Los Angeles, CA – September 23, 2023 – Paramount Pictures is making waves in the entertainment industry with exciting announcements regarding two highly anticipated films. The studio revealed plans for a sequel to the hit horror film “Smile” and made a significant shift in the release strategy for the upcoming “Mean Girls” musical movie.
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“Mean Girls,” the adaptation of the Tony-nominated Broadway musical based on the iconic 2004 film that grossed $130 million at the box office, was initially slated to premiere on the Paramount+ streaming platform. However, the studio has decided to give it a wider audience by opting for a theatrical release. Moviegoers can mark their calendars for January 12, 2024, as the date when “Mean Girls” hits theaters nationwide. This shift in strategy aims to bring the beloved high school comedy to a broader audience, capturing the essence of the iconic teen drama on the big screen once again.
“Bob Marley: One Love,” featuring Kingsley Ben-Adir in the role of the late reggae legend, was initially scheduled for release on January 12, 2024. With the change in “Mean Girls” release plans, “Bob Marley: One Love” will now make its wide theatrical debut on February 14, 2024, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
The cast of the new “Mean Girls” movie is packed with talent. Reneé Rapp takes on the role of Regina George, reprising her character from the Broadway musical. Angourie Rice, Jaquel Spivey, and Auli’i Cravalho join the ensemble, portraying Cady, Damian, and Janis, respectively. The film also features the return of Tina Fey and Tim Meadows from the original movie, along with Jenna Fischer, Busy Philipps, Avantika, Mahi Alam, Christopher Briney, Bebe Wood, Ashley Park, Connor Ratliff, and Jon Hamm. The directorial duties fall to Arturo Perez and Samantha Jayne, with a script penned by Tina Fey, the mastermind behind both the original film and the stage musical. Jeff Richmond provides the music with lyrics by Nell Benjamin.
Paramount’s decision to shift “Mean Girls” to a theatrical release mirrors a successful move made last year with “Smile.” Originally intended for a Paramount+ debut, “Smile” was rerouted to theaters, resulting in an impressive box office performance, raking in a staggering $217 million. Building on this success, Paramount has officially announced a sequel to “Smile” scheduled for release on October 18, 2024, promising more spine-tingling horror and suspense for fans of the genre.
In a slight change of plans, “The Tiger’s Apprentice,” which was initially set for a January 19, 2024 release, has been removed from the theatrical release schedule. Instead, it will make its exclusive premiere on Paramount+, offering streaming audiences an exciting new adventure.
Paramount Pictures is once again demonstrating its commitment to delivering quality entertainment to a wide range of audiences, whether through theatrical releases or exclusive streaming premieres. With the sequel to “Smile” on the horizon and “Mean Girls” heading to theaters in early 2024, fans can look forward to an exciting lineup of films from the studio.
Stay tuned for more updates and mark your calendars for these upcoming releases from Paramount Pictures.