A couple years back, it was revealed that Paramount was seeming to take the Transformers franchise seriously. Rather than make each film one after another, with no real thought as to the direction of the whole franchise, they opted to create a writers room. This writers room had some real heavy hitters in the industry. The aim of this writers room was to help expand the world of Transformers and outline potential films, the first of which became Transformers: The Last Knight.
Leading this writers room was Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, who has crafted countless classics like A Beautiful Mind and Cinderella Man. But what other involvement does Goldsman have? Will he continue to help out with the films in the future? Speaking to /Film while at the Television Critics Association press tour, Goldsman stated that he is no longer involved writing any of the Transformers films.
Producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura clarified the role of the writers room, stating:
“The writers room, which was set up by all of us, was set up to explore the mythology more. It was set up for a few different reasons but the biggest thing that happened in it was they expanded the mythology of Transformers in a way that allowed us to go to King Arthur. There’s different areas, like we’ve examined World War II, etc.”
One has to wonder if the studio plans on putting together another writers room for the film franchise in the future. Given the negative reception audiences and critics had to Transformers: The Last Knight, you’d think they’d take extra care to iron out the scripts in their future films, as it’s finally starting to affect the bottom line o their movies (While The Last Knight is profitable, it’s much less so than its predecessors).
That being said, it may also be an instance where too many cooks spoiled the broth, creating too ambitious of a story to be conveyed in a film. With the upcoming Bumblebee spinoff, they seem to be pulling back on the scope a bit, and that may be exactly the move that’s needed to help get these films where they need to be.
What do you think of Akiva Goldsman having no more involvement in Transformers? Is this a good thing, or does it not really matter, so long as the same people up top are still making the decisions? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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