What New Films Are Coming Out in August 2020

The reopening of theaters have once again been pushed back with the expectation that they will open again in mid to late August. Though this means we may not get the chance to see new films in theaters still, that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to be excited by in terms of August releases. Here are all the confirmed films set to come out in August. Note: Release dates may change after the posting of this article. Any film stated as coming in theaters is based on statements made by individual companies and may change.

“An American Pickle” – August 6th on HBO Max

Starring in two roles in this science fiction-esqe story, Seth Rogen takes a look at family and struggle in “An American Pickle.”

Immigrating to the United States in the 1920s, Herschel Greenbaum, played by Rogen, struggles to make ends meet to help support his pregnant wife. Everything changes for Herschel though after he falls into a vat of pickles at work. Waking up 100 years later, Herschel has been kept preserved by the pickles but now has the task of finding any living relatives. He soon finds his great grandson Ben Greenbaum, also played by Rogen, and tries to bond with him and form a pickle business.

“The Tax Collector” – August 7th on Video on Demand and in Theaters

Returning to the gritty world of Los Angeles crime, “Suicide Squad” and “Bright” director David Ayer brings a new story with “The Tax Collector.”

David, played by Bobby Soto, and Creeper, played by Shia LaBeouf, are two “collectors” for a Los Angeles crime lord known as Wizard. However, things become complicated for the two men as Wizard’s rival returns from Mexico to take what he has. The two soon go on the run trying to save themselves and the ones they love.

“Words on Bathroom Walls” – August 7th on Video on Demand

Showcasing a more mature story, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and “Hotel for Dogs” director Thor Freudenthal takes a dive into the young adult romance genre with “Words on a Bathroom Walls.”

Adam Petrazelli, played by Charlie Plummer, is a teenager with schizophrenia who recently got expelled from his last high school. He soon meets Maya, played by Taylor Russell, who helps him to look beyond his disability. With the help of Maya and his family, Adam tries to work through his issues and realize his dream to become a chef.

“The One and Only Ivan” – August 14th on Disney+

Based on the book of the same name and inspired by a real life story, “The One and Only Ivan” looks to bring another classic to life.

Ivan, voiced by Sam Rockwell, has lived with his owner Mack, played by Bryan Cranston, for as long as he can remember. Now an attraction in a mall circus, Ivan lives with a group of other animals who, like him, can’t remember their lives before the circus. However, when a new young elephant joins the group, Ivan realizes he wants to go back to where he belongs.

“Project Power” – August 14th on Netflix

Set in the city of New Orleans, “Project Power” provides a different and interesting take on superpowers and how they are obtained.

A pill is made by a secret company that allows its’ user to have superman abilities for five minutes. The introduction of the pill begins to cause problems with crime in New Orleans bringing together local cop Frank, played Joseph Gordon-Levitt, teenage drug dealer Robin, played by Dominique Fishback, and former soldier Art, played by Jamie Foxx.

Magic Camp – August 14th on Disney+

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Bringing back the same magic and comedy from his previous films, “The Spiderwick Chronicles” and “Mean Girls” director Mark Waters showcases that even more with “Magic Camp.”

Years after attending as a child, Andy Tuckerman, played by Adam DeVine, is persuaded to become a counselor at Magic Camp by his former mentor Roy Preston, played by Jeffrey Tambor. Though he is hesitant at first, Andy begins to love magic again and help teach it to a group of misfits.

Antebellum – August 21st in Theaters

Coming from first time directors Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, “Antebellum” brings a new horror story from the producers of “Get Out.”

Author Veronica Henley, played by Janelle Monae, finds herself mysteriously trapped in the Civil War and must figure out a way to get back home.

Tesla – August 21 on Video on Demand and in Theaters

Reuniting actor Ethan Hawke and director Michael Almereyda, “Tesla” tells the story of inventor Nikola Tesla, maker of the modern AC electrical supply system.

The film follows Tesla, played by Hawke, as he goes up against fellow inventor Thomas Edison, played by Kyle MacLachlan, and meets Anne Morgan, played by Eve Hewson.

The New Mutants – August 28 in Theaters

After years of delays, “The New Mutants” hopes to bring a scary and thrilling conclusion the Fox “X-Men” franchise.

Locked away in a secret facility, a group of teenage mutants discover that there is more to their new home than what they think. They soon must find a way to escape while still learning to control their powers.

The Personal History of David Copperfield – August 28 in Theaters

Retelling the famous Charles Dickens story, “The Personal History of David Copperfield” re-imagines the story in a new way with an all-star cast.

After a life of abuse and hard work, David Copperfield, played by Dev Patel, finds his wealthy aunt Betsey Trotwood, played by Tilda Swinton, and convinces her to let him stay with her after the death of his mother. With a new place to stay, Copperfield works to become an author despite conflicts with those around him.

Rogue – August 28 on Video on Demand

Changing Megan Fox from eye candy to action star, “Rogue” puts the “Transformers” actress in a role she hasn’t been seen in before.

Mercenary Samantha O’Hara, played by Fox, goes on a mission with her team in Africa to pick up their client’s daughter. However, things get complicated when their helicopter is shot down and they start to become hunted by a lion.

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