Both G.I. Joe and Transformers are owned by the same company and handled by the same film studio, so it’s really only a matter of time, right?
G.I. Joe Retaliation producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who has a hand in both film franchises, chatted with Cinema Blend about whether and how a potential crossover could work between the two properties. With Retaliation currently blowing up the box office, and Transformers a proven commodity, it makes sense that the two could join forces at some point.
Shared universes are all the rage these days, and though he doesn’t favor that route at the moment, di Bonaventura said he can easily see how the two worlds could intersect:
“I guess it’s possible. I don’t know. I think I probably at this moment, I resist it. I don’t know necessarily why, but I just think there’s so much that’s so rich in the mythologies that I don’t think they need to draw from the other. I think, I didn’t rule it out for me and I think those things have somehow for me, sort of in the past, they made me feel like a little bit cynical exercises in just drawing money out of something.
It’s not to say you couldn’t do it well, but both these properties have such rich mythologies with so many characters, that you could go a lot of movies before you start running out of ideas of what to do. But it’s not to say, if we found the right… I’d hate to set out to do that, but if I heard a story where we went, “Oh my God…,” I could see a story right now about machination, machination of war and that could lead you sort of intrinsically to a Transformer.”
Could you imagine the action possibilities? Of course, di Bonaventura makes a good point that it’s all about timing, as Paramount would be jumping the gun to risk the “quality” (by that I mostly mean money-making potential) by combining the franchises now. But much as with Alien vs. Predator before it, there will come a time when two hit franchises are hard up for a hit, and somebody will have the bright idea to put them together.
Do you think Transformers and G.I. Joe could be set in the same universe? Would you watch a crossover film?