EXCLUSIVE: Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari, who spent half a year doing the production rewriting on Marvel’s Ant-Man, have become the latest to join the writers room that Paramount Pictures and director Michael Bay have organized to hatch sequels, prequels and spinoffs on their billion-dollar Transformers franchise. I’m hearing that one of the ideas in the works has a working title of Transformers One and that it is more or less an origins story that takes place on Cybertron, the planet where the good-guy and bad-guy robots hail from. Those talks originated with rights holder Hasbro. I’ve also heard that this might be an animated feature but that Barrer & Ferrari are also going to the writers room with the expectation they’ll write a live-action Transformers movie as well. Paramount insiders said they haven’t gotten that far on the specific projects, but I am told this is the plan. A Cybertron movie sounds like fertile ground for a feature to me.
Deadline revealed that Akiva Goldsman would head a brain trust devoted to figuring out new movies and then revealed that the first members will be Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Iron Man scribes Art Marcum & Matt Holloway, Pacific Rim 2‘s Zak Penn and Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Lost‘s Jeff Pinkner. The goal is to have a sequel ready for when Bay completes directing the Benghazi drama 13 Hours and other projects to come right behind that one. The Transformers mythology is deep enough to sustain this, I’m told, so it might well turn out to be a smart play for Paramount, which needs big pictures. Transformers: Age Of Extinction was last year’s most profitable blockbuster, as named in Deadline’s analysis. The scribes are repped by 3 Arts and WME.