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Hasbro and Paramount bring on Guardians of the Galaxy writer for cinematic universe

Plus, a Pulitzer Prize-winner!

Hot on the heels of Marvel and Warner Bros.' cinematic empires, Hasbro has tapped top talent from the film and comics industry to help build their own, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon, Eisner Award-winner Brian K. Vaughan and Guardians of the Galaxy screenwriter Nicole Perlman will all help pen the scripts for various movies based on Hasbro properties, including G.I. Joe and M.A.S.K.

Hasbro COO Stephen Davis said that when they were looking to bring people on board, there was a particular interest in hiring women as the company made an attempt to move the different series away from the typical all-male audience.

"Female empowerment is a central theme through a lot of these properties and one of the reasons we wanted diverse voices," he told The Hollywood Reporter.

It was announced back in December that Hasbro and Paramount would be teaming up to build the crossover universe while still promoting its successful Transformers series. To date, the four Transformers movies that have been released have grossed more than $3.8 billion for the companies and there's a fifth one scheduled to be released next year.

There's no word on when pre-production for the next G.I. Joe movie will begin, followed by the other properties stand-alone films, but Dwayne Johnson has said he's interested in returning.

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