TRANSFORMERS/G.I. JOE Crossover Inevitable Despite Push Back From Studio Says Lorenzo di Bonaventura

TRANSFORMERS/G.I. JOE Crossover Inevitable Despite Push Back From Studio Says Lorenzo di Bonaventura

Snake Eyes producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura believes that a big screen crossover between the Transformers and G.I. Joe will happen even though Paramount Pictures isn't overly keen on the idea...

By JoshWilding - Jul 22, 2021 03:07 AM EST
Filed Under: Transformers
Source: Uproxx

The Transformers franchise may not be the billion-dollar box office juggernaut it once was, but Paramount Pictures is clearly looking to return to those glory days with some upcoming reboots. 

The hope is that the G.I. Joe franchise could also get back on track with the release of Snake Eyes, but is it not about time both Hasbro IPs are brought together for a major crossover event? Talking to Uproxx, longtime producer of both properties, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, explained why he believes this becoming a reality is now "inevitable."

"You know, the truth of matter is, the studio has always been against that," he admitted. "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."

"[It’s] funny, Steven Caple, who’s directing Transformers right now, is a huge G.I. Joe fan, too," di Bonaventura adds. "And 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.' Maybe Steven will be the one to crack through because he loves them both so much."

It makes sense that Paramount wants to get both franchises right before bringing them together, though it's interesting to see how confident the veteran producer is in it one day happening. 

Clearly, it's something di Bonaventura wants, but for now, the studio obviously feels differently. The hope was Snake Eyes would relaunch the G.I. Joe franchise, but early reactions have been mostly negative - no great surprise when longtime fans were turned off from the start when such sweeping changes were made to the title character. 

We'll see how those Transformers reboots do. 

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OmegaBlack13
OmegaBlack13 - 7/22/2021, 3:19 AM
Honestly I think it’s more a matter of them both tanking so badly the studio gets desperate.
bkmeijer2
bkmeijer2 - 7/22/2021, 3:42 AM
Honestly, it's about time. With the right management, I do still hope they get the Hasbro shared movie universe of the ground. As a kid I threw my Action Man and Transformers toys at each other, and I kinda wanna see that on the big screen too.
IronDean2099
IronDean2099 - 7/22/2021, 3:44 AM
Do it. Throw Turtles in there too. The world is ready.
CorndogBurglar
CorndogBurglar - 7/22/2021, 3:46 AM
Based on this quote, I'm not so sure I would call it "inevitable" like the headline suggests. The studio plainly told them, make a really good Transformers movie and GI Joe movie, then we'll see.

That's no easy task. Transformers has always made them good money, but both GI Joe movies have been complete garbage, and apparently Snake Eyes is pretty bad also.

So, "inevitable"? No. I don't think so. More like "possible". But not any time soon lol.
Fares
Fares - 7/22/2021, 4:32 AM
I don't know, I feel that Transformers is on a much crazier bigger scale that it lessens the impact of G.I. Joe. I'd rather have them remain separate.
Vampyre75
Vampyre75 - 7/22/2021, 4:46 AM
Maybe actually start with rebooting the franchise from scratch with no soft reboot or vague reference to previous movies. Also stay true to the source material, the comics and previous animated shows. That’s why marvel is so successful they stay faithful to the source material. Yes they may take bits from different comic worlds but they are the source material. Both these franchises and DC would be wise to actually remain faithful to what has come before them. Even DC as much as I want to see Keaton back as what I believe the best batman ever I can see it being stupid if they make home the mainstream batman taking over from Affleck. It would be better if the flash crosses into a different dimension being Keaton. That way one they have introduced their multiverse and it would also set up Keaton returning at least one more time to do a Batman Beyond movie in the burton verse.
JayBarrick
JayBarrick - 7/22/2021, 5:27 AM
I would pay for a chance of writing the draft of this Hasbro Cinematic Universe.
SteelGunZ
SteelGunZ - 7/22/2021, 8:56 AM
I thought they were doing a crossover with this old cartoon called : M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand)
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