The movie about the cursed child would have been made by 2020.


The movie about the cursed child would be made by 2020.

I want to know which of the sentences will hold good if the movie was to be shooted by 2020.

  • Both sentences are perfectly grammatical. Beyond that, more context is needed to analyse them, though they both may well be the apodoses in remote conditionals. – BillJ Dec 23 '17 at 17:37
  • Would have been made is not "future continuous"; it's "future perfect." – Peter Shor Jan 26 '19 at 14:35

Neither sentence is grammatical. If the sentences are intended to be uttered now, namely before 2020, then they should be in the future and use "will." If the sentences are intended to be uttered after 2020, they need to be in the simple past or else be part of a conditional sentence. If the implied question is whether "will have been made" or "will be made" is the better choice, I note that this involves the perfect aspect of the verb and that both choices are acceptable though personally I prefer the future perfect over the simple future in this example.

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    While I agree that the use of "will" is better for what the OP is trying to say, I'm not sure I agree that "neither sentence is grammatical." – J.R. Dec 23 '17 at 21:12
  • @JR I tried to explain why I thought both sentences would be ungrammatical. Before 2020, they should be in a future tense. After 2020, the constructions using "would" need to an "if" clause to explain under what circumstances the statements would have been true. If you would be so kind as to explain what would make the sentences grammatical, I shall happily change my answer and acknowledge your assistance. – Jeff Morrow Dec 23 '17 at 23:00

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