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