Dune: Part Two (October 20th), a musical adaptation of The Color Purple (December 20th) from director Blitz Bazawule, and another long-awaited Star Trek sequel (December 22nd). Star Wars: Rogue Squadron was originally scheduled for December 2023, but with Patty Jenkins going back to WB for Wonder Woman 3, it has been shelved indefinitely. Who knows if they'll ever get back to it? For now, that's the line-up. But as always, everything is expected to change as time goes on…
And one other note - in early 2021 we received feedback about how to update the release schedule and make it better. We're STILL working on this, and it will be worth the wait. But please bear with us as we continue to develop & finalize the new design as we don't want to throw out what makes this current calendar so nice.