Wednesday, October 10, 2018

A Rom Movie??

I hate to say that I have heard this all before and no one will get it right. I can predict that from the start. First the voice will be all wrong, they will change the villain and mess up his MITTEN HANDS by giving him articulated fingers. And despite the fact that his body is perfect because he is a SPACEKNIGHT and not a ROBOT they will make him look like a robot. They will fuck this up because it means so much to me.

Frequent BMD readers will know that this isn't the first time Paramount has threatened to make a ROM: Spaceknight movie. A quick look at the BMD archives reveals the studio has been talking about such a project since the end of 2015, when we learned that Paramount was planning to launch an entire cinematic universe based around Hasbro properties like ROM, the Micronauts, G.I. Joe and M.A.S.K. Rumors about the Hasbro Cinematic Universe have come and gone since then, but the news that Ready Player One's Zak Penn will adapt the character for his very own feature film represents the first real information we've heard about the endeavor in quite some time.

Obviously, the shared/cinematic universe game is an attractive one. Disney and Marvel are absolutely printing money with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and most of the other major studios have spent the past few years attempting to ape that success: Universal gave the Dark Universe a go (holy shit, remember the Dark Universe??), Sony's attempting to launch a Spider-Man-free universe of Spider-Man villain spin-offs (which will include this year's Venom and next year's Silver & Black) and Warner Bros. has been doing everything it can to make the DC Universe a viable rival for the MCU (their results have been decidedly mixed thus far).

Of course if a movie DOES get made there is a hope they will re-issue the original toy which is at the top of my holy grail list. But he has to have the electronic features and little to know articulation like the original.

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