Screenshot: Army of the Dead/Netflix After a rather limp April slate , Netflix is springing into summer blockbuster season in May, packing its release schedule full of original films, high-profile pandemic acquisitions, and long-awaited new seasons of a few of its most popular series (or at least a few with vocal online fanbases—we see you, Castlevania stans). Will it be enough to help the streamer recover some of its eroding market share ? Only time will tell. (But probably not.) Most of the attention—at least online—will go to Army of the Dead, the next film from internet martyr Zack Snyder (Zack Snyder’s Justice League), who appears to be doing his best to inject new life into two tired genres by marrying them together: the heist film and the zombie thriller, set in Vegas, just for good measure. Call it “Ocean’s Undead,” with Dave Bautista leading an oddball crew of mercs (including comedian Tig Notaro in a truly inspired bit of casting) as they break into the quarantined, zombie-filled City of Second Chances to steal a few billion wasting away in casino vaults.
Because money is totally going to be worth something amid the zombie apocalypse. Yes, that’s nitpicking, as the trailer makes it look pretty damn fun. The second-biggest new “Netflix Film” isn’t really a Netflix film at all—the streamer acquired The Woman in the Window (May 14) from 20th Century Studios after its release was bumped off the 2020 schedule due to, well, you know. The Amy Adams star vehicle was already a troubled production: It’s based on a bestselling novel by pseudonymous author A.J. Finn, who was quasi-cancelled a few years ago for his weird behavior while working in New York publishing ; and despite the presence of Oscar-friendly director Joe Wright (Atonement) and a script by Pulitzer-winning playwright Tracy Letts, the film endured lengthy reshoots after poor test screenings .
Still, not every movie that limps into release two years later than originally planned is a disaster, right? Another movie of note: Oxygen (May 12), a claustrophobic sci-fi thriller from horror filmmaker Alexandre Aja in which a woman (Mélanie Laurent) awakens in a futuristic cryogenic chamber and must rely on the presence of an unseen voice in her ears to survive, and hopefully (for me, at least; I do not like enclosed spaces) escape. It looks intense—but I’m most intrigued that it was originally conceived as a vehicle for... Anne Hathaway ? Netflix is also launching another high-profile comic book adaptation to join The Umbrella Academy.
Based on the comic from Mark Millar (Kick Ass), Jupiter’s Legacy is one of those revisionist “reexamining the place of costumed heroes in popular culture” things, which means you can probably expect a lot of blood and swearing. I do appreciate the dedication to goofy Silver Age-style costumes though; you can see what I mean in the trailer . Otherwise, yes, at some point this month we’re finally getting another batc h of episodes of the wonderful Master of None from Aziz Ansari (speaking of getting quasi-cancelled , though he seems to have pulled out of it by handling himself well); according to IndieWire , this shortened, 5-episode run will focus on supporting character Denise, played by Lena Waithe, who is also co-writing with Ansari. A fourth season the anime-influenced video game adaptation Castlevania is on the way, as is more Selena, Trash Truck, and Love Death + Robots. It’s almost like Netflix doesn’t want you to go outside at all this summer. Subscribe to our newsletter! Upgrade your life, one email at a time.
What’s coming to Netflix in May 2021 Coming soon (no date announced) AlRawabi School for Girls — Netflix Original Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir (2021) HALSTON — Netflix Original Mad for Each Other — Netflix Original Master of None Presents: Moments in Love — Netflix Original Racket Boys — Netflix Original Ragnarok: Season 2 — Netflix Original Available May 1 Aliens Stole My Body Angelina Ballerina: Season 5 Angelina Ballerina: Season 6 Back to the Future Back to the Future Part II Back to the Future Part III Barney and Friends: Season 13 Barney and Friends: Season 14 Best of the Best Dead Again in Tombstone Due Date Fun with Dick and Jane (2005) G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Green Zone Hachi: A Dog’s Tale JT LeRoy Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted Mystic River Never Back Down Notting Hill Open Season Resident Evil: Afterlife Resident Evil: Extinction S.M.A.
R.T Chase Scarface Sitting in Limbo Stargate State of Play The Land Before Time The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure The Lovely Bones The Pelican Brief The Sweetest Thing The Whole Nine Yards (2000) Under Siege Waist Deep Your Highness Zack and Miri Make a Porno Zombieland Available May 2 Hoarders: Season 11 Available May 4 The Clovehitch Killer Selena: The Series: Part 2 — Netflix Original Trash Truck: Season 2 — Netflix Family Available May 5 Framing John DeLorean The Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness — Netflix Documentary Available May 6 Dead Man Down Available May 7 Girl from Nowhere: Season 2 — Netflix Original Jupiter’s Legacy — Netflix Original Milestone — Netflix Film Monster — Netflix Film Available May 8 Mine — Netflix Original Sleepless Available May 11 Money, Explained — Netflix Documentary Available May 12 Dance of the Forty One — Netflix Film Oxygen — Netflix Film The Upshaws — Netflix Original Available May 13 Castlevania: Season 4 — Netflix Anime Layer Cake Available May 14 Ferry — Netflix Film Haunted: Season 3 — Netflix Original I Am All Girls — Netflix Film Jungle Beat: The Movie — Netflix Family Love, Death Robots: Volume 2 — Netflix Original Move to Heaven — Netflix Original The Strange House — Netflix Film The Woman in the Window — Netflix Film Available May 16 Sleight Available May 18 Sardar Ka Grandson — Netflix Film Available May 19 The Last Days Sabotage Small Town Crime Who Killed Sara?: Season 2 — Netflix Original Available May 20 Hating Peter Tatchell Special: Season 2 — Netflix Original Spy Kids: All the Time in the World Available May 21 Army of the Dead — Netflix Film Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous: Season 3 — Netflix Family The Neighbor: Season 2 — Netflix Original Available May 22 Sam Smith: Love Goes —Live At Abbey Road Studios Available May 25 Home Available May 26 Baggio: The Divine Ponytail — Netflix Film High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America — Netflix Documentary Nail Bomber: Manhunt — Netflix Documentary Available May 27 Black Space — Netflix Original Blue Miracle — Netflix Film Eden — Netflix Anime Soy Rada: Serendipity — Netflix Comedy Special Available May 28 Dog Gone Trouble — Netflix Family Lucifer: Season 5 Part 2 — Netflix Original The Kominsky Method: Season 3 — Netflix Original Available May 31 Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story The Parisian Agency: Exclusive Properties — Netflix Original What’s leaving Netflix in May 2021 Leaving May 1 Hoarders: Season 10 Leaving May 3 War Horse Leaving May 5 Hangman Leaving May 6 City of God: 10 Years Later Lockout Leaving May 7 The Chosen Ones House at the End of the Street Leaving May 10 Quartet Leaving May 14 Sherlock: Series 1-4 Leaving May 18 Trumbo Leaving May 29 American Crime: Seasons 1-3 My Week with Marilyn The One I Love Leaving May 31 50 First Dates Act of Valor All Dogs Go to Heaven The Blair Witch Project Brokeback Mountain The Boy Deliver Us from Eva The Help I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry Julie Julia Marauders Milk Miracle National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz The Pursuit of Happyness The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption Soul Surfer Striptease Waiting... Video Player is loading. Current Time 0:00 Duration 3:03 Remaining Time - 3:03