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Dream works Animation's Adam Goodman talks about Transformers 4 and Top Gun 4.

After years of trailing its studio rivals in market share, Paramount zoomed to No. 1 in 2007 due in large part to Transformers and a handful of other titles overseen by DreamWorks president of production Adam Goodman. A year later -- amid its otherwise acrimonious split with DreamWorks -- Paramount persuaded Goodman to join the studio, promoting him to Paramount Film Group president a year after that. The Chicago native, good-natured but a tough-as-nails negotiator, hasn't disappointed, and the studio has stayed at the top of the industry in worldwide box-office grosses -- in a close rivalry with Warner Bros. -- and placed No. 1 in 2011 with $5.2 billion.

Goodman, 39, hasn't been afraid to upend longtime Hollywood practices by eliminating perks like office fridges stuffed with groceries for favored producers, consolidating studio ranks and completely reshaping the low-budget space with Paranormal Activity. He's also a chief architect behind the Transformers franchise, and he successfully rebooted the Mission: Impossible and Star Trek properties while launching G.I. Joe

Goodman faces his share of challenges as Paramount looks to make up for the defection of Marvel movies to Disney and the possible end of its relationship with DreamWorks Animation in December. Sitting down with THR recently in his spacious, bright corner office on the Melrose lot, he revealed that Tom Cruise likely is close to signing a deal to star in a Top Gun sequel and that Ehren Kruger has returned to write Transformers 4, even as Shia LaBeouf exits. He also disclosed that he's moving ahead with franchise hopefuls Ripley's Believe It or Not, Matt Helm, Earthseed, J.J. Abrams' Micronauts and Without Remorse. Goodman is married to his college sweetheart, Jessica Goodman, herself a longtime production executive who now works at Fox 2000 (the two attended American University). They have two children, Georgie, 6, and Henry, 3, and spend many weekends at their beach house in Ventura, Calif.

We'll likely make a Top Gun sequel with Tom Cruise first. Jerry Bruckheimer would produce, with Tony Scott returning to direct. All parties are moving ahead. We've hired Peter Craig to write the script.

We have a great script that David Koepp and Adam Cozad worked on. We're going to shoot the movie after Star Trek. I think the idea is to try and get it for 2013.



  • 3 films
  • Box office: $2.7 billion
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon grossed a series-best $1.1 billion in 2011.
  • Next Up: Transformers 4 (June 27, 2014)

G.I. Joe

  • 1 film
  • Box office: $302.5 million
  • Goodman switched things up for the upcoming sequel, casting Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis.
  • Next Up: G.I. Joe: Retaliation (June 29)

Mission: Impossible

  • 4 films
  • Box office: $2.1 billion
  • 2011's Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol earned a series-best $693.1 million worldwide.
  • Next Up: No date set

Paranormal Activity

  • 3 films
  • Box office: $576.6 million
  • 2011's threequel cost only $5 million and made a series-best $205.7 million.
  • Next Up: Paranormal Activity 4 (Oct. 19)

Star Trek

  • 11 films
  • Box office: $1.5 billion
  • J.J. Abrams' 2009 origins pic grossed a franchise-best $385.7 million; he's shooting the sequel.
  • Next up: Star Trek sequel (May 17, 2013)

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