Thursday, June 19, 2014

Paramount will release 'Transformers 5', 'Beverly Hills Cop', 'Star Trek 3' and more in 2016, Universal delays new 'Bourne' movie

Apparently CineEurope is going on right now, which is some sort of industry convention. While most of the news coming out of the event is pretty useless, Paramount revealed some very interesting details about their upcoming release slates. The studio really seems to have a lot of this stuff locked down and they seem to have a good idea of what will be released and when. Here's a breakdown of Paramount's 2014, 2015 and 2016 schedules, which seem to be confirmed at this point.

In 2014, Paramount has already released Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and Noah. None of those films have been smash hits, but it looks like Paramount might be able to turn a profit pretty soon. Next week, the studio will release Transformers: Age of Extinction, which will likely make over $1 billion worldwide. In July, Hercules will hit theaters. The film looks like it could flop, but Dwayne Johnson is a huge box office draw. And finally, Paramount will release the last blockbuster of the summer with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. After that, Paranormal Activity 5 is scheduled to hit theaters in October, but I'm not sure that PA5 will actually stay on the release schedule for 2014. Finally, Paramount will close out the year with Interstellar (the studio is co-producing with Warner Bros.) and Hot Tub Time Machine 2. However, the Hollywood Reporter is currently saying that Hot Tub Time Machine 2 will actually debut in 2015. Nevertheless, both films should turn a solid profit.

In 2015, Paramount will release eight films. The studio currently hasn't scheduled The Gambler with Mark Wahlberg or Project Almanac, but footage from both films was shown at CineEurope, which means that they will be hitting theaters soon. In terms of films with confirmed release dates, The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water will hit theaters in February, followed by the horror spoof Scouts vs. Zombies in March. After that, the animated film Monsters Trucks will debut in May and Terminator: Genesis will hit theaters in July. Finally, the Friday the 13th reboot will arrive in November and Mission: Impossible 5 is going to hit theaters in December.

During the CineEurope convention this week, Paramount also decided to reveal what films will be hitting theaters in 2016 as well. On the 2016 calender for Paramount, we have a new Paranormal Activity movie, a reboot of Beverly Hills Cop with Eddie Murphy, Transformers 5, G.I. Joe 3, Star Trek 3, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters 2 and a remake of Ben-Hur. Three cheers for originality! If these movies are good, I won't care, but originality really is becoming non-existent in Hollywood these days.

Also, Universal delayed their new Bourne film, which was originally supposed to hit theaters in August 2015, but will now debut on July 15, 2016. Justin Lin of the Fast and Furious franchise is directing and Jeremy Renner will return. I really don't care about this film at all, but for whatever reason, Universal seems to still think that they have a huge franchise on their hands, despite the disappointment that was The Bourne Legacy.

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