As Paramount Studios and Hasbro develop their own shared cinematic universe based on titles such as Micronauts, ROM, M.A.S.K. and Visionairies, the future of the G.I. Joe film series and what role it will play in that universe remains unclear. Both G.I. Joe and G.I. Joe: Retaliation were modest successes, at best, and talks of third film with D. J. Caruso serving as director eventually faded. Now, in interview with Collider, Caruso shared some details about why the project fell apart and revealed that he had proposed a crossover with Michael Bay’s live-action Transformers films.
Caruso explained that he had met with Dwayne Johnson to discuss the direction of the G.I. Joe film series.
“Before I started this movie I had a couple meetings with Dwayne and the studio about what could happen with G.I. Joe. The franchise has been fairly successful, but there’s something about it that’s just not fully, fully clicking.”
Caruso revealed that he had proposed a G.I. Joe/Transformers crossover film and that the idea may still come to fruition.
“Well yeah but they’re not ready to do [G.I. Joe meets Transformers] yet. That’s exactly what they should do but they’re not ready to do that because in fact the script that I was developing, the two worlds sort of collided at the end and when they read it they were like, ‘We’re not ready to do this yet.’… They will eventually collide those two worlds and it’s probably when Mr. Bay decides he’s done with Transformers.”
Caruso also explained that his role in a potential G.I. Joe 3 will be discussed after his next film is released.
“It came close but I think what the studio was trying to do was reassess it and so now they’re back to the drawing board, and we’ll be talking again about it. It’s a valuable franchise—[it’s] not that they didn’t get it right, they just wanna really get it right and see if they can push it to the next level.”
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Caruso’s next film, xXx: Return of Xander Cage, will be released in theaters on January 20, 2017.
Transformers: The Last Knight will be released in theaters on June 23, 2017.