Oscar season always brings a welcome wave of originality after the reboots, remakes and sequels of summer. But this fall is especially rich in big, audacious bets on original films that will try to invigorate movie theaters with the most time-tested of methods: megawatt movie stars, genre twists, innovation.
The franchise films and sequels have far from receded. On tap in the coming months are "Frozen 2" (Nov. 22), "Joker" (Oct. 4) "Maleficent 2: Mistress of Evil" (Oct. 18) "Terminator: Dark Fate" (Nov. 1), "Charlie's Angels" (Nov. 15) and "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" (Dec. 20).
But many of the season's most anticipated movies — "Ford v Ferrari" (Nov. 15), "The Irishman" (Nov. 1), the Brad Pitt space adventure "Ad Astra" (Sept. 20), Marielle Heller's "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" (Nov. 22), with Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers — will be seeking audiences as much as they are awards.
There are many other freshly original films on tap, too, including the Donna Tartt adaptation "The Goldfinch" (Sept. 13), the stripper revenge tale "Hustlers" (Sept. 13), Steven Soderbergh's Panama Papers satire "The Laundromat" (Sept. 27), Robert Eggers' mad monochrome tale of 1890 lighthouse keepers "The Lighthouse" (Oct. 18), the Lena Waithe-penned black outlaw drama "Queen and Slim" (Nov. 27), Noah Baumbach's divorce chronicle "Marriage Story" (Nov. 6), Kasi Lemmons' Harriet Tubman biopic "Harriet," Edward Norton's Jonathan Lethem adaptation "Motherless Brooklyn" (Nov. 1) and "Parasite" (Oct. 11), Bong Joon Ho's Palme d'Or-winning class satire.
A handful of filmmakers will also, for a moment at least, be stepping off the franchise treadmill. In "Jojo Rabbit" (Oct. 18), Taika Waititi will break from "Thor" installments for a madcap Nazi satire in which he, himself, co-stars as Adolf Hitler. In "Knives Out" (Nov. 27), Rian Johnson's follow-up to "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," the writer-director crafts an elaborate Agatha Christie-inspired whodunit.
Here's a selective list of upcoming fall 2019 film releases. Release dates are subject to change.
* "It: Chapter 2" (Sept. 6): A sequel to the 2017 horror smash, from Stephen King's 1986 novel and set 27 years later with the Derry kids returning to their hometown to face off again with Bill Skarsgård's Pennywise.
* "The Goldfinch" (Sept. 13): Donna Tartt's 2013 best-seller gets a lavish big-screen treatment in John Crowley's drama, with Ansel Elgort and Nicole Kidman.
* "Hustlers" (Sept. 13): In this based-on-a-true-story tale, former strip club employees (Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Cardi B) join together to hustle their Wall Street clients.
* "Ad Astra" (Sept. 20): James Gray's space adventure, original slated for a summer release, stars Brad Pitt as an astronaut in search of his lost father, a renegade scientist.
* "Rambo: Last Blood" (Sept. 20): Sylvester Stallone reprises his Vietnam War veteran in this fifth installment of the "Rambo" franchise, with a "Taken"-like plot involving a friend's kidnapped daughter.
* "Downton Abbey" (Sept. 20): Julian Fellowes, who penned the upstairs-downstairs drama "Gosford Park" before finding a small-screen sensation in "Downton Abbey," returns to film for a movie that reunites much of the show's original cast for an earth-shattering occasion: The King and Queen are coming for a visit.
* "Diego Maradona" (Sept. 20): Asif Kapadia, the documentary filmmaker of the Oscar-winning "Amy" and "Senna," brings his archival-based approach to the mythic rise and fall of Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona .
* "Between Two Ferns: The Movie" (Sept. 20): Several years after new episodes largely petered out, Zach Galifianakis rekindles his beloved talk-show web series for a feature-length Netflix film that promises to take viewers on a very meta trip behind the scenes of "Between Two Ferns."
* "Abominable" (Sept. 27): A Yeti discovered in Shanghai searches for its family with the help of a teenager (Chloe Bennet) in this DreamWorks animated tale.
* "Judy" (Sept. 27): Renee Zellweger plays Judy Garland in this drama, adapted from the play "End of the Rainbow," about the singer-actress during a string of London concerts in 1969.
* "The Laundromat" (Sept. 27): Steven Soderbergh's latest, for Netflix, burrows into the stories within the Panama Papers, the leaked financial documents that exposed thousands of offshore accounts. With Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas.
* "Joker" (Oct. 4): Joaquin Phoenix takes his turn as the DC Comics villain in this character-based, "Taxi Driver"-inspired tale from director Todd Phillips ("The Hangover").
* "Dolemite Is My Name" (Oct. 4): Eddie Murphy makes his big-screen return as filmmaker Rudy Ray Moore, who created the 1975 Blaxploitation classic "Dolemite," in this Netflix movie directed by Craig Brewer ("Hustle and Flow").
* "Pain and Glory" (Oct. 4): In Pedro Almodóvar's highly autobiographical drama , Antonio Banderas stars as an aging film director whose memories and creative juices are spurred by a reconciliation with an old friend and colleague.
