Following the news that Paramount would be creating a “Transformers” writers’ room to help shape the future of the franchise, sources say pieces are falling into place for the next installment in the series.
The experiment has ended with Akiva Goldsman emerging as the scribe for “Transformers 5.”
Goldsman was in charge of overseeing the writers’ room, and he now possesses an outline of the next sequel. Others involved in coming up with this new “Transformers” universe include “Black Hawk Down” scribe Ken Nolan, Christina Hodson and Lindsey Beer, Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari, “Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman, “Iron Man” scribes Art Marcum & Matt Holloway, Zak Penn, “Amazing Spider-Man 2’s” Jeff Pinkner, “Daredevil” showrunner Steven DeKnight and Geneva Robertson-Dworet
The studio’s plan was always to try and make a bible of treatments for future pics, and sources say the way has been paved for future “Transformers” films. Each writer’s contract includes a three-year window for the studio to turn his or her treatment into a feature.
Besides Goldsman’s treatment for a fifth “Transformers,” the studio will also move forward with an animated pic from “Ant-Man” scribes Andrew Barrer &Gabriel Ferrari that will focus on the Transformers’ home planet of Cybertron.
As for Michael Bay’s part in the fifth film, the director announced via Twitter that he had not committed to direct a fifth film and decisions were still being made.
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.
— Michael Bay (@michaelbay) September 17, 2015
The franchise has been Paramount’s largest property following the 2007 release of the first film with the most recent pic, “Transformers: Age of Extinction” grossing more than $1 billion dollars worldwide.
For some time it was thought that Bay would not be back to direct, but following work on the Benghazi thriller “13 Hours,” Bay is ready to get back to the “Transformers” world.
“Transformers 5” is dated for 2017.
Goldsman is repped by WME. Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.