After a short hiatus without any big screen projects, one of the most popular toy and game manufacturers is returning to the scene with several upcoming Hasbro movies.
There are few brands that can compete with the franchise power of Hasbro, so it’s quite surprising that Transformers is the only one that has found a long-term audience.
Since director Michael Bay’s first live-action adaptation of the robots in disguise landed in 2007, audiences have been treated to a grand total of six films, each of which has generated a massive return at the box office.
But if you’re a collector who’s been patiently waiting to explore places other than Cybertron, you’ll be happy to hear that Hasbro have lots in the pipeline.
However, how many of these will see the light of day, we do not know for certain.
Confirmed Hasbro Movies
Hasbro is no stranger to making announcements, so until you hear that development has gone into full swing, we’d recommend not getting too excited.
To help you manage your expectations, we’ve divided our list of upcoming Hasbro movies into two: those with confirmed dates and those that are just a blip on the horizon.
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves (31st March 2023)
It’s been a while since we last had the chance to enjoy a Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) movie – the previous entry, Dungeons & Dragons 3: The Book Of Vile Darkness was released in 2012.
However, fans of the tabletop game don’t have to wait long for their next adventure to begin, as Honor Among Thieves is preparing to transport us to the Forgotten Realms campaign setting.
Though not connected to the previous trilogy, this reboot marks the return of many franchise staples, including the retrieval of a valuable item and a party of colourful characters.
Our band of heroes will feature some recognisable faces – two notable examples of which are Chris Pine (as Edgin The Bard) and Sophia Lillis (as Doric).
Transformers: Rise Of The Beasts (9th June 2023)
When Bumblebee (2018) was released, many saw this as a much-needed return to form. Rise Of The Beasts is hoping to capitalise on this accumulated good will, acting as a direct sequel to the Travis Knight movie and having no ties to those that came before.
The plot is said to have strong links to the Beast Wars storyline, which introduced the Maximals and Predacons, two sub-groups of Cybertronians that can transform into animals.
Sticking to this theme, the movie will feature a third group: the Terrorcons, whose alternate forms resemble monsters.
Transformers: A New Generation (19th July 2024)
As if one Transformers movie wasn’t enough, there’s another one coming in 2024. The difference though is that this one will be entirely animated and will delve into the history of Cybertron, placing the focus on the relationship between Optimus Prime and Megatron.
Actual plot details have not yet been revealed, but we do know that the dynamic of the Autobot and Decepticon leaders will enter new territory. We’ve been assured that this is not an attempt to re-tread old ground.
Announced Hasbro Movies
In addition to the upcoming Hasbro movies that we’ve discussed, there’s a large number of projects that have been announced but aren’t guaranteed to release any time soon (if ever).
Our advice is to curb your expectations for the moment, or you might find yourself disappointed.
Untitled Power Rangers Film
It’s no secret that Power Rangers (2017) didn’t perform as well as fans might’ve expected, grossing only $142 million at the worldwide box office.
Expectedly, this put an end to any and all sequel plans, and the license holders at the time, Saban, decided to sell the rights to Hasbro.
Under new supervision, these Mighty Morphin’ heroes are returning to the big screen… eventually. Plans are still unconfirmed, but fans of the TV series can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that the franchise isn’t dead in the water.
Untitled G.I. Joe Spin-Off Film
G.I. Joe is one of those franchises that can’t seem to catch a break. Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (2021) was intended to be the movie that would break the trend, diverting the focus to its most popular character, but sadly it didn’t resonate with critics or the general public.
Nevertheless, at one point Snake Eyes was going to be the first of many spin-off titles, another of which was hinted to feature the lesser-known hero Chuckles.
It’s unknown if this project has been abandoned following the poor reception of Snake Eyes, but on the slight chance that it hasn’t, we could be seeing more origin stories from the military-centric franchise.
No, you didn’t read that wrong. Hasbro are indeed planning to release a Play-Doh movie at some point in the near future. Producers Emily V. Gordon and Jon M. Chu have expressed their interest in emphasising the importance of imagination.
What does this mean? Your guess is as good as ours, but we do know that it will be animated, so there are no limits to what they can conjure up.
It’s been a good minute since anyone’s talked about the planned Monopoly movie, but as far as we’re aware, it’s still in the works.
Actor Kevin Hart is attached to star, so the expectation is that it will be comedic in nature. It’s also been suggested that it will be live action, implying that it’ll be a more grounded take on the concept and that Hart won’t be the voice of Mr. Monopoly.
F. Gary Gray (The Fate Of The Furious and Straight Outta Compton) has been attached to the live-action film adaptation of M.A.S.K. for years, and despite the extended wait, nothing appears to have changed in that department.
There were reports indicating that Ryan Reynolds was being eyed to assume the role of Matt Trakker, the leader of the eponymous Mobile Armored Strike Command. Unfortunately, the actor has given no indication that this was anything but a rumour.
G.I. Joe: Ever Vigilant
Unlike the aforementioned G.I. Joe spin-off, Ever Vigilant has been positioned as a direct sequel to Retaliation (2013).
There have been mentions that Dwayne Johnson, who previously played Roadblock, might reprise his role, assembling a new team of Joes.
At this point in time, multiple scripts for the movie are in the development stage, so we shouldn’t expect to hear any further details about the plot until it’s locked.
In 2019, it was reported that actor and director Jason Bateman was in talks to helm and potentially star alongside Ryan Reynolds in a live-action adaptation of the Hasbro board game Cluedo.
Some time has passed since then, but there’s nothing to imply that work has ceased. We’ll keep an eye out for future clues.