Eight years and four movies after Michael Bay first directed a Transformers movie, and it's now a multi-billion dollar franchise. Despite critical perception of the series dwindling over the years, each new movie in the franchise has still managed to rake in hundreds of millions of dollars. So in spite of all evidence to the contrary, people clearly love watching Transformers movies.
And that's something Paramount was counting on a few months ago when they placed Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) in charge of their new Transformers shared universe. It's the studio's hope that Goldsman can put together an all-star team of writers to map out the storylines of future films. The practice itself is becoming quite common these days, with Avatar and Star Wars both recently using this technique.
Now Deadline reports that Goldsman has at last assembled his Transformers "writers room," which includes some surprising names. The Walking Dead comic book writer/creator Robert Kirkman, Iron Man scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, Pacific Rim 2‘s Zak Penn and Amazing Spider-Man 2's Jeff Pinkner are all on board to develop the new Transformers spinoffs.
The writers list is a veritable who's who of Hollywood. While all of these writers are quite well known for working on popular science fiction films and series, they also currently have other projects in the works. Marcum and Holloway have been tapped to write the Highlander reboot. In addition to Pacific Rim 2, Penn is also working on Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One. And Pinkner has his new drama Zoo coming out this summer on CBS.
So one would assume that none of these writers have time at the moment to actually write a Transformers script, and they'll only be developing the blueprint to what will become a long list of spinoff films. More writers are also expected to be added soon. In assembling a team of hotshots, Paramount can be confident that future Transformers films will follow a pre-planned story, instead of only relying on robot action.
This is all, of course, on top of Transformers 5 coming in 2017. Mark Wahlberg is already confirmed to return for that movie, and Goldsman and crew are expected to come up with the storyline for what is already being described as a "multi-part 'Transformers' sequel." So if you thought Transformers was on its way out, well, guess again, because the franchise is only getting started.
But what do you think, Screen Rant readers? Are you happy with the writers room so far? Are you excited to see what they come up with? Let us know in the comments.
Stay tuned for more Transformers news as it becomes available.