I didn’t have huge expectations for Dave Green’s 2017 take on Power Rangers from Lionsgate, but I did have hopes. I reckon others did too, and mainly since took a liking to the edgier teenage appeal to the classic Ameritoku series in its return to the big screen.
Paramount and Hasbro have tapped Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1 & 2, Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol) to assemble what THR‘s Borys Kit is reporting as an “ensemble piece” in the G.I. Joe screen saga.
It’s been about four years since the protracted 3D post-production and release of Jon M. Chu’s highly-received sequel adaptation, G.I. Joe: Retaliation for Paramount Pictures. Prospects have since remained lagging for the film franchise itself since launching in 2009 with The Rise Of Cobra under Stephen Sommers, albeit upward nonetheless with actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson having all but ascended his way through to having his own star etched on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
With that in mind, Hasbro has also been busy in the last few years with the advancement of its own Hasbro-based movieverse in which to include the G.I. Joe saga along with its other properties: namely Micronauts, Visionaries, M.A.S.K. and ROM. Akiva Goldsman was tapped to lead a writers’ room as of Spring 2016 to help manifest the CU with Hasbro and Allspark Pictures and all has since been quiet with respect to these efforts. As for whether or not the actor who portrayed Roadblock in Chu’s $375+ million dollar global grosser, one could only hope.
Moreover, with respect to whether or not the next G.I. Joe installment would be coming at all, trade reports on Monday at The Wrap and Deadline have all but confirmed the film’s release date for March 27, 2020. There’s no word yet on who will return from the 2013 film including D.J. Cotrona and actress Adrienne Palicki who joined Johnson and actor Channing Tatum in advancing the story of the clandestined unit of American heroes as they faced off against the evil Cobra Commander in their subterfuge of the U.S. government toward a global power grab. Among the cast as well were Bruce Willis, Ray Park, Elodie Yung, Lee Byung-Hun and Luke Bracey.
Next to that is Hasbro’s Micronauts which will release later that year on October 16, with the following year seeing to the releases of a revival of Dungeons & Dragons now slated July 23, 2021 and an Untitled Paramount/Hasbro Event Film opening on October 1, 2021.
Allspark Pictures, Hasbro’s film label, plans to produce films based on this cross-property universe, with Brian Goldner (Chairman, President and CEO, Hasbro) and Stephen Davis (Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer, Hasbro) serving as Producers, and Josh Feldman (Co-Head of Storytelling, Hasbro) as Co-Executive Producer. Hasbro will also deploy in the room an unprecedented team of its top artists and designers to assist Goldsman and the writers to visualize this all-new cinematic universe.