GI Joe Writers Room

In an effort to reinvigorate the Transformers franchise, this year Paramount Pictures set writer Akiva Goldsman to lead a writers room comprised of about a dozen writers. The result was a roster of at least three sequels that will keep Transformers movies hitting theaters at different points throughout the next 10 years. Now the studio seems keen on using that model to help give new life to the G.I. Joe franchise, not to mention kicking off a hopeful franchise adapting the action figures known as Micronauts.

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transformers humans

Do people go to the Transformers movies to understand “the human experience,” to see what it truly means to be alive? Probably not, but the four Transformers movies have focused quite a bit on its human protagonists, which hasn’t always satisfied fans of the series. The franchise is expanding with spinoffs and animated movies, which will, once again, follow the point-of-view of the humans.

Learn more after the jump.

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Transformers 5 sequels

We already know that Transformers 5 is in the works at Paramount Pictures, and Michael Bay is in early talks to come back and direct yet again, though the filmmaker himself said they’re still working out specifics and nothing is official yet. Yet again it has also been said that this will be the last Transformers movie Bay will direct, but that doesn’t mean the franchise won’t continue after that.

In fact, Hasbro executive vice president and chief content officer Stephen Davis recently partook in the MIP Junior Conference and revealed that the writers room that was assembled over the summer for the Transformers franchise has resulted in a plan for a total of four live-action sequels, which means we’ll get Transformers sequels rolling out for the next 10 years. Read More »

The Dark Tower

Update From Editor Peter Sciretta: Sony has officially announced they will be releasing Stephen King’s Dark Tower directed by Nikolaj Arcel on January 13th 2017. The film is scheduled to go head to head with Fox’s animated film Boss Baby and Lionsgate’s Power Rangers movie.

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Transformers 5 writers

Yesterday Steven DeKnight, former showrunner on Daredevil and current member of Paramount’s Transformers writer’s room, told us about the arrival of the Punisher to the second season of Daredevil. Today he has talked to other outlets about the Transformers project, and his comments help us understand who’s doing what (such as Jeff Pinkner writing Transformers 5 with Akiva Goldsman) and how the whole system is laid out. Read More »

Transformers Age of Extinction - Bumblebee

The Transformers writers room continues to expand. Black List scribes Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Ken Nolan are the latest to come aboard, joining Robert Kirkman, Zak Penn, Jeff Pinkner, and many more.

Update From Editor Peter Sciretta: Daredevil executive producer/showrunner and Starz’ Spartacus creator Steven DeKnight has been added to the Transformers brain trust as “the final member” according to Deadline.

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transformers writing team

Paramount wants to expand the Transformers film series with interconnected spin-offs in addition to more direct sequels. Not long ago the exec producing team made up of Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura chose producer/screenwriter Akiva Goldsman to head up a “brain trust” in order to get story ideas set for that film series.

Now Goldsman and the team have made deals with a set of writers, and you’ll recognize quite a few of the names. For one, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman is in there. But what may be most notable is the name not on the list at all. Read More »

Dark Tower movie

The Dark Tower, based on Stephen King‘s fantasy/western series of novels, has been in development for some time, with producers Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Akiva Goldsman and Erica Huggins conceiving an ambitious plan for interlocked series of films and TV episodes that would tell the sprawling story over a span of several years. Their plan bounced from Universal to Warner Bros. and has seemed dead. But now Sony and Media Rights Capital (MRC) have picked up the Dark Tower movie plan, and are planning to fast-track the first film. Read More »

Transformers Optimus Prime

Marvel is doing it, DC is doing it, Lucasfilm is doing it, the Ghostbusters are doing it and now it looks like Transformers will be doing it too.

Deadline reports that Akiva Goldsman, the Oscar-winning writer of a A Beautiful Mind (and the writer of Batman and Robin, among other films) is in negotiations with Paramount to lead a brain trust of writers with the aim of upping the output of Transformers movies for the studio. Goldsman will join executive producers Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura in the hiring of a collection of writers to create “a potential multi-part Transformers sequel, and come up with potential spinoff films.” Read more about this potential Transformers Cinematic Universe below. Read More »