Hasbro's Allspark Pictures and Paramount Pictures are moving forward with their live-action cinematic universe. In addition to continuing their Transformers and G.I. Joe feature franchises, they're also adapting ROM: The Spaceknight.
Now Deadline reports that they've just hired Zak Penn, who recently worked on Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One. They haven't announced details about Penn's take on the live-action ROM film and there's still no release date though Hasbro/Paramount does have an untitled "event" film in their schedule set for a 2021 release.
ROM, which stands for "Read-Only-Memory" originated as a toy which spawned a Marvel Comics storyline by Bill Mantlo and artist Sal Buscema. Marvel's take on ROM saw the cyborg have origins in a utopian society on the planet called Galador. ROM leads the technologically advanced Galadorians in a battle against the dark magic-powered Dire Wraiths. One of Rom's weapons/gadgets is a Neutralizer, which opens a portal into limbo and banishes his enemies there.
Zak Penn was also recently in talks to develop Warner Bros.' upcoming Matrix films. Penn's previous works include X-Men 2, The Avengers, and The Incredible Hulk.