It looks like Akiva Goldsman is pulling out all the stops for the upcoming Transformers multi-part sequels and spinoff films, by choosing several prominent names for the “writers room” that will be responsible for creating the stories.
One of those names belongs to Robert Kirkman, the creator of The Walking Dead. He’ll be working on a team that also includes Iron Man’s Art Marcum & Matt Holloway, Pacific Rim 2’s Zak Penn and Lost‘s Jeff Pinkner (he also worked on Amazing Spider-Man 2). Apparently, more writers are on the way.
Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, and Hasbro are still involved too.
We already knew the showrunners were planning to launch an entire series of Transformers films, it’s been in the works for a while. One only need to consider Age of Extinction as proof.
What Does This Mean?
What does the “writers room” setup mean for the future of Transformers? The way I see it, there are two outcomes here.
The first is that these incredibly talented writers will work together closely to come up with something amazing across the board, a la Marvel’s overarching story.
The second scenario is that there are too many writers involved and due to creative differences they will have difficulty coming up with a story or plot that makes sense.
One is good, the other bad.
Personally, I have faith in Robert Kirkman who has done a great job with The Walking Dead comics and the TV series. As for the others, their work isn’t too shabby either. I guess we’ll find out when they start unveiling the new Transformers movies.