Paramount Looking For That Next Blockbusting Franchise With ‘Origin’

By January 5, 2017

Paramount Pictures continues to look for the next big film franchise, and hope they may have found it through none other than Jerry Bruckheimer.

The producer behind major franchises like Pirates of the Caribbean and Bad Boys, has picked up a “big-scale high concept” science-fiction film Origin from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales director Joachim Ronning.

Nothing else is known about the story, according to Deadline, except Paramount hopes to develop it into what could be the next big film franchise. Although Paramount has control over other large franchises, including Transformers and Star Trek, the studio has struggled at the box office in recent years. And last year was not any better, earning just $843.7 million through 18 pictures, according to The Numbers.

That was enough to give Paramount a 7.5 percent market share – less than five other studios including the Walt Disney Co., which commanded a 26 percent market share with $2.9 billion in domestic revenue.

Ronning is set to direct Origin based on a story he’s writing with his brother, Andreas Ronning. He made his move from Norway to the United States in recent years, and worked on other projects including Netflix’s now cancelled Marco Polo.

Origin would be the first major writing project for Andreas Ronning.

Joachim Ronning has two other projects also in development. One is a Santa Claus origin story, of all things, called Winter Knight that was “inspired by a book” written by Wizard of Oz‘s L. Frank Baum. He’s also had an adventure film in development hell for years called Methuselah about a 1,000-year-old man “who has used his time on the planet to develop an unparalleled set of survival skills.”

Bruckheimer, who has found a tremendous amount of success in television as well, continues to work on shows like The Amazing Race for CBS and Lucifer for Fox. He also has several films in the works, including Bad Boys for Life with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, as well as plans to make a fourth Beverly Hills Cop film as well as a third National Treasure film.

Ronning’s contribution to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Dead Men Tell No Tales, stars Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush and Javier Bardem, and is set for release on May 26.

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