Contrary to popular belief, the first four Transformers movies had scripts. I know, I know, sounds unlikely. It’s like ancient aliens, Nessie and an honest politician, a rumor too impossible to be believed. However, with the notably exception of Revenge of the Fallen, which was mostly plotted through pre-visualization thanks to the 2007-08 Writers Strike, every Transformers movie has begun with a script. Well now they’re going to begin with a team of writers deciding on a story for that script. As per recent reporting, Paramount Pictures has put Akiva Goldsman in charge to oversee a writers room for all upcoming Transformers movies, and some familiar names are amongst the first roster of Transformers’ writing staff.
Since you’re waiting with bated breath, let’s get to it. According to Deadline, your Transformers super team of writers includes:
- Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead comic and TV show)
- Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (Iron Man, Punisher: War Zone)
- Zak Penn (Elektra, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men: The Last Stand)
- Jeff Pinkner (Lost, Fringe, The Amazing Spider-Man 2)
Well, that’s not exactly the ’27 Yankees, but still, an impressive group. They’ve all enjoyed some degree of success with genre works, but have also endured equally large fuster-clucks (so to speak). Not to be snide, but it’s kind of funny how Goldsman, the man behind the screenplays for comic book disasters Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, should recruit a team of others who also know that pain. Especially Pinkner, whose work on Amazing Spidey 2 sadly evoked the very worst of the Joel Schumacher Batmans.
Mysteriously absent from the team is Ehren Kruger, who co-wrote Revenge with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, and then penned Dark of the Moon and Age of Extinction solo. Also interesting is that Michael Bay looks to be only onboard in an executive producer capacity, no longer sitting in the director’s chair for the project. Part of the reason he made Age of Extinction was in order to get studio support and make Pain & Gain, so perhaps he’s just tapped out on transforming robots. Clearly, the studio wants something more, um, coherent if their recruiting a team to oversee all Transformers movies, future sequels and spin-offs. Paramount, seemingly, wants more out of the franchise than making it a product of the singular vision of Bay.
There’s no specific release date for Transformers 5, but it is tentatively scheduled for release in the summer of 2017. We’ll keep you posted with all the latest news as it comes in.