Written by Edwin Francisco
When G.I. Joe crosses over with The Transformers, they likely won’t be attached to Snake Eyes.
The G.I. Joe makeover launched this weekend to negative reviews and weak box office.
In fact, moviegoers slapped Snake Eyes with a tiny $13.35 million.
While the pandemic is hurting theatrical attendance again, insiders explain that Snake Eyes‘ opening is seriously disappointing even when grading on a curve.
Geekosity owner/Editor-in-Chief Mikey Sutton scooped the G.I. Joe/Transformers crossover film nearly a year ago in September 2020.
Now G.I. Joe and Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura believes that it’s inevitable for the two franchises to merge into one cinematic universe.
Di Bonaventura is well known for producing such films like Constantine (2005), Stardust (2007), and Red (2010).
But he is most famous for producing all the live-action Transformers including Bumblebee and Rise of the Beasts.
Moreover, di Bonaventura produced G.I. Joe films like Snake Eyes.
In a recent interview, Uproxx asked him if Transformers and G.I. Joe will team up since they did in the comics.
You know, the truth of matter is, the studio has always been against that. Every regime that’s been at Paramount is against it because it’s taking two franchises and making them one, but I think it’s inevitable.
G.I. Joe and Transformers are both under the toy company Hasbro.
Even though both toys were produced much earlier than the 1980s.
It was only in 1983 and in 1984 respectively, they got popular because of their cartoon shows.
Furthermore, Marvel Comics produced the comics based on them.
The cartoons were designed to sell toys.
It got popular enough that each franchise spawned a movie.
They were both designed to introduce a new set of toys.
The films were shown only a year apart with The Transformers: The Movie in 1986 and G.I. Joe: The Movie in 1987.
G.I. Joe and Transformers continued on through comics and other TV programs.
But the ’80s generation really stood out to the kids at the time.
To the point that when most fans talk about Transformers or G.I. Joe, they talk about their ’80s cartoons.
In the comics, G.I. Joe and Transformers occasionally crossover through many years.
It happened with Marvel Comics, Dreamwave Productions, Devil’s Due Publishing, and IDW Publishing.
Based on the latest interview with di Bonaventura, he wants it to happen, too.
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Calling it “inevitable,” it seems that Paramount Pictures doesn’t like mixing the two franchises together.
The new G.I. Joe movie, Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins, is supposed to be a reboot of the franchise and was planned to connect as a shared universe with Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light, M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand, ROM: Spaceknight and The Micronauts.
Sources claim that Paramount is thinking twice about continuing with this G.I. Joe reboot; it’s up in the air.
Insiders revealed that it was former Transformers director Michael Bay who rejected teaming up the two ’80s toy icons.
Nevertheless, di Bonaventura thinks that they will eventually connect the franchise once they are out of ideas.
Steven Caple Jr. (known for Creed II), the director of Transformers Rise of the Beasts, is a fan of both franchises. Here is what di Bonaventura has to say:
He was like, “Why aren’t you doing that?” Everyone was like, “Well, try to make a Transformers movie really good. Then we’ll talk about that.”
It’s good to know that the merging of G.I. Joe and The Transformers is likely to happen.