Producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura Hints A Possible Transformers – G. I. Joe Crossover Movie

After nearly a year of delay, G. I. Joe: Retaliation is finally out. The box-office success of the 2nd G. I. Joe movie may decide whether we’ll see a 3rd G. I. Joe movie or not. However already, Producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura is hinting another G. I. Joe movie but this isn’t an ordinary G. I. Joe Movie as you think it is.

Ever since the rebranding of G. I. Joe as “A Real American Hero”, the mighty bond between the franchise and Hasbro’s Transformers is a strong one. In fact, Transformers Franchise began because of G. I. Joe; it was an idea to make transforming vehicles for Joes and Cobra led to the birth of the Transformers Franchise.

There had been numerous crossovers between the two brands; from the Cartoon to Comic Books. However, certain recent laws prevented TV Crossovers in modern times. An idea of a proper Transformers-G.I.Joe Crossover never went away however. This was clearly seen in the brief project named “Unit-E“.

With the success of Michael Bay’s Transformers Live Action Movies and the recent G. I. Joe: Retaliation, the producer is hinting a Live Action Transformers-G. I. Joe Crossover. At a recent interview Mr. Lorenzo Di Bonaventura expressed his opinion.

“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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  1. Jinx723's Avatar Jinx723 says

    Uhmmm, no.

    Transformers and G.I. Joe should be kept in their own separate universes. Just because it's been done numerous times in comics and our back yard. I don't see how Hollywood could do a Joe/Former crossover and do it right.

  2. TARGETSIX has no avatar! TARGETSIX says

    Sounds like the recipe for compounded suck. Don't do it, just walk away.

  3. AlecZeal1989 has no avatar! AlecZeal1989 says

    It would just be another Transformers, except they would give Josh Dumal a codename and say he is a Joe.

  4. CVdelgado's Avatar CVdelgado says

    ive been thinking of this for awhile. if they want to increase the power of the joe brand, pairing it with transformers is a great way to do it. i dont know if id jump right in with a full length live action movie, but i think a series of short toon movies, like marvel does with the superheroes would be a great idea.

    and the transformers movies would have been better if thy had been joe/transfoermers and lennox could have been a great duke.

  5. Duke11B's Avatar Duke11B says

    I always thought the NEST team from transformers could pass as Joes. Josh should have been cast as Duke

  6. ozzie92's Avatar ozzie92 says

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by TARGETSIX View Post
    Sounds like the recipe for compounded suck. Don't do it, just walk away.
    ^^^THIS. Now quick, close this thread before someone gets wind of this sucky idea.

  7. Ash Talon's Avatar Ash Talon says

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Jinx723 View Post
    Uhmmm, no.

    Transformers and G.I. Joe should be kept in their own separate universes. Just because it's been done numerous times in comics and our back yard. I don't see how Hollywood could do a Joe/Former crossover and do it right.
    Well, they can't even get a Joe movie right. I like CVdelgado's reasoning. Transformers is far more popular than GI Joe right now. If a crossover movie (and toys) help the Joe brand, they should go for it.

    I just can't see it being worse than ROC & Retaliation.

  8. Dunedain has no avatar! Dunedain says

    I think it would be cool, but should only be done after the G I Joe franchise has been "established" more as a huge box office presence, like Transformers and its 3 movies. Let GI joe have 2 or 3 more succesful sequals like Retaliation and then "marry" the 2 franchises together.

  9. Sneedlebarp has no avatar! Sneedlebarp says

    As much as Bay is hated for his explosion style of filming, maybe replacing the generic military from the TF movies with Joe and Cobra (maybe even IG if done right) would take the blame off of TF and Joe for their individual shortcomings.

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