Viacom CEO: Paramount Developing Ideas for 'Paranormal Activity 4,' 'Transformers 4'
Philippe Dauman and his team also highlight that the studio is working on a Nickelodeon-branded "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" film, while J.J. Abrams is developing a "Star Trek" sequel for a potential 2013 release.
NEW YORK - Paramount Pictures is "developing ideas for Paranormal Activity 4" and a fourth Transformers movie, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman said Thursday in highlighting a continued focus on franchise fare. Plus, he said that a Star Trek sequel could hit theaters in 2013.
J.J. Abrams is "focused on developing the next installment of our Star Trek franchise" for a potential release in 2013, the CEO said during his company's quarterly earnings call.
On the same call, COO Tom Dooley reported that Paramount is working on a Nickelodeon-branded live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. The Turtles, which were featured in several films in the past, are coming to Nickelodeon in 2012 in animated form.
Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore had last month said there was no fourth Paranormal Activity movie in development, but "people certainly continue to be very interested in the franchise." His comments came after the third film in the series had the highest opening ever for a horror film.
Transformers 4 was also mentioned a day earlier by Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner who had reiterated that he hoped to have news on a potential fourth installment over the next quarter. "It would be silly for us not to talk about having another Transformers movie," he said.