Smile 2 and Mean Girls musical movie are both confirmed for 2024

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Paramount has added to its 2024 theatrical slate with a sequel to Smile and a new Mean Girls film.

Paramount has announced that Smile 2 and the musical adaptation of Mean Girls will both be headed to cinemas at some point in 2024. Both film projects had been known about for a little while, but this is the first time they’ve popped up on a posh schedule.

The first Smile film, which was one of 2022’s breakout hits, was originally intended for the studio’s streaming platform, Paramount+ before being given a wide theatrical release following very positive test screenings. Turned out to be a profitable feature in the end, and a follow-up quickly seemed inevitable.

We’d imagine that no such discussions about straight to streaming took place regarding the sequel, with Paramount hoping the horror follow-up can get as close to the original’s whopping $216m global haul as possible. We’ll find out when the film releases in October of next year.

Likewise, the musical adaptation of Mean Girls has also been set for a 2024 theatrical release, despite also being planned for Paramount+ at one stage.

That one is coming in January of 2024 and stars Angourie Rice, Auli’i Cravalho, Jaquel Spivey and Reneé Rapp. Given that female-led films are having a bit of a moment right now in the wake of Barbie, Paramount will be hoping that trend continues into 2024 and turbocharges the release of this fresh take on the beloved original.

Finally, the studio also pushed back Bob Marley: One Love one month to February 14, 2024. The biopic stars Kingsley Ben-Adir as the late music legend. We’ll bring you any more release news as we hear it.

The Hollywood Reporter

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