For those not in the business know, a helpful Google search will inform you that an earnings call "[is] a teleconference in which a public company discusses the financial results of a reporting period." Today, that public company is Viacom, the source is the Hollywood Reporter and the news is that this week's earning call specified a few upcoming Paramount film projects that may prove interesting.
The biggest film is a no-brainer: 'Star Trek 2' is being written as you read this and the script should be finished by the time you're unwrapping the gifts at the holiday celebration of your choice. JJ Abrams will be back in full capacity as a producer but has yet to commit to the director's chair (although he really needs to get his butt in that chair because the man's an exceptional filmmaker).
The rest of the line-up feels a little more random: a sequel to a comedy that came out a decade ago, a sequel to a toy movie that wasn't the hit it needed to be, a reboot of a franchise that was rebooted only a few years ago and the latest installment in an action franchise that has gone through four films and three actors since 1990. First, there's 'Zoolander 2,' currently being scripted by 'Iron Man 2' screenwriter Justin Theroux, who also hopes to direct. Ben Stiller has certainly managed to cling onto his star power since the first film opened modestly in 2001 (only to become surprisingly popular on DVD and TV since), but is the public really crying out for a new 'Zoolander' adventure?
We already knew that 'Zombieland' screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick were writing a sequel to the very fun but monetarily underwhelming 'GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra' and at this point, we still know nothing else. But hey -- we know it sill exists!
Then there's a new 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' movie, which is being produced under Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes banner. Once again, little is known outside of the writers (the team that wrote up the first 'Iron Man' and 'Punisher: War Zone') but considering that last iteration of the characters, 2007's completely dispensable 'TMNT,' they better have a few great ideas to make audiences even remotely care.
The final film on the line-up is Jack Bender's upcoming Jack Ryan movie. A director on many of the more spectacular episodes of 'Lost,' Bender is the perfect guy to make a jump into action filmmaking, and bringing Tom Clancy's most famous character back to the screen sounds like the perfect way to do it. Plot details, as well as any inkling of who may follow in the footsteps of Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck, are still far from being revealed.
Viacom made this report to satisfy investors and such, but what think you, movie fans? Anything here look like it'll be worth your time? Or is it just too early to tell?