Everyone has or wants their very own shared universe these days, trying to mimic the success that Marvel has had. But if Paramount Pictures has their way, they’ll have at least two shared universes in the coming years.
We already know that, after four movies directed by Michael Bay and a fifth on the way, Paramount is developing a Transformers shared universe with a large team of writers and plans for spinoffs, prequels, and so on. Now comes word that Paramount is developing yet another shared universe, this time bringing together five other Hasbro properties including G.I. Joe, M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand), Micronauts, Visionairies, and ROM.
Paramount and Allspark Pictures, the film label of Hasbro, are working together to create “an interconnected, cross-property onscreen universe” featuring the characters of the five brands listed above.
Another writers team similar to what they’ve done for the Transformers shared universe will be assembled, and Paramount will be working with Hasbro chairman, president, and CEO Brian Goldner, executive VP and chief content officer Stephen Davis, and head of film development Josh Feldman to build the new shared universe.
Of the announcement Paramount chairman and CEO Brad Grey said:
“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. We’re excited to grow our agreement and make even more movies based upon these popular and powerful Hasbro characters and their worlds.”
With Hasbro’s Goldner adding:
“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. 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.”
No details are known yet on what stories will be told and how the various characters will be brought together.