Joint universes seems to be all the rage these days in cinema. So it comes as no surprise that one of the highest grossing franchises in Hollywood would want to jump on the bandwagon. Que – A live action Transformers cinematic universe.
Deadline is reporting that Paramount is in talks with Oscar winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman. At this point it doesn’t look like Goldsman will in fact helm a Transformers script. Instead, he will work with Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg, and producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura to create a “writer’s room” to brainstorm potential sequel and spin-off ideas.
Goldsman won an Oscar for his work on A Beautiful mind. He has also worked on some pretty good titles such as; Cinderella Man, The Davinci Code, and Angels and Demons. However, let’s not forget his contribution to the Batman franchise with Batman forever and Batman and Robin, and that is just inexcusable. That being said; he has a better resume than Ehren Kruger, who wrote the previous two instalments of the franchise.
Can I be the first to ask, why the first four movies didn’t have a “writer’s room”? Regardless, I’m glad that Paramount has recognised the weakest element in the Transformers franchise and is making an effort to improve it.
One of my two wishes for the future of this franchise was for them to actually hire a screenwriter. Now that they have done that all that’s left, from my perspective at least, is to bring in a new director. Let me reiterate, I have no hatred for Michael Bay, I just think that he has burned out and lost interest in the franchise. From this report, it’s not too farfetched that this could happen either. Bay could be a part of this “writer’s room” and just have his name slapped on as a producer like he did with TMNT and Project Almanac.
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