[Editor’s Note: The following article contains spoilers for Transformers: Rise of the Beasts]
With the release of Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, fans are eagerly anticipating the crossover between the Transformers and G.I. Joe franchises on the big screen. In an exclusive interview with FilmSweep’s Steven Weintraub, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura shed light on the connection between G.I. Joe and the robots in disguise, hinting at the epic crossover that lies ahead.
Set in a timeline preceding the Michael Bay Transformers films, Rise of the Beasts marks the beginning of a new trilogy that focuses on the Autobots and their newfound allies, the Maximals. As the credits roll, a surprising revelation emerges— the G.I. Joe agency was present and witnessed the battle against Unicron, voiced by Colman Domingo. The real American heroes are thrilled to have discovered allies in their fight for justice and express their desire to join forces with the Autobots. However, it remains unclear whether G.I. Joe had prior knowledge of the Transformers or if they learned about their existence after the events in Peru. According to di Bonaventura:
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“Honestly, I don’t know the answer to that. My instinct is that the Transformers came onto their radar for the first time during this battle. They are exceptionally skilled and the only ones who truly comprehend the events that unfolded. So, I don’t believe they had previous knowledge, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t encountered Transformers along the way and been attempting to unravel the mystery. It’s one of the open-ended questions that we still need to address.”
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While di Bonaventura’s logic may be debated, the focus should lie in ensuring the success of Rise of the Beasts before making promises of a sequel. Nevertheless, the child within all of us yearns for the spectacle of a Transformers and G.I. Joe crossover on the silver screen.
Behind the Scenes: The Transformers Reboot
Despite the mixed critical reception of the first five Transformers films, the franchise amassed billions of dollars at the global box office, securing its longevity. However, Paramount decided to chart a new course for the franchise following the underperformance of Transformers: The Last Knight, and the subsequent success and critical acclaim of the 2018 spinoff Bumblebee.
After directing the initial five live-action movies in the Transformers series, Michael Bay stepped aside as director but remained involved as a producer. Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is helmed by Steven Caple Jr., with a screenplay adapted by Joby Harold, known for his work on The Flash, in collaboration with Darnell Metayer and Josh Peters. These creative changes have resulted in a warm reception for Transformers: Rise of the Beasts. Furthermore, with the prospect of a G.I. Joe crossover on the horizon, the Transformers cinematic universe is poised for a revitalization.
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is currently showing in theaters. Watch FilmSweep’s interview with director Steven Caple Jr. below.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Transformers and G.I. Joe crossover
Q: When does Transformers: Rise of the Beasts take place in the Transformers cinematic universe?
A: Rise of the Beasts is set a number of years before the first Michael Bay Transformers films, serving as a prequel to the established franchise.
Q: Does Transformers: Rise of the Beasts feature a crossover with G.I. Joe?
A: Yes, Rise of the Beasts introduces the G.I. Joe agency into the Transformers cinematic universe, teasing a crossover between the two iconic franchises.
Q: Will G.I. Joe have prior knowledge of the Transformers in the movie?
A: It remains unclear whether G.I. Joe has any previous knowledge of the Transformers or if they discovered the alien species after the events depicted in the film. The producers have stated that it is an open-ended question that needs to be addressed.
Q: Who directed Transformers: Rise of the Beasts?
A: Steven Caple Jr. directed Rise of the Beasts, taking over from Michael Bay, who stepped aside as director but remained involved as a producer.
Q: Is Transformers: Rise of the Beasts part of a new trilogy?
A: Yes, Rise of the Beasts serves as the beginning of a new trilogy within the Transformers cinematic universe, focusing on the Autobots and their new allies, the Maximals.
Q: Are there any changes in the creative team behind Transformers: Rise of the Beasts?
A: Yes, there have been changes in the creative team for Rise of the Beasts. Joby Harold, known for his work on The Flash, co-wrote the screenplay with Darnell Metayer and Josh Peters. This creative shift has received positive reactions for the film.
Q: Is Transformers: Rise of the Beasts expected to revitalize the Transformers cinematic universe?
A: With the introduction of a G.I. Joe crossover and the positive reception for Rise of the Beasts, there is hope that the film will inject new life into the Transformers franchise and keep it relevant.