Transformers Cinematic Universe Could Expand to Twelve Movies

Monday, 08 June 2015 - 3:12PM
Transformers
Monday, 08 June 2015 - 3:12PM
Transformers Cinematic Universe Could Expand to Twelve Movies
Buckle up, sci-fi fans, because Transformers is now building a Marvel-style interconnected universe, complete with an internally consistent mythology and "numerous films." In order to create this universe, Paramount has assembled a writers' room based on the television model, which so far includes twelve writers that all may get the chance to write their own scripts.

Akiva Goldsman, who is heading up the writers' room, told Deadline, "We will look at the toys, the TV shows, the merchandise, everything that has been generated by Hasbro, from popular to forgotten iterations, and establish a mythological time line... After that super-saturation, the writers will figure out not one, but numerous films that will extend the universe."

The Transformers franchise is an unholy cockroach that just won't die, but at least there is some talent involved in this ill-advised undertaking. Goldsman is responsible for such films as A Beautiful Mind, I Am Legend, and Cinderella Man (although he was also behind the despised Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, so it kind of comes out evens). The writers' room also currently includes Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk), Jeff Pinker (Lost), Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man), The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari (Ant-Man), Christina Hodson (Shut In), Lindsey Beer, Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down) and Geneva Robertson-Dworet.

"If one of the writers discovers an affinity for Beast Wars, they can drive forward on treatments that will have been fleshed out by the whole room," said Goldsman. He doesn't explicitly say that each writer will eventually write his or her own film for the franchise, but it's safe to say that there will be many films forthcoming. What else is a horribly cynical cash cow for?

Via Collider.
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