G.I. Joe And Transformers Crossover? The Producer Tells Us How It Could Happen

By Eric Eisenberg 2013-03-28 14:21:36discussion comments
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Are you already looking forward to the future? Are you looking at the pieces that you have and seeing how they can fit?

I, as a rule, donít ever look ahead to the next movie until the first one is done, because itís hard to make the first one good enough or the second one good enough, in this case. So the idea that I could spend a lot of time thinking about something else until youíve got this one right. On the one hand I think itís kind of arrogant to presume youíre going to be successful, but more specifically, itís, you just donít have that much creative bandwidth going on around you and whatíll be interesting is when we see it released and we all hope itís successful and hopefully we get to a third movie, but I think things change after making a movie where you go like... I feel some about certain things and certain characters right now in a certain way. Three or four weeks from now, I might feel slightly different and three months from now, I am going to feel different. Which ones am I really going to hold onto and which elements am I going to really hold onto and itís sort out there, after the fact, where you go, ďWell, that really is...Ē Youíre not caught up in the moment. Thatís the thing that really stood out and had resonance. I wasnít... Whatís interesting is the scenes, the domestic scenes or the buddy scenes between Channing and Dwayne. I wouldnít have said before making that movie that having that sort of almost intimate buddy moment was really part of this franchise. Now Iíd say to you, ďI think we could do a lot more of it.Ē You know? Now, will I feel the same way a few months from now? Probably. But thatís all part of the learning process.

Once again, getting back to the evolution of the blockbuster movie franchise, one of the things that we are seeing a lot of right now, and itís in great deal due to The Avengers and The Expendables is kind of the idea of both continuity explosion, like the idea of creating a larger universe and also just creating a team and Iím just curious, whatís your perspective on that personally and is it something you could see being part of future projects youíre working on?

In terms of Joe or just in...

Well, in terms of Joe, for example like G.I. Joe and Transformers both happen to be Hasbro, Paramount and you.

I guess itís possible. I donít know. I think I probably at this moment, I resist it. I donít know necessarily why, but I just think thereís so much thatís so rich in the mythologies that I donít think they need to draw from the other. I think, I didnít rule it out for me and I think those things have somehow for me, sort of in the past, they made me feel like a little bit cynical exercises in just drawing money out of something. Itís not to say you couldnít do it well, but both these properties have such rich mythologies with so many characters, that you could go a lot of movies before you start running out of ideas of what to do. But itís not to say, if we found the right... Iíd hate to set out to do that, but if I heard a story where we went, ďOh my God...,Ē I could see a story right now about machination, machination of war and that could lead you sort of intrinsically to a Transformer.

Did I just light the fuse?

Yeah! [laughs] But I think in general, Marvel is doing it within their own universe, right? And so it doesnít feel gimmicky in that way. I think thatís what I would really try to resist.
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