The Mark Wahlberg-led and Antoine Fuqua-directed sci-fi thriller “Infinite” will forgo a theatrical release in the United States. Instead, it will debut directly on the Paramount+ streaming service in June.
The announcement, made by ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish during a first-quarter earnings conference call, was just a part of the conglomerate’s big plans for the Paramount+ service in the near future.
Following the successful example of Disney+ and HBO Max boosting their streaming numbers by adding new movies to their slates, Paramount+ will follow suit.
As already confirmed, new films from Paramount Pictures will be available on the streamer 45 days after they open in theaters starting with John Krasinki’s “A Quiet Place Part II” which hits cinemas in late May.
They will follow that with the “Paw Patrol” movie, a new “Paranormal Activity” and “The In Between” all before the end of 2021. In 2022, a “substantial ramping up of original movies” will happen and Bakish expects to begin averaging an original movie a week next year.
Bakish also touted an expansion of the current Paramount+ film catalogue with which, by the end of July, will see an additional 2,500 library titles added to the mix including “Skyfall,” “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “Rocketman,” “Sonic the Hedgehog” and more. Paramount’s new deal with Epix will also see more new and library titles become available on Paramount+.
International distribution plans for “Infinite,” which co-stars Dylan O’Brien, Rupert Friend, Toby Jones and Sophie Cookson, have not yet been revealed.