The Hollywood Reporter recently sat down with Paramount Film Group president Adam Goodman to discuss up and coming projects involving his company.
Among the many topics discussed during the Q&A was the possibility of a Top Gun sequel with Tom Cruise and Michael Bay’s fourth installment in the Transformers franchise. He also touched upon the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Noah, World War Z and Mission Impossible V, among other things.
Here is what Goodman had to say:
THR: Is making Transformers 4 without Shia LaBeouf risky? Is he out?
Goodman: 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.
THR: What about another Mission: Impossible?
Goodman: 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.
THR: You’re rebooting the Jack Ryan franchise with Chris Pine starring. What is the status?
Goodman: We have a great script that David Koepp and Adam Cozad worked on. We’re going to shoot the movie after Star Trek. I think the idea is to try and get it for 2013.
THR: You recently set a March 2014 release date for Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic Noah. Can you talk about the project?
Goodman: It will be a big, robust production and will have tremendous scale. It’s the perfect combination of casting [Russell Crowe, 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.
THR: You pushed back Brad Pitt’s World War Z from Christmas to next summer amid rumblings that the project has had troubles. Why?
Goodman: 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.
THR: Michael Bay is re-envisioning Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Nickelodeon movies. What are your plans for Nick?
Goodman: We want it to be family adventures and really hard-core family comedies. If I was starting again, I would have put Transformers through Nick. Upcoming movies that could be released through the label are Christopher Columbus’ The Secret Lives of Road Crews or Etan Cohen’s Boy Scouts vs. Zombies.
THR: You’ve been a pioneer in terms of proving that studios can succeed in the microbudget space. What is Insurge planning next?
Goodman: The thing we’re most proud of is that the three Paranormal 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.
THR: Are you still buying festival movies? Your most recent acquisition was the 2011 Sundance title Like Crazy, which cost $4 million for worldwide rights but grossed only $3.5 million at the box office.
Goodman: Our eyes are always open to the right picture, but we don’t have a mandate. The reason why we were so excited about Like Crazy was it was a movie that was made for $250,000. It wasn’t about the box-office success, and our spend was moderate. It taught us something about production technique, and we hope to be in business with [director] Drake Doremus a long time.
THR: What do you think of the comedy space right now? You are making an Anchorman sequel for a relatively modest $50 million. How did you get Will Ferrell and Steve Carell to take reduced fees?
Goodman: 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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