In a thrilling reveal for movie enthusiasts, one of the biggest entertainment giants in the world, Paramount Studios, has unveiled its lineup for 2024, headlined by a much-anticipated follow-up to the 2022 blockbuster psychological-horror movie Smile.
Slated for an October 18, 2024 release, this sequel promises to keep audiences on the edge of their seats just like its predecessor this coming Halloween. With Smile raking in an impressive $216 million worldwide on a lean $17 million production budget, director Parker Finn has rapidly ascended as a filmmaker to monitor. This massive triumph has led to an initial contract between Finn and Paramount.
Parker Finn attributes the smashing success of Smile to solid audience engagement during initial screenings. According to him, the collective energy was so powerful that Paramount decided to give the project its full support for a cinematic release.
But hold on, there’s more—other than Smile 2, Paramount is rolling out a big-screen adaptation of the famed musical Mean Girls, scheduled to open on January 12, 2024. Initially aimed for a streaming-only Paramount+ debut, the film is now bound for theaters and features an all-star ensemble including Angourie Rice, Auli’i Cravalho, Jaquel Spivey, and Reneé Rapp. This adaptation follows in the footsteps of the original 2004 cinematic hit and its acclaimed Broadway spinoff.
Switching gears to the animated-action The Tiger’s Apprentice, which was once targeted for theatrical release, will now make its debut on Paramount’s own streaming platform. This animated feature lends its soundscape to the talents of Henry Golding, Sandra Oh, Leah Lewis, and Michelle Yeoh.
Moreover, the release of the anticipated biographical film Bob Marley: One Love has been shifted to Valentine’s Day, 2024. Starring Kingsley Ben-Adir as the lead, the film aims to pay homage to the Jamaican reggae legend.