The Paramount show continues with ‘Gladiator II,’ a Damien Chazelle film, and more.

Las Vegas — The film company presented its best case to theater owners at CinemaCon on Thursday amid rumors of mergers and offers to acquire Paramount. The historic company revealed a Damien Chazelle project, a “G.I. Joe/Transformers” crossover, and Glen Powell in Edgar Wight's “Running Man” revival.  

Paramount CEO and President Brian Robbins also teased a Ridley Scott Bee Gees film, a Trey Parker and Matt Stone comedy, a “Star Trek” origin story, a new “Scary Movie,” an R-rated live action “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin” and an animated “Mutant Mayhem” sequel.  

They also invited Chris Hemsworth and Lupita Nyong'o to discuss their future movie and showed new “Gladiator II” footage via video greetings from Scott, Denzel Washington, and Paul Mescal. Washington predicted “Emotion, action and spectacle unlike anything else you’re going to see in theaters this year.”  

Paramount started 2024 well with “Mean Girls” and “Bob Marley: One Love,” and it has some big films coming up, including “A Quiet Place: Day One” (June 28), the animated “Transformers One” (Sept. 13), a “Smile” sequel (Oct. 18), and a “Gladiator” sequel (Nov. 22). They will also re-release Christopher Nolan's “Interstellar” in September for its 10th anniversary and “Mission: Impossible 8” in 2025. The company's selling reports loom over it all.  

Apollo Global reportedly proposed $11 billion to buy the studio, which features Paramount+ and other entertainment content. There are also rumors of a merger with Skydance, David Ellison's media business that produced Paramount films like “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning.”   

Paramount joked with Robbins that distribution boss Chris Aronson has created a Kickstarter to enter the race without explicitly addressing them. CinemaCon, a weeklong convention of cinema owners, exhibitors, and enterprises involved in movie theater operations and experiences, is generally very enthusiastic, but Aronson adopted a more serious approach.  

After attending the presentation in a Roman chariot brandishing a Paramount shield, he said the business must work to attract frequent viewers with theater renovations and other advances.

The domestic box office has recovered each year since the epidemic, but it is still $2 billion behind pre-pandemic levels. “Our industry is at a turning point,” Aronson remarked. “Moviegoers still love movies, but we as an industry must do better.”  

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