Following his work as show runner on the first season of Marvel and Netflix’s “Daredevil,” Steven DeKnight became one of the names onboard the ‘brain trust’ of several notable writers assembled to help chart a course for the “Transformers” franchise.
Akiva Goldsman, Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura serve as the supervisors of this ‘brain trust’ whose job is to produce not just more “Transformers” sequel story ideas but spin-offs, prequels, and possibly even animated films as part of a larger ‘Transformers Cinematic Universe’. Speaking with IGN, he explained how it works:
“It’s that wonderful thing where features are now taking a page from television and getting people together to really try and plan things out. It was a wonderful experience.
Akiva Goldsman was fantastic and Jeff Pinkner, who’s co-writing the fifth [Transformers] movie with him, was phenomenal. Zak Penn… It was just a room full of brilliant, funny, amazing people. And we spent two and a half weeks in physically the best writers room I’ve ever seen in my life. Paramount pulled out all the stops. It was phenomenal! We laughed and joked and told stories and plotted out.
I can’t say what we plotted out, but it was all very exciting and in the next few months we’ll see what moves forward and what doesn’t move forward. But it was a fantastic experience.
One of the best experiences of that was when Steven Spielberg popped by one afternoon to just sit and talk and hear what we were working on. Everybody was about to throw up, they were so excited.”
From the sound of it the big collaboration is done with its initial meetings and larger scale ideas with the writers now awaiting which of their suggestions Paramount is interested in moving forward with. The fifth “Transformers” is expected to hit in 2017.