Goldsman Talks “Transformers” Writing Room

One thing that many are still trying to wrap their head around is the so-called “Transformers writing room,” a collective of screenwriters working together on ideas for further sequels and spinoff movies to Paramount’s lucrative live-action “Transformers” franchise.

Two more writers have joined the collective in the last day, specifically Ken Nolan and Geneva Robertson-Dorsett. Akiva Goldsman is serving as the leader of this collaborative group and tells Deadline that the plan is to operate much in the way a TV show writer’s room does:

“There is such reciprocity between TV and movies now, that we’re borrowing this from TV. I got a taste of this from J.J. Abrams when I came in to write an episode of Fringe, and then Jeff Pinkner let me hang around for four years like the drunk uncle.

The whole process of the story room was really delightful, and we are seeing it more in movies as this moves toward serialized storytelling. There are good rooms around town, including the Monsters Room at Universal, the Star Wars room, and of course, at Marvel.

We’re trying to beg, borrow and steal from the best of them, and gathered a group of folks interested in developing and broadening this franchise. There is a central corridor of movies that has been proceeding quite well, but our challenge will be to answer, where do we go from here?”

Nolan and Robertson-Dorsett join a group including Robert Kirkman, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, Zak Penn, Jeff Pinkner, Andrew Barrer, Gabriel Ferrari, Christina Hodson and Lindsey Beer. All of them kick off work on Monday on the Paramount lot with the ultimate aim of creating a cohesive cinematic universe:

“We’ve got a work space that is beautifully production designed to be immersive with a strong sense of the franchise history. We will look at the toys, the TV shows, the merchandise, everything that has been generated by Hasbro, from popular to forgotten iterations, and establish a mythological time line. It has been designed with a lot of visual help, toys, robots, sketches and writers and artists. After that super saturation, the writers will figure out not one, but numerous films that will extend the universe… If one of the writers discovers an affinity for Beast Wars, they can drive forward on treatments that will have been fleshed out by the whole room.”

At last report, the group’s first priority is to come up with a story for the fifth “Transformers” which Michael Bay will direct after wrapping Benghazi drama “13 Hours”.