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New details on the Transformers/GI Joe live-action movie crossover

April 2nd, 2024 by Marc Comments

One of the most fun moments in cinema in recent memory was the reveal that Transformers: Rise of the Beasts was leading into the long-rumoured Transformers/GI Joe crossover movie/universe we’ve been waiting years for.

You might recall that, at the end of the movie Noah Diaz (Anthony Ramos), the human hero of the story, was asked, after his adventures with the Transformers, if he’d like to join GI Joe. This was a very fun way to end the movie, setting up the Hasbro shared universe that has had a few false starts so far but since its release last summer, there’s been no further news, rumours or updates.

Until now.

Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura was recently asked about the future of bringing the Joes and the Robots in Disguise together, to which he replied he had no idea but never fear, “I know we are going to deliver on the promise we made,” he added.

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As for how the crossover came to be kicked off in Rise of the Beasts, director Steven Caple Jr explained: “Yeah, it was figuring out a way to use the G.I. Joe technology because they’re known for their tech.

“I was like, ‘Maybe we don’t have to go through the classic characters like Snake Eyes and Duke and all these other characters. Maybe there’s a way we can use other characters that haven’t been utilized as much.’ There’s different series and editions and different factions of G.I. Joe as well,” Caple Jr. said.

“There’s G.I. Joe: Renegades and different branches of it, too. So I started to play with that, and I pitched versions of it to the studio and the producers. I pitched a direction I wanted to go in and ways to branch out the universe in general. Transformers movies have scope and size, but we’ve been spending a lot of time here on Earth, so I just think there’s more out there.

“Even in the graphic novels for Transformers, there’s other planets and things like that, and I was like, ‘We’re just thinking too small.’ So, if we’re going to do movie number eight and nine and ten, maybe there’s a way to make this all more expansive and branch out.”

To me, I think that the Hasbro universe kicking off with Transformers and leading into GI Joe makes sense but I also feel that these two added together opens the door for a third Hasbro property I’ve waited decades to see on the big screen, MASK. If GI Joe [and bad guys Cobra] take Transformers tech, they could have transforming vehicles or Mobile Armoured Strike Kommand AKA MASK. Just sayin’.

Since you’re here, Di Bonaventura has also confirmed that another live-action Transformers movie, unconnected to any that have come before, is still happening.

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Blue Beetle’s director Ángel Manuel Soto has been developing a standalone Transformers movie for a while now but there’s no movement on it yet: “We’re waiting for the script is where we’re going. Thank you for asking. We don’t know yet, so we have to read a script. We don’t have one yet,” said Di Bonaventura.

As well as all this Transformers goodness, we’re also still waiting for an official release date and/or trailer for the highly anticipated animated origins movie Transformers One (details below).

So, there you have it, GI Joe and Transformers will be standing side-by-side on the big screen soon. Probably.

The more you know…

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Sources: THR & Screenrant

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….