With 2023 brought to a standstill in entertainment thanks to the much-needed SAG-AFTRA strikes, you’d think 2024 would also be pretty poor when it comes to movies. Well, think again, because at least when it comes to scifi movies, 2024 will be an incredible year for original stories.
Scroll on to see the new scifi movies for 2024 that aren’t part of existing franchises, and stay tuned for our franchise round-up to see what else will be on the big & medium screen this year.
The Kitchen: 2024 dystopian scifi from Daniel Kaluuya
Any scifi connoisseur will quickly associate Daniel Kaluuya with his incredible role in Black Mirror: Fifteen Million Merits but, this year, he’s working behind the scenes on a dystopian thriller.
Kaluuya penned the script and directed The Kitchen, a 2024 scifi movie whose premise will resonate with a lot of British people: what would happen without social housing?
The movie The Kitchen is about exactly that, taking to extreme what the Tories have been doing since at least the 70s – dismantling a social safety net slowly but surely.
What The Kitchen movie story is about:
“In a dystopian future London where all social housing has been eliminated, Izi and Benji fight to navigate the world as residents of The Kitchen, a community that refuses to abandon their home.”
It’s worth noting that The Kitchen is a Netflix film, so you won’t have to get movie tickets to see it.
The Kitchen premiere date: January 19, 2024
Megalopolis: Francis Ford Coppola’s long-in-the-making utopian project
Did you know that Francis Ford Coppola has been thinking about and trying to do a scifi movie since the 80s? Legendary Coppola movie Megalopolis is finally happening this year and the cast is stacked.
What Megalopolis is about:
“An architect wants to rebuild New York City as a utopia following a devastating disaster” is the official synopsis.
Adam Driver has the main role, and he’s joined by Aubrey Plaza, Jason Schwartzman, Dustin Hoffman, Shia LaBeouf, Jon Voight, Giancarlo Esposito and Forest Whitaker, just to name a few. And I mean it when I say “a few”, cause the IMDB page for this movie looks like a Wes Anderson project.
Adam Driver has the main role, and he’s joined by Aubrey Plaza, Jason Schwartzman, Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, and Giancarlo Esposito, just to name a few of his co-stars. And I mean it when I say “a few”, because the IMDB page for this movie looks like a Wes Anderson project.
Megalopolis premiere date: TBA 2024
Speaking of a stacked cast, that’s the case as well with Mickey 17.
Rober Pattinson is leading the pack in the new Bong Joon Ho movie, and he’s joined by Mark Ruffalo, Toni Collete and Steven Yeun.
The creator of Parasite, Snowpiercer and Okja has kept mum about what Mickey 17 is about but we do have a cute little teaser to keep us speculating.
Calling it now, Pattinson will be an incredible villain in Mickey 17!
Mickey premiere date: March 29, 2024
Civil War: 2024 movie from Alex Garland, the creator of 28 Days Later
Nick Offerman as the President of the United States? Before The Last of US HBO show, we’d have thought it would be a terrible idea but now? Sign us up! The 2024 Civil War movie from Alex Garland, the creator of 28 Days Later, has so many excellent people attached to the project it’s hard to imagine it would fail.
A new Garland movie is always a treat, especially something like this – a dystopian scifi published by A24.
The movie will also reunite Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons – a treat for Fargo fans.
Here’s what Civil War 2024 will be about:
“In the near future, a team of journalists travel across the United States during a rapidly escalating civil war that has engulfed the entire nation.”
As you can see from the trailer, the stakes could not be higher.
Civil War premiere date: April 26, 2024
Spaceman: 2024 Netflix movie based on a great scifi book
Spaceman 2024 also has all the makings of a great scifi movie.
An exclusive Netflix movie, Spaceman features Adam Sandler and Carey Mulligan in a dramatic story about becoming an astronaut.
What Spaceman is about:
“Jakub Procházka, orphaned as a boy and raised in the Czech countryside by his grandparents, overcomes his odds to become the country’s first astronaut,” is the official synopsis.
The movie is based on the excellent 2017 scifi novel Spaceman of Bohemia, written by Jaroslav Kalfař. As one The Guardian reviewer summed it up, it’s ‘Solaris’ with laughs, history lessons and a pig killing.’
Spaceman premiere date: March 1, 2024
Also mixing laughter with scifi is Borderlands, the 2024 movie based on the video game series of the same name. Yes, this is a video game movie so it has a high chance to, well, suck, but based on who is attached to the project, we think it could be great.
It’s directed and partially written by Eli Roth, who has extensive experience in the grindhouse genre, so he might do great at bringing Borderlands’s violent, bizzare atmosphere to the big screen.
In the cast, you have Cate Blanchett, Jamie Lee Curtis, Haley Bennett, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Gina Gershon in the main roles, so this doesn’t look like a cash grab adaptation.
What the movie Borderlands is about:
Lilith, an infamous outlaw with a mysterious past, reluctantly returns to her home planet of Pandora to find the missing daughter of the universe’s most powerful S.O.B., Atlas. Lilith forms an alliance with an unexpected team – Roland, a former elite mercenary, now desperate for redemption; Tiny Tina, a feral pre-teen demolitionist; Krieg, Tina’s musclebound, rhetorically challenged protector; Tannis, the scientist with a tenuous grip on sanity; and Claptrap, a persistently wiseass robot. These unlikely heroes must battle alien monsters and dangerous bandits to find and protect the missing girl, who may hold the key to unimaginable power. The fate of the universe could be in their hands but they’ll be fighting for something more: each other.
If you’re unfamiliar with Borderlands, the movie trailer is a good intro but a game trailer will give you a better idea about the vibe.
Borderlands movie premiere date: August 9, 2024