56 Upcoming New Sci-Fi Movies of 2017 & Beyond

Space battles, the future, talking apes, and more!

**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.upcoming sci-fi movies

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:

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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

Release Date: 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 WorldThe 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.

5. Life

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

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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

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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.

See Also:
10 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.

See Also:
10 Most Anticipated Blockbuster Movies of 2017

11. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

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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

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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.

15. Geostorm

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

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Release Date: December 15, 2017
Starring: TBA

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

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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

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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.

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  • OndeVai

    Like 2015, mostly crappy, with some potential gems.

    • donl

      That really depends on how much one likes science fiction now doesn’t it?

      • sandeesandlz98

        true yeah, but even if we’re big fans we still can’t like it all

        • donl

          Plan 9 from outer space and the original ‘Thing’ with Arness were two that I can think of offhand..the latter ‘War of the Worlds’ w/Tom Cruise was no winner!, I saw the originals..thankfully for thinking entities plan 9 was never remade to a more updated sense..it would still stink!..I liked Prometheus, Battleship was great!..Cowboys and Aliens ,w/that cast of cast was a winner….people tend to be way to critical about science fiction movies,not really thinking that much of science fiction becomes science fact!

          • scotsims

            Plan 9 From Outer Space is the worst movie ever made. How could they remake it?

          • xunk16

            It actually had some pretty good idea and dialogue. I know this movie is supposed to be bad, I studied cinema and we kinda learn it was supposed to be bad… But watching it, I couldn’t help myself being amused, then thinking about the message it got delivered. It certainly isn’t a perfect movie, but with the crap we have to deal with today, Plan 9 From Outer Space is climbing the ladder slowly, but certainly. With a decent remake, it could actually be better than most can imagine. Or it could be as bad as the remake of “The Day the Earth Stood Still”, which was truly empty and terrible.

          • Eye of Horus

            I wholly agree with you re: Battleship. It was an underrated film. And, yes the original “War of the Worlds” was way better than the Tom Cruise crap. The cast of “Cowboys and Aliens” was really good. I still don’t understand much of the movie. Maybe the comic book answered the empty questions.

      • robWeeve

        bet that took a while to come up with

      • John Black

        You’re joking right? So if you really really like Sci-Fi then you can’t question the crap that Hollywood wants to spoon feed you?

        Those talentless hacks couldn’t come up with an original thought if their lives depended on it.

        • donl

          Not really John, I like lots of things but not every part! I prefer my Sci-fi in book form ,and know that Hollywood can only do so much, and like everything else, they put out crap as well, doesn’t mean I have to like it!..you try see if you can do better before calling them talentless hacks!!

          • John Black

            Apparently you have lower expectations than I do.

          • donl

            How so ?John!, I know that it would be almost impossible to make a movie of DUNE,..It’s been attempted but Why?.. there are movies made that do match their original books,,.It’s very difficult w/science fiction,…employ your own imagination seeing through your minds eye..read the books!.and your expectations will rise.

  • sandeesandlz98

    most of these i know i won’t watch…& this is my main genre besides horror

  • AngryGoomba

    the black hole plot sounds exactly like event horizon

  • Pop Chaser

    this list is missing some important films – the one I am most looking forward to besides Star wars is Luc Besson’s ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’.
    I hope Hollywood will surprise us by making more original sci-fi epics instead of sequels and remakes. Many Japanese anime and French comics and classic sci-fi novels are great sources for new movies! I would love to see Evangelion, Gundam, Macross (not Robotech), Escaflowne, Cowboy Bebop, Incal chronicles, anything by Mobius and Jadorowsky, Dune sequels, Ring world (rumor it’s being made..), Wheel of Time (not exactly sci-fi but great novels),…I am sure many people have great ideas/suggestions…
    If Hollywood is smart, they would invest in these new franchises…and not F** it up with their stupid ideas of how audiences want to see…..no more Transformers please!!!
    Really worried about they screwing up Ghost in shell, one of my favorites of all time!

    • Thanks for commenting. This story was originally posted in June 2015, and then updated along the way. It’s about due for another update, which is why it’s missing some films. We’ll be sure to update soon! Thanks for pointing it out.

      • Randee

        Looks like we’ll be getting a new Stargate trilogy as well :)

    • robWeeve
  • KellyVanRijn

    Wow. A bunch of sequels and remakes. So much for innovation and creativity.

    • jason1000

      In order to continue the story you have to have creativity. Be gone.

    • Daylight18

      Unless you can do a better job yourself, you have no right to complain :D

  • gmxusa

    Pulse: when gravity fails would be awesome as a movie. http://www.scifibookseries.com

  • JohnLee

    theres a movie im trying to find but i can’t. i saw the trailer once and forgot the name of the movie. it starts off with a guy making a phone call leaving a message that they found him and then he hangs up and runs up a building to the roof where he’s about to jump when a group of killers come out and shoot him. then there’s a girl who;s a journalist listens to the message and she finds a map in a painting about the apocalypse and it’s a prophecy saying human race will be gone

  • Lee Barclay

    When will Hollywood step up and make a worthy sequel to Santa Claus Conquers the Martians ? We’ve waited long https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8947aa0f360d131756ee3af2610592c65a5ea46a25e77182208bd15d0b430daf.jpg enough ! Are you listening Steven Spielberg ?

  • Corbin Dallas

    So, Blade Runner 2049 starts filming in July and will be in theaters 3 months later. K.

  • Kelvin Walker

    The Wachowski siblings haven’t been brothers for some time now.

  • Cameron Calabrese

    Any more news on the Red Rising Trilogy finally making
    it to film?

    • Nothing as of yet :-(. We’ll definitely keep you posted if we hear anything.

      • Cameron Calabrese

        Thanks BMB! Really looking forward to that adaptation!