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Old December 15th, 2015, 09:27 AM #1
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Hasbro/AllSpark Pictures Cinematic Universe

Under a new deal between the studio and Hasbro's Allspark Pictures, G.I. Joe will join up with characters from the Micronauts, Visionairies, M.A.S.K. and ROM brands.

Paramount Pictures and Hasbro are embarking on a new universe of interrelated characters and stories. The studio * which is already in the process of expanding its Transformers universe after four movies based on that popular Hasbro toy line * is announcing a new deal with Hasbro on Tuesday that will see Paramount and Allspark Pictures, Hasbro’s film label, build an interconnected, cross-property onscreen universe, featuring characters from five of Hasbro’s other brands: G.I. Joe, Micronauts, Visionairies, M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) and ROM.

Allspark Pictures will produce the films, and Brian Goldner, Hasbro chairman, president and CEO, Hasbro exec vp and chief content officer Stephen Davis, Hasbro head of film development Josh Feldman are working with Paramount to shape the new universe from the five properties. Just as has been done with Transformers, where Akiva Goldsman led a writers’ room to develop further installments in that franchise, Hasbro and Paramount plan to assemble a writers’ room, comprised of top talent, to develop a creative roadmap.

The Transformers franchise has grossed more than $3.8 billion to-date, and the two G.I. Joe movies Paramount has released, in 2009 and 2013, have grossed more than $675 million worldwide.

"Paramount and Hasbro have had a longstanding relationship and we're proud of the success we've enjoyed on the Transformers and G.I. Joe franchises,” Brad Grey, Paramount chairman and CEO, said in announcing the deal. "We're excited to grow our agreement and make even more movies based upon these popular and powerful Hasbro characters and their worlds."

“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,” Goldner added. “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.”

WME’s Rob Carlson represented Hasbro in the deal.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/new...niverse-848920


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Old December 15th, 2015, 09:33 AM #2
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I assume this means we'll get My Little Pony trilogy leading up to a Transformers/My Little Pony cross over
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Old December 15th, 2015, 09:39 AM #3
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I assume this means we'll get My Little Pony trilogy leading up to a Transformers/My Little Pony cross over
Since when did g.i.joe became forgettable?
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Lol really? This is a thing now?
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Get ready for G.I Joe characters like Roadblock/The Rock to interact with Optimus Prime

Maybe The Rock and Mark Wahlberg can reunite for a new movie
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Interesting they say ROM, when 99% that was interesting about him was from the Marvel comics, so unless they make a deal with Marvel to use material for their obscure (to the public) property, they're going to have to remake him mostly from scratch.

Then again the director of Gaurdians of the Galaxy wanted to use ROM, so while EXTREMELY unlikely, who knows.

And if they dont see eye to eye, Marvel did make a female quasi-ROM named IKON that they own that comes from the same alien race from the planet they made up for ROM, and being a robot and all, if both companies use both characters, fans will probably just say IKON is the "true" ROM who just happens to identify as a woman now.

(Like all the later writers who are the "true" parents of characters, like people who made Deadpool the meta comedian slash murder junkie, vs. the writers who made a Slade Wilson knock off once upon a time.)
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I just don't get why testing the waters has become such a terrible thing in the film industry. What market research do they have to believe anyone still cares about any of those brands? (Besides M.A.S.K. of course, since I constantly run into internet posts about how awesome M.A.S.K. was.) It just feels like a colossal waste of cash, unless of course we live in the cynical mindset that they have to spend the money on something or it goes to taxes.

And why is it I can never get the one character I care about? First Valiant and no Ninjak, now Hasbro and no Action Man.
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And why is it I can never get the one character I care about? First Valiant and no Ninjak, now Hasbro and no Action Man.
I read that Action Man is getting revived at some point, I recall a few months back it was announced back when they were first saying they'd be bringing back Micronaughts and M.A.S.K. Now we know what they're doing with the latter two, it's just a matter of time before they finalize their goals with Action Man
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M.A.S.K. would be so much better suited for a TV series than a movie. But fuck it, let's have yet another cinematic universe. Gotta milk it dry.
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Should be interesting to see how they connect Visionaries and Micronauts. Seeing as, for the original concepts, Visionaries took place on a far distant planet, and, unless the action figures had more of a back story then what Marvel crafted, it took place in the Microverse, which is, as the name suggests, a lot smaller than the regular universe.
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Primo David Frank wrote: View Post

I just don't get why testing the waters has become such a terrible thing in the film industry. What market research do they have to believe anyone still cares about any of those brands? (Besides M.A.S.K. of course, since I constantly run into internet posts about how awesome M.A.S.K. was.) It just feels like a colossal waste of cash, unless of course we live in the cynical mindset that they have to spend the money on something or it goes to taxes.

And why is it I can never get the one character I care about? First Valiant and no Ninjak, now Hasbro and no Action Man.
They're making a cinematic universe around properties that most people either haven't heard of or don't remember. They are testing the water, in the most accurate way possible: by diving headfirst into it.
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M.A.S.K. getting revived isn't much of a surprise, wasn't it a GI Joe spin-off originally?
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M.A.S.K. getting revived isn't much of a surprise, wasn't it a GI Joe spin-off originally?
No. MASK had no connection to GI Joe until the past decade, after Hasbro bought Kenner. They made a GI Joe action figure, Specialist Trakker, and said that VENOM was an offshoot of Cobra.
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In modern cinema, one company has managed to create a cinematic universe, and that's Marvel. Marvel's universe works because they have an entire universe of characters to draw from. If DC can get their cinematic universe off the ground, that will be two.

"Cinematic universe" has become such a buzz word (buzz term?) in Hollywood because of how successful Marvel was at it, but the studios also ignore that no one else has managed to replicate that level of success. Sony tried launching a Spider-Man universe apart from Marvel, and that went nowhere. Universal has tried several times in recent years to get an interconnected universe based on their old monster properties off the ground. They're taking another swing at it soon with a Mummy reboot, because Dracula Untold didn't work out for them.

Cinematic universes are hard to build sensibly. Like I said, it works for Marvel (and may work for DC) because the source material is a universe of interconnected characters. MASK, Rom, Micronauts, etc., are completely disparate properties. They don't share a common source material. Putting them together in the same cartoon/comic book would seem a little strange. Trying to build a film franchise around a bunch of old random toy lines seems like a recipe for failure.

And, if nobody notice, Transformers isn't part of the deal. Not only does that mean that Hasbro isn't gambling their big moneymaker on this deal, but it makes it a bit ironic that the HCU is being headed up by a production company called Allspark.
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BigMDtheSequel wrote: View Post

They're taking another swing at it soon with a Mummy reboot, because Dracula Untold didn't work out for them..
Question, was that McAvoy/Radcliffe Frankenstien movie part of their plan? 'Cause I don't think that worked out well either
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BigMDtheSequel wrote: View Post

They're taking another swing at it soon with a Mummy reboot, because Dracula Untold didn't work out for them.
Uhh, Dracula Untold was a modest success, all thing's considered.

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Question, was that McAvoy/Radcliffe Frankenstien movie part of their plan? 'Cause I don't think that worked out well either
That wasn't a Universal film, so no.
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That wasn't a Universal film, so no.
Ah right, thanks.
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