Back in 2015, Paramount Pictures set up a writer’s room spearheaded by Akiva Goldsman, with a view to working out the future direction of the Transformers franchise.
Since then, we’ve had Transformers: The Last Knight, which was mauled by critics, and failed to match the box office performance of its predecessors, while production on the first spinoff movie Transformers Universe: Bumblebee is now underway, an animated movie is in development, and – according to Michael Bay – there are up to 14 other scripts on the table.
Well, it seems that Goldsman’s work is now done, as he has revealed to SlashFilm that he’s no longer involved with the franchise moving forward. Meanwhile, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura confirmed that the writer’s room has now achieved its goals:
“The writers room, which was set up by all of us, was set up to explore the mythology more,” said di Bonaventura. “It was set up for a few different reasons but the biggest thing that happened in it was they expanded the mythology of Transformers in a way that allowed us to go to King Arthur. There’s different areas, like we’ve examined World War II, etc.”
Next up from the franchise is Transformers Universe: Bumblebee, which is being directed by Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings) and stars Hailee Steinfeld (Edge of Seventeen), Pamela Adlon (Better Things), John Cena (Daddy’s Home 2), Stephen Schneider (Broad City), Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Jason Drucker (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul), Kenneth Choi (American Crime Story), Ricardo Hoyos (Degrassi: Next Class), Abby Quinn (Landline), Rachel Crow (Deidra & Laney Rob a Train) and Grace Dzienny (Zoo). It is set for release on December 21st 2018.