With the streaming giants like Netflix, Amazon, HBO Max, Disney+, and AppleTV+ making big waves with acquisitions and premieres of major titles, it can be easy to forget that Paramount Plus (formerly CBS All Access) is around trying to make its own mark in the fight for streaming supremacy.
While the streamer has already announced that this year will see them premiere major films such as A Quiet Place Part II and Mission Impossible 7 on their service 45 days after the film’s theatrical debuts, as well as the debut releases of film’s formerly scheduled to premiere in theaters like new entries in the Paranormal Activity and Pet Sematary franchises, they’ve now made their biggest move yet that might really put them on the map.
Infinite, the upcoming sci-fi action thriller from director Antoine Fuqua and starring Mark Wahlberg is officially set to debut exclusively on Paramount Plus. Np release date is set yet, but the fact that Paramount Plus was able to acquire such a massive title for a streaming exclusive release that will entirely skip theaters is a huge move that puts them in closer contention to the big hitters of the streaming world.
Co-starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sophie Cookson, Jason Mantzoukas, Rupert Friend, Toby Jones, and Dylan O’Brien, Infinite tells the story of Evan McCauley (Wahlberg), a man haunted by a mysterious set of skills he doesn’t remember learning, and memories of places he’s never been to before. He comes into contact with a secretive group known as the “Infinites”, who reveal to him that his memories are all coming from multiple past lives.
Perhaps even more intriguing than the Infinite news is what ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish had to say along with this major announcement. According to Bakish, 1,000 movies will be added to the Paramount Plus streaming service in June, with more coming in July. On top of that, Bakish stated that this was all a “preview to a substantial ramping up of original movies next year, when we expect to begin averaging an original movie a week in 2022”.
An original movie every week is certainly a plan that could put them on a path towards reaching Netflix’s level, or at least somewhere closer to the same orbit.