51-year old filmmaker D.J. Caruso is enjoying the limelight, having took control of the Vin Diesel blockbuster xXx: Return of Xander Cage. Now the director has opened up on a potential crossover of two other giant franchises. With the untitled G.I. Joe 3 still in limbo following scheduling conflicts, Caruso outlined how the Paramount Pictures production had been lined up to include Michael Bay's Transformers.
The series made it's opening in 2009 with G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and, whilst it scored big at the box office to record $302.5m from it's $175m budget, the picture struggled to resonate with critics. Mostly due to a lack of star power having Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje from Suicide Squad in the lead. Despite that title finding surprising roles for Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Sienna Miller, the 2013 sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation packed more of a punch with Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis on board, raking home $375.5m as a result.
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Taking charge of Eagle Eye and Disturbia, Caruso was excited to be involved with Johnson and co. for the follow up, but for a number of reasons the project has stalled. Speaking with Collider, the director opened up about what when wrong and where things stand right now.
“Before I started this movie I had a couple meetings with Dwayne and the studio about what could happen with G.I. Joe," started Caruso. "The franchise has been fairly successful, but there’s something about it that’s just not fully, fully clicking.”
Asked if merging Transformers would have been the right ingredient, Caruso said this was his idea.
“Well yeah but they’re not ready to do (G.I. Joe meets Transformers) yet," he responded. "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.”
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As DC looks to reboot Shazam! to potentially fit into their current universe, Dwayne Johnson has posted on Facebook details of his chat with the superhero franchise. Having been mooted for the role as antihero Black Adam, the former WWE star indicated this was on the cards.
"Had a very cool and strategic meeting with the heads of DC Comics about their entire universe," began Johnson. "As a hard core DC fan, to get a real sense of the tonal shifts and developments coming in these future movies has me fired up. Something we, as DC fans have all been waiting for. Hope, optimism & FUN. I'm excited about our future together and you should be to. Even when talking about the the most ruthless villain/anti-hero of all time finally coming to life. Prepare yourselves DC Universe. #KneelAtHisFeet #OrGetCrushedByHisBoot #BlackAdam""