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Despite not being loved by critics, the "Transformers" franchise has been very lucrative, with the last two films grossing over $1 billion worldwide each. This is why Paramount Pictures has decided to expand the universe to include a bunch more sequels and spin-offs. Deadline is reporting that the studio hired Akiva Goldsman to work with director Michael Bay, executive producer Steven Spielberg and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura to organize a "writer's room" to come up with ideas for future films. Even though Goldsman is an Oscar-winning writer of "A Beautiful Mind" and many other films, it seems that he won't actually write any scripts. Instead, he will take on an oversight role to select writers and guide the movies they'll write. This strategy has become more and more common in Hollywood. 20th Century Fox has done this for the next three "Avatar" films, and Disney has done this for its superhero »
Not only is Bay eyeing a fifth film (after he’s finished latest effort 13 Hours) but the studio has brought in screenwriter Akiva Goldsman to oversee a hub of scribblers – the intention being to develop more sequels and spin-offs, creating a parallel with other lucrative multi-chapter series, notably Star Wars.
The brand’s key talents – Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura – are on hand to assist Goldsman with the task of keeping this saga of reconfigured robots fresh. Part of that included placing Mark Wahlberg as the series star, replacing Shia Labeouf for Age Of Extinction. Wahlberg is also expected to return, having signed a contract for two further chapters.
Toy giant Hasbro, from whose range the movies sprung, will surely be rubbing their hands at the »
- Steve Palace
Transformers: Age of Extinction leads 2015 Razzie nominations
Goldsman is currently in talks with Bay about how sequels and spinoffs from the Transformers series can be developed, Deadline reports.
Bay directed the first four films with Spielberg acting as executive producer.
They will work with Goldsman and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura to develop the next stage of the franchise and brainstorm spinoffs.
It comes as other studios expand their 'universes' including original innovator Marvel and Disney following the acquisition of Star Wars.
The likes of Fox, DC Comics and Warner Bros are also looking at spinoff options to their rights. »
Having topped the worldwide box office chart in 2014 with Transformers: Age of Extinction, it looks like Paramount Pictures is keen on expanding its output for the Robots in Disguise, with Deadline revealing that the studio has launched a “writer’s room” for a multi-part Transformers sequel and spin-off films, a la Disney’s plans for Star Wars.
According to the site, Akiva Goldsman is in talks to work with Michael Bay, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura and executive producer Steven Spielberg to generate ideas for the Hasbro franchise, which has so far generated over $3.7 billion with its first four movies.
Are you excited about the prospect of a shared Transformers movie universe, and what kind of spin-off movies would you like to see? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…
- Gary Collinson
With Transformers: Age Of Extinction being the highest grossing film on the planet in 2014, it's unsurprising that Paramount is already pressing ahead with plans for Transformers 5. It's unclear yet whether Michael Bay will return to direct that one, given that he's currently working on drama 13 Hours (although he slotted Pain & Gain in between the last two Transformers movies). But whether he does or doesn't, you can expect lots more Transformers in the years ahead.
That's because - yes! - plans are afoot for a Transformers movie universe, with a series of spin-off films being planned.
Some days you're a step ahead, some days you're a step behind. I've been chasing this Akiva Goldsman/"Transformers" story for a few weeks, but couldn't second-source it. Now Deadline's reporting that the story is in fact happening. One of the reasons I was extra-careful was because it is the sort of story that sounds like someone making a joke about the way the industry works right now. "Akiva Goldsman has been hired to supervise the development of three back-to-back 'Transformers' sequels for Michael Bay" is what I heard first, and my response was, "Shut up and stop making horrible jokes." The thing is, this is the near-future of how they'll be handling these giant franchise films. You want to know the real truth of why the Russos are rapidly becoming Marvel's favorite filmmakers? Because they are trained to work in the TV model already, which is what blockbuster filmmaking is becoming. »
- Drew McWeeny
One look at the vast phalanx of comic book superhero films, genre novel adaptations and other chapter-centric properties is all the proof needed that we are in the midst of the tentpole era of the movie industry. In a move that certainly cements this idea, it is being reported that Paramount Pictures has big plans for the future of its Transformers franchise in the form of multi-part sequel films to the already-enduring series of movies. Yeah, that’s right, the cinematic world is not quite done with the frenetic, destructive, product-placing world in which Autobots and Decepticons turn our cities into their personal Thunderdome. According to a scoop by Deadline, producer, Akiva Goldsman has been tasked with facilitating some meetings with producers of the Transformers franchise such as Steven Spielberg, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and the sultan of cinematic ‘splosions and ultimate franchise guru, himself, Michael Bay. The purpose »
The bot world is getting bigger. Paramount, Michael Bay and Lorenzo di Bonaventura are enlisting Akiva Goldsman to help the studio develop ideas and a team to work on future Transformers spin-offs and sequels, a source tells THR. The move signals that the studio is looking towards making their Hasbro toy-inspired franchise into a universe in the same vein as Marvel's Avengers, Universal's monster universe (which will kick off with The Mummy in 2016) and Warner Bros.' DC comics superhero universe. Paramount had no comment. Bay has directed all four of the Transformers films, which have earned
- Rebecca Ford
In what’s becoming a prevalent trend nowadays, it’s not enough for a movie to just be. For studios to eye up a pre-existing property, a popular kids toy or heck, even an original spec script for development, there has to be the possibility for sequels and spinoffs. If the concept doesn’t allude to a possible future instalment, or a time hop for a quickie origin tale, then it seems as if that idea won’t get past the preliminary stages of studios’ rigorous filmmaking process.
