Mark Wahlberg Sci-Fi Film ‘Infinite’ Theatrical Debut Cancelled, Moved To Paramount Plus

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Mark Wahlberg’s latest science fiction film ‘Infinite’ was part of the slate of Paramount movies hit by delays in theatrical premiers due to the coronavirus. It is now being reported by Deadline that ViacomCBS will cancel its September debut in theaters and move the sci-fi thriller to its streaming service Paramount Plus.

The decision was made official after ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish gave the announcement during the company’s first-quarter earnings call. The movie will now stream on Paramount Plus in June. The move is reminiscent of the company’s decision to place ‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run’ on the streaming service last year. The premier will be part of Paramount Plus’ “Mountain of Movies” slate alongside a ‘Paranormal Activity’ sequel and ‘The In Between.’

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Directed by Antoine Fuqua, ‘Infinite’ is based on the D. Eric Maikranz 2009 novel ‘The Reincarnationist Papers’ and a screenplay by Ian Shorr.

The story follows Evan McCauley (Wahlberg) who is haunted by memories that are not his and skills he did not learn on his own. Approaching a total mental breakdown, he is informed by a secret group that he is one of the Infinites, humans who have died and been reincarnated multiple times. Evan works with the Infinites to stop Ted, played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, a former member of the group who seeks to destroy the world.

‘Infinite’ also stars Sophie Cookson, Dylan O’Brien, Rupert Friend, Jason Mantzoukas, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Tom Hughes, Wallis Day, Toby Jones, and Liz Carr. The movie is produced by Walhberg, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Mark Vahradian, Mark Huffam, John Zaozirny, and Stephen Levinson.

‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ actor Chris Evans was originally slated to star in ‘Infinite’ before departing the project. Wahlberg was soon tapped as a replacement considering his long history of appearing in Paramount features including the ‘Transformers’ franchise.

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