President of Paramount Pictures gives update on future film slate

The president of Paramount Pictures aka the Tom Cruise dream factory, Adam Goodman, sat down with THR recently for a chat about the studio’s long term projects.

Goodman chats about ‘Transformers 4’, ‘Top Gun 2’, ‘Anchorman 2’, ‘Noah’ and the future of the Jack Ryan and ‘Mission: Impossible’ franchises plus much more.

Hit the jump to check out what he had to say.

On ‘Transformers 4’ without Shia LaBeouf:

“The story is going in a different direction now. Ehren Kruger [who wrote the past two Transformers movies] is writing it for us, and we’re starting to engage, but I can’t say anything more.”

The future of the ‘Mission: Impossible’ franchise and ‘Top Gun 2’:

“We’ll likely make a ‘Top Gun’ sequel with Tom Cruise first. Jerry Bruckheimer would produce, with Tony Scott returning to direct. All parties are moving ahead. We’ve hired Peter Craig to write the script.”

The Jack Ryan reboot with Chris Pine:

“We have a great script that David Koepp and Adam Cozad worked on. We’re going to shoot the movie after ‘Star Trek [2]’. I think the idea is to try and get it for 2013.”

His vision for Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’:

“It will be a big, robust production and will have tremendous scale. It’s the perfect combination of casting [Russell Crowe, Saoirse Ronan and Jennifer Connelly] and a remarkable adventure. This isn’t what you think of when you think of Darren, but it will be very true to him as a filmmaker. It will be PG-13 and will likely cost around $125 million.”

Why Brad Pitt’s ‘World War Z’ has had its release date pushed back:

“It is an action-adventure movie with a lot of extreme ideas — i.e., a world war with zombies — so it felt more like a summer tentpole. ‘One Shot’, starring Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher, seemed like a great Christmas opportunity, so we moved that up. We see ‘One Shot’, based on Lee Child’s novels, as a potential franchise.”

On micro budget films becoming big hits:

“The thing we’re most proud of is that the three ‘Paranormal [Activity]’ movies, ‘Jackass 3D’, ‘The Devil Inside’ and ‘Justin Bieber: Never Say Never’ were all made for $41 million or $42 million combined, and they have just crossed $1 billion at the global box office. ‘The Ring’ is something that really lends itself to this format right now, so we’re talking to [producer] Walter Parkes about doing something with that. We also are planning a dance-music documentary-style film on the DJ revolution.”

Plans for ‘Anchorman 2’, the budget and coping with high fees for Steve Carell and Will Ferrell:

“I think if they are scaled appropriately, in terms of their budgets, comedies are as good a business as they’ve ever been. They used to cost $20 million or $25 million, then they quadrupled. Basically, it is a pool deal. We all start making money at the same time, and the actors become massive shareholders.”

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