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Back in March, reports came out saying that Paramount Pictures was enlisting blockbuster writer Akiva Goldsman to take a pivotal role in what is building up to be a Transformers cinematic universe. However, he definitely won’t be alone in this venture, as a new report has come out naming a whole bunch of A-list writers to sculpt the franchise’s future – including The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman.
Variety got the scoop on this interesting development, noting that Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg will be on-board to produce the sequels and spin-offs that the new team is developing. So who are these writers? Get the rundown below:
Robert KirkmanAs mentioned above, Robert Kirkman – best known for creating the comic book series The Walking Dead - is one of the big names attached to write one of the upcoming Transformers movies. He’s best known for his work in the comic medium, but has been dipping his toe in Hollywood for years, most notably with the television series based on his famed zombie apocalypse story.
Art Marcum and Matt HollowayAlong with the writing team of Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, Art Marcum and Matt Holloway are credited as the screenplay writers behind Jon Favreau’s Iron Man. Given that was the movie that wound up launching the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it makes a degree of sense that Paramount would look to them to do similar world building for Transformers. It’s worth noting that the duo hasn’t been doing much in recent years, with Punisher: War Zone being their only other credit released since Iron Man, but they are currently working on the script for the upcoming Highlander reboot.
Zak PennIf you’re a fan of comic book movies, there’s a very good chance that you’re aware of Zak Penn’s work – for better or for worse. On the positive side, he helped develop the story for both X2 and The Avengers, but he’s also the credited screenwriter on Elektra and X-Men: The Last Stand. Most recently he has been busy working with Gullermo del Toro on the screenplay for Pacific Rim 2, but it looks like the Transformers series has a distraction set up for him now.
Jeff PinknerThe last screenwriter on this list is Jeff Pinkner, who got his first taste of the big screen world last year working alongside Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci to write the screenplay for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Before that, however, Pinkner cut his teeth in the television world, working as a writer on a number of notable shows – including J.J. Abrams-created/produced titles like Alias, Lost, and Fringe.
Do you think these guys have what it takes to create an enjoyable expanded Transformers universe? Hit the comments with your thoughts!