If the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the upcoming MIB 23 have taught us anything, it's that cinematic universe crossovers can be found in the strangest of places, and that if you add a little franchise fairy dust — insert huge male actor name here — you've got yourself a box office hit. So it's not exactly surprising then to learn that this was director D.J. Caruso's plan for G.I. Joe 3 — he wanted to turn the blockbuster into a #Transformers crossover fronted by Dwayne Johnson.
As some of you will know already, IDW Publishing is currently merging the Hasbro-created worlds of Transformers and G.I. Joe, so naturally Caruso had planned on incorporating the same narrative within #GIJoe3, too, when he entered talks to direct in 2015. However, due to a lil' upcoming number entitled xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, which Caruso is also directing, all has been pretty silent on the G.I. Joe front.
Talking to Collider, Caruso dropped a few deets over what happened to the threequel:
“Before I started this movie I had a couple meetings with Dwayne and the studio about what could happen with G.I. Joe. The franchise has been fairly successful, but there’s something about it that’s just not fully, fully clicking.”
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When asked whether he thought Transformers could be the golden ticket, he responded:
“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.”
With the fifth Transformers installment due for release later this year, at this point it's still tricky for Caruso to execute the crossover without stepping on Michael Bay's toes. However, he's keeping the idea on the back-burner, and claims he'll talk to Paramount again once xXx 3 is released:
“It came close but I think what the studio was trying to do was reassess it and so now they’re back to the drawing board, and we’ll be talking again about it. It’s a valuable franchise—[it’s] not that they didn’t get it right, they just wanna really get it right and see if they can push it to the next level.”
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Transformers: The Last Knight will hit theaters nationwide June 23, 2017.
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