paramount financial aid

Paramount Pictures, one of the oldest legacy studios in Hollywood, has not been in an ideal market position in a long, long time. Now the studio is getting some financial aid from New Republic Pictures, a production company whose credits include 1917, Black Swan, and Rocketman, for ten upcoming blockbusters, including Mission: Impossible 7 and Top Gun: Maverick.

The 100-plus-year-old studio has also decided to make its Dylan O’Brien-starring sci-fi adventure movie Love and Monsters available on premium video on demand services later this year, instead of giving it the theatrical release that was originally planned. Get the details below. Read More »

Monster Problems

Back in 2012, Shawn Levy (Stranger Things, Night at the Museum) was gearing up to direct a film called Monster Problems, a post-apocalyptic coming-of-age story based on a script by Brian Duffield (Insurgent, Jane Got a Gun). Time passed, and that version of the movie fell away into the gaping maw of Hollywood’s endless “what if” scenarios.

But Monster Problems is back, crawling out of its early grave. Guardians of the Galaxy actor Michael Rooker has joined the project alongside The Maze Runner star Dylan O’Brien. Levy is still on board all these years later, but he’s shifted into a producer role and found a new director. Learn more about Monster Problems below. Read More »

Briefly: Just as Mad Max: Fury Road gears up to start production, Paramount is trying to get in on the post-apocalyptic action. The studio is in talks to buy Brian Duffield‘s script Monster Problems, which Shawn Levy will produce. (Levy produced The Watch and directed Date Night, Real Steel and the Night at the Museum films.)

There aren’t a lot of details on the film so far, but THR calls the script “a post-apocalyptic road movie in the vein of Mad Max and Zombieland with a John Hughes-esque love story at its center.” (So, it really is like Zombieland, then, since that had its own vague stab at a John Hughes sorta romance at the center.)

Levy is about to direct The Internship for Fox, which will re-team the Wedding Crashers duo of Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, so it might be a couple months before we hear any further info about this one. Lets hope the title promises more than metaphorical monsters — I want to see some real post-apocalyptic monster action.