Paramount Unleashing Sequel Onslaught in 2016: 'Transformers,' 'Star Trek,' and More

Thursday, 19 June 2014 13:26 Written by  iamrogue
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Paramount Unleashing Sequel Onslaught in 2016: 'Transformers,' 'Star Trek,' and More

Paramount Pictures is keeping the sequel floodgates open, planning Transformers 5, Star Trek 3, Paranormal Activity 5, G.I. Joe 3, and even a Hansel & Gretel follow-up for release throughout 2016.

Not that Paramount and Skydance – the studio's frequent event movie co-financier – aren't keeping the sequel pedal pressed to the franchise metal next year, either.

In 2015, the studio is dropping Terminator: Genesis, Mission: Impossible 5, and another Friday the 13th, which is actually a 3D reboot but at this point who cares about that distinction?

In Barcelona this week, Paramount apparently felt the need to cheer the country up following the abdication of King Juan Carlos I and the elimination of Spain from the World Cup. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount Pictures International announced that slew of sequels and a Ben-Hur remake for 2016 at CineEurope, an annual mega-convention in Spain.

A partnership with Hasbro, Transformers is the biggest franchise in the studio's stable.  The next installment, maybe the last directed by Michael Bay, is Transformers: Age of Extinction, which stars Mark Wahlberg and opens at the end of June.  Despite the general air of resignation around the series, this will be a huge global hit, so fans can rest easy knowing that Transformers 5 is due in two years.

With JJ Abrams busy directing Star Wars: Episode VII, screenwriter and producer Roberto Orci is making his directorial debut on Star Trek 3, probably the last entry featuring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and company.  Since it marks the 50th anniversary of Gene Roddenberry's original Star Trek,we've been assuming the Abramsverse would continue theatrically in 2016.

Paranormal Activity has been a low-cost cash cow from 2009 to 2012, when Paranormal Activity 4 indicated serious signs of moviegoer fatigue.  Paramount interrupted the annual Halloween pattern by releasing a spinoff Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones this year, but it fared worse than the last official sequel.

After effectively hitting the reset button with G.I. Joe: Retaliation last year, Paramount will bring back Dwayne Johnson for G.I. Joe 3Jon M. Chu's not coming back for a second helping, though, so the Hasbro adventure is currently in search of a director.

"Wait," you might be saying to yourself by now.  "Why the hell is Hansel & Gretel 2 actually happening?"  Well, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters made $55 million Stateside, but its worldwide total was a hefty $226 million, so there's plenty of incentive for Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton to wield steampunk weaponry all over again.

Don't forget that the studio has already scheduled Beverly Hills Cop 4 for March 25, 2016.  Brett Ratner's directing that one, with Jerry Bruckheimer producing and, yes, Eddie Murphy returning as Axel Foley.

There's also a non-sequel in the event movie mix, but it's a remake.  The Ben-Hur remake from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter director Tim Bekmambetov, the one that's set to open on February 26, 2016.

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