Skybound by Robert Kirkman in talks with Land Transformers, licensed GI Joe Comics
Comic licenses for Hasbro’s Transformers and GI Joe the titles are said to be changing publisher, with Skybound in talks to secure the rights. IDW Publishing currently publishes comics featuring characters from the Transformers and GI Joe franchisees. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Transformers and GI Joe the Skybound comics wouldn’t come out until 2023. Robert Kirkman (The walking dead) is the chairman of Skybound Entertainment, is said to be a fan of both franchises, and would participate in the negotiation. Kirkman also spent time in the Paramount Pictures Transformers Writers’ Room, with Iron Man scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, Zak Penn (X-Men: The Final Showdown), Jeff Pinkner (The Incredible Spider-Man 2), Lindsey Beer (How to nail an alien) and Christina Hodson (Unforgettable). I
It is reported that if Skybound is successful in purchasing the license, Kirkman is not expected to write any of the new comics.
âThere are good rooms all over town, including the Monster Room at Universal, the Star wars room, and of course, at Marvel, “Writer’s Room Manager Akiva Goldsman told Deadline in 2015.” We’re trying to beg, borrow, and steal the best of them, and have put together a group of people interested in developing and expanding this franchise. “
Along with the publication The walking dead, Skybound is also home to Image Comics titles. Invincible – recently adapted into an Amazon animated series on Prime Video which returns for a second season – Birthright, Manifest Destiny, and Firepower. Kirkman is the co-creator of Invincible and Firepower.
IDW has slowly lost licenses over the past few years. The publisher has reportedly lost their Star Wars and Marvel comics for all ages, with sources saying Hasbro is not happy with the release of IDW. Transformers and GI Joe would join Skybound’s growing list of licensed products, including Summoners War – based on the popular mobile video game – Trover Saves the Universe and LEGO.
Paramount is booming Transformers and GI Joe on small and large screens. A Netflix animated series titled Transformers: War for Cyberton The trilogy ended earlier this year, and Paramount Pictures’ latest film, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, wrapped filming in October. Henry Golding also starred in Snake Eyes: GI Joe Origins, an attempt to restart the film franchise.
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