Two years ago Paramount announced plans for a joint cinematic universe featuring multiple franchises based on Hasbro Toys including “G.I. Joe,” “M.A.S.K.,” “Visionairies,” “ROM: Spaceknight” and “Micronauts”.
At the time a high profile writer’s room was assembled featuring the likes of Michael Chabon, Brian K. Vaughan, Akiva Goldsman, Joe Robert Cole, Nicole Perlman and the recently announced “The Flash” directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein.
Since then however? Nothing has really resulted from the endeavour. Speaking about their newest film “Game Night,” Daley and Goldstein tell IGN about what happened and how at least two of the properties – “ROM” and “M.A.S.K.” – are effectively dead:
“Those are probably not likely to see the light of day, unless they’re moving on separate from us. It’s a funny thing. We spent three weeks in a room with a lot of talented writers. We broke eleven 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.
It was fun. It was a fun challenge to take these properties that were so barebones in any kind of a narrative and create a movie around them. You know, these little cheap, plastic things, and to give them a backstory was an exciting challenge.”
The movies were to be produced by Brian Goldner, Stephen Davis and Josh Feldman. For now, Paramount seems to be sticking only with its “Transformers” franchise and has the first spin-off of that series, “Bumblebee,” hitting in December.