Shared cinematic universes are the cool Hollywood trend, and late last year Hasbro announced they’d be getting into the game. Of course Hasbro has already had big success with their Transformers and G.I. Joe movies, but now they want to work in other Hasbro action figure lines like Micronauts, Rom: The Space Knight and M.A.S.K. It’s a smart business move, but the prospect of a non-stop Marvel-esque barrage of Hasbro movies may have some cinephiles feeling a bit ill. Well, maybe you needn’t be so worried.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Hasbro has assembled a writer’s room to plan out their cinematic universe, and it’s a talented bunch. Like, crazy, ridiculously talented. Here are some of the headliners…
Brian K. Vaughan: Straight-up, the best writer in comics today. Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina, Saga — Vaughan’s output is often amazing, and never less than good. He also wrote about half-a-dozen episodes of Lost, so he know his way around a screenplay.
Michael Chabon: The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Wonder Boys and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. A big fan of genre fiction of all kinds, Chabon has also dabbled in comics, screenplays and all sorts of nerdy stuff. A huge get for Hasbro.
Nicole Perlman: Co-writer of Guardians of the Galaxy (she was the one who really jump-started Marvel’s interest in the series) and the upcoming Captain Marvel.
Joe Robert Cole: The writer of the upcoming Black Panther movie. He also wrote a couple of episodes of The People vs. O.J. Simpson.
John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein: The screenwriting duo behind Horrible Bosses, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming.
In addition to the heavy-hitters above, the room will also include Cheo Coker (showrunner for the upcoming Luke Cage), Geneva Robertson (Tomb Raider, Transformers 5), Jeff Pinkner (The Dark Tower) and Lindsey Beer (The Kingkiller Chronicle and an unnamed Transformers spin-off).
So yeah, that’s quite the line-up. Of course, even genius has its limits. Can Brian K. Vaughan and Michael Chabon make me feel things about M.A.S.K. or the Inhumanoids? Well, I guess if anybody could, it’d be them.
What do you folks think? Are you actually getting a bit excited for the Hasbro Cinematic Universe now that you know who’s at the reins? What kind of wacky Hasbro movies would you like to see?
(Via the Hollywood Reporter)