Two of the its biggest franchises have just received lengthy delays, as Paramount readjusts its slate of upcoming blockbusters. 

We’re seeing a small wave of blockbuster delays at the moment, with a number of high-profile productions shifting their release dates back by a year or more.

Disney has officially delayed Indiana Jones 5 by a fully year into 2023, whilst it also seems that Parry Jenkins’ Star Wars movie, Rogue Squadron, will be getting a pretty sizeable shunt down the release schedule too. Now Paramount has joined in on the action by delaying its next Transformers movie, as well as a scheduled Star Trek film that is still in development.

Transformers: Rise Of The Beasts was due to make its bow on June 24th, 2022, but has now been pushed back a full year to June, 2023. The film, which is set in the 1990s, has completed principal photography, but perhaps needs more time to add in all of the computer wizardry that will be required to add the robots in disguise. As a sequel to 2018’s rather charming Bumblebee, which did a decent job of course correcting the wayward franchise, we’re happy that Paramount is giving the production more time to reach for a higher-quality film. Having hopped onto the right foot with Bumblebee, it would be pleasing to see the series continue in a similar fashion.

Also, the next Star Trek movie has been pushed back six months from June 9th 2023 to December, 2023. This delay was most definitely on the cards, as years on from the seeming demise of the last series of films, Paramount’s direction for the future of Star Trek seem no clearer, despite a host of creators putting forward ideas. Unless we hear something soon, we’d expect this delay to be the first of several.

More as we hear it.

The Hollywood Reporter

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