Paramount Pictures has been busy as this year comes to an end, announcing a number of new movies for 2020 and 2021, while also shuffling a few of their planned releases for 2018 and 2019. The studio has even found a title for one of their “untitled” releases.
First up, a few new movies based on Hasbro toys added to the 2018 and 2019 installments of the blockbuster Transformers franchise. G.I. Joe, dated for March 27, 2020, is the third attempt at making a movie based on the popular toy line and cartoons with D.J. Caruso still the last rumored director for Aaron Berg’s screenplay.
Those of a certain age will be even more excited that Hasbro and Paramount are FINALLY making a Micronauts movie, which will be released on Oct. 16, 2020. A long-forgotten toy line that was turned into a popular series from Marvel Comics that ran from 1979 into the ’90s, well after the toy line was ended. A number of publishers including Image Comics and IDW have tried to revive the Micronauts in recent years to mixed success.
You may want to sit down for the next announcement, because Paramount has somehow snagged Dungeons & Dragons, based on the popular RPG game, away from New Line and that movie will be released on July 23, 2021. The previous New Line movie from 2000 was one of the memorable early bombs of the past couple decades, grossing $33.8 million worldwide based on a $45 million budget.
Then we get into the first of Paramount’s “mystery titles,” something called “Untitled Paramount/Hasbro Event Film” scheduled for Oct. 1, 2021. This could be something like a crossover movie between Transformers, G.I. Joe, M.A.S.K. and maybe even Micronauts, something Paramount had been promising. It’s a little odd that Paramount has grabbed two October release dates for two of these tentpole movies, because Oct. has not been the best month for releases other than Gravity, The Martian and a few others.
Good for them, though, because they’re expanding the window when tentpole movies might be released, which has helped slower months like March and April. As of now, there is nothing scheduled for any of the dates above, but that will most definitely change.
Another “untitled movie” for 2020 is Untitled Paramount Animation, scheduled for release on May 15, 2020, and then a few months later, the studio will release Unset, a film formally called “Untitled Paramount/Nickelodeon Hybrid,” on July 31. The first date might be questionable for an animated film as it will be going against Warner Bros.’ Scooby, which will likely be a big draw for family audiences.
Johnny Knoxville’s comedy Action Point has been moved from March 23, 2018 to May 11, 2018, which puts it right into the summer movie season against Melissa McCarthy’s Life of the Party. That might not be a conflict Knoxville will want to pursue, but he is a daredevil, after all.
Lastly, The SpongeBob Movie, the third animated film starring the popular TV cartoon character, is being moved from Aug. 2, 2019 to July 31, 2020. There were 11 years between the first SpongeBob SquarePants movie and the second so five years won’t seem nearly as long.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor