It's been a long time since we've heard anything regarding Paramount Pictures and their Hasbro properties. I was wondering if they still even planned on moving forward with them until THR revealed that the studio has officially set release dates for some of them!
According to the report, the studio has set G.I. Joe to be released on March 27, 2020; Micronauts, which follows a race of Alien warriors from an alternate dimension that's microscopic, is set for October 16, 2020; Dungeons and Dragons is scheduled for July 23, 2021; and then there's an "untitled Hasbro event film" which will arrive on October 1, 2021.
We know that the studio is looking to build a cinematic universe with these properties, and they are also developing film adaptations of Visionaries, M.A.S.K., and ROM. One of those films might fill that last slot announced.
As I'm sure you noticed, the G.I. Joe film announcement doesn't include a "3" in the title. That's because the franchise is getting a much needed fresh start! It was previously reported that Paramount was looking at rebooting the G.I. Joe franchise with "a revamped look intended to appeal to younger audiences." I've always felt that the franchise needed a complete overhaul. Simon Waters, who oversees consumer products at Hasbro Studios, said that they want to take "a more millennial approach." He explained:
"The world has changed, and I think you’re going to see G.I. Joe changing with it. There’s going to be a much more contemporary approach to the whole franchise, and that will allow us to develop different characters."
Steve Davis, Chief Content Officer at the studio, went on to say that the next run at G.I. Joe will give us a different kind of 'Joe':
"We hope to create a head snap. It’s a different kind of ‘Joe’ — one that still resonates with ‘Joe’ fans but brings in an uninitiated audience and expands the audience internationally and domestically."
I really hope that whatever they do ends up being good! I've been a fan of G.I. Joe since I was a kid. It was my number one, favorite cartoon and toy line when I was a kid. Maybe this time around, Paramount will bring on a talented writer and director to do it right this time.
Are you excited to see what Paramount and Hasbro are looking to do with these properties or are you scared they're going to screw it all up again?