If you’ve been wondering when we’d reach the WTF-tastic tipping point of the shared universe, that moment is now.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount and Hasbro have announced plans to combine a smattering of toy and sci-fi properties into one massive shared universe. The project will jam the worlds of G.I. Joe, ROM: Spaceknight, Micronauts, Visionairies and M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) into one gigantic film universe. How this will actually work? We have no clue whatsoever.
The shared universe will follow the writers’ room model the studio has been using to generate an assembly line of Transformers movies, and they hope to attract “top talent” to the venture. Which, they managed to pull in some all-stars for the Transformers idea, so there’s a chance there could be some A+ writers working on this. But it still just sounds positively absurd.
“Hasbro and Allspark Pictures put storytelling at the center of everything that we do. These brands are filled with memorable stories and vivid characters, and this universe creates a framework for how they will become interconnected,” Hasbro chairman Brian Goldner said. “Extending our partnership with Paramount allows us to continue our long-term strategy and overall vision to build dynamic worlds for all of our brands, and we are thrilled to collaborate with them as we develop these properties.”
Of course, it makes sense the studio would want to capitalize on every piece of intellectual property on the shelf, and with the Transformers franchise accounting for a mind-boggling $3.8 million to date, along with a respectable $675 million from the two G.I. Joe films, there’s obviously money to be made by mining nostalgia. But are they really clamoring to see these franchises brought to life on the big screen — and in a confusingly bloated shared universe to boot?
Would we like to see a ROM movie, or a Micronauts film? Sure, that’d be great. But does it all need to be wrapped into the same continuity that makes room for both Cobra Commander and the Spaceknights? Probably not. Just because we mixed all these action figures together playing in the backyard when we were kids doesn’t mean they need to be thrown together on the big screen.
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)