Castlevania’s Adi Shankar Wants To Make Transformers & GI Joe

Shankar explains why he wants to make a G.I. Joe and Transformers crossover and shares his concept for the film, revealing it'd be a different take. Castlevania's Adi Shankar…

Shankar explains why he wants to make a G.I. Joe and Transformers crossover and shares his concept for the film, revealing it’d be a different take.

Castlevania‘s Adi Shankar discusses his idea for a G.I. Joe and Transformers crossover film. After achieving success as a producer with the 2011 feature, The Grey, a project that would earn the number one spot at the North American box office, and having founded the media company, “Bootleg Universe,” in 2012, Shankar has established himself as a rising influence in the entertainment industry. One of his most well-known endeavors is the Netflix animated fantasy series, Castlevania, which premiered in 2017 to critical acclaim and strong audience viewership. The show concluded last year after four seasons, but Shankar remains busy, serving as executive producer and/or showrunner on a number of upcoming television projects, including the Netflix superhero series The Guardians of Justice.


The G.I. Joe movies have been trying to successfully launch a franchise for some time now, dating back to 2009 with the release of their first entry, The Rise of Cobra, starring Channing Tatum, followed by 2013’s Retaliation. Both films were received negatively by critics, though relative commercial success warranted the development of additional installments. The 2021 series reboot, Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins failed to perform at the box office, but given the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, its future is still in consideration. Many have criticized the films for years, calling them disappointing and uneven attempts at building something much larger. G.I. Joe entries are often criticized for just introductions and have never expanded their stories in the sequels, and with a fourth film in development, now might be the time to start revitalizing their efforts.

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In talking with on their ComicBook Nation podcast, Adi Shankar explains that he wants to make a G.I. Joe and Transformers crossover. While he is known for making unauthorized fan films through “Bootleg Universe,” when talking about his upcoming work, he says he is not necessarily looking to dive into any pre-existing property, unless there was an opportunity related to the iconic action figure. He reveals that he has an idea for G.I. Joe, and that it involves quite a different look. Read Shankar’s quote regarding the possible crossover below:

“Okay. Yeah. So literally G.I. Joe is the one. It’s the one. G.I. Joe is the one. I’d want to cross it over with Transformers. But yeah, G.I. Joe is the one. I have a whole kind of concept for it, as well… It’s more technicolor, I’ll put it that way. It’s a more technicolor take on G.I. Joe.”

In addition to The Guardians of Justice, Shankar is working on an Assassin’s Creed adaptation, as well as a series based on the popular online game, PUBG. He has spoken in the past about his excitement at getting to make content related to things he personally enjoys, like the Assassin’s Creed games. In fact, with a lot of his recent filmography stemming from source materials, fans have come to expect a blend of faithfulness and ingenuity in the projects he puts out. If he gets the opportunity to create his vision for G.I. Joe, they may actually appreciate a more fun conception of the material.

Fans of Shankar and his projects are familiar with his ability to reimagine already established worlds, so a technicolor G.I. Joe crossover with Transformers could end up being more effective than one might initially think. With film producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura saying a G.I. Joe/Transformers crossover is inevitable, Shankar’s ideas could actually come to light. As fans wait to see if his concept for G.I. Joe is realized, they can look forward to his upcoming series The Guardians of Justice.

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