Saturday, June 22, 2024

Cancelled: Paramount’s Much Needed John Krasinski Hit “A Quiet Place Part 2,” Comedy “Lovebirds” Postponed Indefinitely, Adding to Viacom Stock Price Woes




update 12:33pm Paramount has also postponed indefinitely “Lovebirds,” with Tiffany Haddish and Kumail Nanjiani. Their press junket was going to be this weekend for a March 27th opening.

THIS is trouble.

Paramount has postponed “A Quiet Place, Part 2” indefinitely because of the virus panic. The sequel to the hit horror film was supposed to open on March 20th. I’ve seen it, it’s terrific, at least as good as the first one. The premiere audience this past Sunday went crazy for it.

But fear — which is the subject of the movie — has sent people running out of movie theaters. With this one gone, and the James Bond movie — there is no spring box office. Unlike James Bond, which was rescheduled for the fall, “A Quiet Place, Part 2” has not been rescheduled. Paramount has been waiting for this film, they’ve had no hits and really need it. And all the money has been spent on promotion.

A bigger problem for Paramount is that their parent company, ViacomCBS, is in trouble. Viacom is fueled by Sumner Redstone’s National Amusements. (Yes, he’s still alive, will turn 97 in May.) Their stock price has crashed in the last month. They recently announced they were going to stupidly sell publisher Simon & Schuster after decades. This news won’t help.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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