For the past 10 years, there can be no denying Marvel and now DC’s ruling of the box office. Both companies have immersed fans in expansive cinematic universes that spawn dozens of films and help them rule the movie industry. Until now. Yes, under a new deal between Paramount Pictures and Hasbro Allspark Pictures, we will soon be getting the dawn of another huge cinematic universe to rival the DC/Marvel duopoly at the pinnacle of money-making movies.
The new deal will see G.I. Joe join up with characters from the Micronauts, Visionairies, M.A.S.K. and ROM brands. This marks a new chapter in the age of cinematic universes and will see Paramount and Hasbro embark upon their own exciting journey filled with interrelated characters and stories. As we’ve seen with Marvel and DC, there’s endless potential in this particular model.
“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.”
Move over Marvel and DC, there’s another cinematic universe coming to town – and it’s going to be HUGELY EPIC.