Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Late last year, we first learned about plans for a “Hasbro Cinematic Universe” that would unite the G.I. Joe, M.A.S.K., Micronauts, and ROM characters in a shared on-screen world. At the time, this news filled me with dread. Not because I bear any ill will toward these characters, but because it sounded like a desperate attempt to ape the Marvel studios model. A Hasbro Cinematic Universe? Really?
And while I will keep an eyebrow raised in skeptical protest for the time being, the people who have been recruited into this project’s “writers room” only inspire confidence. If you’re going to do something as batty as this, you might as well hire a collection some of the most interesting writers working today. Seriously: there’s a Pulitzer Prize winner now attached to the Hasbro Cinematic Universe.
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Some fans of both the Transformers and G.I. Joe film franchises based on the Hasbro toy lines of the same name have been interested in seeing the two worlds collide in a crossover movie. As perfect as that would be, it doesn’t sound like it’s in the cards. However, Paramount Pictures and Hasbro have some other plans to create a shared universe for a few toy-based franchises.
The established franchise of G.I. Joe will soon have a shared universe created that will include four other Hasbro toy brands: Micronauts, Visionairies, M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) and ROM. More details below! Read More »
In an effort to reinvigorate the Transformers franchise, this year Paramount Pictures set writer Akiva Goldsman to lead a writers room comprised of about a dozen writers. The result was a roster of at least three sequels that will keep Transformers movies hitting theaters at different points throughout the next 10 years. Now the studio seems keen on using that model to help give new life to the G.I. Joe franchise, not to mention kicking off a hopeful franchise adapting the action figures known as Micronauts.
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Hasbro owns G.I. Joe and Transformers. Paramount distributes both the G.I. Joe and Transformers films. Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura produces both film franchises. All of which means the potential for a crossover is one hundred-percent there. It almost seems too easy, especially in the modern Hollywood where crossovers like The Avengers, Batman v Superman and X-Men: Days of Future Past have become the norm. Unfortunately though, with the fourth Transformers, Transformers: Age of Extinction, hitting theaters this week, di Bonaventura has stated on the record that a G.I. Joe/Transformers movie crossover isn’t likely to happen. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 by Angie Han
Director Jon M. Chu was kind of a surprising pick for G.I. Joe: Retaliation back in the day. Sure, he’d had some experience shooting action, but mostly of the dancing variety, in films like Step Up 2: The Streets, Step Up 3D, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. Not so much the military battle kind.
Now that Retaliation‘s managed to rake in $365 million worldwide, though, Chu’s become the obvious choice to helm the follow-up. And indeed, a new report indicates that Paramount and MGM are nearing a deal with him. Hit the jump to get the details.
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What’s the one thing a ruthless dictator needs if he wants to take over the world? Money, and a lot of it. In today’s modern, connected society, what better way to raise money than from like-minded people on Kickstarter?
On a hilarious new Kickstarter page, Cobra Commander — the leader of the evil terrorist organization Cobra — asks the public to help him raise $21 million needed to rebuild the organization after defeat at the hands of those real American heroes in G.I. Joe.
The page comes at a perfect time, with Jon M. Chu’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation rolling out on March 29. I have a feeling this is decidedly more tongue in cheek than the film. Check out the video below. Read More »
Artists Dave Perillo and Tom Whalen are big fans of ’80s pop culture. We know this not only because it’s the theme of their current Los Angeles art show, but also because they’ve each tackled one of the most popular properties of the decade exclusively for New York Comic-Con. Whalen has done two posters for Transformers (Autobots and Decepticons) and Perillo has done two for G.I. Joe (Joe and Cobra), all officially licensed by Hasbro. The Acid Free Gallery will be selling them at the convention, taking place October 11-14. See the full images below. Read More »