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Paramount Planning Multi-Part 'Transformers' Sequel and Spin-Offs

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March 27, 2015
Source: Deadline

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We've known for awhile that more Transformers sequels were on the way, especially since Mark Wahlberg is signed for multiple movies, and Transformers: Age of Extinction was meant to be the start of a new trilogy. But now it sounds like Paramount may have even grander plans for the toy-based franchise. Deadline reveals that the studio is in talks with Akiva Goldsman to shepherd a multi-part sequel to continue the Transformers franchise, as well as potential spin-offs based on Hasbro's toyline. Basically, Paramount seems anxious to create their own Marvel-esque universe for the Transformers. More below!

Goldsman would work with director Michael Bay, executive producer Steven Spielberg and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura to organize a writer's room or brain trust to hatch ideas for the franchise to expand and continue. And while Goldsman has written several screenplays himself, including the Oscar-winning A Beautiful Mind, it doesn't sound like he'll write and of these movies himself. However, it does sound like Michael Bay isn't done directing for this franchise as he's expected to get behind the camera again for this new sequel once he's done with the Benghazi drama 13 Hours.

Considering all the expansion that's going on with Marvel Studios building their universe, Star Wars crafting spin-off films in addition to the new trilogy starting soon, and the forthcoming DC Comics universe, it's no surprise that Paramount wants their own little world to play in, too. However, as many characters (toys) there as are in the Transformers mythology, I'm not sure they have the kind of characters to sustain spin-offs the same way that Star Wars or Marvel can. Though I admit that it would be cool to see Shia LaBeouf team up with Mark Wahlberg at some point. Stay tuned to see what happens. Thoughts?

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  • Jon Odishaw
    I like what Bay has done with these movies...They are visually explosive and thats what people pay to see. it would just be nice if they could get someone to write these things instead kindergardners.
  • Tuomas Lassila
    YES, FINALLY A CHANCE FOR OPTIMUS PRIME SOLO FILM!! 😀
    • matthew south
      That's what I thought when I saw the ending for Age of Extinction. He goes off on his own, and the new trilogy continues with Ultra Magnus showing up to lead the bots on earth.
  • davidshaw
    You really need to spell check before publishing.
  • Rock n Rollllll
    We got new writers, just need a new director now. I'm tired of the cheesiness from the actors that michael brings to these movies. AND.....i want someone whose more devoted to the source to bring justice to the transformers.
  • Michael. I know it's your baby, but move on man.
  • DAVIDPD
    LOL. Figures. As they say, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me three times..."
  • Brian Sleider
    Oh dear, that poor dead horse.
  • adam lamonica
    I understand why everyone wants an MCU like franchise, but honestly not every franchise lends to it. MCU works because they have a built in expanded universe with a built in audience. Same reason why DC has a legit shot. Star Wars also has a huge audience for an EU with oodles of books and comic runs that were extremely popular. Transformers doesn't have an EU, nor has their been an outcry for it. Sure, there is Beast Wars and Dinobots, but how does that compare to Marvel and DC's expanded MULTI-verses or even Star Wars 100's of EU content that was very popular?
  • ari smulders
    this is great news when you are ten years old!
  • JBroti
    Keep the humans out of the spinoffs, use the dinobots more (not dragonbots), and take the adventures off earth...and then you may have my attention.
    • leemoder
      This. Yes. I can't stand these movies, but this is something that piques my interest.
  • Sky
    I AM PUMPED! This is total CGI Porn and I Love it!!! BRING IT ON 2.
    • JBroti
      CGI or porn? Or both?
      • Sky
        ALL
  • Aras Demirjian
    Time to bring in the Rodimus Prime series!
  • SallySpider
    These movies are horrible
  • Chris Groves
    I kind of wish that we could finally get films that are more true to the show/shows...where the Transformers are the main characters, and the humans have a minimal presence. I know it would be tricky, they would be borderline animated films, and due to the sheer amount of CGI, it might make the budget massive(hence the quality of the CGI might end up being reduced to more of an 'animated movie' level) but still....I would like to see a movie where we have a core group of Transformers as the main characters and we DON'T have 15+ human characters that the film revolves around.
  • Payne by name
    I guess while they still keep doing ridiculously well at the box office, you can understand the studio wanting to milk them for every penny they can get.

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