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In a sign for the ever-growing power of streaming, It has been announced that the Mark Whalberg-led film, INFINITE, will skip theaters and head straight to the Paramount+ streaming service in June.
Directed by Antoine Fuqua, Infinite follows Evan McCauley (Wahlberg), who discovers that his hallucinations are actually visions from past lives. The film also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sophie Cookson, Dylan O’Brien, Rupert Friend, and Jason Mantzoukas. Like most films that planned to be released in 2020, it was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally slated to be released on August 7, 2020, the film will now premiere on Paramount+ in June.
The news of Infinite’s move to Paramount+. was revealed during a first-quarter earnings call with ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish. Moving Infinite to streaming seems to be part of the plan to expand the Paramount+ feature catalog. The streamer is set to add 1K more movies to its service which will bring its catalog to 2.5K-plus tiles on the platform. The service will also launch new original films such as a new Paranormal Activity, and The In Between, which will premiere before the end of the year.
The release of Infinite on Paramount+ is the second time that Paramount has sent a theatrical title to the streaming service. Last year, the studio shifted The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run film off of the theatrical calendar to be launched stateside on Paramount+. Overseas rights for the film were sold to Netflix, while a theatrical release was granted to the movie in Canada last August.
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