Say what you will about the Transformers movies, regardless of how many feel about their quality (or lack thereof), the mainstream audience sees a lot to love. Each Transformers film to date has made over $700 million worldwide, and the last two in the series brought in over $1 billion apiece. Love it or hate it, this a franchise that is destined to stay around for quite some time. Paramount’s brain trust for the Transformer series has recently hired screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) to lead a writers room to push the franchise to the next level.
In a world full of shared universes, Paramount is clearly seeing the benefit of taking a more television-esque approach to the way they make movies, and that’s exactly the direction they plan on going for the future Transformers flicks. Now, Deadline is reporting that Paramount has gone and locked down their “writers room,” of which Goldsman would be the head writer. So, who do we have coming in to work on the new Transformers movies?
At the top of this list of writers we have Robert Kirkman, creator of the bestselling graphic novel series, The Walking Dead. Clearly, Kirkman is a writer who knows how to establish a successful long-running series.
Next up are Art Marcum & Matt Holloway, who have collaborated on such films as Iron Man and Punisher: War Zone. Sure, the pair may not be the most prolific of writers, but many fans still cite Iron Man as one of the strongest movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and given that they were instrumental in establishing a world, a lot of credit is due.
Also on the list is another Marvel alum, Zak Penn. Penn was the sole credited writer on 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, as well as one of the writers on the first Avengers movie. He’s written several episodes of the Amazon original series Alphas, and is currently attached to two other big budget movies, Pacific Rim 2 and Ready Player One.
Lastly, we have Jeff Pinkner, who worked on the recent Amazing Spider-Man 2, as well as hit television series like LOST, Fringe, and Alias.
This isn’t the last we’ll hear of this, either. More writers will undoubtedly be on the way to help out as the process developments. The goal of these writers will be to develop ideas for a multi-part series and spinoffs for the Transformers film series so that they can ramp up the frequency of releases.
With a move like this from Paramount, it’s very clear that they’re taking the future of the Transformers franchise very seriously. While the previous Transformers flicks were successful, we’re living in an age where the quality of the film is of growing importance. Hopefully, with their talented writers room spearheading the series for the foreseeable future, upcoming Transformers movies will only get better and better.
What are your thoughts? Do you think this a good approach for the Transformers series?