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Paramount exec Chris McCarthy announced straight-to-series orders for two Dexter spinoffs and four offshoots of Billions.

Other franchises built around existing Showtime originals – like The Chi – are also said to be in the works, as McCarthy takes a page from the Yellowstone playbook has made the Taylor Sheridan western into a multiple-show hit for Paramount+. [source]

McCarthy's franchise frenzy is somewhat understandable when you remember how Paramount had to dig for intellectual property when it owned theme parks.

Days of Thunder kart racing.

Drop Zone drop tower.

The Italian Job roller coaster.

Conversely, Lionsgate's 2023 film slate – John Wick 4, The Expendables 4, Saw X, a Hunger Games prequel – makes you wonder about how it intends to grow its theme park business.

A Now You See Me roller coaster? Sure.

A Gods of Egypt coaster, though?

"The Escape Plan Zone" – Super Nintendo World it ain't.

Even Warner Bros. was outchea with an Eraser roller coaster, a Blazing Saddles Frisbee ride, and a Police Academy stunt show.

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