While doing the rounds during TCAs 2015, former showrunner Steven DeKnight talked not only of Daredevil and plans for Season 2, but about his involvement in another big franchise: Transformers. Not only has DeKnight revealed which writers will officially be tackling Transformers 5, but he’s opened up a bit about the franchise’s “brain trust” and how it works.
Not long after Transformers: Age of Extinction hit theaters last year, director Michael Bay revealed that he wasn’t planning on directing another installment in the franchise. Instead, he’d pass that honor down to someone else. Since then, we’ve heard rumors that Bay may have changed his mind, as he’s prone to do, and he’ll likely return to direct Transformers 5. One person who is returning for the fifth film is Mark Wahlberg, and he seems to have just confirmed those rumors.
Just when you thought Akiva Goldsman’s Transformers writers room was complete, he goes an adds someone else to the staff, collecting writers as if he’s picking up Pokemon. The latest addition to the writers room is former Daredevil showrunner Steven DeKnight, who joins fellow TV pro Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) in a room that’s looking more and more promising. Surely with so many smart, talented people, they can roll out a few good Transformers movies, right? Right…?
As the new creative director/writers room head for the Transformers franchise, producer Akiva Goldsman’s job is to collect a group of talented and diverse writers and oversee future projects for the franchise, including sequels and spinoffs. Goldsman has just added two more writers to his room, which is apparently now fully-staffed and ready to roll out their mission. But…what is that mission, exactly? Goldsman was kind enough to share.
The Transformers franchise has grossed more than $3.7 billion worldwide. So you and I and all rational thinking people might think they’re terrible, but from a financial perspective, they’re definitely working. But you know that old expression in Hollywood: If it ain’t broke, break it into its component parts, and then turn each of those component parts into its own spinoff franchise to maximize revenue. I think Thomas Edison is the first guy who said that one.
Long after our corpses have turned to dust, they will still be making Transformers movies. The cities will fall and the tides will rise to the soundtrack of wisecracking robots turning into cars. These things will outlive humanity and will ultimately be the number one choice of entertainment for the sentient A.I. that will supplant us. Transformers 57 will be the most popular film in the underground bunkers that will house the future citizenry of Earth. In other news, two new writers have joined the “writer‘s room” that has been tasked with plotting future movies, one of which may be an animated prequel set entirely on Cybertron. Oh, joy. Oh, bliss.
A couple of months ago, we learned that Paramount, along with producers Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg, hired Akiva Goldsman to head up a new Transformers brain trust, giving Goldsman creative control over the future of the franchise. Goldsman has just put together the writer’s room for the upcoming sequels and spinoffs, and it’s…interesting.
Last month, we reported on Paramount’s plans to continue their Transformers franchise, following Michael Bay’s decision to exit the director’s chair to focus on non-robot projects (we’ll see). According to reports, the studio plans on not only releasing another sequel, but expanding the universe with spinoffs, hiring Akiva Goldsman to oversee a creative team of writers. Hasbro has now confirmed those plans, along with the intention to release a new Transformers movie in 2017.
If you took time out of your life to go to the theater this year and see ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction,’ then you know that one of the better parts of that wacky film was Mark Wahlberg. The Boston native’s performance as a small town Texas inventor was just one of the exceedingly silly elements of the film, but he was actually pretty fun to watch. As it turns out, Wahlberg also enjoyed starring in a ‘Transformers’ movie, and he’ll be back for more in ‘Transformers 5’—but that was kind of obvious, right?
You'll be hard-pressed to find many people who actually liked 'Transformers: Age of Extinction.' But unlike the previous three movies in this franchise, the box office actually reflected that. With the film currently struggling to hit $250 million at the domestic box office (despite doing great numbers overseas), it isn't that surprising that director Michael Bay is jumping ship on 'Transformers 5'.