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The DC Universe continues to spread its TV wings as TNT has officially greenlit a pilot for "Titans", with the working title "Blackbirds", focusing on young superheroes from DC Comics, including 'Nightwing', the former 'Robin', scheduled to shoot in Toronto October 2015:
"...the series will focus on 'Dick Grayson', the former 'Robin', who emerged from the shadow of 'Batman' to become the vigilante 'Nightwing' ...
"...and leader of a fearless band of heroes including 'Starfire' and 'Raven'..."
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- Michael Stevens
The pilot was first rumored to be ordered by the network a year ago, a rumor the network didn't confirm at the time. It wasn't until a few months later that DC's Geoff Johns indicated on social media that the pilot would be shot sometime in 2015 and then the network said at the upfronts last month they hoped to be in production by this Summer.
The pilot, penned by Akiva Goldsman and Marc Haimes, would follow Dick Grayson, who emerges from the shadow of Batman to become Nightwing, the leader of a fearless band of new super heroes including Barbara Gordon, Hawk, Dove, Raven, and Starfire.
Today, Season Zero reports that the project has scored a new name, "Blackbirds," and the original plan to shoot this »
- Garth Franklin
Last we heard, the Teen Titans TV pilot was set to shoot in Toronto this Summer, but Season Zero reckon that the cameras won't roll until October now. We were expecting to get some initial casting announcements etc pretty soon but it's likely we'll be waiting a bit longer for them now too. In addition, the site reports that the show will now be known as Blackbirds. The pilot was written by Akiva Goldsman and Marc Haimes, and is expected to focus on Dick Grayson becoming Nightwing and teaming up with the likes of Barbara Gordon, Hawk, Dove, Raven, and Starfire. There is a TitansWriters Twitter account you can follow, but aside from the image below it hasn't been very active thus far. Updates as we get 'em. »
No matter how you feel about the live-action Transformers franchise, the big-screen adventures of Hasbro's robots in disguise have truly been, well... more than meets the eye. Seemingly critic-proof, the four-film franchise currently ranks as the eighth highest-grossing movie franchise of all time worldwide despite being a popular punching bag for reviewers. Along the way, the series has also earned seven Academy Award nominations to go along with those poor reviews, making it the sort of spectacle that's hard to ignore or dismiss. And from the sound of things, it's only getting bigger in the years to come. Back in March, it was reported that Paramount Pictures tasked Oscar-winning writer Akiva Goldsman with assembling a “writers' room” of talented...
- Rick Marshall
As a guy who grew up watching Transformers on TV and collecting the toys, I have to say I'm not a fan of what Michael Bay has done to the franchise. It's not that I dislike the director or his other movies (I feel he gets picked on unfairly), I just don't think he was ever the right director for this franchise. So, it's with a heavy heart I relay the news Mark Wahlberg expects Bay to return to the director's chair for Transformers 5. We still haven't heard confirmation from the director himself, so there's still a little hope Wahlberg has spoken prematurely. In an interview with Collider, Wahlberg was asked about the future of the Transformers franchise: Collider: Do you have any update on the status of Transformers 5c Have you heard anything about what's going onc Wahlberg: I don't. Just that Akiva Goldsman and those guys are »
- Charles Dean
However, with the Transformers writers room in full swing, it seems Bay may have had a change of heart, as Mark Wahlberg has revealed to Collider that he expects to reunite with his Pain & Gain and Age of Extinction helmer for the fifth movie.
“I don’t [know the status of Transformers 5],” states Wahlberg. “Just that Akiva Goldsman and those guys are starting to write and break stories, and stuff like that. But Michael Bay is in Malta shooting Benghazi, and I’m in New Orleans shooting Deepwater. We’ll get together when he gets back. Yes [I think he’ll direct it].”
