‘Transformers’ Franchise Gains New Writers, Could Be Planning An Origin Film

By May 27, 2015

We already know that Paramount is positioning its blockbuster Transformers franchise to be a new, inter-connected cinematic universe. Now, we may have some new details on how they plan to accomplish that.

According to Deadline, Paramount Pictures has enlisted writers Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari — who spent time at Marvel Studios rewriting Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man script — to join the creative team of the studio’s new efforts to create spin-offs, sequels, and prequels to Michael Bay’s Transformers film series. Over the course of the last couple of months, it’s come to light that Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, X-Men: The Last Stand writer Zak Penn, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2‘s Jeff Pinkner have all joined the new Transformers “writer’s room” to proliferate the franchise into new, different films besides the main series.

One of the ideas reportedly in discussion revolves around a project tentatively titled Transformers One, which will act as something of an origin story for the characters taking place on the planet Cybertron: the homeworld for both the Autobots and Decepticons. While the ideas for a prequel film have yet to progress very far, also on the table are discussions for at least one new animated project. The focus seems to be on the development of new live-action films, but with the amount of writers the studio is recruiting, conversations are bound to be had for different kinds of films.

The Transformers franchise has proven to be an unqualified success since the first live-action film hit it big at the box office in the summer of 2007. Since then, the franchise as a whole has grossed over $1.3 billion across four films: the 2007 original, 2009′s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, 2011′s Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and 2014′s Transformers: Age of Extinction. Both Dark of the Moon and Age of Extinction have grossed over $1 billion at the worldwide box office.

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.