Though a man of many projects any given day of the week, Nightmare Alley has been receiving most of Mexican maestro Guillermo del Toro’s attention lately, as his follow-up feature to 2017’s The Shape of Water. Though hampered by the pandemic, Alley has wrapped shooting and been named for a theatrical release on December 2, 2021 by distributor Searchlight Pictures. The studio has also put dates to a slew of other titles for this year.
The Rebecca Hall-led thriller The Night House will release theatrically July 16, following a Sundance premiere last year.
On September 24, Searchlight will release The Eyes of Tammy Faye, a biopic chronicling the massively successful Christian singer and TV personality who was later tried and convicted on multiple counts of fraud. The Big Sick director Michael Showalter helms, with a cast including Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield, Cherry Jones, and Vincent D’Onofrio.
Black Mass and Hostiles director Scott Cooper directs Antlers, the upcoming horror film produced by del Toro. Originally set for a 2020 release, it was delayed due to the pandemic, and is now set for release October 29, 2021. Keri Russell, Jesse Plemmons, and Graham Greene star.
It’s a solid lineup for Searchlight to put forward, though ongoing concerns over the safety of theaters as coronavirus vaccines slowly trickle out against still-high infection rates will no doubt hamper at least one of these releases. Still, to have some promising new films to look forward to is never a bad thing, especially when you have a modern favorite like del Toro back in action. Here’s hoping we get to see Nightmare Alley and others in a theater some time soon.