Bearing all that in mind, the cinematic landscape is currently shifting further and further towards an all-encompassing “movieverse.” Marvel and DC cornered the comic book ‘verses, Sony is ramping up their Ghostbusters ‘verse, and Disney is doing the same with Star Wars. Now, Paramount is set to expand one of their most-profitable franchises – Transformers – into a fully-blown cinematic universe.
Michael Bay, who »
- Gem Seddon
We've known for awhile that more Transformers sequels were on the way, especially since Mark Wahlberg is signed for multiple movies, and Transformers: Age of Extinction was meant to be the start of a new trilogy. But now it sounds like Paramount may have even grander plans for the toy-based franchise. Deadline reveals that the studio is in talks with Akiva Goldsman to shepherd a multi-part sequel to continue the Transformers franchise, as well as potential spin-offs based on Hasbro's toyline. Basically, Paramount seems anxious to create their own Marvel-esque universe for the Transformers. More below! Goldsman would work with director Michael Bay, executive producer Steven Spielberg and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura to organize a writer's room or brain trust to hatch ideas for the franchise to expand and continue. And while Goldsman has written several screenplays himself, including the Oscar-winning A Beautiful Mind, it doesn't sound like he'll write and of these movies himself. »
- Ethan Anderton
Paramount Pictures is in negotiations with writer-director-producer Akiva Goldsman to help develop new Transformers movies alongside franchise director Michael Bay. Deadline reports that Paramount's approach is similar to what director James Cameron did with his Avatar sequels, forming a "writers room" of sorts that will come up with ideas to develop a new multi-part sequel and spinoff movies. Akiva Goldsman isn't expected to write any of these movies himself, but he will find new writers to craft the scripts based on his ideas for the franchise.
The site also reports that Michael Bay would like to have Transformers 5 ready to start production once he wraps on his Benghazi thriller 13 Hours. It has long been believed that last year's Transformers: Age of Extinction, which was the only movie last year to cross $1 billion worldwide, was the last Transformers he planned on directing, but it seems he'll be on board to helm Transformers 5 as well. »
Deadline reports Goldsman would not be writing but assembling and overseeing a “writers room” to hatch an idea for how to tackle a two-part sequel in the film’s franchise in addition to potential spinoffs. Goldsman would likely join Bay, di Bonaventura and Steven Spielberg as a producer.
It’s unknown whether Bay will return to directing duties for any new installments. He is currently in pre-production on his Benghazi thriller “13 Hours.”
The franchise is a huge priority for the studio with the most recent film, “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” crossing the $1 billion worldwide box officer marker last year, making it the third film in the franchise to pass that milestone.
