Have you ever wanted G.I. Joe, Micronauts, Visionairies, M.A.S.K., and ROM to exist in the same cinematic universe? Well, as it was first reported last year, it’s happening. Paramount is throwing their hat in cinematic universe ring, committing to bringing a whole bunch of Hasbro brands to life, which they’ve already done with a pair of middlingly received “G.I. Joe” flicks. And to help build these films, they’ve tapped a pretty impressive writers room to pull it together.
Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Chabon (whose film credits include “Wonder Boys,” “Spider-Man 2” and uh, “John Carter“), acclaimed comic book and TV writer Brian K. Vaughan (“Lost,” “Under The Dome“), Nicole Perlman (“Guardians Of The Galaxy,” “Captain Marvel“), John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (“Spider-Man: Homecoming“), “Luke Cage” showrunner Cheo Coker, Jeff Pinkner (“The Dark Tower“), Geneva Robertson (“Tomb Raider” reboot), Joe Robert Cole (“Black Panther“), Lindsey Beer, and Nicole Riegel are part of the team who going to make the Hasbro world happen.
If this all sounds familiar to what Paramount is doing with their “Transformers” universe, well, it is, and Akiva Goldsman, who is overseeing the writers room for that series of films, will take on the same gig here (and I presume at some point way down the line, all these worlds will crossover). Moreover, the studio is already making it known they will be making more male skewing brands like G.I. Joe more inclusive to everybody as they start figuring out all the stories and films they will be making (the team will have their first meeting on Monday).
So, be prepared for one more cinematic universe to keep track of in the years ahead. [THR]