Paramount teases ‘Baywatch,’ confirms ‘Fences’ at CinemaCon

Will Arnett, left, and Megan Fox, cast members in the upcoming film "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows," address the audience during the Paramount Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2016, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), at Caesars Palace on Monday, April 11, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — From the bodacious bodies of “Baywatch” to the literary credentials of August Wilson’s “Fences,” Paramount Pictures has a diverse slate of films on their schedule.

The studio teased some of its upcoming properties Monday at CinemaCon, the annual gathering of theater owners and exhibitors.

The studio confirmed that Denzel Washington and Viola Davis will reprise their Tony-winning roles in a big screen adaptation of “Fences.” Washington will direct. The audience also saw some comedic, self-referential footage from the “Baywatch” movie starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, scheduled for release next year.

Later, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams accepted a showman of the year award. On stage, Abrams, a Screening Room backer, made a plea for the exhibitors to be “thoughtful partners in the evolution of this medium.”