The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Iron Man scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, Pacific Rim 2 writer Zak Penn, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Lost‘s Jeff Pinkner, Ant-Man co-writers Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, Lindsey Beer (The Fugitive remake), Christina Hodson (the re-imagining of Wizard of Oz), former Daredevil showrunner Steven DeKnight, Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down), and Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Black List script Hibernation) are all members of the Transformersshared universe writing team. Led by Akiva Goldsman, the plan is to take the franchise beyond the films we have seen so far. Rumors of this expansion include spinoffs centering on Bumblebee, a Cybertron origins film, and possibly Beast Wars. But there is one certainty: Paramount wants to have a Transformers 5, and they want Michael Bay to direct it.
The plan was to have a script ready in time for Bay when he completes his work on the Bengazhi film 13 Hours. While nothing is official yet, it appears that the Armageddon director is interested in coming back to direct his fifth Transformers film. But there is more. A new report is coming out that give us a look at what the writing teams have come up with in four short months. More on the story below.
Bay confirmed that he is in early talks to possibly direct the untitled Transformers 5 on Twitter:
Re: directing TF5. No, it's not official. I have not committed to any idea as of yet. Just met with Steven and we are discussing.
According to a report from Deadline, the writers room have wrapped up their work mapping out a universe that is reportedly smaller than originally thought. Meaning The writing team that was assembled by the Transformers brain trust – Bay, Goldsman Steven Spielberg, Mark Vahradian, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura, as well as Hasbro’s Brian Goldner – have all pitched ideas that didn’t sustain full features. When these pitches and treatments were reviewed, that Spielberg felt there were potential movies in five of the nine. We don’t know if the Bumblebee spinoff or the speculated Beast Wars spinoff are in the final five, but it appears that the Cybertron origins film is.
In that same report, it is being said that Ant-Man co-writers Barrer and Ferrari will be helming an animated Cybertron origins film, while Goldsman is confirmed to be scripting Transformers 5.
The plan is to have Transformers 5 first, followed by the Barrer and Ferrari animated film, then a film scripted by Pinker, and finally one by Beers. The purpose of all of this appears to be to create a rough idea of places the franchise could go.
Since the team first assembled in May, the fact that they can get at least five sustainable ideas in such a short amount of time is actually quite impressive. Especially when you see what the team had to work with. That being said, it should be interesting to see if Paramount can successful launch this Transformers shared universe and keep up with their competing studios who have their own shared universe.