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CinemaCon 2023 is almost done now with jam-packed presentations from Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., Disney, and Universal already making this year’s convention one to remember. Paramount Pictures is up next at CInemaCon 2023, and their upcoming theatrical slate could make for one of the most surprising presentations of the week. The official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), CinemaCon has risen in great notoriety since it debuted in 2011. Every year studios, distributors, exhibitors, industry professionals, and more unite at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to celebrate the communal moviegoing experience on the big screen and discuss the future.
This is where all the big names – with only Lionsgate still left – present their upcoming slate of theatrical releases to actual theater owners. CinemaCon is not open to the public but fear not because DiscussingFilm is on the ground this year reporting the biggest announcements and reveals. Paramount Pictures is expected to give news related to the Transformers franchise with Rise of the Beats about to release, Mission: Impossible 7 and 8, and Martin Scorsese’s highly anticipated Killers of the Flower Moon.
Exclusive footage and first-look reveals from CinemaCon are never released to the public, so that’s where we come in. Aside from listing huge updates, we’ll also be describing all exclusive footage shown to CinemaCon 2023 attendees. Stay tuned as we cover all the announcements and reveals from Paramount Pictures’ CinemaCon 2023 presentation!
Paramount Pictures Updates from CinemaCon 2023
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Release Date: July 14, 2023
Exclusive Footage Description: CinemaCon attendees were treated to an entire 20 minutes from Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One. The footage started off with Hayley Atwell’s character getting in trouble with the law in France, and Ethan Hunt coming to take her in for his team’s own unknown reasons. What followed is a very thrilling and absurd car chase wherein Tom Cruise’s Ethan and Hayley Atwell’s character are being viciously chased by a dedicated French assassin played by Pom Klementieff.
Killers of the Flower Moon
Director: Martin Scorsese
Release Date: October 6, 2023
Exclusive Footage Description: Martin Scorsese himself revealed the first teaser for Killers of the Flower Moon exclusively at CinemaCon 2023. The footage fully teases the main conflict between the Osage people and the white settlers in Osage County in 1920s Oklahoma. Leonardo DiCaprio’s character named Ernest Burkhart is very in love with his wife Mollie, played by Lily Gladstone. When more and more white people settle in the town, grisly murders take place and they’re all of the natives. Robert De Niro as William Hale, who’s a sort of mentor to Leo, advises Ernest that they need to make a new for themselves by obtaining the land’s bounties of oil.
When entering this business filled with blood and oil, Ernest bits off more than he can chew. We see a montage of gruesome murders taking place between the white invaders and Osage people, both sides claiming big numbers of bodies back and forth. Corpses are being buried in oil pits and people are being assassinated in broad daylight. The bond between Ernest and Mollie is then tested, as the loving couple questions their loyalty to their opposing people… and who they really trust in this oil war Ernest is then surprised by the arrival of a city detective, played by Jesse Plemons, who comes knocking on his door for answers. He’s here to solve who’s behind this series of murders. Brendan Fraser’s character briefly makes an appearance in the footage.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem
Director: Jeff Rowe, Kyler Spears
Release Date: August 4, 2023
Exclusive Footage Description: CinemaCon 2023 was treated to a brand new look at Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem. The footage was extended from the already-released teaser. Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael, and Leonardo all want to be accepted by society instead of being labeled as freaks, so they chose to take on a life of crime fighting. The main villain of the film is Superfly (voiced by Ice-T), with Bebop and Rocksteady being his two biggest bodyguards. When they try to take on Superfly and his crew, they actually end up making friendly introductions since they’re all mutants. They didn’t know other mutants existed so they chum it up in a hilarious meeting scene. Superfly’s team is made up of colorful mutants that are all kinds of animals. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem looks unlike any other upcoming animated feature.
A Quiet Place: Day One
Director: Michael Sarnoski
Release Date: March 8, 2024
Exclusive Footage Description: Although the film wrapped only a few weeks ago, a very brief teaser of A Quiet Place: Day One was shown at CinemaCon 2023. We follow Lupita Nyong’o’s everyday citizen-type character as she’s riding the bus in New York City. Suddenly all traffic stops and people are seen walking out of their cars and staring at the sky. A meteor took out half the bus Lupita’s in, and she slowly walks towards the torn half of the bus (mirroring that image in A Quiet Place Part II where Millicent Simmonds’s Regan stands in the middle of a blasted hole on the side of a train car).
More people surround the scene and stand in the middle of the street as they all look up to the sky and witness a meteor shower, which is of course all the aliens arriving on Earth for the first time. What follows next is a quick montage of more of the film’s action, revealing Djimon Hounsou’s returning character from A Quiet Place Part II, a shot of Alex Wolff’s character running in fear, and a brief moment of Joseph Quinn’s character screeching in pain. The brief footage highlights how humans still don’t know about the aliens’ attraction to sound, so naturally, crowds of people are heard and seen getting taken out in great numbers.
Director: John Krasinski
Release Date: May 24, 2024
Exclusive Footage Description: Since the film is still in the midst of shooting, director John Krasinski was only able to show an early sizzle reel which gave CinemaCon attendees a taste of what kind of family films he’s been developing. IF follows the unlikely pairing of a young girl (Cailey Fleming) and her overbearing adult neighbor (Ryan Reynolds) as they are mysteriously gifted the ability to see people’s old imaginary friends walk about society. The film is a mix of live-action and CGI, with all the imaginary friends being various larger-than-life bizarre creatures. The main character’s imaginary friend is a large purple and fuzzy beast voiced by Steve Carell.
The plot of IF is all about finding new homes for these imaginary friends. In this world, once people forget or move on from their imaginary friends, they’re left in a state of limbo. There’s a whole ensemble of CGI imaginary friends who the main human characters must help, and they’re incredibly different from one another coming in all different shapes and sizes. IF features a very impressive voice cast for these friends, including Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Maya Rudolph, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Vince Vaughn, Sam Rockwell, Richard Jenkins, Jon Stewart, Sebastian Maniscalco, Christopher Meloni, and Awkwafina.
Director: Josh Cooley
New Details: Paramount announced that their upcoming animated Transformers film is officially titled Transformers One, and will follow the Autobots and Decepticons in their early days on Cybertron. Chris Hemsworth will be voicing young Optimus Prime and Brian Tyree Henry will voice young Megatron as fans get to see the origins of their alliance turned rivalry. Joining the voice cast is Keegan-Michael Key as Bumblebee, Jon Hamm as Sentinel Prime, Scarlett Johansson as Elita, and Laurence Fishburne as Alpha Trion. A brief concept image was shown of Optimus and his Autobots looking over Cybertron.
Untitled animated Avatar: The Last Airbender film
New Details: Paramount gave a first look at what the main cast looks like for their upcoming Animated Avatar: The Last Airbender film. It was only a single image reveal with Aang, Katara, Sokka, Zuko, and Toph all present in their adult age in battle poses in front of a snow mountain. The group looks like they’re in their late 20s to early 30s and their costumes are 100 percent accurate to hit animated Nickelodeon series. Zuko is the only one that looks different with an extra long wild ponytail.