Paramount Pictures released a new schedule of the big movies they plan to release in 2016–and there are a lot of old favorites returning on the docket.
So far, pretty much every title on the list either picks up where another movie left off or tries to revive a movie franchise that we haven’t seen in awhile. So far for 2016, Paramount plans to release Star Trek 3, Paranormal Activity 5, Transformers 5, G.I. Joe 3, Beverly Hills Cop 4 and even a sequel for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. The last one in that list may not have made much money in the States, but it made a ton of money overseas–and it’s a nice potential third (or fourth) franchise for Jeremy Renner.
Paramount also plans to release a big screen remake of the Charlton Heston classic Ben-Hur (directed by Wanted and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter director Timur Bekmambetov). The only non-sequel or non-remake on the list is some kind of found footage movie called Project Almanac aka Welcome to Yesterday and judging from the title, it sounds like you could put it in the remake list if you combine it with The Blair Witch Project and Edge of Tomorrow.
This shouldn’t come as any big shock to anyone who even occasionally goes to the movies. The big studios only like to bet on sure things–and few things are surer to bring in big crowds than sequels and remakes that audiences feel comfortable and familiar with before they even buy their tickets. That doesn’t mean we wouldn’t like a little variety. Some prequels would be cool. Any chance that Terminator: Genesis could turn out to be a prequel? That’s 2015, but we don’t mind getting that a little early.