56 Upcoming New Sci-Fi Movies of 2017 & Beyond
**Updated 4/18/17: Added Blumhouse’s ‘Only You’, a time travel thriller that was just announced.
With there being only a few new sci-fi movies left coming in 2016, we’re ready to look ahead at what movies are coming in 2017 and beyond. And, judging by the slate of films we’ve compiled here, 2017 and 2018 are going to be big for sci-fi film junkies.
From alien invasions to space battles to post-apocalyptic adventures to everything else in the realm of endless possibilities, there are plenty of potentially great (and probably some not-so-great) science fiction movies on the horizon.
We tried to stay away from the sci-fi horror stuff, because that’s a rabbit hole we didn’t want to go down in this post (and it also deserves its own list in the future). But, we thought a handy sci-fi movie release calendar would be great (we were right).
So without further ado, here are 54 upcoming new sci-fi movies of 2017, and 2018 to look forward to:
2017 Sci-Fi Movies
1. Underworld: Blood Wars
Release Date: January 6, 2017
Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Tobias Menzies
The never-ending war between vampires and lycans continues as new generations on both sides join in on the conflict. Beckinsale is set to reprise her role as Selene, the badass vampire. It will likely be Beckinsale’s last. It’s one of our most anticipated upcoming movies of 2017.
2. Death Race 2050
Release Date: January 17, 2017
Starring: Manu Bennett, Malcolm McDowell, Marci Miller
Director: Roger Corman
40 years after the original Death Race 2000 film was released, Death Race 2050 will hit Blu-Ray and Digital HD. This looks entirely atrocious, both in its writing and special effects. Hard pass from us, but hey — it’s coming!
3. The Discovery
January 20, 2017 March 31, 2017
Starring: Rooney Mara, Jason Segel, Robert Redford
The Discovery movie will follow a love story set one year after the existence of an afterlife is scientifically verified. It sounds like it’ll be more romance than sci-fi, but hopefully it’ll turn out well-enough. It’ll star Rooney Mara (Her, The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo). In the film, there’s a mass influx of people committing suicide to make it to the afterlife.
4. The Space Between Us
Release Date: February 3, 2017
Starring: Carla Gugino, Britt Robertson, Asa Butterfield
Director: Peter Chelsom
Originally titled Out of This World, The Space Between Us will follow the story of a young man raised by scientists on Mars who returns to Earth to find his father. He’ll experience the wonders of Earth through fresh eyes, embarking on an adventure and falling in love with a street smart girl. Another sci-fi love story, but it actually doesn’t look half bad.
Release Date: March 24, 2017
Starring: Rebecca Ferguson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds
Director: Daniel Espinosa
Life is an upcoming sci-fi film that flew entirely under our radar — apologies for that. But it will revolve around an international space crew finding life on Mars, and it looks like the life isn’t friendly. It has some big players in it, including actors Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal, and director Daniel Espinosa (Child 44, Safe House).
6. Ghost in the Shell
Release Date: March 31, 2017
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Michael Wincott, Michael Pitt
Director: Rupert Sanders
Despite the controversy surrounding the Ghost in the Shell movie, it still looks like an interesting film from a sci-fi standpoint. I admittedly don’t know much about the source material of the same name, but I do know that it revolves around a cyborg policewoman (and in this movie, the cyborg is played by Scarlett Johansson). The one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid leads a task force to take down dangerous extremist cyber criminals. Super cyberpunk vibes, and that’s enough to pique our interest, alone.
7. The Circle
Release Date: April 28, 2017
Starring: Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, Karen Gillan, John Boyega
The Circle is another sci-fi film generating a lot of early buzz. It will revolve around a woman who lands a job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, which links users’ personal emails, social media, banking and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in a new age of civility and transparency. It’s based on the international best-seller by Dave Eggers.
8. Alien: Covenant
Release Date: May 19, 2017
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace
A sequel to 2012’s Prometheus. No plot details available at this time, but we now know that it will officially be titled Alien: Covenant, and the release date has been changed from May to October 6, 2017. It’s one of our most anticipated blockbuster movies of 2017.
9. Transformers: The Last Knight
Release Date: June 23, 2017
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, John Goodman
Director: Michael Bay
It’s impossible to ignore the Transformers movie franchise at this point, and although it’s not for everyone (myself included), it does belong on this list of the upcoming sci-fi movies this year. The Last Knight will star Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins and John Goodman, and it will circle around Optimus Prime returning after leaving Earth to search for the Creators. Big budget sci-fi isn’t for everyone, but if you’re into the Transformers franchise, you’ll want to check it out in theaters on June 23.
10. War of the Planet of the Apes
Release Date: July 14, 2017
Starring: Judy Greer, Woody Harrelson, Andy Serkis
Director: Matt Reeves
One of our most anticipated movies of 2017 is War of the Planet of the Apes, which will continue one of the best franchise reboots we’ve seen in Hollywood yet. In War, Caesar becomes embroiled in a battle with an army of humans. The first War of the Planet of the Apes trailer is definitely exciting, and we can’t wait to see who wins the war when the movie hits in Summer 2017.
11. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Release Date: July 21, 2017
Cast: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Ethan Hawk, John Goodman, Rihanna
The upcoming movie based on the Valerian and Laureline graphic novel series is being helmed by Luc Besson, and it stars Dane DeHaan, Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke, and some other notable names. According to the press releases, Besson will take the iconic source material into a unique and epic science fiction saga with a contemporary makeover. The story follows Valerian and Laureline who embark on a mission to the intergalactic city of Alpha, a metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all over the universe.
12. The Dark Tower
Release Date: July 28, 2017
Cast: Katheryn Winnick, Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey
Stephen King’s sci-fi/fantasy work will be brought to life, with Idris Elba playing the role of Roland Deschain, and Matthew McConaughey playing the Man in Black. Here’s the official synopsis:
“Gunslinger Roland Deschain roams an Old West-like landscape in search of the dark tower, in the hopes that reaching it will preserve his dying world.”
The Dark Tower is an absolute must see movie in 2017, and with the a-list cast and great source material, we can’t see this one going wrong.
13. Iron Sky: The Coming Race
Release Date: August 2017
Starring: Udo Kier, Julia Dietze, Stephanie Paul
Iron Sky: The Coming Race will serve as the follow-up to 2012’s Iron Sky, in which Nazis plan to take over the world after lying dormant in a secret military base on the moon. The movie is set 20 years following those events, with the moonbase becoming the last refuge of mankind. To save humanity, they must fight the Vril, an ancient shapeshifting reptilian race and their army of dinosaurs. It’s two parts action, one part sci-fi and one part comedy.
14. Blade Runner 2049
Release Date: October 6, 2017
Cast: Robin Wright, Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Dave Bautista
We don’t have any of the juicy Blade Runner 2 details yet, but we do know that it’ll star Dave Bautistia, Ryan Gosling, and Robin Wright, with Harrison Ford returning. What’s more, we know that Denis Villeneuve (Incendies, Prisoners, Sicario) will be directing. Filming is expected to begin in July, and we’ll certainly keep our readers updated once we learn more about the project. Of course, Blade Runner 2 is one of our most anticipated upcoming movies of 2017.
Release Date: October 20, 2017
Starring: Katheryn Winnick, Gerard Butler, Jim Strugess, Ed Harris
Geostorm follows the story of two brothers tasked with saving the planet from a worldwide Geostorm that could engulf the planet. TO do so, they must venture to a worldwide net of satellites surrounding Earth that are armed with geoengineering technologies designed to stave off natural disasters. It sounds like the Geostorm movie will venture into existential territory with the battle between nature and science.
16. God Particle
Release Date: October 27, 2017
Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Bruhl
Director: Julius Onah
The premise of God Particle sounds a lot like Life, with a team of astronauts finding a shocking discovery aboard a space station causing them to fight for survival while their reality has changed. We’re pretty sure God Particle is going to play out more like a horror movie, though. More details to come…
17. Ready Player One
Release Date: December 15, 2017
One of the most exciting films on this list is Ready Player One, based on Ernest Cline’s best-selling novel of the same name (one of the best sci-fi books to read). It follows the story of a virtual contest set in what’s called the OASIS, the world’s biggest MMO that has transcended from just being a game to a way of life. The film will be directed by Steven Spielberg, and we can’t wait to hear who will be starring as Wade Watts, aka Perceval the gunter. Read more…
18. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Release Date: December 15, 2017
Cast: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill
Director: Rian Johnson
Rey will continue her epic journey with Poe, Finn and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter in the epic sci-fi opera, Star Wars. After Rogue One‘s success, we’re now more excited for more Star Wars films than ever before. We still believe The Force Awakens was the best movie of 2015, and we’ll stand by that, despite what the majority of critics had to say about its place in the Star Wars universe. We’re excited to learn more about Episode VIII soon, but at least we now know that it’s titled The Last Jedi.
Obviously, it’s one of our most anticipated must-see movies of 2017, and we can’t wait to see what’s next for the new gang of heroes.
19. The Six Billion Dollar Man
Release Date: December 22, 2017
Starring: Mark Wahlberg
We can rebuild him. We have the technology. The film will star Mark Wahlberg as Steve Austin, a military officer who becomes part of a top-secret government program after a near-fatal accident. Using cutting-edge technology, he’s turned into the world’s first truly bionic man: better, stronger, faster. It’s based on the TV series of the same name. While we’re not much a fan of Mark Wahlberg, we realize we’re in the minority, and sci-fi lovers are going to be looking forward to this movie.