Dating its origins back to 1911, Paramount Pictures is one of the oldest film studios in existence. Paramount first venture into the world of sequels was the critically and financially successful The Godfather Part II in 1974. After comedian Lucille Ball sold Desilu to Paramount’s parent company Gulf + Western in 1967, the studio picked up several titles that are still spawning followups to this day, including Star Trek and Mission: Impossible.
Paramount’s other successful feature film franchises not currently in active development include Airplane! , Indiana Jones, “Crocodile” Dundee and Friday the13th.
Bad Robot Productions is a film and television company owned by J.J. Abrams. The company has co-produced several projects with Paramount since 2006, including Cloverfield, Super 8 and Morning Glory.
Based at Paramount, Skydance Productions was founded in 2010 by David Ellison. The company has co-produced the True Grit remake, the Star Trek and Jack Ryan reboots, the latest installments of Mission Impossible, Terminator: Genisys, World War Z and G.I. Joe.
Started in 2001, Platinum Dunes is a production company co-owned by Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, the company entered into a first look deal with Paramount in 2009. Before the Paramount deal, Platinum Dunes specialized in horror remakes, including Amityville Horror, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and A Nightmare on Elm Street. Platinum Dunes is currently working on the Ouija and The Purge horror franchises with Universal Pictures.
Plan B Entertainment was started by Brad Pitt, Brad Grey and Jennifer Aniston in 2001, but changed hands after the Pitt/Aniston divorce when Pitt became sole owner in 2006. Plan B has since made release deals with Paramount (w/ Grey as CEO), Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox.
Current Plan B/Paramount franchise co-productions in development
World War Z 2
Gnomeo & Juliet
Sponge Bob Square Pants
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events