* "Lucy in the Sky" (Oct. 4): Natalie Portman plays an astronaut whose life is in free fall after returning from a lengthy mission in Noah Hawley's directorial debut.
* "Gemini Man" (Oct. 11): Ang Lee directs this 3-D science-fiction action film about an assassin (Will Smith) pitted against a younger clone of himself (also Will Smith, as a computer-generated creation).
* "The Addams Family" (Oct. 11): With a voice cast including Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron and Snoop Dogg as Cousin Itt, the Addams Family returns in an animated film, 28 years after Barry Sonnenfeld's 1991 movie.
* "Parasite" (Oct. 11): Korean director Bong Joon Ho calls his Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or winner, about one poor family and one rich family, "a comedy without clowns, a tragedy without villains."
* "The King" (Oct. 11): Timothee Chalamet plays Shakespeare's Henry V, with Joel Edgerton as Falstaff and Robert Pattinson as the Dauphin, in David Michod's Netflix drama.
* "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" (Oct. 18): A sequel to the 2014 film, starring Angelina Jolie as the "Sleeping Beauty" sorceress.
* "Zombieland 2: Double Tap" (Oct. 18): A decade after the original, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone return for a sequel to Ruben Fleischer's comic zombie movie. It also reportedly resurrects Bill Murray, whose cameo stole the first film.
* "Jojo Rabbit" (Oct. 18): Taika Waititi takes a break from "Thor" films for this World War II satire, co-starring Scarlett Johansson and Waititi, himself, as Adolf Hitler.
* "The Lighthouse" (Oct. 18): In Robert Eggers black-and-white follow-up to his 2015 horror hit "The Witch," Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe star as 1890s lighthouse keepers on a remote Maine island.
* "Black and Blue" (Oct. 25): Naomie Harris stars as rookie police officer whose body camera captures her partner murdering a young drug dealer.
* "The Irishman" (Nov. 1): Martin Scorsese teams an all-star cast of Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci for this crime saga about hitman and Jimmy Hoffa associate Frank Sheeran.
* "Terminator: Dark Fate" (Nov. 1): The sixth installment of the "Terminator" films , set 27 years after "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" and starring Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
* "Harriet" (Nov. 1): Kasi Lemmons' biopic of Harriet Tubman, starring Cynthia Erivo.
* "Motherless Brooklyn" (Nov. 1): Edward Norton wrote, directed and stars in this adaption of Jonathan Lethem's 1999 novel about a private eye with Tourette syndrome.
* "Marriage Story" (Nov. 6): Noah Baumbach, who depicted his parents' divorce in "The Squid and the Whale," returns with this drama about a marriage's dissolution, starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson.
* "Last Christmas (Nov. 8): Paul Feig's romantic comedy stars Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding.
* "Midway" (Nov. 8): Roland Emmerich gives an action movie treatment to the pivotal World War II battle in the Pacific.
* "Doctor Sleep" (Nov. 8): An adaptation of Stephen King's 2013 novel and a sequel to "The Shining," with Ewan McGregor as Dan Torrance (the child in "The Shining").
* "Playing With Fire" (Nov. 8): John Cena, Keegan-Michael Key and John Leguizamo star in this comedy about a trio of firefighters who take in kids after rescuing them from a fire.
* "Honey Boy" (Nov. 8): Shia LaBeouf wrote this film, directed by Alma Har'el and starring Lucas Hedges and LaBeouf, about his own childhood.
* "Ford v. Ferrari" (Nov. 15): Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in James Mangold's action-drama about automotive designer Carroll Shelby and race-car driver Ken Miles' battle to build a Ford that can beat Ferrari at the 1966 Le Mans race.
* "Charlie's Angels" (Nov. 15): Elizabeth Banks writes and directs this third "Charlie's Angels" film, starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska.
* "Atlantics" (Nov. 15): Mati Diop's Cannes prize-winner is about a young Senegalese woman whose boyfriend disappears while migrating by sea to Spain .
* "The Good Liar (Nov. 15): Bill Condon's conman drama, based on Nicholas Searle's novel, stars Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren.
* "Frozen 2" (Nov. 22): The much-anticipated animated sequel following the continuing adventures of Elsa, Anna and Olaf, six years after "Let it Go" became etched in the minds of millions of young girls and their parents.
* "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" (Nov. 22): Marielle Heller's drama follows the relationship between Mr. Rogers (Tom Hanks) and a visiting journalist (Matthew Rhys).
* "21 Bridges" (Nov. 22): Chadwick Boseman, playing a New York police detective, puts the city on lockdown in order to hunt a pair of cop killers.
* "Knives Out" (Nov. 27): Rian Johnson does his best Agatha Christie in this star-studded whodunit, with Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis and Lakeith Stanfield.
* "Queen & Slim" (Nov. 27): Director Melina Matsoukas, working from a script by Lena Waithe, crafts a kind of modern-day "Bonnie and Clyde," with Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith.
* "The Two Popes" (Nov. 27): Jonathan Pryce plays the future Pope Francis and Anthony Hopkins his predecessor, Pope Benedict, in this drama of a Vatican transition of power.