Thursday, May 05, 2005

Paramount downsizes mountain...

Weekly Variety (April 25th) reports that Paramount has a derth of only eight (!) films in the pipeline for the coming year. 2006's skimpy schedule, moreover, includes such sure-fire fare as a live-action Transformers movie directed by Michael Bay (seriously) and a fairly pointless remake of Charlotte's Web. But Julia Roberts is voicing Charlotte, so I'm sure it will do gangbusters. (If you're going to do an E. B. White book, why not Trumpet of the Swan?)

The only obvious gangbuster is Mission: Impossible 3, unless there's a lot more hunger out there for a romantic comedy starring Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker than I think there is. Meanwhile, Transformers and Zodiac, about the Zodiac killer, are even being co-financed with other studios.

The studio will no doubt add to that roster in time to release more movies in 2006, but still, that's remarkably inactive.

3 Comments:

At 12:39 PM, Anonymous TV's Grady said...

Michael Bay! Less than meets the eye!

 
At 7:45 AM, Blogger BeckoningChasm said...

I think Julia Robert's star has been on the decline for some time now. Just because, BY LAW, she has to be mentioned in every single issue of Entertainment Weakly, doesn't mean her movies are making money.

 
At 8:07 AM, Anonymous twitterpate said...

I knew it! They've finally started to run out of movies to make.

They've made every obscure paperback novel, remade every classic old movie, and now, remade every forgettable old movie. They've run out of ideas! It's TEOTWAWKI!

Or, they could hire me ... I've got a few good ideas (and they don't involve Michael Bay OR Julia Roberts)....

 

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