The Hasbro Cinematic Universe is assembling one of the most impressive writing teams in cinema to launch their slate of films.
First up is Michael Chabon, author of the novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay with some credit for Spider-Man 2. Brian K Vaughan, creator of Y: The Last Man and Saga comics and showrunner of Under the Dome is also on board, along with Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain Marvel co-writer Nicole Perlman.
The line-up will include an interconnected set of films featuring G.I. Joe, Micronauts, Visionaries, M.A.S.K., and ROM brands.
Also signed on:
- Lindsey Beer (Transformer 5)
- Cheo Coker (Luke Cage showrunner)
- John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Spider-Man: Homecoming)
- Joe Robert Cole (People vs. OJ Simpson, Black Panter)
- Jeff Pinkner (The Dark Tower adaptation)
- Nicole Riegel (writer behind the Blacklist script Dogfight)
- Geneva Robertson (new Tomb Raider movie project)
Oscar winning writer for A Beautiful Mind, Akiva Goldsman, will oversee the writers room and serve as executive producer for all of the films. He'll be more or less the Kevin Feige of Paramount and Hasbro's cinematic universe. Allspark Pictures, Hasbro's film label, will produce the films. Hasbro's chariman and CEO Brian Goldner and executive producer and CCO Stephen Davis are serving as producers. Hasbro's head of storytelling, Josh Feldman, will co-exec produce.
“We first and foremost put together a list of writers who we wanted to be in business with and could be the worldbuilders that we needed," said Stephen Davis. “But we want to be sure that in the room we have diverse perspectives, diverse backgrounds, and diverse experiences.”
“Female empowerment is a central theme through a lot of these properties and one of the reasons we wanted diverse voices,” he said.
To date, the Transformers films have grossed over $3.8 billion, in addition to the amounts brought in by the G.I. Joe films.