‘G.I. Joe 2′ Producer Says ‘Transformers’ Crossover Movie is a Possibility

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 30th, 2013 at 7:50 am,

GI Joe Transformers Crossover Movie G.I. Joe 2 Producer Says Transformers Crossover Movie is a Possibility

For over twenty years, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has been the man behind some of the biggest (and most controversial) film projects in Hollywood – many of which draw from geek-friendly source material: video games, comic books, and 1980s cartoon series. As a Warner Bros. executive, Bonaventura helped secure the rights to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series as well as discovered fan-favorite filmmakers, The Wachowskis (actively working to get their first Matrix film off the ground). By 2005 Bonaventura was releasing his own films, through di Bonaventura Pictures, including Doom and Constantine – followed by the mega-profitable Transformers in 2007 (along with its two sequels).

Bonaventura is also the man behind G.I. Joe: Retaliation (read our review) – a reboot/sequel follow-up to the producer’s box office success but critical failure with G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra in 2009. As a result, it was only a matter of time before the producer was asked about a G.I. Joe + Transformers team-up film – since the pairing has been the subject of multiple comic book story lines.

If you’re interested in Bonaventura’s thoughts on semi-rebooting G.I. Joe in Retaliation, as well as other interesting behind-the-scenes details, check out our coverage from the film’s set. However, the G.I. Joe + Transformers team-up comment came from an interview with Cinemablend, where Bonaventura addressed the growing trend of “shared universes” in the film industry (a la The Avengers, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and possibly DC’s Justice League):

What’s your perspective on [shared universes] personally and is it something you could see being part of future projects you’re working on? For example like G.I. Joe and Transformers both happen to be Hasbro, Paramount and you.

Bonaventura: I guess it’s possible. I don’t know. I think I probably at this moment, I resist it. I don’t know necessarily why, but I just think there’s so much that’s so rich in the mythologies that I don’t think they need to draw from the other. I think, I didn’t rule it out for me and I think those things have somehow for me, sort of in the past, they made me feel like a little bit cynical exercises in just drawing money out of something. It’s not to say you couldn’t do it well, but both these properties have such rich mythologies with so many characters, that you could go a lot of movies before you start running out of ideas of what to do. But it’s not to say, if we found the right… I’d hate to set out to do that, but if I heard a story where we went, “Oh my God…,” I could see a story right now about machination, machination of war and that could lead you sort of intrinsically to a Transformer.

I think in general, Marvel is doing it within their own universe, right? And so it doesn’t feel gimmicky in that way. I think that’s what I would really try to resist.

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As mentioned, G.I. Joe and Transformers do team-up in certain comic book story lines, so it’s not a total stretch for either movie franchise – especially given that despite aiming for “realism” both film series are still, on the surface, based in very cartoonish ideas. That said, the Hasbro mash-up would, as Bonaventura asserts, be a bit more “gimmicky” than Marvel’s Avengers or a DC Justice League film series. There is overlap, given that larger-than-life science fiction ideas (not to mention cool vehicles) serve as a foundation for G.I. Joe and Transformers but outside of a high-impact marketing idea, it’s hard to imagine a 2.5 hour film that could serve so many different characters while attempting to stitch together all of the potential plot hurdles – without reducing nearly everyone (and every bot) to empty caricature.

In fairness, the question was in reference to a shared movie universe – so it’s certainly possible that if Bonaventura was interested in the idea (which isn’t likely any time soon), the filmmakers could build toward the team-up in further standalone Joe and Transformer films (establishing a core cast of main characters and parallel plot threads) before pulling everything together for a mega-crossover.

Still, if you could develop a plausible storyline, what does G.I. Joe bring to the table in a film wither giant shape-shifting robots? Aside from Ninjas, what would keep the G.I. Joe characters from being anything but the same disposable military personalities that we’ve already seen in the Transformers series? The G.I. Joe franchise has the foundation for memorable characters but in a cluttered film with robots, ninjas, terrorists, and more, it’s hard to imagine there would be time to give everyone a worthwhile moment to shine.

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As cool as it would be to see Snake Eyes take-on a Decepticon, Paramount Pictures and Bonaventura have too much riding on these two franchises to make this idea all that plausible – unless of course Hasbro thinks it would help sell more toys. In which case, G.I. Joe + Transformers really is a possibility.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation is in theaters right now and Transformers 4 opens on June 27th, 2014.

Follow me on Twitter @benkendrick for more on G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Transformers 4 as well as future movie, TV, and gaming news.

Source: Cinemablend

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  1. Happy Resurrection Day, folks.

    Actually, a crossover did happen with GI Joe and Transformers in the 80s’ Transformers cartoon (well sort of). It was season 3 of Transformers (1986), and the title of that particular episode was called “Only Human.” In that episode cobra cammander served as a weapons dealer whose name was old snake. The setting was supposed to be in the year 2006. I think you could check it out on netflix and youtube. What he tries to say at the end of the episode, combined with his presence makes it clear that he is cobra commander.

  2. Sounds Cool

  3. Just another excuse for Michael Bay to blow crap up… this sounds awful.
    It would be nice to get a Transformers movie that is actually about the Transformers, rather than the US Military propoganda/Car commercials we were force fed.

