GI Joe Combo Attack: Paramount Greenlights GJ3, And a Crossover Flick With Transformers Could be a Possibility
Paramount is apparently so pleased with the exceptional performance of GI Joe: Retaliation, the long-awaited follow up to the somewhat lackluster GI Joe: Rise of Cobra, that the studio has already greenlit a third installment. Comic Book Movie claims the cast was very enthusiastic about another adventure for the cinematic Joes when they spoke to them at the London press conference. Plus, Variety‘s Andrew Stewart weighed in with this comment on Twitter:
We’ll be sure to keep you informed about any developments concerning this film.
In other Real, American, and Heroic news: A crossover between the GI Joe and Transformers universes COULD end up being more than the fodder for a comic book miniseries, or the fevered dreams of legions of fanboys. Cinemablend discussed the possibility with Retaliation producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura:
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.
Given that both properties are owned by the same company, and their film franchises produced by the same studio, it certainly seems logical that one day they could share a movie. And there’s certainly precedent – films like the Alien vs. Predator franchise, and Freddy vs. Jason have proved the marketability of the concept. Fan support is, of course, beyond any doubt (as long as Jon Chu makes the flick – not Michael Bay).