‘Transformers’ Gets the Cinematic Universe Treatment

By March 27, 2015

Marvel Studios innovated the idea in an all-new way, and now with the Warner Bros.-based DC Cinematic Universe, along with Universal’s monsters getting one, along now with even Ghostbusters, it was likely only a matter of time before another blockbuster franchise saw a rapid expansion into spinoffs and sequels all taking place in the same, shared world.

According to Deadline, Paramount Pictures is getting into the cinematic universe game with the highly profitable Transformers franchise, and main series bosses Michael Bay and Lorenzo di Bonaventura have hired acclaimed Oscar winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman to help make it a reality. The deal in the trades doesn’t seem to indicate that Goldsman will be penning any of the new films himself, only that he’ll be overseeing some sort of grand strategy and continuity of all of the films that will be released under this new effort. Goldsman will also be adding his name to a growing list of producers, which also includes di Bonaventura, Bay, and Steven Spielberg.

Goldsman certainly has a lot of franchise experience, having written or re-written two Batman films (unfortunately, they were Joel Schumacher’s), as well as writing for series like The Da Vinci Code and, most recently, The Divergent Series: Insurgent. Goldsman also helped write Francis Lawrence’s critically acclaimed 2007 tentpole I Am Legend, in addition to his Oscar winning work on 2001’s A Beautiful Mind.

While Transformers already seems to have a pretty solid baseline from which to launch a shared universe, it’s hard not to become a little bothered by something that is increasingly becoming a major trend in the studio system. Paramount actually played an important part of the most successful cinematic universe to date, since they were the distribution arm for the genesis of Marvel Studios’ universe in 2008 with Iron Man. Still, the Transformers series, while never having been a critical darling, has always intrigued wide audiences, as demonstrated by the over $1 billion gross of last year’s Transformers: Age of Extinction.

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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.