Paramount Pictures selects release dates for Micronauts, a new G.I. Joe, and Dungeons & Dragons, as well as an untitled Hasbro event movie. Last month, the studio inked a new production and distribution deal with Hasbro to develop multiple blockbuster features based on the toy and game manufacturers properties. Considering that Michael Bay's Transformers series remains Paramount's highest-grossing franchise, and that Hasbro has plenty of iconic brands under its belt, it made sense for both companies to want to expand their partnership with one another.
In association with Hasbro's newly-formed studio, Allspark Pictures, Paramount is currently working to expand the Transformers franchise with Travis Knight's 2018 spinoff, Bumblebee: The Movie, and the untitled Transformers 6. Plus, actor Joe Manganiello is scripting his own Dungeons & Dragons film in partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures and Sweetpea Entertainment. But Allspark's new arrangement with Paramount seemingly cuts Warners' out of the picture, unless the two Hollywood studios decide to work together on the film like they did with Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. Finally, a Micronauts film will flesh out Paramount and Hasbro's planned cinematic universe, though not much has been known about the project since its official announcement in 2015... until now.
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Paramount Pictures has announced that a handful of release dates for their upcoming Hasbro-based films: a new G.I. Joe film releases on March 27, 2020, Micronauts on October 16, 2020, Dungeons & Dragons on July 23, 2021, and an untitled Paramount/Hasbro film on October 1, 2021. The new release dates don't account for the upcoming Transformers movies, which are also part of Hasbro's burgeoning cinematic universe.
Unfortunately for fans of Stephen Sommers' G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and Jon M. Chu's sequel, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Paramount's upcoming G.I. Joe film is a reboot, not the long-awaited G.I. Joe 3, one that will satisfy longtime fans and resonate with casual moviegoers. The new G.I. Joe film doesn't have a writer or director attached, but Retaliation star and frequent franchise savior Dwayne Johnson has expressed interest in reprising his role as Marvin F. Hinton, aka Roadblock, in a future G.I. Joe film.
Meanwhile, Dungeons & Dragons seems to be moving forward at a healthy pace, though it's unclear if that film is still the same one that Manganiello was working on or if Paramount has their own version in development. Micronauts, on the other hand, has been in development for several years, with J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions behind the highly-anticipated adaptation. With the film now receiving a release date, perhaps we'll finally start to see concrete details come out of the studio's writers' room that was formed in 2016.
Source: Paramount Pictures