Hasbro Gathers Writers Room For Its Own Cinematic Universe
The lasting legacy of Marvel Studios may be that practically every other studio has jumped on the idea of an interconnected cinematic universe, and now Hasbro is getting in on that action by creating its own writers room to plan out film adaptations of toys like G.I. Joe, Micronauts, Visionaries, ROM, and M.A.S.K.
THR reports that the company has hired a team of writers to fill its writers room, and they include some big names: Brian K. Vaughan (Lost, Y: The Last Man, too many awesome things to list here), Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon (Spider-Man 2, Wonder Boys), and Jeff Pinkner (Lost, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) are probably the most recognizable. Geneva Robertson (one of the writers of the new Tomb Raider) is on board, as are Nicole Riegel (Dogfight) and Lindsey Beer (Kingkiller Chronicle). The group also includes a ton of Marvel Studios and Marvel TV veterans: Nicole Perlman (Captain Marvel), Cheo Coker (Luke Cage showrunner), Joe Robert Cole (Black Panther), and John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, the pair who wrote the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming.
This is very similar to the way Paramount set up its writers room for Transformers, so it's no surprise that this Hasbro room is also being set up at Paramount and the writers will also report to Akiva Goldsman, who's shepherding both of these franchises for the studio. The group will meet for the first time on the Paramount lot this Monday, along with Hasbro artists who will sketch out concepts and characters.
I guess if they insist on going full steam ahead with adaptations like these, this is the best outcome we can hope for: a team of talented, diverse writers that will hopefully be able to either elevate these stories above their source material or really embrace the toy origins to create movies that are tons of goofy fun.