You can probably guess from the title that I am not exactly excited about yet another Transformers movie, and even less excited about the plan to create a Marvel style universe to make even more Transformers movies. I was hoping the news earlier this year about this may not come true, but alas it has.
Hasbro have confirmed the news that not only will there be a whole series of sequels and spin-offs, but a new film could be in cinemas as soon as 2017.
Today during an earnings call, Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner confirmed the earlier story about more sequels and spin-offs:
“Our plan with the studio and filmmakers you may have heard some writers being hired and we have in fact brought in Akiva Goldsman to lead a group of writers to really create a strategic plan around Transformers. We think there are any number of stories to be told from the brand that has been around for 30 years with amazing canon and mythology. We would expect the sequel to the Transformers movie [TF4] to happen in 2017.”
The only thing that would interest me with these new films would be if Michael Bay would finally let it go, and pass the Transformers on to someone else, anyone else in fact!
Deadline reported earlier this year that Paramount plan to hire Akiva Goldsman (writer of A Beautiful Mind, I Am Legend, I Robot, and producer of Lone Survivor, Jonah Hex, Hancock) to be a sort of showrunner for the project, with the likelihood that he will produce the films, and possibly write. It is thought he will be hiring writers to come together to work on these sequels and spin-offs, with a plan to have Transformers 5 written and ready to go into production soon, with a planned 2016 release date.
Taking a page from Fox’s incubation of three Avatar sequels and what Disney is doing to revive Star Wars with a sequels and spinoffs, the studio is negotiating with Akiva Goldsman to work with franchise director Michael Bay, exec producer Steven Spielberg and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura to organize a “writer’s room” that will incubate ideas for a potential multi-part Transformers sequel, and come up with potential spinoff films based on the billion-dollar franchise culled from the Hasbro toy line.