Deadline reports that creative brain trust for Paramount's Transformers franchise begins work Monday with two more writers added to he mix. Black Hawk Down screenwriter Ken Nolan and up-and-coming scribe Geneva Robertson-Dworet join the ten previously announced writers Akiva Goldsman, Robert Kirkman, Christina Hodson, Lindsey beer, Andrew Barrer, Gabriel Ferrari, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, Zak Pen and Jeff Pinkner.
Goldsman, who is heading up the writing group, told Deadline that the idea behind the team approach came from the frequent use of it in television.
"There is such reciprocity between TV and movies now, that we’re borrowing this from TV. 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," Goldsman told Deadline.
Goldsman pointed to the usage of this approach in other movie franchises such as Star Wars, Universal Pictures' monster movies and most notably Marvel Studios, and the screenwriter has no qualms to "beg, borrow and steal" this approach "in developing and broadening" the Transformers movie franchise.
When the dozen writers convene on Monday, Goldsman revealed that they will familiarize themselves with the Transformers franchise as a whole before deciding on a direction.
“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," Goldsman explained. "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.”
The initial priority for the Transformers writer's room will reportedly be a sequel to 2014's Transformers: Age of Extinction, with a goal to have a script complete in time for director Michael Bay to begin after he finishes his current movie.
By the end of the meeting of the writers, each will reportedly write a movie treatment for a Transformers sequel/spin-off with Goldman giving Transformers: Beast Wars as a potential example. Paramount, Hasbro, and the franchise's producers will then choose which treatments to be developed into full scripts by the writers.