For two weeks, Paramount had a team of a dozen Hollywood writers holed up in a sound stage and talking about Transformers, like a bunch of nerds. Among the team was X-Men: The Last Stand writer Zak Penn, Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Iron Man writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, The Amazing Spider-Man 2's Jeff Pinker, and Daredevil showrunner Steven DeKnight, with the relentless Akiva Goldsman heading the thing. Their goal? To come up with a plan to develop and broaden the franchise, establish a fully formed mythology, and, in Goldsman's own words, "answer, where do we go from here?"
Their answer: "Maybe another animated movie, and just one with Mark Wahlberg again?"
And, according to Deadline, that's just what Paramount will do. The uncredited Ant-Man re-writing team of Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari will reportedly head up the animated feature, which is to tell the Transformers origin story on their home planet of Cybertron. It will consist of two hours of robot listlessly wishing someone would invent a car to mimic.
The live-action film will come from Goldsman, who will write it as a new sequel for Wahlberg to star in and, possibly, for Michael Bay to direct. (Bay has tweeted that his involvement is "not official," saying, "I have not committed to any idea as of yet. Just met with Steven [Spielberg] and we are discussing.") Fingers crossed that it will pick up where Age of Extinction left off in inexplicably spelling out statutory rape laws and exemptions.