Paramount Pictures kicked off CinemaCon 2016 in Las Vegas on Monday with sneak peeks at upcoming films “Rings,” “Baywatch,” “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” and “Story of Your Life.”
Studio Vice-Chairman Rob Moore presided over the presentation, teasing the release of three “Transformers” films in as many years, as well as the sixth installment of the “Mission: Impossible” franchise. He then welcomed Will Arnett and Megan Fox, the stars of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” (opening June 3), who listened to a voicemail from Michelangelo and ate pizza Arnett had ordered.
With dining complete, the new trailer was screened, followed by an extended scene in which the Turtles lay siege to a military cargo aircraft manned by Bebop and Rocksteady.
Moore then introduced the “voice of God himself,” Morgan Freeman, who brought out his “Ben-Hur” co-star Jack Huston. The teaser trailer was shown, along with extended footage of the graphic chariot race, which wowed the audience. (“Ben-Hur” arrives Aug. 19.)
That was followed by the first footage from “Rings” (Oct. 28), the sequel to the U.S. remake of “The Ring.” The scene began with an airline passenger talking to a seatmate while their plane is rocked by turbulence. He reveals he had watched the infamous harbinger-of-death video a week earlier, and immediately received a phone indicating he’d die in exactly seven days, adding that he only has to “make it through the next five minutes.” Anyone who’s seen the previous two films, or the Japanese originals, won’t be surprised that it doesn’t turn out well for the passenger, with black liquid, bugs and Samara herself unleashed.
Tom Cruise then delivered a pre-recorded message from London in which he promised “Mission: Impossible 6” would deliver “more incredible stunts.” After talking in general terms about the film, he pivoted to his sequel “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” (Oct. 21), which co-stars Cobie Smulders and newcomer Danika Yarosh. The action star referred to Jack Reacher as an “analog character in a digital world,” and said he excited the film is filled with “classic movie-movie stuff.”
Cruise’s comments gave way to the film’s first footage, including what appeared to be an introductory scene with a group of injured men writhing in pain outside a diner where Reacher is resting. The police move to arrest the bloody Reacher, only for him to respond that two things will happen in the next 90 seconds: the payphone will ring and the sheriff will be wearing his handcuffs. And then the phone rings.
Moore then welcomed Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner to the stage to introduce “Story of Your Life” (June 7), the Denis Villeneuve sci-fi film in which Adams plays a linguist recruited by the government to determine whether the aliens who have landed across the globe come in peach. The silhouettes of aliens with extended appendages can be seen as Adams and Renner make contact. There’s no indication from the footage whether they’re peaceful, but the trailer gives the impression that civil unrest on Earth may pose more of a threat than the aliens.
In other taped segments, Vin Diesel reported in from the Toronto set of “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage,” while Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron debuted early footage from their big-screen remake of “Baywatch.”