We’ve known about Paramount’s plans to launch a ‘Hasbro cinematic universe‘ of adaptations of their old saturday morning
toy commercials cartoons for a while now (a universe that is, at least so far, intended to be separate from the Transformers universe they’re also cooking up), and my reaction to this idea has thus far straddled the line between irritated and indifferent. Today Hasbro and Paramount announced some of the writers they’ve wrangled together for this thing, and I might just be changing my tune.
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that the Hasbro writers room will feature The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay author Michael Chabon* and Y: The Last Man creator Brian K. Vaughan along with a smattering of Marvel Studios writers including Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman, Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Coker, Black Panther co-writer Joe Robert Cole, and Spider-Man: Homecoming writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein as well as some non-Marvel writers Lindsey Beer, Jeff Pinkner, Nicole Riegel, and Geneva Robertson.
On a creative level, that’s already a solid list of names – Chabon and Vaughan are particularly exciting, and if you’re building a shared universe, might as well steal from the best – but beyond the talent on display, it’s also a surprisingly diverse writers room. This was by design, as Hasbro executive vice president and CCO Stephen Davis notes:
We first and foremost put together a list of writers who we wanted to be in business with and could be the world-builders that we needed, but we want to be sure the in the room we have diverse perspectives, diverse backgrounds, and diverse experiences.
This is great news. Not only is it important on a social equality level, but having those diverse voices will almost certainly make the finished product more interesting.
Yesterday I could not have fathomed having any interest in a shared universe based on the G.I. Joe, Micronauts, Visionaries, M.A.S.K., and ROM toy lines, but after today I’m going to have to start paying closer attention to this Hasbro cinematic universe.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
*Chabon also did a draft for Spider-Man 2, which is still the best super hero movie yet made.