Looks like trouble’s brewing in paradise. The latest development at Paramount suggests that Hasbro Cinematic Universe will ramp down by omitting M.A.S.K. and ROM: The Space Knight movies from the proposed series.
“Those are probably not likely to see the light of day, unless they’re moving on separate from us,” said Jonathan Goldstein. “It’s a funny thing. We spent three weeks in a room with a lot of talented writers. We broke 11 or so movies and, I don’t know. It just kind of went into the vortex. There’s been some leadership changes at Paramount, so it’s hard to say. Nobody’s contacted us about those.”
However, G.I. Joe and Micronauts movies will go ahead as planned. Rather than take place in the same continuity as the previous two G.I. Joe movies, the new entry will be a reboot that hits theaters on March 27, 2020. As for Micronauts, it will be released on October 16, 2020.
Despite whatever that is happening in the background, the upcoming Live Action Transformers Movies are not affected. Bumblebee: The Movie will see its December 2018 release and Transformers 6; the next official Transformers film is planned for summer 2019 and is currently undergoing a director search. Nothing else is known about this next installment right now other than the fact that it will probably stand as the direct sequel to The Last Knight. An Animated Prequel Origin Story is also in development by Hasbro owned Boulder Media Limited with an unspecified release date.
Speaking ahead of UK Toy Fair 2018 tomorrow, Hasbro Vice President Stephen Davis stated “Looking to 2018, we are excited to build upon the success of Transformers Franchise with Bumblebee, focusing on one of the most beloved characters in the Transformers Universe. We are extremely excited for the Bumblebee film as we continue to expand the Transformers Universe, and we expect our fans will be as well. The toyline is the original inspiration, and while the toy sales don’t directly dictate the stories we develop, Bumblebee is one of our most popular characters.”