Forest Gump, Silence of the Lambs, and Pulp Fiction. What do all three of these movies have in common? They are all movies that are on the AFI Top 100 list. They’re also Academy Award winning films. These are all accomplishments that the Transformers movie franchise has none of, and will probably never achieve. Let’s face it, they aren’t the best movies in the world, but for some reason they keep making millions at the box office. If it’s not the acting nor the great screenplay, then what is it about Transformers that makes us coming back for more? There have been four movies so far with a fifth in the works. And sure, there’s that connection to many of our childhoods. Still, the best answer is that we just love watching giant robots do their thing.

Transformers 5 is slowly coming together. And with that, they’ve already recruited a remarkable writing staff. It’s almost borderline ridiculous how vastly different this writing staff is compared to the other four movies. If you didn’t know already, the first four Transformer movies were all written by the same guy – Ehren Kruger. His list of accomplishments include The Brothers Grimm, The Skeleton Key, and Reindeer Games (not to be confused with The Deer Hunter). Also, yes, that’s the same Reindeer Games with Ben Affleck, Gary Sinise, and Charlize Theron.

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The writing staff of Transformers 5 currently includes the Academy Award winning Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind), Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), and Steven Deknight (Daredevil). In a recent interview with IGN, Goldsman gave some insight on his take to approaching the Transformer films,

“Our hope is that they are all interconnected and of course standalone, right? I think architecturally, the best — I think I believe this — the best serialized storytelling has integrity from start to finish of the episode, whether it be TV or a movie or comic book or novel series or short story series. You want to be able to satisfy both appetites — which I think is very different from procedural or episodic. You want to feed the instinct for the short-term gratification and the longterm gratification. So we’re trying to do both.”

What he said is something that’s pretty obvious. However, it does help reason why Kirkman and Deknight have been brought on board. Both have worked on excellent an excellent television show and could bring a lot to the table for the next series of Transformer films. Also during that same interview, Goldsman touched upon “the human element,” something that he didn’t want to lose sight of in the films.

“Do I think Transformers can live without humans? Sure. Do I think humans can live without Transformers? Sure. In Transformers movies? Sure! But, fundamentally, there seems to be something really great about the interaction between the two species. I think that, in the main, I would suggest that that would be something you wouldn’t want to squander. Although that doesn’t mean that you couldn’t do all sorts of things for a little while.”

One of the best parts of the cartoon was the human element. It kept the cartoon, somewhat, grounded. It gave kids a reason to believe that it was possible to be friends with giant, transforming robots from outer space. More importantly, it showed the audience that even though the Transformers were these giant robots, they still needed the help of humans – whether it was to repair them or fight with them. You probably could get away with having no humans in the movie, but it wouldn’t be the same. It’s very comforting to know that there is someone behind wheel who feels the same way.

Goldsman and his team could, potentially, create a solid film franchise. However, there is a figure that could quickly derail everything, and his name is not John Cena, but Michael Bay. This man is notorious for some wacky explosions in almost every films he’s ever directed. It seems his direction has been to always wow the audience with out-of-this-world visuals. Admittedly, he’s done some good with The Rock, Bad Boys 1&2, and Pain and Gain, but there have been some bad movies as well in Armageddon and the Transformer movies. Luckily, the director for Transformers 5 hasn’t been announced, but Bay is still set as the Executive Producer.

Despite Bay, as long as the writing staff can stick together, there is a good chance the Transformers franchise could redeem itself. Keep your fingers crossed.

Transformers 5 is slated for release sometime in 2017.

Source: Screenrant

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