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Infinite, Bob Bakish

Paramount+ Plans to Debut One Original Movie a Week Beginning in 2022

First, Antoine Fuqua's sci-fi pic #Infinite, starring Mark Wahlberg and Chiwetel Ejiofor, will skip theaters and hit the streamer in June

5/6/2021 3:54:00 PM

First, Antoine Fuqua's sci-fi pic Infinite , starring Mark Wahlberg and Chiwetel Ejiofor, will skip theaters and hit the streamer in June

ViacomCBS has big movie plans for its streaming service Paramount +. Infinite , a sci-fi thriller starring Mark Wahlberg and Chiwetel Ejiofor and directed by Antoine Fuqua for the conglomerate’…

Infinite.Bakish also touted a planned expansion of Paramount+’s film catalog this summer, along with a planned “Mountain of Movies” advertising campaign.“Turning to movies where we are poised to dramatically enhance the scale of our offering,” Bakish said. “In fact, we will shortly kick off a ‘Mountain of Movies’ marketing campaign, where we will highlight the thousands of new movies we are adding to Paramount+, including blockbuster hits and exclusive originals.”

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The CEO said 1,000 additional movies will go live on the streamer in early June, “with additional titles following through July, bringing the total to over 2,500.” He added: “Hits likeThe AvengersandSkyfallwill be available on the service soon, as well as a bunch of great Paramount films like

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,,Sonic the Hedgehogand more.” Paramount in February unveiled a new deal with Epix that also gives the studio more flexibility in its post-theatrical windowing strategy, allowing for new and library titles to become available on Paramount+.

Bakish reaffirmed John Krasinki’sA Quiet Place Part IIwill be available on the streamer 45 days after it opens in theaters over Memorial Day.“And we will follow that with thePaw Patrolmovie – a treat for families eagerly awaiting a feature-length version of the most popular pre-school characters in the world. In addition, new original movies like

Paranormal ActivityThe In Betweenwill premiere on Paramount+ by the end of ’21.”In 2022, Paramount hopes to further strengthen its original film offerings, with Bakish saying “all of this is a preview to a substantial ramping up of original movies next year, when we expect to begin averaging an original movie a week in 2022.”

He didn’t immediately share full details, but told the earnings call: “We will have more on this in the months ahead.” Management has in the past signaled it would tap into content and units across ViacomCBS to feed Paramount+.Infinite, based on D. Eric Maikranz’s novel

The Reincarnationist Papers, was originally set to be released in August 2020, but was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The most recent plan was for a Sept. 24 theatrical release.Other cast members include Sophie Cookson, Jason Mantzoukas, Rupert Friend, Toby Jones and Dylan O’Brien.

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The screen story is by Todd Stein, the screenplay by Ian Shorr, and the film is produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Mark Vahradian, Mark Huffam, John Zaozirny, Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson. Executive producers are Fuqua, Rafi Crohn, Brian Oliver, Bradley J. Fischer and Valerii An.

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