Paramount Announces Big 2016 with TRANSFORMERS 5, G.I. JOE 3, HANSEL & GRETEL 2, BEN-HUR, STAR TREK 3, and More

     June 18, 2014

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I’m currently dreading the summer onslaught of 2015, but it looks like there will be no rest for the wicked as 2016 is already setting up for more blockbuster mayhem.  Having Captain America 3 and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice set for the same release date was already an ill-omen (although I wouldn’t be surprised if one of them moves), and running down the scheduled list of 2016 movies is already nerve-wracking.

Paramount has now stepped into remind us that they have plenty of films set for 2016 as well.  Looking ahead to the now-quaint summer 2014 they still have Transformers: Age of Extinction, Hercules, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  In 2015, they’re set to release The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Terminator: Genesis, a new Friday the 13th, and Mission: Impossible 5.  So what’s on tap for 2016?  Hit the jump for more.

transformers-4-age-of-extinction-optimus-prime-1THR reports that today at the CineEurope conference in Spain, Paramount Pictures International laid out their plans for the next couple of years.  In addition to the aforementioned movies, which as you can see consists largely of remakes, reboots, and sequels (the only original film they showcased was the low-budget found-footage picture Project Almanac a.k.a. Welcome to Yesterday, which was supposed to come out in February of this year, but was pushed back to 2015).  Additionally, almost all of these movies will be in 3D because it’s a fad that won’t die until international audiences get as sick of it as we have in the U.S.

Paramount has no plans to change its gameplan in 2016 with regards to avoiding original movies in favor of franchises and remakes.  As we previously reported, Timur Bekmambetov‘s Ben-Hur remake arrives on February 26, 2016, and Beverly Hills Cop 4 is due out on March 25, 2016.  As for the studio’s other 2016 tentpoles, Paramount is planning 2016 dates for Star Trek 3, Paranormal Activity 5, Transformers 5, G.I. Joe 3, and Hansel & Gretel 2.  How does Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters get a sequel, you ask?  Because while it grossed only $55 million domestic, it grossed almost three times that internationally.

So if you thought there would be a slight reprieve from blockbusters after 2015, tough luck.  It’s only going to get more intense.

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