    • Do you believe having two different stories in one film would be easy to follow/enjoy?

  4. I think that for the last Transformers movie (should be 6) the Joes should come help defeat Unicron.

    • How would weapons of the Joes help to destroy Unicron?

  5. Although, I like Transformers and G.I. Joe, Bonaventura might be right that it would be a bad idea for a live-action crossover. The reasons why a live action crossover between Transformers & G.I. Joe would fail:
    1. Humans in almost any Transformers story aren’t as interesting as
    a Transformer.
    2. Too many characters in one story make it hard to follow.
    3. Combining two unrelated stories is a cost issue for movie makers.
    Don’t get me wrong, I would love to see a good crossover between Transformers and G.I. Joe if it’s done right, but it may only be possible in the future. The last crossover (G.I. Joe/Transformers) didn’t go to well in my opinion in the 80’s, but both stories have positive and negative qualities. Transformers are interesting when in robot form, but the vehicle side of the Transformers such as a motorcycle, sting-ray, and F-20 are boring. G.I. Joe vehicles and weapons are awesome like the H.A.V.O.C., Bugg, and Vector, but the downside is the fact that the characters hardly get hurt or killed-off. However, the fact remains that the only time a Human had real significant in a Transformers story was during Transformers G1 English version Rebirth. G.I. Joe characters would be a Block Buster film similar to Pacific Rim if they were the headmasters/targetmasters/powermasters of the transformers. One last positive note on a crossover is the chance it would give to the Transformers to bring an end to the Robots in disguise title. It was bad enough that Michael Bay creates Revenge of the Fallen in which the story shows that the government successfully covers up the Transformers battle from the previous film to maintain that principle of Robots in the disguise, but it continues unnecessarily in a lot of cartoons and comic book stories and I hope it stops.

    • Are you kidding? The vehicles of the Transformers are amazing as well as when they’re in robot mode. Seeing them smoothly transform into a sleek or bulky vehicle and perform badass stunts and actions is simply exhilarating, enough to make your eyes orgasm. A good G.I. Joe and Transformers crossover would be great to see, and if done correctly, it will most likely be one of the greatest blockbusters in history and receive extreme positive critical acclaim. Also, on the last note about losing the aforementioned “robots in disguise” title the Transformers have, they took it away in Transformers 3. Everyone knew of their existence, seeing as how they had multiple news reports showcasing the Autobots and Decepticons war and how it intervenes with humans.

      • Yeah, but after seeing that crossover, would fans be begging the producers to produce a second G .I. Joe Transformers crossover, or would fans be disappointed in the lack of dialog, mystery, and drama?

      • First, in my opinion, I would take a G. I. Joe concept armored vehicle over a Transformers sports car any day; its about preference of vehicle explosions over car chases. For example, a Cobra Night Raven beats a Decepticon F-22 Raptor in my opinion. Second, in reference to Transformers “sleek” transformations, many have criticize Michael Bay’s first Transformers movie for over use of Green Screen technology, particularly in the ending scenes. In my opinion, I believe Michael Bay gave the Transformers a respectable unique artistic look that truly separates it from the Transformers 1980’s cartoon, but some of that fell short during the Transformers 3 movie when the Transformers were actually force to express emotions and strong opinions. As for a G. I. Joe Transformers crossover, I would enjoy that too if it’s done right! For a crossover to work hurtles have to be crossed, like money, characters, and plot. Base on those hurtles, a crossover in the movie(s) may only be possible in the distance future. On a special note, a G. I. Joe Transformers movie crossover can’t work, unless it includes concepts from movies like Pacific Rim, District 9, and the Transformers 1980’s cartoon Rebirth!

  6. I think it would be a total mistake, any form of story line drawn up and written would never be able to work in favor of either movie that would actually bring movie goers to come see it. I feel it would be a waste of money and the industry would really lose a lot of money on trying to make the combination work and make money on it.

  7. The ten reasons why Michael Bay sucks are:

    1. Michael Bay sucks because he made Transformers 2 appear as if the events in Transformers 1 where hidden by the government like the Transformers battle that took place in the city in Transformer 1 movie (dumb idea).

    2. Transformers 3 had too much dialog between characters.

    3. Michael Bay sucks because he didn’t realize that Shia should have never been allowed back in Transformers 3.

    4. Michael Bay sucks because he didn’t reached out to real thinkers like the people who made the G. I. Joe movies to make the first ever Transformers G. I. Joe crossover, instead of a Transformers 3 that looked the same as Transformers 2.

    5. Michael Bay sucks because all the battles in the transformers movies appear to take place all on earth instead of other worlds.

    6. Michael Bay sucks because he has not included Transformers concepts like the Headmasters.

    7. Michael Bay suck because he has not included Transformers concepts like the Targetmasters.

    8. Michael Bay suck because he has not included Transformers concepts like the Powermasters.

    9. Michael Bay sucks because he produced Transformers 2, 3, and 4 that sucked worse than Pacific Rim, District 9, and Battle Los Angeles.

    10. Michael Bay sucks because he sticks to old concepts where good always prevails over evil in the Transformers stories giving children the idea that wars could be won with very little expense (dumb fallacy).