California-based toy manufacturer Funrise has entered into a multi-year partnership to serve as global master toy partner for Paramount Pictures’ animated feature film Amusement Park. Funrise will create a line that includes figures, play sets, plush, role-play and collectibles. Amusement Park is slated for a March 2019 release in the US and Funrise’s products are set to roll out globally early next year. Produced by Paramount Animation, Nickelodeon Movies and Ilion Animation Studios, the 3D-animated adventure/comedy features a voice cast including Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Garner, Kenan Thompson, Ken Jeong, Mila Kunis, John Oliver and Jeffrey Tambor. Additionally, Paramount and Nickelodeon have announced an animated Amusement Park TV series is in development for 2020. In Septem
Paramount Pictures has pushed back the release date of the third edition of SpongeBob SquarePants to July 31, 2020 from the original release date August 2, 2019. This besides Hasbro toy and game-inspired G.I. Joe releasing in theaters on March 27, 2020. Paramount has also slated Micronauts for October 16, 2020 against an untitled Hasbro film to release on October 1, 2021. Tabletop gaming fans can look forward to a new Dungeons & Dragons adaptation out on July 23, 2021. Hopefully, this venture will turn out better than the 2000 attempt. It has been confirmed that Warner Bros. is no longer developing their D&D project. Earlier this month, Paramount also dated its remake of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary giving it a darkly appropriate Easter weekend release on April 19. 2018.
In time with the release of Transformers: The Last Knight on 4K Ultra HD, Paramount Home Media Distribution has launched Cade’s Junkyard AR Experience, a free iOS augmented reality app developed by Viacom’s VR division, Viacom NEXT. Free to download from the App Store till February 20 next year, the experience was created using Apple’s new AR Kit technology which was launched in September 11 on iOS. AR Kit gives millions of iPhone and iPad users the ability to place digital 3D projections in real physical spaces. In Cade’s Junkyard AR Experience, users can control the actions of popular Autobot Bumblebee in a digitally overlaid setting designed as the virtual junkyard of Transformers: The Last Knight protagonist Cade Yeager. Users can also direct Bumblebee while hitting, blowing up and
Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams, via his Bad Robot company are in plans to produce a live action adaptation of the successful anime movie Your Name. As per the announcement, Oscar-nominee Eric Heisserer will be in charge of writing the script, with the original anime producer Genki Kawamura serving as producer of the adaptation as well. Toho Co., which was responsible for the original anime will also be around for the Hollywood adaptation. Toho will also be in charge of distributing the film in Japan. “Your Name is a film created with the innate imaginations of a Japanese team and put together in a domestic medium,” said Makoto Shinkai, director of Your Name in a statement adding, “When such a work is imbued with Hollywood filmmaking, we may see new possibilities that we had been
Paramount Pictures has appointed Mireille Soria as president of Paramount Animation. At Paramount, Soria will be responsible for all operations of the animation group from creative development to release and will also work closely with the various Viacom teams to develop animated feature films. Before this, the lady served as co-president of feature animation at DreamWorks Animation (DWA) until last December. At DWA, Soria oversaw the animated movies Trolls and Boss Baby and recently produced Captain Underpants. She also produced movies in the Madagascar franchise that grossed nearly $1.9 billion worldwide, as well as earlier films such as Home, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron and Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas. Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos said, “I’ve known
With the Wonder Woman doing excellent business overseas, we thought of digging into our treasure trove to find out seven best animated superhero movies that have been immensely liked and revered. Here they are: The Incredibles The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated superhero film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and written and directed by Brad Bird. The film follows a family of superheroes who are forced to hide their powers and live a quiet suburban life. Mr. Incredible's desire to help people draws the entire family into a battle with his longtime enemy—Syndrome, who was once his fan and now plots to wipe out every single superhuman being on Earth with his killer robot. We love this movie so much that we term it is as our second favourite Pixar movie after Findi
With a new stop-motion special SpongeBob SquarePants: The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom, Nickelodeon is getting its longest-running kids series into the Halloween spirit. Due to start telecasting in October, the special follows the Flying Dutchman (voiced by Brian Doyle Murrary), who is trying to scare everyone in town, especially SpongeBob. It is produced by L.A.-based stop-motion animation production company, Screen Novelties, which animated 2012′s SpongeBob SquarePants: It’s a SpongeBob Christmas! The news comes as SpongeBob gears up for a third movie from Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies, as well as its 12th season on air. The show’s 11th season will premiere this summer.
Nickelodeon has asked for a 12th season of 26 episodes for its iconic cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants, the No. 1 animated show for kids between 2 to 6 and 11. The upcoming adventures of eternal optimist SpongeBob, BFF Patrick, Sandy, Mr. Krabs, Plankton and Squidward in Bikini Bottom will premiere in 2019, the show’s 20th anniversary year. The go ahead signal of the series comes on the heels of confirmation of a third SpongeBob SquarePants film coming from Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies, also due in 2019. The most-watched animated program with kids for more than 15 consecutive years, SpongeBob SquarePants season 11 will debut on Nick later this summer and feature the return of fan-favourite characters including Doodle Bob, Bubble Buddy, Man Ray and Cave SpongeBob of internet
Paramount Pictures has tapped Travis Knight to direct its live-action Transformers spinoff Bumblebee, so goes a report. It was only last year when Knight made his directorial debut last year with the twice-Oscar-nominated epic animated feature Kubo and the Two Strings that employed stop-motion and CG animation to dazzling effect. Based on the popular line of toys from Hasbro, the film franchise was launched in 2007 with director Michael Bay’s Transformers followed by Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in 2009, Transformers: Dark of the Moon in 2011, and -- the most recent installment -- 2014’s Transformers: Age of Extinction, which earned more than $1 billion at the global box office. Produced by Lorenzo Di Bonaventure, Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg from a script written b
Star Trek Beyond mounts its’ new characters with the release of its new trailer… Paramount Pictures reveals a new page for Star Trek Beyond, the third episode of the sensational revival directed by Justin Lin. Star Trek into Darkness, the previous film, bagged more than $467 million globally, touching pinnacles in the franchise. (more…)