‘Transformers’ Spinoff Adds ‘Walking Dead’ Creator, ‘Pacific Rim’ & ‘Iron Man’ Scribes

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Eight years and four movies after Michael Bay first directed a Transformers movie, and it’s now a multi-billion dollar franchise. Despite critical perception of the series dwindling over the years, each new movie in the franchise has still managed to rake in hundreds of millions of dollars. So in spite of all evidence to the contrary, people clearly love watching Transformers movies.

And that’s something Paramount was counting on a few months ago when they placed Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) in charge of their new Transformers shared universe. It’s the studio’s hope that Goldsman can put together an all-star team of writers to map out the storylines of future films. The practice itself is becoming quite common these days, with Avatar and Star Wars both recently using this technique.

Now Deadline reports that Goldsman has at last assembled his Transformers “writers room,” which includes some surprising names. The Walking Dead comic book writer/creator Robert Kirkman, Iron Man scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, Pacific Rim 2‘s Zak Penn and Amazing Spider-Man 2‘s Jeff Pinkner are all on board to develop the new Transformers spinoffs.

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