I’ve got to tell you up front that the Transformers franchise lost me after the second movie, meaning that I’ll just wait and see those sequels when they come to premium channels on television. It was probably the wrecking ball… balls. I still care about the franchise as a whole, but would rather my Transformer dollar go to toys or statues at this point. Paramount is already working on Transformers 5, Michael Bay is in talks to direct once again although Bay says nothing is in stone yet (Negotiation tactics) and many think it might be his last go at directing for the franchise, there are still plenty of new Transformers movies in the Paramount pipeline.
While speaking at the MIP Junior Conference, Hasbro‘s Executive Vice President Stephen Davis has this to say:
We decided we wanted to plot out the next 10 years of the Transformers franchise, and so we got together in a room over a three-month period of time. Nine of some of the most creative writers I have ever worked with, shepherded by Akiva Goldsman, who many of you may know won an Academy Award for ‘A Beautiful Mind’ and written a bunch of really great movies, they plotted out the next 10 years of Transformers…Transformers 5 is on the way. And 6 and 7 and 8.
That means that someone who worked on the first Transformers movie and continued through this planned sequels, could have worked their entire career in Hollywood only working on Transformers. We’re not sure if this count of Davis’ includes the animated prequel movie that has been discussed. Now who might have been in this writers room that he talks about? That might actually be the good news in this for fans. Here’s the list:
Zak Penn (Last Action Hero, The Avengers),
Jeff Pinker (Lost),
Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (Iron Man),
Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead),
Christina Hodson (The Fugitive remake),
Lindsey Beer (Short Circuit remake),
Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari (Ant-Man),
Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down),
Steven S. DeKnight (Netflix’s Daredevil)
Some of you might have done the math and noticed that there are 12 names on this list and Davis only mentions nine writers. That’s most likely some scheduling thing, and those not there will get notes to work on. That is a nice mix of writers and styles, and I am hopeful that we’ll see more Transformer character development next time around and less of the same old new human learns about Autobots.
Mark Wahlberg is set to return for Transformers 5 and there’s talk of Optimus Prime digging into that plan to find out why there was a plan to capture and deliver him.Where do you want the franchise to go?
T5 is planned to hit theater screens in 2017.
Via: Transformer World