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Big-budget movies go into production without a completed script with some frequency, so it was notable when the team behind the “Transformers” film franchise assembled a "think tank" to hash out a plan for the future of the series. “Daredevil” season one showrunner Steven DeKnight was in this think tank, joined by “Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman, Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari (“Ant-Man”), Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (“Iron Man”), and Zak Penn (“X-Men: The Last Stand”) among others. Akiva Goldsman led the charge in charting the course for the future of the “Transformers” franchise. DeKnight was on hand at today’s TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour to talk about the first season of Netflix’s "Daredevil." When asked about the “Transformers” experience, DeKnight said that it was “wonderful” that movies are now taking a page from television. “It was a wonderful experience,” DeKnight enthused. “Akiva Goldsman was fantastic and Jeff Pinkner was phenomenal. »
- Roth Cornet
Carl Rinsch was in talks in 2010 to direct “Logan's Run” for Warner Bros. with Silver and Akiva Goldsman producing. At that point, the project — focused on a man trying to escape a mandatory death sentence on his 30th birthday — had been in development at Warners for more than a decade, with Bryan Singer, Skip Woods, Robert Schwenke and James McTeigue associated at various points as possible directors.
- Dave McNary
With a "brain's trust" having been assembled to work on the fifth "Transformers" movie along with assorted spinoffs and potential crossover movies, no-one is quite sure what to expect from the next outing of the mega-earning franchise.
At last report, at least twelve different pitches are in the works based on the franchise though only some of them are expected to get up and going. Akiva Goldsman heads up this cabal which includes the likes of "Daredevil" show runner Steven S. DeKnight, "The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman and many others.
With the fifth film in the series the immediate priority though, Christian Today reports that their sources have indicated the new film will continue Optimus Prime's quest to find The Creators and will introduce the Quintessons - an ancient race bound up with the history of the Transformers and hold answers in regards to the Earth invasion.
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- Garth Franklin
While this might seem like a lofty rumor considering its source, nothing is really off the table when it comes to Transformers 5. Akiva Goldsman is leading a writers' room that includes Daredevil's Steven S. DeKnight, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and a host of other sci-fi and genre luminaries. They are reportedly throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks in creating a Transformers 5 that Michael Bay will want to direct. And they are also pitching at least 12 different spinoffs and crossover movies. So it seems logical that both Ultra Magnus and the Quintessons are being considered for an appearance. Though, this could obviously change at any moment, as the script is only being hashed out, and there is no report that it is finished.
This rumor comes courtesy of ChristianToday, who point out the obvious fact that Transformers: Age of Extinction ended with Optimus »
From comic-book adaptations to sci-fi, fantasy and horror. Here are the new geek-skewed shows coming to Us TV in 2016...
The world of TV has never been so crowded and, at the same time, geeks have never had it so good. As saturated as the big screen is with superhero films and sprawling shared universes, that mentality has well and truly bled onto the small screen too.
So there’s a lot of comic-book adaptations coming up in 2016 from Marvel, DC and others, but genre TV is represented across the board with science-fiction, fantasy and horror represented at pretty much every network and cable channel in the Us.
Here's some of the geek TV that will be making its way to us from the Us next year.
Aka Jessica Jones (Netflix)
Part of Netflix’s own connected slice of the McU, there has been a lot of confusion over when we »
Stars Kate Winslet (Jeanine), Miles Teller (Peter), Zoë Kravitz (Christina), Theo James (Four) and producer Lucy Fisher discuss how the relationship between Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four has evolved in our exclusive preview from The Divergent Series: Insurgent, debuting on Digital HD July 21 before its release on Blu-ray and DVD August 4. Both Theo James and Miles Teller discuss how much more at ease the cast was with each other in the sequel, since there is a level of familiarity, while Kate Winslet discusses how much Shailene Woodley has grown as a person since the last film, and how it shows on screen. This exclusive video also offers plenty of behind-the-scenes footage from this beloved sequel.
Shailene Woodley (The Fault in Our Stars, The Descendants) and Theo James (Underworld Awakening) pack a powerful one-two punch in the blockbuster action-adventure, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, arriving on Digital HD July 21 and on »
Update: Danish director Nikolaj Arcel will indeed direct the first in Sony's "Dark Tower" series, with Anders Thomas Jensen (writer on Susanne Bier's "Brothers") set to co-write the script with him-- working, perhaps, from Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner's version of "The Gunslinger"? Arcel also recently wrote a Robert F. Kennedy script that Matt Damon will star in for Warner Bros. Mrc, meanwhile, is developing a complementary TV series based on "The Dark Tower" (per Deadline). Earlier: You may not know Nikolaj Arcel, the Danish filmmaker who wrote and directed 2013 foreign Oscar nominee "A Royal Affair," and penned the original Swedish "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." But you will soon. Deadline reports that Sony Pictures Entertainment, which signed on earlier this year to finance a "Dark Tower" franchise, is circling Arcel to direct and rewrite this massive genre project that will involve »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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 »
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