A Revealing Look at Paramount’s Upcoming Projects including TRIPLE FRONTIER, ZOOLANDER 2, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE IV

     August 18, 2010


A major Paramount document detailing a host of the studio’s upcoming projects may have leaked last night.  The e-mail in question provides info on a slew of potential films from the studio including Kathryn Bigelow’s Triple Frontier, Jason Reitman’s Young Adult, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, G.I. Joe 2, World War Z, and a whole lot more.  Hit the jump for the list along with added notes for what we already know.

The list comes via The Wrap.  However, it’s important to note that a Paramount spokesman told the website that “It has some correct information and some inaccurrate information.”  I haven’t listed every single project, but you’ll find most of them below.

Here are some films they list as a priority:


TRIPLE FRONTIER: Paramount likes screenwriter Mark Boal’s draft and they’re looking to get the film into production by December.  Bigelow has been meeting with Sean Penn, Will Smith, Javier Bardem, and Christian Bale for the ensemble cast.  We reported in April that Bardem, Penn, and Denzel Washington were rumored for roles in the film.  Boal last collaboration with Bigelow was The Hurt Locker, and that worked out pretty well for everyone.

YOUNG ADULT: Paramount is in negotiations to pick this up and they’re aiming for an October/November start date.  Young Adult is Jason Reitman’s follow-up to Up in the Air (which was also at Paramount).  Diablo Cody wrote the script and Charlize Theron will star.

WORLD WAR Z: The love screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan’s latest draft.  Brad Pitt is attached to star and Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace) will direct.

MY MOTHER’S CURSE: Paramount is finalizing deals with Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand to star with Anne Fletcher (The Proposal) to direct.

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G.I. JOE 2: They’re happy with the latest draft from Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.  They also believe that Stephen Sommers will return to direct.  A couple weeks ago, The Wrap reported that Sommers was on board.  It looks like this e-mail was written before that deal was finalized.

THE DICTATOR: They’re expecting a script from screenwriters Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer and David Mandel for the Sacha Baron Cohen film.  This is the pic the studio paid big bucks for back in April.  All that’s known about the premise is that Cohen will play two roles: “a goat herder and a deposed foreign dictator who gets lost in the United States,” and that it’s in the vein of Coming to America.  At least we now have a title for it.

JACK RYAN: They say this needs a rewrite (and they’re looking for a new writer).  Surprisingly, they didn’t refer to this one as “Moscow” which is what we presumed was the title for the movie.

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE IV: The film is casting and will begin shooting in the fall.  The e-mail has a typo since it calls the project “MI3“.  Tom Cruise will return (albeit for no money up-front and all on the back-end) along with Ving RhamesSimon Pegg is in talks to reprise his role as Benji Dunn.  Brad Bird (The Incredibles) is directing.  The film is slated to open on December 16, 2011.

STAR TREK: “Writing; this will go next year.”  Star Trek 2 is set to hit theaters on June 29, 2012.

Other films in development:


TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: In May, we reported that Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes were producing a live-action Ninja Turtles movie.  However, the e-mail says “Fusco draft not great; looking for another writer to come on this quickly as its a huge Viacom priority.”

HASBRO FACTORY: Another film we reported on back in May, the e-mail says “This is the Night at the Museum in a toy factory idea,” and that they’re hearing takes from writers.

ZOOLANDER 2: Justin Theroux is listed as still working on the script.

MAX STEEL: This is one of the inaccuracies the Paramount spokesperson was talking about.  The e-mail says that Taylor Lautner is attached, but we know he left the project back in February to do Stretch Armstrong instead.  The e-mail says “This feels like it’s lost momentum.”

7 MINUTES IN HEAVEN: The project, which is about “two teens who go into a closet as part of the titular game and find all their friends dead when they come back out,” is looking for a writer.  J.J. Abrams is developing the project and yesterday we reported that Lost director Jack Bender is also on board to produce (although he’s not attached to direct).

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