Updates on Transformers 4, Top Gun 2, Jack Ryan, One Shot, World War Z, and Noah

Paramount LogoTHR recently sat down with Paramount head honcho Adam Goodman, and besides the usual industry talk, the trade got the boss to update some of the studio’s upcoming high-profile projects.

On the status of “Transformers 4”, now minus Shia LaBeouf, but with Michael Bay returning to direct:

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.

The possibility of a “Top Gun” sequel with Tom Cruise? Looking good, apparently.

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.

Sheesh. Another writer? This sequel must have gone through a dozen writers already.

That “Jack Ryan” reboot that’s been in development for years now? Still waiting…

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.

Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah”, meanwhile, is rolling along…

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.

And finally, two bits of quick updating on the Brad Pitt zombie movie “World War Z” and Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher movie “One Shot”:

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.

So there you have it, Paramount’s plans for some of their more highly-anticipated films.

Via : THR