Paramount delays upcoming Transformers and Star Trek films to 2023

After delaying several films like "Top Gun" earlier this year, Paramount Pictures has delayed two more by at least six months.

Uh-oh, it appears that Paramount Pictures just delayed two more films.

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts will see the appearance of both Optimus Prime and Optimus Primal.

Earlier this year, the studio confirmed that the Top Gun sequel and Mission: Impossible 7, along with several other films, have been pushed back by several months. Unfortunately, it appears that Paramount isn't finished delaying its upcoming films just yet.

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Paramount continues to shift its movie's release dates

The ending of Bumblebee paves the way for the upcoming sequel.

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts and the next Star Trek film were both scheduled to hit theaters on June 24, 2022, and June 9, 2023, respectively. Unfortunately, this is no longer the case. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the seventh-live action Transformers film will be taking the place of the fourth Star Trek film instead as it will premiere on June 9, 2023. Meanwhile, Paramount will push back the upcoming Star Trek movie by six months to December 22, 2023.

After directing five straight Transformers live-action movies, Michael Bay finally vacated the director's seat in 2018. This paved the way for Travis Knight's soft reboot of the movie franchise, Bumblebee. Bumblebee "only" made $468 million at the global box office (against an estimated $135 million budget), which is a franchise low. However, the movie, which was set in the 1980s, was still good enough for Paramount to greenlight a sequel.

The sequel, Rise of the Beasts, will be directed by Steven Caple Jr. Similar to Bumblebee, Michael Bay is still onboard as one of the film's producers. The movie is reportedly a sequel to Bumblebee and will be set in the 1990s as a pair of archeologists discover three warring factions of Transformers: the Maximals, the Terrorcons, and the Predacons. It's interesting that Paramount still decided to delay Rise of the Beasts. Caple announced just last October that production on the film had already been finished.

There's no available information that's confirmed about who's going to play who in the upcoming Star Trek installment.

As for the next Star Trek installment, it appears that it will still be a part of J.J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot franchise. After directing 2009's Star Trek and 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness, Abrams served as the producer of 2016's Star Trek Beyond by Justin Lin. He will be back to produce Matt Shakman's Star Trek film, who you might know for his work on the MCU's WandaVision.

Unlike the Rise of the Beasts, we do not know much about Shakman's Star Trek movie. Initial reports suggest that Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth were going to reprise their respective roles. Unfortunately, negotiations fell through. This leaves very few casting details available about Abrams' fourth Star Trek film.

Ray Ampoloquio
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