Theaters may be closed and film production shut down worldwide, but deals are still getting done and we round up the recent geek movie news here.
Paramount has put a reboot of the G.I. Joe movie franchise into development, according to Variety. The film is being written by Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse, who are also working on an adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan’s Ex Machina at Legendary, according to the report. This fourth G.I. Joe film would be released after the upcoming Snake Eyes feature (see “’Snake Eyes’ Casting”).
Disney is continuing its run of live-action remakes of animated classics with plans for Hercules, produced by the Russo bros., of Avengers: Endgame and Infinity War fame, according to Hollywood Reporter. Dave Callaham, who wrote the upcoming Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, is writing a script, according to the report.
Paramount is developing an animated prequel to the Transformers movies with Josh Cooley, who directed and won an Oscar for Toy Story 4, according to Variety. The script is by Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, who wrote Ant-Man and the Wasp.Wall Street Journal, “The results for Trolls World Tour have exceeded our expectations and demonstrated the viability of PVOD. As soon as theaters reopen, we expect to release movies on both formats.” Trolls World Tour took in over $100 million in rentals In its first three weeks of streaming release (see “Big Streams for ‘Trolls’”), with no theatrical release.
Universal Pictures has signed a five-picture deal with LEGO Group, according to Deadline, moving the franchise from Warner Bros. Warner Bros. made four movies tied to the property, including The Lego Movie 1 and 2, The Lego Batman Movie, and Lego Ninjago Movie.