Paramount Pictures Sequels, Reboots & Remakes, Oh My
Ron Seifried | On 18, Jun 2014
Thank you Paramount Pictures for assuring to movie lovers that franchises will be your prime bread winner for the foreseeable future.
At the CineEurope conference where the sequel/reboot Transformers: Age of Extinction was getting an advanced screening, Paramount execs still giddy over the fact they don’t have to pay Shia LaBeouf anymore, have announced a long list of sequels, reboots and remakes that will make the studio the largest shareholder of franchises. The Teenager Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot and a new Hercules starring Dwayne Johnson rounds out Paramount 2014 franchise offerings.
Paramount’s entire announcement did not cover only non-original properties. One film appears to be original: Project Almanac, a found footage/time travel film co-produced with MTV Films.
For release in 2016:
Transformers 5-confident enough that new lead Mark Wahlberg win over audiences for this summer’s 4th entry, the toy franchise will flood theaters and toy shelves alike again in two years.
G.I. Joe 3-a new director and probably a new cast may or may not see Dwayne Johnson or Bruce Willis return to the action figure franchise.
Star Trek 3– first time director Roberto Orci replaces J.J. Abrams (although he is still producing), for the third installment of the alternative timeline/prequel is guaranteed NOT to have Khan but most of the original reboot cast.
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters 2-no word if either Jeremy Renner or Gemma Aterton will reprise their roles for what producers are promising to be a tamer PG-13 rating
Paranormal Activity -horror films are cheap to produce, so another low budget entry to this missing footage franchise has been promised.
Ben Hur – almost 60 years after the Charlton Heston classic, it’s time for a remake which was a remake itself to the 1925 silent movie epic. Produced by The Bible miniseries and Son of God spinoff team of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, the 1880 public domain novel, this version is rumored to center around the events prior to the 1959 film.
Beverly Hills Cop 4-Eddie Murphy is returning as Detroit cop Axel Foley 20 years since the disappointing third film. Murphy and company have been trying to resurrect the franchise for some time, even going so far as shooting a TV pilot for CBS. Screenwriters Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec have been working on a script that will be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.
These franchises already follow a full slate for 2015, including The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Terminator: Genesis (yes, with Arnold in a sequel/reboot), Friday the 13th (sequel/reboot); Mission: Impossible 5 with Tom Cruise and a remake of The Gambler starring Mark Wahlberg.