Toy company #Hasbro is primarily known for two things: #Transformers and #GIJoe. The two popular toylines have had multiple movie, #TV, and comic book adaptations over the years. So it may seem like an obvious no-brainer to bring the two together in one big cinematic crossover. And yet, #Paramount Pictures has decided to avoid it.
How do we know? Because we recently heard all about the crossover that almost was and got an inside look at Paramount's creative process as well as why they skipped the chance to make this team-up happen on the big screen.
Autobots v Joes
In 2015, director D.J. Caruso (Disturbia) was tapped by Paramount to take charge of G.I. Joe 3, the follow-up to G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Caruso gave his pitch to Paramount, which they later turned down. The director recently revealed to Collider that his scrapped pitch was, in fact, the crossover event that would see the #Joes cross paths with the #Autobots.
Caruso stated that even if the G.I. Joe movies were fairly successful, they were not the blockbuster hits that Paramount wanted. The Eagle Eye director then suggested that the Joes would ally with the Autobots to fight the combined forces of the terror organization #Cobra and the deadly #Decepticons.
The only problem was that Paramount was not yet ready for this kind of commitment, leaving the pitch in limbo, thus convincing Caruso to move on to directing the upcoming xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage. On this issue, Caruso said:
“Well yeah but they’re not ready to do [G.I. Joe meets Transformers] yet. That’s exactly what they should do but they’re not ready to do that because in fact the script that I was developing, the two worlds sort of collided at the end and when they read it they were like, ‘We’re not ready to do this yet.’… They will eventually collide those two worlds and it’s probably when Mr. Bay decides he’s done with Transformers.”
Given the dedicated fanbases of each property, it's understandable why Paramount is hesitant to give the crossover a green light. As proven by Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016), titanic crossovers featuring fan-favorite characters may not always work the way studios want.
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Knowing (The Formula) Is Half The Battle
#MichaelBay has said that his near 10-year reign on the franchise will come to an end with Transformers: The Last Knight (2017). Say what you will about his polarizing take on the property, but at the very least Bay had a consistent vision for his movies about giant, alien robots that transform into vehicles. However, his formula has run its course.
Each installment is becoming increasingly indistinguishable from the other and even more critically-panned than the last. Not only do they follow the same outline about some Decepticon threatening a world that only #OptimusPrime and friends could save, but they seem to be running out of ideas fast. The addition of #KingArthur and Nazis of all things in #TheLastKnight seem to be more proof of this.
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As for the G.I. Joe movies, The Rise Of Cobra (2009) and Retaliation are serviceable popcorn entertainment at best, but they are both far from memorable. Despite the filmmakers' efforts, the G.I. Joe movies can't seem to elevate themselves from being nothing more than action-packed time killers that feature ninjas and characters based on popular action figures.
Both Transformers and G.I. Joe need to reinvigorate their respective film franchises, and joining forces to fight a common threat may be the solution to Paramount's woes. Not only will this bring two different sets of fans into one movie opening, but this may have the chance to actually make the movies fun.
A common criticism both Transformers and G.I. Joe share is that they take themselves way too seriously despite being primarily based on animated shows from the '80s that were meant to sell toys.
If Paramount did take the franchises in this direction, hopefully the films would be fun and acknowledge just how silly it is for their heroes to fight giant alien robots that can be defeated by tiny, regular man-made bullets. This would also give them the chance to see just how comical a snake-themed terrorist organization that employs colorful ninjas and bikers really is.
If Bay's fifth Transformers movie truly will be his last then the door will be opened for a new director to envision the movies that feature the famous robots in disguise. Hopefully that fresh infusion of new blood will inspire Paramount to try something new with the G.I. Joe franchise as well by bringing these two worlds together on the big screen. A crossover may just be the second wind they've been needing for quite some time.