- Justin Kroll
Well this is an interesting turn of events. Despite the fact that they’ve almost all been critically panned, the Transformers movies make money. They make a lot of money. Transformers: Age of Extinction alone grossed nearly $1.1 billion, so whether people want them or not, there will be more Transformers movies. The question, then, has been what form will the continuation of the franchise take? After Transformers: Dark of the Moon, director Michael Bay famously planned to hand the franchise off to a new filmmaker who could semi-reboot the series. He subsequently changed his mind and came back to helm Age of Extinction himself, resulting in pretty much the same movie we’ve been watching for four films in a row now, only with more Mark Wahlberg and less Shia Labeouf. Bay previously said he'd be handing Transformers 5 off to another filmmaker, and he subsequently opted to move forward »
- Adam Chitwood
Paramount Pictures is launching a cinematic universe around its blockbuster “Transformers” property that will be overseen by Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, an individual with knowledge of the studio’s plans has told TheWrap. A representative for Paramount had no comment on Friday afternoon. Goldsman is in deep negotiations to develop “Transformers” sequels and spinoffs with Michael Bay, who directed all four films in the franchise and could really stand to hand the reins to someone else, as well as producer Lorenzo di Bonventura and executive producer Steven Spielberg. The quartet will serve as a braintrust that aims to organize a “writer’s room” of. »
- Jeff Sneider
If you saw the reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles last year and thought that it needed more supermodels, then you are in luck. THR reports that Victoria's Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio is taking a role in the forthcoming sequel from Paramount Pictures and Platinum Dunes. I can't help but think that this is Michael Bay's doing as one of the producers of the new franchise, especially since the director gave another Victoria's Secret model, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, her big screen debut in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Megan Fox is already playing April O'Neil, so who is Ambrosio playing? Ambrosio will be playing a new love interest for Will Arnett, which doesn't seem insanely far-fetched for Arnett in real life, but for his cameraman character Vernon Fenwick, it's a bit of a stretch. Apparently Ambrosio and Arnett were recently photographed kissing at a New York Knicks game a couple days ago, »
- Ethan Anderton
Exclusive: Paramount Pictures wants more Transformers. Taking a page from Fox’s incubation of three Avatar sequels and what Disney is doing to revive Star Wars with a sequels and spinoffs, the studio is negotiating with Akiva Goldsman to work with franchise director Michael Bay, exec producer Steven Spielberg and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura to organize a “writer’s room” that will incubate ideas for a potential multi-part Transformers sequel, and come up with potential… »
Negotiations are underway with writer/producer Akiva Goldsman to head up the assembly of a "writer's room" with a mission - to come up with and develop ideas for both a potential multi-part "Transformers" sequel, and multiple spinoff films based on the billion-dollar franchise.
Goldman will be teamed with franchise director Michael Bay, exec producer Steven Spielberg and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura to organise this group which is reportedly coming together very quickly. Goldsman is Not expected to pen a script for the series, but he will have oversight regarding the writers being secured.
Bay is prepping his Benghazi siege drama "13 Hours" and reportedly wants the next "Transformers" film ready to move forward once he wraps production on 'Hours'.
This is all thanks to Paramount's Motion Picture Group president Marc Evans who has been pushed to get the studio making more movies again, »
- Garth Franklin
Leave it to a Michael Bay-produced movie to give a Victoria’s Secret model her big-screen debut. Alessandra Ambrosio was recently spotted kissing Will Arnett at a New York Knicks game and the tabloids went nuts. Which Arrested Development Star Was Smooching This Victora’s Secret Stunner? Turns out, the pair were actually filming a scene from […]
- Germain Lussier
Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio has signed on to star in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, playing herself, who is the new love interest for Will Arnett's Vern Fenwick. Both Alessandra Ambrosio and Will Arnett were spotted at a recent Los Angeles Clippers vs. New York Knicks game together, where they were shooting scenes for the sequel. It isn't known if production has fully begun yet, or if the production just took advantage of the game to shoot a few scenes for the sequel. Several Los Angeles Clippers players such as DeAndre Jordan, J.J. Redick, Matt Barnes, Austin Rivers, and Spencer Hawes also shot a scene for the sequel.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stars Alan Ritchson (Raphael), Noel Fisher (Michelangelo), Pete Ploszek (Leonardo) and Jeremy Howard (Donatello) are expected to return as the turtles, along with Megan Fox (April O'Neil) and William Fichtner (Eric Sacks). No story details have been »
Guess who may be getting the next cinematic universe? That's right! Paramount is currently preparing to launch their own multiple film franchise of Transformers movies. While nothing is currently set, the studio is enlisting screenwriter Akiva Goldsman to head an initiative that would see multiple films to follow the awful, yet profitable, Transformers: Age Of Extinction. Lest we forget the man who brought this scourge upon us, Deadline reports that Michael Bay is involved as well. »
- Alex Maidy
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