Shared universes' are all the rage in Hollywood these days, with the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe spawning several similar versions. Warner Bros. will launch their DC Comics movie universe next year with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, while Universal is launching their Monsters Shared Universe with the Untitled Mummy Reboot. As it turns out, there could be the potential for yet another shared universe that would bring three completely different Hasbro properties together. While doing press for Jem and the Holograms, which hits theaters tomorrow, director Jon M. Chu teased an "epic" blockbuster that would feature Jem and the Holograms, Transformers and G.I. Joe franchises together, although he's more focused on building the Jem universe right now.
"I mean, I'm a huge Transformers fan, I would totally be down for that, but I really want to build my universe with Jem - but you could have Jem, G.I. Joe and Transformers collide - one epic blockbuster! Of course, any chance to direct a really fun movie like Transformers would be great, but right now just focused on the world that we're creating now."
The filmmaker previously directed G.I. Joe Retaliation in 2013, so along with this weekend's Jem and the Holograms, he does have experience in two of the three main Hasbro franchises. There is one big problem with this potential blockbuster: All three franchises are not under one studio roof. While they are all based on Hasbro properties, Jem and the Holograms is based at Universal, while Paramount controls both G.I. Joe and Transformers. And, while Jem may just be getting started, both G.I. Joe and Transformers are showing no signs of slowing down.
Transformers has its slate planned out until 2025, with Hasbro recently confirming Transformers 6, Transformers 7 and Transformers 8. Paramount put together a team of writers, lead by Akiva Goldsman, to hash out ideas for sequels and spinoffs, although it isn't known when any of these sequels may start production. Director Michael Bay recently hinted that he may not direct the next sequel, Transformers 5, but we'll have to wait and see.
As for G.I. Joe, screenwriter Aaron Berg came aboard in April to rewrite Jonathan Lemkin's script for G.I. Joe 3, although the project still doesn't have a director attached at this time. Dwayne Johnson is expected to reprise his role from G.I. Joe Retaliation as Roadblock, but there isn't much else we know about the project. Would you like to see a movie featuring Jem and the Holograms, Transformers and G.I. Joe all together? Could Jem's robot Synergy be the key to destroying both Cobra and the Decepticons? We'll have to wait and see, but for now, let us know what you think.