Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Mountain Climbing: Paramount Animation Unleashes Full Slate


Paramount Animation has made a new move... And quite a move!

We were told back in 2012 - when the studio was launched - that they would be hyper-secretive about  future projects... And they sure have been! We only knew about a handful of projects, and we knew little about them!

Their first release, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water, was a domestic and overseas success, kicking the studio off to a great start. Months went by, it seemed like Monster Trucks would be the next picture: A Chris Wedge-directed hybrid feature that was written by the likes of Glenn Aibel, Jonathan Berger (of Kung Fu Panda fame), and Derek Connolly (Safety Not Guaranteed, Jurassic World). Months and months passed, we learned little about it. Last month I got a bit concerned: We didn't have anything for this film outside of a logo that was shown at the 2014 Licensing Expo.

The film, up until now, had a 3/18/2016 release date! Where was the trailer? Where was the poster? Where were the promo materials? Was this movie going to make its spring 2016 debut or what?

Then there was the case of The Little Prince...

At Paramount's booth at the 2014 Licensing Expo, it was revealed that they would be the ones giving this year's The Little Prince a domestic release, plus a cryptic feature titled Amusement Park sometime in 2017...

Well, the slate has been changed up and expanded...

Monster Trucks has been delayed yet again, and apparently all of the live-action portions were filmed last year. The picture will now be opening on January 13, 2017... A fine spot, since DreamWorks left it vacant not too long ago. Power Rangers could be good competition, though...

What's filling Monster Trucks' original 3/18/2016 slot? The Little Prince, though I would suggest that they should open it on 2/12/2016 instead. Mid-February 2016 has been vacant, animation and family film-wise, for months and months. Ah well, I guess they don't see too much potential in it. It has already done well overseas, so...


For those who missed the news from the other day, Paramount Animation intends to have Gnomeo & Juliet 2: Sherlock Gnomes ready for January 12, 2018...

On February 8, 2019, Paramount Animation will release a third SpongeBob film. Following that is Amusement Park on March 22, 2019. The title is interesting, because... An animated film about an amusement park? That ought to be something, that's kind of new in a way. The film will be directed by former Pixar animator Dylan Brown, and it already has a cast: Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Garner, Jeffrey Tambor, Kenan Thompson, Ken Jeong, Mila Kunis and John Oliver. Interesting, interesting...

I guess projects like Beastlies, The New Kid, and Shedd still have a long way to go...

Anyways, it's great to know that Paramount Animation is ready to go full steam ahead with a slew of original projects, safe stuff, and acquired flicks like The Little Prince. Sadly, there's no Adventures of Tintin sequel in sight. Paramount distributed the first Tintin film stateside, and while it did okay here, it was bigger overseas. A sequel has been talked about for a while, and it was on hold because director Peter Jackson was busy in Middle Earth. I have no idea if Jackson is still on to direct the film, the last time anyone spoke about it was this past summer. Jamie Bell, who plays Tintin in the film, said that it could begin filming next year for a late 2017/early 2018 release.

Only time will tell...

What do you think of Paramount Animation's slate? Which movies are you looking forward to? Sound off below!

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    1. No news on that, though I assume it will still make its undetermined Q4 release date.

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