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CinemaCon 2022 Day 4 recap: Top Gun: Maverick world premiere reaction, John Wick 4, Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning debut trailer, Hunger Games prequel, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts & more

CinemaCon 2022 Day 4 recap: Top Gun: Maverick world premiere reaction, John Wick 4, Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning debut trailer, Hunger Games prequel, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts & more

From John Wick 4 to Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One and let’s not forget the critic praising Top Gun: Maverick world premiere – even saying CinemaCon 2022 fourth and final day was filled with exciting blockbuster title previews would be an understatement. Paramount Pictures kicked off the presentation with a sizzle reel offering teasing new glimpses of Dungeons & Dragons, Paws of Fury, A Quiet Place: Day One, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts & more. Though clearly, the rest of the announcements & reveals at Thursday night’s presentations in Caesars Palace, Las Vegas proved that cinephiles can look forward to more than just comic book movies from Marvel and DC film this summer and the next. Here’s a recap of all the projects unveiled at the Hall-H-Esque, The Colosseum.

Paramount’s exclusive screening of Top Gun: Maverick featuring veteran action star Tom Cruise as Captain. Pete Mitchell initially stole the thunder at CinemaCon 2022 Day 4, enough to invoke cheers from a tearful audience asking to re-play the sequel (directed by Joseph Kosinski).  Additionally, prior to the world premiere – the studio praised its success at the box office thanks to Sonic the Hedgehog 2 which stands as Paramount’s largest opening weekend in 8 years (the arena, during the presentation, was also Sonic themed).

The sizzle reel included new footage from Dungeons & Dragons teasing Michelle Rodriguez’s character donning armor and riding a horse and Chris Pine by her side. The teaser was non-spoilery but assures the fantasy feature will be a big-budgeted blockbuster potential title. A title reveal teaser was released which can be seen below.

New footage for Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank was shown, the Kung-Fu panda resembling animation feature with veteran A-lister Samuel L. Jackson lending his voice for the “Mother Father Cocker Spaniel” screaming teacher. Following up next was footage from the period drama directed by Damien Chazelle, Babylon starring Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Meryl Streep, etc.  From the world of Autobots and Decepticons, brief sequences from Transformers: Rise Of The Beasts was showcased with brief shots of Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and Anthony Ramos’s character.

On the horror side, A Quiet Place franchise, Paramount revealed its third film will be a prequel titled Quiet Place: Day One. Furthermore, a logo for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie was revealed. The last update from February stated it will be a Seth Rogan-produced TMNT CGI animated film, scheduling its release for August 11, 2023.

Paramount’s best highlight is arguably the debut trailer for Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One which began with recorded footage of Cruise on a biplane to introduce Top Gun 2 during the filming of MI 7. Christopher McQuarrie was also shown on another biplane cueing Cruise for the next sequence. Footage description hypes the higher staked stunt scenes with horse and motorcycle chases, with one particular scene showing Cruise launching off a cliff on a motorcycle. Other stand-out titles coming for 2023 as shown in the presentation were Scream 6, Paw Patrol: The Mighty movie, The  Tiger’s Apprentice and a biopic of Bob Marley and Bee Gees.

Here’s what Lionsgate CinemaCon 2022 panel’s sizzle reel showcased

The studio behind blockbusters like John Wick, The Expendables franchise & more began with a first look for The Expendables 4 which was shown with a pre-recorded message from 50 Cent. Also, the fourth film title’s logo is stylized as Expend4bles.

From The Hunger Games franchise, a prequel project set for 2023 was showcased with a teaser. Furthermore, the film is titled The Hunger Games: The Ballad Of Songbirds and Snakes. Revisiting the horror genre, Lionsgate gave an update on Marc Forster’s The Devil’s Light, an exorcism church-centric movie. Shazam 2 star Helen Mirren was once again in attendance, but as a recorded message for White Bird: A Wonder Story, a sequel to 2017’s Wonder directed by Stephen Chbosky.

After a few interesting announcements, Joe Drake, the president of distribution took the stage for John  Wick. The Matrix: Resurrections star Keanu Reeves and director Chad Stahelski came on stage for John Wick: Chapter 4. The first trailer showed Reeves’ gun-blazing Baba Yaga fighting multiple men armed with axes in the rain, an army of archers, swordsmen and a very angry dog.

Footage from the video game adaptation, Borderland directed by Eli Roth was screened but no release date attached yet. Added, the John Wick spin-off, Ballerina, with Ana de Armas in the lead role releases this summer. Surprisingly, a new Dirty Dancing movie is also in the works with Jennifer Grey. Lionsgate wrapped up its presentation with a CGI clip for the Hungers Games prequel. That ends the highlights for the final day of CinemaCon 2022.




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