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Old 03-27-2015, 11:12 PM   #1
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Paramount Appoints Akiva Goldsman As Its New TRANSFORMERS Czar!
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Goldsman has a long and illustrious history of writing ****** tentpole movies. If you're a longtime reader of AICN, you've got to be excited that he's re-teaming with his old BATMAN & ROBIN buddy di Bonaventura on a whole slew of potentially awful TRANSFORMERS movies! This franchise is a license to print money for Paramount, so I can't fault them for bringing in the ultimate company man to protect one of their most valued assets. If they're smart, they'll cram the writer's room with a bunch of young, fanfic-happy screenwriters, pay them in toys and cackle all the way to a $1 billion worldwide gross. This is what the TRANSFORMERS franchise deserves. Bon appétit, mother****ers.

Paramount Enlisting Akiva Goldsman To Ramp Up ‘Transformers’ Output
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Paramount Pictures wants more Transformers. 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.

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Old 03-28-2015, 04:24 AM   #2
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Paramount Hires ‘Fringe’ Writer To Turn ‘Transformers’ Into A Marvel-Like Cinematic Universe
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It’s hard to say if there’s enough in the Transformers universe to warrant such expansion, but Latino-Review’s El Mayimbe offered this tidbit on Twitter when the news broke:
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Here is a free tidbit, one of the TRANSFORMERS ideas they're spinning around has one of the films taking place all on CYBERTRON.
A Cybertron-set film could be cool, as it would take the franchise in a new direction it desperately needs to go. Then again, if the new writers room mandates every new film must contain Optimus Prime and other tired plot points, then all of this will have been pointless.

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Old 03-28-2015, 01:08 PM   #3
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My issue is that there's no real characters in the franchise.

Bay looks like he's still involved for whatever reason, and his take on his franchises is so date: We don't need a human cypher. For the spinoff, I don't want to follow Marky Mark's neighbor 10 miles away, with his team of bots.

Trust the audience. Let the Transformers be the main characters. Give us their perspective because being CGI props.

After the new Apes movies, along with 'Guardians' people can accept these sort of characters as...characters, not just for quipping during CGI battles.

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Old 03-28-2015, 05:43 PM   #4
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Bay's involved because he was one of the main reasons the film series has been this popular, yeah, the brand was always going to be successful, but Bay's style did bring some more "wow" factor due to the action and special effects, in least for the first 3 films, which always had some kind of hyped set piece. The 4th film had a cool first trailer, but even with the Dinobots, it didn't seem to be as talked about as the other 3 films.

I could see them being able to pull of a prequel, maybe even a Prequel Trilogy (focusing on the early days of Sentinel Prime training Optimus, Megatron being corrupted by the fallen, Fallen making a deal with Sentinel, an explanation about why Optimus has a face taking fetish, etc) but how can they pull an expanded universe with this? All the movies are going to be about the same, it would work better for them if they simply decided to connect TF with TMNT and G.I.Joe, Paramount has those franchises and they kinda have the same tone, with TMNT being produced by Bay himself and G.I.Joe already being rumored as having a crossover with TF.

If i was at Paramount and wanted to milk all of these properties here's what i think would be the best strategy:
-Just finish this new trilogy, if necessary, you could even milk the 6th film for all that's worth and turn it into a two-part Finale.
-Keep making a TMNT movie every two years and market it very well, so that kids will keep flocking to see those things, witht he cartoon also maintaining the strength of the brand. If you can, maybe start trying to deliver some better scripts, if the films stop making money, then a positive critical reception could bring in some interest back, but that's most likely not gonna happen for as long as Bay's team controls the project.
-Make a G.I.Joe film every 3-4 years, bring Channing Tantum back and make one of the next films seem like an event, as you have both him and the Rock starring in the last stand against Cobra.
-Once the TF Sequel "Trilogy" is over, do a prequel trilogy focusing on the past of Optimus Prime, etc. and at the same time, you do a Transformers/ G.I.joe Crossover.
-Then some time after, you insert the TMNT in there too.

I think that's the best way you could make an expanded universe with TF, this would give a boost to the 3 franchises involved and then they could start seeing which characters they could spin-off in order to expand their universe.

Either way, the reception of these properties has been terrible, they realy need to start investing more on quality than simply fast action, if this goes on, they may end up pulling an Amazing spider-man 2 and have to reboot before they even finish this new storyline of theirs.

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Old 05-27-2015, 09:03 PM   #5
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‘Ant-Man’ Scribes Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari Join ‘Transformers’ Writers Room: Cybertron Pic In Offing?
I’m hearing that one of the ideas in the works has a working title of Transformers One
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Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari, who spent half a year doing the production rewriting on Marvel’s Ant-Man, have become the latest to join the Writer’s Room that Paramount Pictures and director Michael Bay have organized to hatch sequels, prequels and spinoffs on their billion dollar Transformers franchise. I’m hearing that one of the ideas in the works has a working title of Transformers One, and that it is more or less an origins story that takes place on Cybertron, the planet where the good guy and bad guy robots hail from. Those talks originated with rights holder Hasbro. I’d also heard that this might be an animated feature, but that Barrer & Ferrari are also going to the writer’s room with the expectation they’ll write a live action Transformers movie, as well. Paramount insiders said that they haven’t gotten that far on the specific projects, but I am told this is the plan. A Cybertron movie sounds like fertile ground for a feature, to me.

