The Press Release:
HOLLYWOOD, CA (April 21, 2016) – Paramount Pictures and Hasbro, Inc. today unveiled its top talent writers room which will have responsibility for developing Hasbro’s cross-property interconnected onscreen universe featuring the brands G.I. Joe, Micronauts, Visionaries, M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) and ROM. This group includes some of the most notable creative talent in Hollywood, including Academy Award Winner Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind), who will have responsibility for overseeing the writers room on behalf of Hasbro and Paramount as well as serving as Executive Producer for all of the films. Joining Goldsman will be Lindsey Beer (Wizard of Oz, Kingkiller Chronicle), Pulitzer Prize Winner Michael Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay), Cheo Coker (Luke Cage, Ray Donovan), Joe Robert Cole (Black Panther, People vs. OJ), Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel), Jeff Pinkner (Lost, The Dark Tower), Nicole Riegel (Soldier Girls), Geneva Robertson (Atlantis, Tomb Raider) and Brian K Vaughan (Under the Dome, Lost).
Allspark Pictures, Hasbro’s film label, plans to produce films based on this cross-property universe, with Brian Goldner (Chairman, President and CEO, Hasbro) and Stephen Davis (Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer, Hasbro) serving as Producers, and Josh Feldman (Co-Head of Storytelling, Hasbro) as Co-Executive Producer. Hasbro will also deploy in the room an unprecedented team of its top artists and designers to assist Goldsman and the writers to visualize this all-new cinematic universe.
“Paramount and Hasbro have partnered on many successful films in the past, including the ‘TRANSFORMERS’ and ‘G.I. JOE,’ franchises,” said Brad Grey, Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures. “Bringing together a writers room of this caliber is a bold step for our partnership, and one that we believe is critical for building these brands into new, successful franchises for the future.”
“Together with Paramount, we have assembled a team of incredibly talented creative minds and storytellers to continue to help tell the rich history and narrative behind this interconnected cinematic universe, and we are thrilled to be working with Akiva Goldsman again to guide this process,” said Brian Goldner. “We are also excited to partner with Paramount to produce the films, as we’ve had a strong and collaborative partnership since our first Transformers movie in 2007.”
The Paramount and Hasbro partnership is responsible for the worldwide blockbuster success of the “TRANSFORMERS” franchise, which has earned $3.8 billion to-date, and whose films, directed by Michael Bay, are amongst the highest grossing movies of all time; and the “G.I. JOE” franchise, which have earned more than $675 million worldwide.
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Now this my friends is a super cool thing to find happening and hopefully this can be assembled in a seamless, promising and effective manner. I’ve been a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since it began with the first “Iron Man” film and eagerly give them my money as each new film hits the theaters. I’ve also given the DC Extended Universe a chance but wow are they off to a rough start after what we got with “Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice”. Let’s see how they rise to the occasion. So as far as all of these properties go, I loved the first couple of “Transformers” films but then grew a little tired of them since I felt that it needed something “else”. How cool would it be to see various members of G.I. Joe coming into the fray or Optimus and company going microscopic in the world of “The Micronauts” and fighting together against Baron Karza and the Acroyears. That might be something special for all fans of these still very popular toys. I am sure we have some wait time until any of these ideas fully manifest but I am very interested in what might come. Back in the day, I collected the Micronauts stuff and even read their and Rom Spaceknight’s comics. I didn’t follow M.A.S.K or Visionaries all that much but if they are useful to these projected films then I say go for it. I wonder if they are looking in to the Inhumanoids as well since those creatures were absolutely awesome. Alright readers I must close upon this narrative now but please let me know what you think about this idea. Will it fly in your geek minded interests or are you shaking your head about it. The comments below is where you toss those notions. See you next time.