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The ROM movie may have a writer attached

March 27th, 2018 by Ciaran McElherron Comments

With Ready Player One currently riding high in the reviews, the man who adapted the screenplay, Zak Penn, is now turning his attention to something that could very well have popped up in the Oasis as he prepares to adapt ROM for Paramount and Hasbro.

The studio and the toy company’s Allspark Pictures production arm have been looking at ways to bring ROM to screens, aiming to craft a cinematic universe (how original) based on the many Hasbro toy lines including Transformers, MASK, GI Joe and more.

ROM debuted in 1979 as a toy, one of many spurred by the success of Star Wars. The backstory finds the cyborg hailing from the utopian planet Galador.

Though the toy was not a great success, ROM also launched a Marvel comics series, ROM: Spaceknight, which had him battling the Dire Wraiths, with the fight coming to Earth and elsewhere.

Of all the remakes, reboots, and reimaginings, ROM is one of those blank slate properties remembered fondly by those of a certain age but obscure enough to be entirely new for a couple of generations of Sci-Fi fans who may know the name but not much else.

While I would be reluctant to get on board with a Hasbro Cinematic Universe a good trilogy based on ROM: SpaceKnight could be the next big space opera we didn’t even know we were looking for.

Source: Empire

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Ciarán McElherron is 37 years old and living in Belfast with his wife Clare and an assortment of cats and a dog. He caught the nerd bug the first time he saw a lightsaber ignite and Luke Skywalker has been his hero ever since. He watches too much TV, reads too many Marvel comic books and plays way too much Football Manager. Sylvester McCoy was his Doctor and when he grows up he would like to be He-Man