A few years ago, Paramount announced plans to create a shared cinematic universe based on toy properties from Hasbro, with Rom: Spaceknight and M.A.S.K. on the list of properties expected to eventually get their own films. Now we know that neither film is likely to “see the light of day.”
Rom was a warrior from the planet of Galador who gave up everything to help in his people in their war against the shape-shifting Dire Wraiths. After having his body grafted into a nine-foot metal suit, Rom took his quest to defeat the Dire Wraiths to Earth. M.A.S.K (Mobile Armed Strike Kommand) is an underground task force who fights a criminal organization known as V.E.N.O.M. Among the writers involved in bringing these projects to life were the writing team behind Spider-Man: Homecoming, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein.
In an interview with IGN, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein talked about being in the writers’ room for Hasbro’s universe, and discussed the chances that Rom: Spaceknight and M.A.S.K. could ever make it to the big screen. Goldstein says that both films are “probably not likely to see the light of day” unless they move on to other writers.
It’s a funny thing. We spent three weeks in a room with a lot of talented writers. We broke 11 or so movies and, I don’t know. It just kind of went into the vortex. There’s been some leadership changes at Paramount, so it’s hard to say. Nobody’s contacted us about those.
Though the news may come as a disappointment to fans, it could be good news for Rom fans who would rather see a Rom movie made by Marvel Studios, if the company were to ever get the rights back. Marvel published Rom: Spaceknight comics during the 1980s, but eventually lost the rights to the character. Getting the rights back would give directors like James Gunn a chance to use the character in a cosmic film. As Gunn has pointed out, a Rom movie made by Paramount and Hasbro wouldn’t be the same as one made by Marvel. The stories that made Rom so popular all belong to Marvel Comics.
In October, we learned that toy company Hasbro was planning to launch their own film division, Allspark Pictures, in an effort to create films centered some of their established brands. It was later reported that Hasbro had signed a deal with Paramount to make a shared universe. Writers were hired to work on G.I. Joe, Rom: Spaceknight, M.A.S.K., Micronauts, and Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light. Though Rom: Spaceknight and M.A.S.K. appear to be ruled out, Micronauts may be moving forward as an animated TV series.
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