‘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. in comics, cool idea. in reality, stupid.

    • unless you got the right writer and director to make it but it is a bit of a long shot to be honest

      • I “humbly” accept the job.

        • marvel has joss whedon…
          fox has singer
          dc has nolan
          and hasbro has… bay XD HAHAHA

    • Just like Alien Vs Predator!

      • Or Batman vs Predator (which did happen)

  2. Why, Just… why… SMH

  3. Omg the brian kendrick? Of wwe fame?! Way to branch out dude! I’m sorry ur career fizzbombed

    • You spelt “captain” wrong.

      Next time spell it, “Attention Troll”.

    • Go home. You’re drunk.

      • How about NO!

  4. it would be cool if they developed Lebouf’s character into joining the GI joe, do a movie with him in it then gel him back into a gi joe/trnasformers flick

    but whatever

    • Only if Shia’s character gets shot in the first 5 minutes of the movie.

    • Yeah if we could just not do that, That would be great.

  5. Whoever is against this idea is close minded as hell. This can definitely work, IDW Publishing did a good job with this crossover. Make it happen, screw the naysayers!!!!!

  6. This would turn into a clusterf#%k of EPIC proportions.

  7. I like it. mean why not? It would be cool to see them all together. It can’t be any worse than the last Transformer and GI Joe movies, can it?

    • I concur. Everyone complains about both franchises, so why not try it.

      • At least all the mediocrity will be contained to one film…..

  8. Oh God :( no!!

  9. Umm…isn’t that what we have been sorta getting from Transformers 1-3.

    • this is true

  10. There were so many soldiers in the Transformers movies, they could have easily been Joes. Maybe the audience would have been more interested in the human that way.

    • They could just shoot the G.I. Joe parts and composite them into reused Transformers footage. Bay does like to recycle.

  11. I’d rather have Snake Eyes side by side with Optimus Prime than Shia LeBouf anyday. But wasn’t there a rumor posted on the site not long ago that Disney was eyeing to conquer Hasbro next? If so, cross GI Joe over with SHIELD and have a Snake Eyes Captain America team up.

    • Captian America: A Real American Hero!

    • Yeah let’s never mention that ever again. That Idea was so beta it made me barf.

  12. No. Just no.

  13. I want my hungry hungry hippos movie

    • Jenga!!!

  14. It would be like P*ss and Sh*t combined in the toilet.

    • You don’t see that everyday

      • @ Eddie what do you mean exactly?

  15. G.I. Joe + Transformers = AWESOME

  16. ‘Journey to the Center of the Planet of the Apes’

    • Hahaha…yes!

  17. They should put Thor and Hulk and Iron Man and Captain America all together in one movie, I think it would be really cool!

    • It was called “The Avengers”…

      It did pretty well in the box office as well. I suggest you watch it.

      • I searched it up and got nothing. Stop making stuff up.

        • I did an image search on it, and nothing came up. Just a bunch of pictures of dollar bills…

        • He is not making stuff up, Eddie. You must be living under a big thick hood. Search again …. its a movie in the year 2012. Try to wilki Scarlett Johanssen and her list of movies.

          • Do you guys not understand that he’s being sarcastic…

            • No IM not sarcastic. Stop confusing my head with nonexsistent movies.

  18. As a super fan of TF and a pretty big fan of GI Joe (I was born in 1981 and obviously aged in the era where these two lines were extremely popular in the 80s), I’m unsure about this. I love the Michael Bay TF films and the first GI Joe film (planning to see the sequel next weekend), but a crossover…ugh. I don’t know. If it is made, I will obviously see it, but don’t know how much I will like it.

  19. I so want this to happen!!

  20. How about they make a decent film of either one before they cross over, to make a double crappy movie. -.-

  21. The Transformers are already basically empty characters in the Bay films. If there’s gonna be more human drama than robots anyway, I’d rather see the Joes than the teenagers and agents of the Transformers films. I wish TF4 was a complete reboot so that this would be more possible, but I really wouldn’t care if they clashed with the TF films, since the TF films already clash with each other anyway.

    There was a Transformers/Avengers comic as well, seeing Iron Man fly beside Optimus would be epic beyond reason.

  22. I don’t see either franchise being above doing a gimmicky crossover. I don’t think there’s anything to lose. Could be plain old fun!

  23. Keep resisting it. This is a bad movie idea.

  24. Why not.

    Captain Brad J Armbruster was one of the pilots going after Starscream in Transformers 2007

  25. Y’know, if Cobra Commander had just given me the reverse-ion-power grid station like I had asked I could have had the damn force field up and Optimus Prime wouldn’t have destroyed my lab of giraffe-man-warrior hybrids that apparently one of our staff took a photo of and sent it to this site. Look at Storm Shadow! Yeah, R-tard… hit him with your sword!!!!

  26. It works on the comics, I think it’d work on screen. As said above, get the right people involved and keep Bay away from it and they have my money.

  27. Throw in Battleship while you’re at it. Get all of the sh*t out of the way in one movie.

  28. I could brain Whedon for starting this dumb crossover fad. Crossing over franchises is a sales-boosting gimmick and the quality of the films almost always suffers. That’s why Freddy vs. Jason, The Avengers, and Alien vs. Predator all sucked. Now every studio sees how much money they can make from these cheesy team-ups and they’re all jumping on the bandwagon.

    • People give Whedon too much praise and scorn for this whole “movie universe” phase. Universal did it with the horror movies decades ago and other film properties have been crossed over just to make a buck. It’s a trend and more than likely it will run it’s course at some point.

  29. Cobra Commander/Starscream: YOU SOUND LIKE ME!!!