Akiva Goldsman No Longer Involved With TRANSFORMERS Universe
Splashites, the Transformers “universe” is a special thing. In the beginning, there was Shia LeBouf. And, it was good. A lot of people gave Michael Bay a lot of guff for his interpretations of these sacred aliens that turn into cars. Perhaps Bay could’ve improved on some things, but let’s try to keep the source material in mind people. Having said that, I’ve enjoyed every Transformers movie that I’ve seen. They blend humor, great action sequences, and there’s plenty of transforming noises. Remember, Transformers gave the world Megan Fox. And, for a while, that was good.
But, after the second Transformers film, Bay told the world he was ready to hang up his directing duties for the franchise. Then, he quickly changed his mind and got right back to business. Paramount and Hasbro have made truckloads of money. Money, in case you didn’t know, doesn’t just grow on trees. So, after the Shia trilogy, we had to find a new way to bring in the money trucks. Enter Mark Wahlberg. Wahlberg can do very little wrong (don’t you dare bring up his criminal history to me, he made Good Vibrations) so Transformers 4 was great. I’m aware it had a different name but everything has a subtitle and that’s getting old. I’d rather just keep counting until we get to double digits.
Akiva Goldsman is name that some may be unfamiliar with. But, he’s an Oscar-winning screenwriter that Paramount picked lead a writers room to expand the world. The first movie that resulted from that writers room was this summer’s Transformers: The Last Knight (Transformers 5). And, “what’s next from the writer’s room?” you might be asking. How about a Bumblebee movie? If you just asked “wtf?!” I know, me too. Maybe Goldsman thought it was a bad idea too, because he is out of the mix. Both director Michael Bay and star Mark Wahlberg suggested they are done with Transformers movies. And, recently Goldsman spoke with SplashFilm.com at the Television Critics Association and had this to say when asked if he was still involved with Transformers:
Welp, it doesn’t get much clearer than that. Slashfilm reached out to Transformers producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura for further clarification and Di Bonaventura explained that the writers room was only set up to develop the elements established in Transformers 5, such as King Arthur and the WWII flashback. In that story, Di Bonaventura said:
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.
Goldsman is a very busy producer. Star Trek: Discovery is coming out in September. This week sees the release of The Dark Tower, a Teen Titans live-action reboot for Greg Berlanti, and a reboot of I Am Legend. Goldsman wrote the Will Smith incarnation of the iconic horror novel and is signed to write the reboot, but could not answer specific questions about the second adaptation.
Goldsman told SlashFilm.com.
“It’s very early days, so I don’t really have any answer”
Transformers 6 is set to hit theaters on June 28, 2019.