Bay is still attached to Transformers 5 as executive producer, but if he does decide to direct, it wouldn’t be the first time that he’d changed his mind, »
- Gary Collinson
So it looks like Akiva Goldsman and Michael Bay are taking a page out of the TV model for their upcoming “Transformers” Cinematic Universe, its sequels, its spin-offs, its potential prequels and more. Rather than hire one writer per film—or if you’re Warner Bros. pit multiple writers against each other for “Wonder Woman” or Sony doing the same for their female driven "21 Jump Street" spinoff— Goldsman and Bay are adopting the TV model of a writers room think tank: anywhere from seven to ten writers in a room who toss around ideas all day and break stories. It’s a collective, best-ideas win approach and they’ve decided that’s best for the Tcu. “There is such reciprocity between TV and movies now, that we’re borrowing this from TV,” Goldsman told Deadline recently. “I got a taste of this from J.J. Abrams when I came in to write an episode of ‘Fringe, »
- Edward Davis
Steven DeKnight, showrunner on the first season of Marvel's "Daredevil" for Netflix, has joined the massive Transformers writers room that's being assembled. Christina Hodson and Lindsay Beer where the previous additions to Akiva Goldsman's efforts alongside Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (Iron Man 2), Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk), Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari (Ant-Man) and "The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman. A report from Forbes says the writers are responsible for writing treatments and pitching their stories to the producers suggesting up to twelve pitches will likely be under consideration. So far we've heard rumors of a Bumblebee origin story, an origin story focused on the Transformers home planet of Cybertron and "Beast Wars" movies. There's even a behind-the-scenes video from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 of a character dressed up as Bumblebee in the film during a parade scene suggesting not that the actual Bumblebee shows up, »
- Brad Brevet
The Transformers writer’s room has been making the headlines recently, adding more and more names to the list of storytellers who have been tasked with moving the franchise forward through a range of prequels, sequels and spin-offs. The final piece has now fallen into place with the announcement that Steven DeKnight will take the last seat at that table. DeKnight is riding a wave a success following the impressive debut of the first season of Daredevil on Netflix – a series for which he was showrunner, in addition to writing, directing and producing.
DeKnight joins a creative team that already consists of Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down), Geneva Robertson-Dworet (whose script Hibernation was featured on the Black List), Christina Hodson (Shut In), newcomer Lindsey Beer, Andrew Barrer (Haunt), Gabriel Ferrari (Barrer’s writing partner), Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man), Zak Penn (Avengers Assemble »
- Sarah Myles
Yesterday was the first day the recently assembled "Transformers" writers room went to work with the final line-up including some impressive talent from "Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman to "Daredevil" show runner Steven S. DeKnight.
Forbes reports that all the writers will be responsible for writing a treatment and pitching their story to the producers, even Akiva Goldsman who heads up the group. This means that up to a dozen or so new "Transformers" films could be in the works should each of these get approved.
Rumors have already sprung up about potential "Beast Wars" and the origin of Cyberton, but none of this is confirmed as yet. As Michael Bay is involved with both the new "Transformers" film and the currently in production "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" sequel, it appears Bumblebee makes an appearance in the latter during a costume parade scene. A video has gone online showing off Noel Fisher, »
- Garth Franklin
Fresh from his exploits in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it has been announced that former Daredevil showrunner Steven DeKnight has become the latest name to join the Transformers writers room over at Paramount Pictures.
Headed up by Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind), the studio’s writers room now includes Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man), Zak Penn (Pacific Rim 2), Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Christina Hodson (The Eden Project), Lindsey Beer (Dig), Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari (Ant-Man), Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down) and Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Hibernation).
In addition to Transformers 5, the writers will all be pitching ideas for various spinoffs set in the Transformers universe, which will subsequently be turned into treatments should they meet the approval of Paramount, Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg.
- Gary Collinson
Further recruits have been added to the writer's room for the planned Transformers movie universe. The story so far on this is that Akiva Goldsman is heading up a collection of scribes, that already features The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Christina Hodson & Lindsey Beer, Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari (who worked on Ant-Man), Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (Pacific Rim), Zak Penn (Pacific Rim 2) and Jeff Pinker (Lost). So, including Goldsman, that's seven writing teams, and 10 individual writers.
But there's more. At the end of last week, Black Hawk Down's Ken Nolan signed up, as did Geneva Robertson-Dworet, who's been writing a space thriller for Roland Emmerich. And now we learn that Daredevil season one showrunner Steven DeKnight is on board as well. So, we make that 10 writing teams, »
The folks behind Transformers have spent the last few weeks assembling a writing team that will guide the franchise into the future, and while there are already some big names involved, today the group got just a little bit bigger. This is because new reports have identified Daredevil Season 1 showrunner Steven S. DeKnight as the latest writer to join the brain trust. News of this new addition comes to us from Deadline, which adds that DeKnight will be the final writer added to what is expected to be a rather influential group. Unfortunately, no further details are available about this development - though he joins a long list of other talented names. In addition to the newcomer, the assembled group includes: Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (Iron Man) Zak Penn (Pacific Rim 2) Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) Christina Hodson »
The Transformers writers room continues to expand. Black List scribes Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Ken Nolan are the latest to come aboard, joining Robert Kirkman, Zak Penn, Jeff Pinkner, and many more. Update From Editor Peter Sciretta: Daredevil executive producer/showrunner and Starz’ Spartacus creator Steven DeKnight has been added to the Transformers brain trust as “the final member” according to Deadline. […]
- Angie Han
The Transformers franchise, the toxic waste dump of the blockbuster movie landscape, has put together a writers room led by Akiva Goldsman, the man who brought you Winter’s Tale. Like other studios trying to emulate the Marvel, Paramount wants to pull together an interconnected universe and do it through a system similar to a television model instead of a screenplay getting passed down from writer to writer until it lands in the hands of Michael Bay and becomes a stack of paper on which he can put his coffee. Per Forbes, the current Transformers writers room consists of Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk), Jeff Pinker (Lost), Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man), The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari (Ant-Man), Christina Hodson (Shut In), Lindsey Beer, Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down) and Geneva Robertson-Dworet. Goldsman told Deadline their approach for the expanded Transformers cinematic »
- Matt Goldberg
A couple of days ago Paramount announced that screenwriters Christina Hodson (The Eden Project) and Lindsey Beer (Dig) have joined their Transformers “writer’s room”, and now it’s been announced that the studio has added another two scribes in Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down) and Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Hibernation).
