As more and more studios are keen on establishing cinematic universes for linked properties to crossover, one possibility that has been floated by fans has been a blending of Hasbro and Paramount’s “Transformers” and “G.I. Joe” franchises.
Both properties have crossed over in comics before, both have major military components mixed with outlandish yet present day sci-fi elements, plus “G.I. Joe” star Dwayne Johnson has worked with Michael Bay before. Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who is involved with both film series, says he doesn’t think this will ever happen. He tells MTV:
“We haven’t spent a moment on it. I know they did it in the comic books, but I think the reality that we’re looking at is…It’s hard enough to figure out how to do it alone and [then] trying to figure out how to do it together…I don’t think that it’s as organic as people think. I know a lot of the fans feel that way and I don’t think they’re wrong. I find it a harder thing to do, think about trying to combine the schedules of all the different people. So, that alone will probably stop us”.
There’s been talk that ‘Age’ is the launch of a new trilogy, certainly the film sets up plot elements that can carry over into further sequels. With “Transformers 5” already set for 2016, are the plans for a trilogy already laid out? Not according to di Bonaventura who tells Heat Vision:
“We’re not not planning on doing a trilogy. It’s really a one-movie-at-a-time philosophy. [Anything else] feels a little arrogant. Both [Bay] and I feel like it’s a little arrogant of us to presume success each time. We know our fans are really out there and they’re going to come, so we presume a certain amount of success. But all the energy will be thrown into the next movie, if we’re lucky enough to get there… one of the things that people underestimate about the Transformers mythology is how rich it is, there’s an enormous number of characters; there’s a helluva lot of storylines, etcetera”.
One thing that won’t happen is Unicron serving as a villain, at least not in the near future: “The problem with Unicron is how big it is. It’s boring, that big. How do you stop it? We’ll get there, but when is a good question.”