The Transformers Franchise is slowly taking over the world: after Paramount assembled a writers' room headed by award winning scribe Akiva Goldsman, we had announcement after announcement of all the movies they were planning. It looks like Transformers 5 is just the beginning, and we can expect to see ten more years of Transformers films (whether we like it or not). There's also an animated prequel movie and potential tie-in TV show to look forward to, but the news doesn't stop there! A crossover may also be on the cards between Hasbro's other franchises...
G.I. Joe & Micronauts Rebooted
G.I. Joe joined the ranks of toy-to-movie (and, in true commercial fashion, movie-toy) Hollywood blockbusters in 2009 when the first live action movie was released. This was followed by [G.I. Joe: Retaliation](tag:41694) in 2013, and it was confirmed that a threequel (imaginatively titled [G.I. Joe 3](tag:908858)) would follow. Probably. The news on that front was rather thin on the ground, and it seemed as though Paramount had put that project on the back burner. Until now that is.
Flush with the success of their first writers' room, Paramount have appointed Akiva Goldsman to run two more: one for G.I. Joe and the other for Micronauts (that toy that no-one remembers). Naturally, this is a big win for Hasbro (what better way to market your toys than a blockbusting film), but it's unsure yet what the future of these franchises is. It's a fair bet that G.I. Joe will do well, as it has two movies in the franchise already, and a bunch of big Hollywood names attached to star (even if they don't want to). Micronauts, on the other hand, is a bit of a risk.
If you don't remember the Micronauts then you were probably born after the 90s. The toys became popular in the late 70s: with their space warrior theme, they fit perfectly in the post-Star Wars scifi boom. They later sunk into obscurity, but Hasbro and Paramount seem determined to make them relevant again.
Although this is a bit out of the blue, Star Wars is obviously making a comeback, so maybe Micronauts can jump on that space opera bandwagon. A team of space-faring superheroes is a fun idea, and if Guardians of the Galaxy proved nothing else it's that sometimes scifi risks pay off.
Of course, it would also be nice to see something a little different from Paramount's toy-to-movie franchise, so here's hoping the writers' room come up with a plot that can riff off Marvel and Star Wars in an irreverent and edgy way. But I digress. What about that Transformers crossover?
G.I. Joe Meets Transformers
This isn't as remote a possibility as you might expect - there have been rumblings of a crossover between these two franchises since the first G.I. Joe movie came out. Director John Chu is especially enthusiastic about the idea and has spoken about it often. The last time the subject came up, he threw in his latest movie Jem and the Holograms into the mix...
"I mean, I’m a huge Transformers fan, I would totally be down for that. I really want to build my universe with Jem—but you could have Jem, G.I. Joe, and Transformers collide—one epic blockbuster!"
Considering the musical film was a pretty huge flop (earning only $2.3 million of its $5 million budget back), it's highly unlikely we'll see the Holograms in a blockbuster mashup. G.I Joe though, is far more likely. Transformers and G.I. Joe have crossed over in the past, in a 2004 comic book.
The plot was set in an alternate universe and so played a bit fast and loose with the canon. But hey! This is a story about alien robots that can transform into cars (and other vehicles). Why should the filmmakers be bound by logic? And with Transformers 5 potentially having an element set in space, we might see Optimus Prime discover some new allies in the Micronauts...
It's entirely possible that Paramount have this in mind for the future. After all, it's a great way to pull in fans from both franchises and increase ticket sales. So far, we just have the news that the writers are busy uh... writing for G.I. Joe and Micronauts but one thing's for certain: there are big things on the horizon for these classic toys!