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The new names join the previously announced Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man), Zak Penn (Pacific Rim 2) and Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) as part of Paramount’s writing team for an expanded Transformers universe, which is being headed up by Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind).
“There is such reciprocity between TV and movies now, that we’re borrowing this from TV,” Goldsman tells Deadline. “I got a taste of this from J.J. Abrams when I came in to write an episode of Fringe, »
- Gary Collinson
One thing that many are still trying to wrap their head around is the so-called "Transformers writing room," a collective of screenwriters working together on ideas for further sequels and spinoff movies to Paramount's lucrative live-action "Transformers" franchise.
Two more writers have joined the collective in the last day, specifically Ken Nolan and Geneva Robertson-Dorsett. Akiva Goldsman is serving as the leader of this collaborative group and tells Deadline that the plan is to operate much in the way a TV show writer's room does:
"There is such reciprocity between TV and movies now, that we're borrowing this from TV. I got a taste of this from J.J. Abrams when I came in to write an episode of Fringe, and then Jeff Pinkner let me hang around for four years like the drunk uncle.
The whole process of the story room was really delightful, and we are seeing it more »
- Garth Franklin
Transformers is on the verge of a major shift. The era of Michael Bay-directed movies in the franchise ended with Transformers: Age of Extinction, but a new era has begun, and it.s being ushered in by a large brain trust of both experienced and up-and-coming writers. It.s a gamble on behalf of Paramount Pictures, as they strive to build a cinematic universe akin to what Marvel Studios and multiple other studios doing, but if they get it to work, it could mean amazing things for the future of the series. Though the work is only just beginning, Deadline recently had the chance to sit down with Akiva Goldsman . who is serving as the head of the aforementioned writer.s group . and the Oscar winning screenwriter explained the methodology behind the special approach. Noting the reciprocal relationship between movies and television these days, Goldsman freely admitted that this »
Paramount is keen on making their Transformers franchise just as big as the Marvel Cinematic Univserse. To that end, they've put Akiva Goldsman in charge of a think tank of writers to develop ideas, outlines and continuity between multiple spinoff films. Rumors currently speculate that the spinoff films could star Bumblebee and be Cybertron based. Today's latest development centers around the latest addition of Nolan and Robertson-Dworet. The two join a think tank that already includes: Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) Zak Penn (X-Men: The Last Stand, The Incredible Hulk) writing team Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man) Jeff Pinkner (Fringe, Lost, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) writing team Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari (Ant-Man) Lindsey Beer (Dig) Christina Hodson (Shut In) These days, every studio needs a Cinematic Universe. Disney has Marvel and Star Wars. Universal has Fast & Furious and mythological monsters. Warner Bros. has the budding DC Cinematic Universe. »
Akiva Goldsman announced today that he has added two more writers to his ever-expanding Transformers braintrust, which will set off on their task to pen the next iteration of the titanic franchise this coming week. Black Hawk Down scribe Ken Nolan and Black List-ed penner Geneva Robertson are the latest pair to be added to the swelling group, as reported today by THR. They, of course, are added to a league of writers, made up of Christina Hodson, Lindsey Beer, Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari (Ant-Man), The Walking Dead originator Robert Kirkman, Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (Iron Man), Zak Penn, and Amazing Spider-Man 2's Jeff Pinkner. Discussing the task at hand, Goldsman was quick to discuss the goal of replicating the serial formula of television in movie form: “There is such reciprocity between TV and movies now, that we’re borrowing this from TV.I got a taste of this »
- Chris Cabin
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