As Halloween approaches, Paramount+ has some thrilling updates for its audience. They’ve officially announced a sequel to the Smile franchise, promising demonic and hair-raising smiles. Additionally, the highly anticipated adaptation of Mean Girls is set to hit screens on January 12, 2024.
Tina Fey, the creator, expressed her excitement about bringing Mean Girls back to the big screen after the success of the 2004 film and the 2018 Broadway musical. She sees these characters as her own Marvel Universe, having spent 16 years with them.
The cast of the film includes notable names like Angourie Rice, Auli’i Cravalho, Jaquel Spvey, and Renee Rap. After two decades, Mean Girls makes a theatrical return, with Paramount+ being the exclusive streaming platform.
Smile, a beloved and highly profitable film, earned $216 million globally with a budget of just $17 million. Director Parker Finn expressed his thrill at the franchise’s renewal, especially after witnessing the audience’s enthusiastic reactions during screenings.
Paramount CEO Brian Robbins praised Parker Finn’s unique filmmaking and welcomed him as a valuable addition to the Paramount family.
Smile’s offbeat storyline and cult classic status have earned it a rating of over 6.5/10 on IMDb. Finn’s feature directorial debut with Smile, adapted from his 2020 short film, received special recognition at SXSW 2020.
In addition to Smile 2, Paramount+ will also feature Tiger’s Apprentice, initially planned for theatrical release, as an exclusive streaming film. Based on a fantasy novel by Laurence Yep, it boasts an impressive voice cast including Henry Golding, Sandra Oh, and Michelle Yeoh.
Furthermore, Bob Marley: One Love has been rescheduled for release on February 14, 2024, featuring Kingsley Ben-Adir as the late music legend. These updates promise an exciting lineup for Paramount+ subscribers in the coming months.