A couple of days ago Paramount announced that screenwriters Christina Hodson (The Eden Project) and Lindsey Beer (Dig) have joined their Transformers “writer’s room”, and now it’s been announced that the studio has added another two scribes in Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down) and Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Hibernation).
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The new names join the previously announced Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man), Zak Penn (Pacific Rim 2) and Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) as part of Paramount’s writing team for an expanded Transformers universe, which is being headed up by Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind).
“There is such reciprocity between TV and movies now, that we’re borrowing this from TV,” Goldsman tells Deadline. “I got a taste of this from J.J. Abrams when I came in to write an episode of Fringe, and then Jeff Pinkner let me hang around for four years like the drunk uncle. The whole process of the story room was really delightful, and we are seeing it more in movies as this moves toward serialized storytelling. There are good rooms around town, including the Monsters Room at Universal, the Star Wars room, and of course, at Marvel. We’re trying to beg, borrow and steal from the best of them, and gathered a group of folks interested in developing and broadening this franchise. There is a central corridor of movies that has been proceeding quite well, but our challenge will be to answer, where do we go from here?”
“We’ve got a work space that is beautifully production designed to be immersive with a strong sense of the franchise history,” he continues. “We will look at the toys, the TV shows, the merchandise, everything that has been generated by Hasbro, from popular to forgotten iterations, and establish a mythological time line. It has been designed with a lot of visual help, toys, robots, sketches and writers and artists. After that super saturation, the writers will figure out not one, but numerous films that will extend the universe. If one of the writers discovers an affinity for Beast Wars, they can drive forward on treatments that will have been fleshed out by the whole room. ”
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