The goal is to have a sequel ready for when Bay completes directing the Benghazi drama 13 Hours, and other projects to come right behind that one. The Transformers mythology is deep enough to sustain this, I’m told, so it might well turn out to be a smart play for Paramount, which needs big pictures. Transformers: Age Of Extinction was last year’s most profitable blockbuster, as named in Deadline’s analysis.

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That makes it seem like Bay will come back for TF 5. Would make sence though, he keeps Directing the main instalments, while the studio tests other Directors with spin-offs.

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Old 05-28-2015, 03:42 AM   #7
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Now Transformers is going for the "shared universe" angle...

EVERYBODY is trying to cash in on The Avengers success..

First WB with the DC Cinematic Unverse (which is great, because they can actually compete with Marvel and they have a vast amount of characters cross them off)

Then Fox with the X-Men Cinematic Universe

Then Sony with their Spider-Man Cinematic Universe (which thankfully backfired, seriously who cares about SS with no set up?)

Now Universal trying to revive their Monsters shared Universe

And NOW Transformers is trying create a shared universe....

Can't Studios come up with any original ideas instead of aping other Studios?? it's getting so annoying to hear someone trying to create a shared movie universe every few months..

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Old 05-28-2015, 04:18 AM   #8
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There's also that planned Robin Hood shared universe...

After what happened to SONY, i think studios should be more careful, forcing a cinematic universe may just hurt how much their films can make. The Transformers films for example get a lot of advantage for playing like "cinematic events", but if you turn that into an annual thing, it will lose its effect.

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Any further word on all this? First thing that's interested me about the TF franchise since like 2007!

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To me, there is no shared Transformers universe. It's just Transformers. To me a shared universe would be bringing things like Transformers and GI JOE together.

The way they've set up these movies, I don't see how it is possible. But I guess we will see.

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Old 10-03-2015, 11:43 PM   #11
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Hasbro Confirms Transformers 5, 6, 7 And 8 Live Action Movies
In fact, the whole idea of having a Writers’ Room is to generate stories till 2025.

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Actually, Hasbro's been trying to fold these two into the Transformers franchise - Rom got converted into an Autobot for an unproduced Bot Shots toy a couple years back (right down to the store registry listings before the line ended identifying him as ROM THE SPACE KNIGHT), and at their recent Investory Day Hasbro just announced that they've got plans to incorporate Micronauts into the TF brand (complete with preliminary promo art of Movie Optimus holding what's clearly Acroyear and a couple other people in his hand, and a small pic of what MAY be a new Biotron figure on their slideshow - so that may end up coloring any attempt at bringing these characters to the screen.

At the very least, Marvel may own the Spaceknights as a concept, but not the character who spearheaded them, so if a ROM movie gets made I'm not sure it'll sport that much resemblance to Marvel's version of him. And if Marvel ever does a Spaceknights movie, Rom probably won't be one of them (heck, Marvel couldn't even use him about a decade ago when they did that SPACEKNIGHTS mini - they had to give him a now-grown son as the protagonist and couldn't even refer to Rom himself by name).
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Report: TRANSFORMERS & MICRONAUTS To Crossover
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Old 11-20-2015, 09:17 PM   #13
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Akiva Goldsman ‘Transformers’ Writers Room Leads Paramount & Hasbro To Set One For ‘G.I. Joe,’ ‘Micronauts’
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EXCLUSIVE: After their Akiva Goldsman-led Writers Room experiment led to at least three movie ideas to extend Transformers, Hasbro and Paramount have set Goldsman to supervise a Writers Room for their G.I. Joe movie series. And they will go the same route with Goldsman to draft ideas for the Hasbro property Micronauts, with Goldsman supervising that as well. This change of duties means Goldsman will supervise but won’t write the next Transformers installment. Paramount is now negotiating with Writers Room participants Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (Iron Man) and Black Hawk Downscribe Ken Nolan to write the script together. That course change was cemented by Paramount, Hasbro, Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Don Murphy.

The Writers Room experiment was hatched as a way to inject the collaborative exchange of ideas that happen in the development of TV shows to flesh out theTransformers universe and create a steady flow of product after Transformers: Dark of the Moon grossed $1.12 billion. Among those who took part were Christina Hodson and Lindsey Beer, Barrer & Ferrari, Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Zak Penn, Jeff Pinkner, Steven DeKnight (Spartacus creator and Daredevilshowrunner), and Geneva Robertson-Dworet.

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If this involves more of Michael Bay & his version of Transformers, I'm not interested.

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