|Transformers vs. G.I. Joe|
|Directed by||Richard J. Lewis|
|Produced by||Michael Bay|
Lorenzo di Bonaventura
|Written by||Daniel T. Thomsen|
|Based on||Transformers & G.I. Joe|
|Music by||Sean Callery|
|Editied by||Sondra Watanabe|
|Production company||Hasbro Studios|
di Bonaventura Pictures
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Release date||June 23, 2011 (Moscow)|
July 1, 2011 (United States)
|Box office||$2.110 billion|
Transformers vs. G.I. Joe is a 2011 American military science fiction action film directed by Richard J. Lewis and based on the Transformers and G.I. Joe toy lines by Hasbro. First released on June 23, 2011, it is a crossover between the Transformers and G.I. Joe film series and the eleventh film in the Hasbro Cinematic Universe (HCU). The film stars Peter Cullen, Channing Tatum, Frank Welker, Joesph Gordon-Levitt, Shia LaBeouf, Marlon Wayans, Josh Duhamel, Dennis Quaid, John Turturro, Tyrese Gibson, Ray Park, Megan Fox, Byung-hun Lee, Kevin Dunn, Julie White, Rachel Nichols, Jonathan Pryce, and Arnold Vosloo.
In Transformers vs. G.I. Joe, the Autobots and G.I. Joes are blackmailed into fighting each other after their arch foes the Decepticons and Cobra have formed an alliance to defeat their foes.
Development on the film began in 2007 after the release of Transformers & G.I. Joe. The script was written by Daniel T. Thomsen and Greg Plageman. The film employed both regular 35mm film cameras and specially-developed 3-D cameras, with filming locations in Chicago, Florida, Indiana, Milwaukee, Moscow, and Washington, D.C.. The film was rendered specifically for 3-D, and the visual effects involved more complex robots which took longer to render.
Transformers vs. G.I. Joe held exclusive early premieres in select 3-D and IMAX theaters took place June 30, 2011, one night before worldwide release in 2-D and 3-D (including IMAX 3D) formats—each featuring Dolby Surround 7.1 sound, and was released worldwide on July 1.
Critical reception of the film was mixed with several critics calling it better than Revenge of the Fallen and The Rise of Cobra and praising the film's visuals, Patrick Doyle's musical score, and 3-D action sequences, while others criticizing its writing, acting, and length. Transformers vs. G.I. Joe grossed $2.110 billion worldwide, and is currently the 3rd-highest-grossing film of all time, the highest-grossing film of 2011, and the second film to gross over $2 billion. Like the 2007 films, it was nominated for Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Visual Effects at the 84th Academy Awards.
In 2007, following the successful release of Transformers & G.I. Joe, Paramount CEO Brad Grey announced plains to launch a Hasbro Cinematic Universe. Writers Daniel T. Thomsen and Greg Plageman were hired to write a script for a possible Transformers/G.I. Joe crossover in September 2007. However, production was put on hold due to the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike which started on November 5, 2007, and concluded on February 12, 2008.
After the strike was over, Richard J. Lewis was hired to direct the crossover in March 2008.