Paramount has revealed its film lineup for 2016 and it's full of sequels to existing franchises.
While the Michael Bay-directed Transformers: Age of Extinction hasn't made its way into theaters yet, fans can already look forward to its as-of-yet untitled sequel in 2016. At CineEurope, Paramount Pictures' International svp, EMEA Edward Ryan, revealed the film's planned theatrical schedule along with the rest of its lineup, which is full of sequels. Among the movies Paramount has penciled in for 2016 are: Transformers 5, Paranormal Activity 5, Hansel and Gretel 2, GI Joe 3, Star Trek 3, Eddie Murphy returning for Beverly Hills Cop IV, and the Ben Hur remake directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter).
Currently, no stars are attached to Transformers 5, and we don't know if Mark Wahlberg will reprise his role as Cade Yeager. As for Hansel and Gretel 2, it's expected that director Tommy Wirkola will once again helm the sequel, with stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton returning to play as the brother and sister Witch Hunters. Regarding Star Trek 3, for better or for worse, J.J. Abrams will be vacating the director's seat, and it will be taken up by Robert Orci, who co-wrote the previous two Star Trek movies with Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof.
Transformers: Age of Extinction is set for on June 27 in North America, and will be set four years after the invasion of Chicago in Dark Side of the Moon. For more on the movie, you can check out The Escapist's "deconstruction" of the trailer to get an idea what you'll expect next week.
Out of the lot, I admit I'm excited to see Hansel and Gretel 2 even though it was panned critically, it was still a guilty pleasure of mine, though it did try too hard to be cool. What about you? Are you excited for Paramount's 2016 lineup or are they going overboard with the sequels?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter