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The most recent Transformers movie made more than $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office last summer, in spite of harsh reviews.
As you already know, Paramount is embarking on expanding their "Transformers" franchise into a shared universe of movies, with Akiva Goldsman ("Jonah Hex," "Batman & Robin," and "Batman Forever") tasked with overseeing and hiring the brain trust of scribes to bring this all to life. And the intentions are made very clear by the names have been signed up to further the adventures of Autobots and Decepticons. Deadline reports that Robert Kirkman ("The Walking Dead"), Art Marcum & Matt Holloway ("Iron Man," "Punisher: War Zone"), Zak Penn ("X2," "Elektra," "The Incredible Hulk," "The Avengers") and Jeff Pinkner ("Lost," "The Amazing Spider-Man 2") are being inked as the initial quartet of writers for Transformers-verse, with more to come. And their credits say it all, with Goldsman and Paramount clearly not messing around, with »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It was recently announced that Paramount Pictures, as well as Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura selected Akiva Goldsman to head a "writers room" in charge of developing "Transformers" sequels and spin-offs. Deadline is now reporting on who is part of this "writers room" and they are some of the biggest names in sci-fi. The list includes Robert Kirkman ("Walking Dead" creator), Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man), Zak Penn (Pacific Rim 2), and Jeff Pinkner (Amazing Spider-Man 2, "Lost"). More writers are expected to be added. The "Transformers" franchise is a top priority for Paramount. The last two installments broke the $1 billion mark at box office. »
As much as the whole idea sounds like an oxymoron, it appears Paramount's plans for a 'brain trust' of writers to steer the "Transformers" franchise has come to fruition.
Not long ago came word that Paramount intends to expand their mega-selling "Transformers" series with not just further direct sequels but interconnected spin-offs as well.
To do this, the likes of Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura would lend their support to a team of writers who would come up with story ideas for that film series. Said team would be lead by producer/writer Akiva Goldsman.
Today comes word on who will be a part of that team with five names you'll probably be familiar with - "The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman, "Pacific Rim" and "The Incredible Hulk" scribe Zak Penn," "Fringe" and "Lost" writer/exec producer Jeff Pinker, and "Iron Man" scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway »
- Garth Franklin
Back in March, Paramount announced its plans to form a Transformers shared movie universe using both direct sequels and spin-offs. Producer Akiva Goldsman will head up a “brain trust” to wrangle the various creative threads of each installment, and now he’s found his team.
According to Deadline, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Iron Man scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, Pacific Rim writer Zak Penn and Lost‘s Jeff Pinkner have been brought on board to pen the scripts for the upcoming films. The report cites them as “Goldman’s four-team roster,” which could indicate that they’ve been brought on to work on separate projects.
Now that the brain trust has been assembled, we can expect more news about what films they’ll work on in the near future. As of right now, all we know for sure is that Paramount hopes to have Transformers 5 in »
- James Garcia
It was back in March that we learned Paramount was to look beyond making mere sequels to Transformers movies, in favour of going down a broader cinematic universe route. Thus, whilst a follow-up to Transformers: Age Of Extinction is still very much on the cards, the idea is also to explore spin-off features. You never know, we could end up with at least a Transformers film a year if this all goes to plan. That'll go down well.
Anyway, there's been progress. Paramount has assembled a team of writers to bring its Transformers plan to life. We already knew that Akiva Goldsman had signed up to create writer's room for the Transformers cinematic universe, and now we know the identity of five of the writers to sit in it.
Paramount isn’t messing around with plans to evolve its mega-grossing Transformers franchise into an expansive cinematic universe. Today brings news that I, Robot scribe Akiva Goldsman, previously tasked by Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura with assembling a writer’s room to pitch ideas for Transformers spinoffs and a multi-part sequel, has finalized his brain trust – and it’s a pretty stunning lineup.
The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Iron Man scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, Pacific Rim 2 and The Incredible Hulk‘s Zak Penn, and Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) have all been recruited as four separate, creative teams that will work to transform Transformers from one franchise into a rich, diverse universe of films. Goldsman, who has known Bay since their college days, worked tirelessly to bring all these sci-fi heavy hitters into the fold, and though the ink isn’t yet dry on their deals, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Paramount and the powers behind the Transformers films have finalized the writers' room for the franchise's forthcoming slew of sequels and spinoffs, Deadline reports. Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura selected Akiva Goldsman roughly two months ago to ramp up more robots-in-disguise-fighting-robots-in-disguise movie ideas and to attract personnel. Here's the projected team thus far (and movies that they definitely aren't making): Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman (robots vs. zombies, please); Iron Man writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (robots vs. robots, maybe); Pacific Rim 2's Zak Penn (robots vs. kaiju, please); and Amazing Spider-Man 2's Jeff Pinkner (robots vs. spiders, please). More scribes will reportedly be added, so get ready to spend all of your future paychecks on endless movies about robots and things they may or may not want to blow up. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
So that's what the Transformers writer's room is going to look like, eh? While I don't tally the worth of a writer based on how many news stories they break, I will admit that I was deeply irritated when the story was first written about the notion of Akiva Goldsman spearheading a team of writers to develop "Transformers" sequels. I'd been tipped about it a few weeks earlier, and I was trying to get a second source I trusted, either at the studio or on the agency side of things. I pushed, and while I was sure the story was right, I couldn't run it. Excruciating. Part of my hesitance was that I didn't want to be wrong on a story like that because it's a threat more than anything. Goldsman and Bay breaking story together? Holy cow. Now Deadline's got a list of names they say are the final hires, »
- Drew McWeeny
In case you forgot, that Transformers cinematic universe is still happening, and that means we're going to need someone (or many someones) to bring it all together. Today it was announced the "Transformers brain trust" -- Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura -- has hired the writers behind their forthcoming line-up of spin-offs and sequels. Said writers include "The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman, Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (Iron Man 2), Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk) and Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) all agreeing to keep the Autobots and Decepticons crashing and smashing in theaters for the next however-many years. The deals are extremely recent, according to reports, so all that's known is their upcoming involvement with these new franchise builders. It's not clear what and which movies these writers will pen but they all join Akiva Goldsman, who has been on board since March, serving as »
- Will Ashton
Akiva Goldsman is stocking Paramount’s planned “Transformers” universe with top writing talent, TheWrap has learned, after the studio tasked the Oscar winner with fleshing out a franchise blueprint akin to Marvel Studios’ and Fox’s planned “Avatar” sequels. Robert Kirkman, creator of “The Walking Dead” comic book series, “Iron Man” screenwriters Matt Holloway and Art Marcum, Jeff Pinkner of ‘”The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and Zak Penn, who wrote the script for 2017’s “Pacific Rim 2,” are close to deals, according to an individual close to the talks. The gig will see the respective writers dreaming up new adventures for Optimus Prime & Co. »
- Matt Donnelly
Back in March, reports came out saying that Paramount Pictures was enlisting blockbuster writer Akiva Goldsman to take a pivotal role in what is building up to be a Transformers cinematic universe. However, he definitely won.t be alone in this venture, as a new report has come out naming a whole bunch of A-list writers to sculpt the franchise.s future . including The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman. Variety got the scoop on this interesting development, noting that Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg will be on-board to produce the sequels and spin-offs that the new team is developing. So who are these writers? Get the rundown below: Robert Kirkman As mentioned above, Robert Kirkman . best known for creating the comic book series The Walking Dead - is one of the big names attached to write one of the upcoming Transformers movies. He.s best known for his work in »
Paramount wants to expand the Transformers film series with interconnected spin-offs in addition to more direct sequels. Not long ago the exec producing team made up of Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura chose producer/screenwriter Akiva Goldsman to head up a “brain trust” in order to get story ideas set for that film series. […]
- Russ Fischer
As if movies weren't being treated like TV episodes enough, Paramount Picture recently set into motion a plan to put together a “writer’s room” for its Transformers series. The braintrust of Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura set screenwriter/producer Akiva Goldsman to oversee a group of writers that would develop ideas and scripts for Transformers sequels and spinoffs, and now that writers room has been set. Per Deadline, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Punisher: War Zone scribes Art Marcum & Matt Holloway, The Incredible Hulk screenwriter Zak Penn, and Lost alum Jeff Pinkner will fill out the roster of Goldsman’s Transformers team. Somewhat tellingly, both Kirkman and Pinkner have deep ties to the television world (Kirkman now has two Walking Dead shows at AMC), though Pinkner made the leap to feature films with last year’s Amazing Spider-Man 2. Penn also has strong ties to genre material, »
- Adam Chitwood
Sources tell Variety that “The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman, “Iron Man 3″ writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, “Pacific Rim 2″ scribe Zak Penn and “Amazing Spider-Man 2″ writer Jeff Pinkner will join the writing team for the expanded universe.
Paramount had no comment.
Michael Bay, who directed the last four pics, will produce along with Steven Spielberg, who had also been an exec producer on the franchise. Goldman was previously tasked with setting up the writing room with the goal of developing and writing scripts that would lead to future sequels and standalone films based on the popular franchise.
It’s little surprise Paramount decided to go this route with its lucrative “Transformers” series, with other studios banking on major franchises like the Marvel and DC films, »
- Justin Kroll
It was revealed a little earlier this year that Paramount and their Transformers brain trust (made up of Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura) had turned to Akiva Goldsman to come up with ideas for new instalments of the main Transformers franchise along with a number of spinoffs. Part of that including creating a writer's room, and it has some very impressive names! According to Deadline, it will be made up of The Walking Dead's Robert Kirkman, Iron Man writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk), and Jeff Pinkner (ugh, The Amazing Spider-Man 2). It's too early to say who will be working on what, but it looks like we're going to be getting an entire cinematic universe of Transformers movies. That's hardly a surprise after the success of the franchise, and it's going to be very interesting to see how this develops! »
Exclusive: Two months after Paramount and the Transformers brain trust of Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura picked Akiva Goldsman to incubate ideas for a multi-part sequel and spinoff films based on the billion-dollar franchise, they have finalized their “writers room.” And it’s a doozy. Goldsman’s four-team roster features some of the top names in sci-fi, I’ve learned: Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Iron Man scribes Art Marcum & Matt… »
This past March brought news that Paramount, in an attempt to turn the Transformers franchise into the sort of shared universe, film-generating concept that has worked out so well for Marvel, would be hiring a team of writers to work with Akiva Goldsman on new robo-projects. Deadline today brings word that the first batch has made a deal, with Robert Kirkman, Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, Zak Penn and Jeff Pinkner are all reportedly involved.While Goldsman himself doesn’t plan to write any of the screenplays, he is overseeing a writers' room that will operate much like those on most Us TV series, where the stories are figured out as a group before individuals (or teams) go off to write the actual scripts. All the new hires have genre credits, though we’d have thought Kirkman would have enough to do working on the hugely successful TV adaptation of »
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 »
- Kevin Fraser
One of the least discussed superhero-related TV series in development is TNT's "Titans," a live action adaptation of the "Teen Titans" comic titles. The project was announced back in September, and revealed its characters in February including Dick Grayson, Barbara Gordon, Rachel Roth, Starfire, Hank Hall and Dawn Granger.
Speaking at the upfront presentations this week, TNT president Kevin Reilly revealed that series creator Akiva Goldsman has been "very busy doing some other things" and the project won't progress much further until they lock down a cast. The hope though is to get the series into production by this Summer.
Reilly also confirms that Goldsman wants to stay very true to the comic, with a storyline revolving around a Robin who has been betrayed by Batman:
"I sat down with Akiva and said - and he ultimately agreed - that the [TV] landscape right now is well-serviced on the superhero front. »
- Garth Franklin
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