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Robert Kirkman, Zak Penn, and more added to Transformers "writer's room"

05.20.2015
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The TRANSFORMERS films are serious money-makers so it came as no surprise when Hasbro and Paramount announced their plan for a combined TRANSFORMERS cinematic universe full of sequels, spin-offs, and laminated statutory rape excuses. Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura then chose Akiva Goldsman to head up a "writer's room" in order to develop ideas for the next stage of the Transformers universe.

As Goldsman couldn't possibly come up with fifty variations of giant robots pummeling each other by himself, Deadline has reported that Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Zak Penn (PACIFIC RIM 2), Jeff Pinkner (THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2), and Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (IRON MAN) are in negotiations to join him. It's interesting to note that Ehren Kruger, who is credited on three out of the four previous films, is absent from this new group of writers.

Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner has previously commented on the upcoming cinematic universe:

Our plan with the studio and filmmakers you may have heard some writers being hired and we have in fact brought in Akiva Goldsman to lead a group of writers to really create a strategic plan around Transformers. We think there are any number of stories to be told from the brand that has been around for 30 years with amazing canon and mythology. We would expect the sequel to the Transformers movie [TF4] to happen in 2017.

The four TRANSFORMERS films have pulled in close to $4 billion worldwide despite an almost unanimous critical lashing, proving that so long as we've got pretty ladies and explosions we're seemingly happy to plunk down our hard-earned change. The fifth film in the TRANSFORMERS franchise, and the first from this new writer's room, is set for release sometime in 2017.

What do you think folks? Do these writers give you hope for the future of the TRANSFORMERS franchise?

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Source: Deadline

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1:23PM on 05/21/2015
Finally get some more combiners, (Superion vs Menasor or Bruticus) , Rodimus or Ultra Magnus to lead.
Omega Supreme or Metroplex to appear and even have Unicron to threaten Cybertron..
Finally get some more combiners, (Superion vs Menasor or Bruticus) , Rodimus or Ultra Magnus to lead.
Omega Supreme or Metroplex to appear and even have Unicron to threaten Cybertron..
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8:29AM on 05/21/2015
It took three movies but I've finally stopped giving this franchise my cash - as much as I loved Transformers as a kid, these films aren't it. I'd have checked out Age of Extinction if it had been better received, but by all accounts it was as bad as ever - all product placement and dumb jokes.
Maybe this room full of writers can come up with something interesting, but I'm certainly not holding my breath.
It took three movies but I've finally stopped giving this franchise my cash - as much as I loved Transformers as a kid, these films aren't it. I'd have checked out Age of Extinction if it had been better received, but by all accounts it was as bad as ever - all product placement and dumb jokes.
Maybe this room full of writers can come up with something interesting, but I'm certainly not holding my breath.
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2:23AM on 05/21/2015
Since we really can't stop another sequel from happening, there are two things that I want for Transformers 5. Quintessons, andRodimus Prime.
I even have this fanfiction in my head where Rodimus is the center of the story with a little nod to the Japanese Pretender series. Optimus Prime went missing for almost two decades. We then see an older Mikaela who will not look like Megan Fox anymore because she can't act, as a single mother raising an 18 year old kid who is growing up into a reckless
Since we really can't stop another sequel from happening, there are two things that I want for Transformers 5. Quintessons, andRodimus Prime.
I even have this fanfiction in my head where Rodimus is the center of the story with a little nod to the Japanese Pretender series. Optimus Prime went missing for almost two decades. We then see an older Mikaela who will not look like Megan Fox anymore because she can't act, as a single mother raising an 18 year old kid who is growing up into a reckless drag racer with HOT ROD written on the back of his jacket. The twist is that he's basically Optimus' offspring with a human appearance (like Terminator or that chick in Transformers 2, but he has a hidden power to merge with his car and transform it into an Autobot form) and was put in Mikaela's care. Some of his stepmother's friends in their family garage are also Transformers disguised as humans (maybe with John Goodman and Ken Watanabe actually acting on camera). The plot revolve around the Quintessons hunting for Rod(imus) who is also looking for his dad Optimus Prime, and somehow Rod is the key to resurrecting Cybertron. Also the Quintessons will be the ultimate bad robots here, responsible for hiring Lockdown and behind the whole thing in TF4, so even Decepticon leftovers join in the fight and teaming up with the Autobots.
I know that sounds silly and there's a reason why I'm not a sreenwriter, but I dunno. That sounds more exciting to me because it combines the human side and the robot side together. The robot vs military plot thing was getting tiresome.
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6:27AM on 05/21/2015
That actually sounds pretty good, man! As a kid I hated Transformers Generation 2 because it pretty much killed every main character of Generation 1 in just one act in Transformers The Movie. But I actually like Hot Rod and Kup a lot. I hope to see them in the movie too. But the thing is can they kill off Optimus Prime again? From a marketing point of view, I don't think they can because Optimus Prime is much more recognizable than Hot Rod. So ideally it'd be great to have them co-exist in one
That actually sounds pretty good, man! As a kid I hated Transformers Generation 2 because it pretty much killed every main character of Generation 1 in just one act in Transformers The Movie. But I actually like Hot Rod and Kup a lot. I hope to see them in the movie too. But the thing is can they kill off Optimus Prime again? From a marketing point of view, I don't think they can because Optimus Prime is much more recognizable than Hot Rod. So ideally it'd be great to have them co-exist in one movie without killing off either characters and I think your plot outline makes sense.
9:58PM on 05/21/2015
Why, thanks! :)
My first ever exposure to Transformers was actually with the Japanese Transformers Super-God Masterforce and Victory anime, before continuing with the Generation 2 cartoon. I think Rodimus Prime is really cool and deserve better respect.
Why, thanks! :)
My first ever exposure to Transformers was actually with the Japanese Transformers Super-God Masterforce and Victory anime, before continuing with the Generation 2 cartoon. I think Rodimus Prime is really cool and deserve better respect.
10:20PM on 05/20/2015
At least they finally got rid of Ehren Krueger as the writer finally, somehow I feel he was more to blame than Bay. Still think the Transformers films are harmless & don't hate on them like others do.
At least they finally got rid of Ehren Krueger as the writer finally, somehow I feel he was more to blame than Bay. Still think the Transformers films are harmless & don't hate on them like others do.
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9:09PM on 05/20/2015
Just take them to Cybertron already.
Just take them to Cybertron already.
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11:30PM on 05/20/2015
Totally agree
Totally agree
6:30AM on 05/21/2015
Thanks, man.
Thanks, man.
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