Paramount had a massive day yesterday (Tuesday 15th February) during their investors call, which became a mini comic-con due to the huge announcements the studio dropped.
It’s clear Transformers will be a significant property for the studio moving forward, after some years away, as they already confirmed Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is coming in 2023. In The Heights Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback (best known for Judas And The Black Messiah) star and will be “the first of three new installments” in the franchise.
Additionally, a CG animated movie is in the works and planning to be released in 2024. A new animated series is heading to Nickelodeon in the US in the Autumn and is called Transformers: Earthspark, and you can check out the trailer below.
Elsewhere, with Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in theatres on April 1 in the UK, the studio isn’t hanging about confirming the third film in the franchise is already in the works. They’re also working on a spinoff TV series for their streaming service Paramount+, focusing on Knuckles with Idris Elba reprising his voice acting duties.
Speaking of TV and Paramount+, the new Halo show, which doesn’t air in the US until March 24, and I’m currently unsure when it’ll be in the UK, has already had a second series greenlit. “Halo is an expansive, world-building opportunity for Paramount+, and we’re thrilled to give fans a second season to look forward to before we launch the series next month,” stated Tanya Giles, chief programming officer of Paramount+.
Things like this do worry me because while it’s great to have a plan, the question I think about is, “what if the series isn’t received well and doesn’t give you the subscriptions you hoped?”
I love my sci-fi/ genre shit and remember playing Halo in my Xbox 360 days, and I’m interested in how this adaptation delivers for the fans.
Meanwhile, if you’re a fan of the Quiet Place flicks, you’re in luck as Michael Sarnoski has directed a spinoff, which will be released next year and will be followed by A Quiet Place Part III in 2025.
They’ll be stuff for kids with three new SpongeBob “character-driven movies” for the streamer and another theatrical release, Blue’s Clues is getting a movie called Blue’s Big City Adventure. Parents will be happy to know there’s a full-length Baby Shark, so get ready to hear that on repeat.
There will be a Dora the Explorer animated series, a live-action series inspired by the underrated and pretty decent live-action film, and a sequel to the successful Paw Patrol movie.
As for big kids, Seth Rogen is producing a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated movie, Beavis and Butthead are back, but now older men and “South Park will premiere two events on Paramount+ each year for the next six years.”
What I found surprising is the studio didn’t want to build on the excitement and positive word of Jackass – since Jackass Forever made nearly $50 million (via Box Office Mojo) on a $10 million budget – announcing another movie and a new series with the new cast.
Moreover, there are no new updates on the Frasier reboot/continuation as I think if people know if some, if not all, the cast is returning and something about the story. Is Frasier happily married to Laura Linney’s Charlotte? What is he doing now? How did the Craine boys handle the death of Martin?
I think if something was unveiled, more people would talk about this show.
You can check Paramount’s full reveal on their Twitter, including ViacomCBS rebranding as Paramount, which makes me wonder how this will affect the UK with channels like Channel 5 or maybe not at all.