Hasbro’s Cinematic Universe has had it’s big bang. Somewhere in a writers room on Monday the first stars will be typed into existence by men such as Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain Marvel co-writer Nicole Perlman. Brian K. Vaughan, creator of the comic works Y: The Lastman and showrunner of Under the Dome.
But as Billy Mays used to say, “Wait there’s more!”
Others in the list are
► Lindsey Beer, who was just hired to adapt Kingkiller Chronicle for Lionsgate
► Cheo Coker, showrunner of Marvel’s Netflix show Luke Cage
► John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, the comedy writing team who penned Spider-Man: Homecoming
► Joe Robert Cole (a writer on People vs. OJ Simpson who is also writing Black Panther for Marvel)
► Jeff Pinkner, who wrote the adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower)
► Nicole Riegel (writer behind the Blacklist script Dogfight)
► Geneva Robertson (one of the writers of new Tomb Raider movie project).
Overseeing the birth of this new universe is Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman, who will be serving as the executive producers on all films. He’s already serving in a similar capacity for the Transformers writer room so this is old hat for him.
The list of writers is diverse and includes a strong concentration of black and women writers which is rare for Hollywood circles but CCO Stephen Davis had this to say about his dream team
“We first and foremost put together a list of writers who we wanted to be in business with and could be the world-builders that we needed, said Davis. “But we want to be sure that in the room we have diverse perspectives, diverse backgrounds and diverse experiences.
Hasbro also wants to focus on making the movies more inclusive despite some of their properties skewing towards the male demographic in the past. Davis went on.
“Female empowerment is a central theme through a lot of these properties and one of the reasons we wanted diverse voices.”
Time will tell if they can make history, they certainly have the talent, but that only gets you so far.