A “Transformers” sequel is being rushed forward with both original scribes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, and writer Ehren Kruger (“The Ring,” “The Brothers Grimm”) in negotiations to team to pen the screenplay for a whopping $5-7 million says The Hollywood Reporter.
Director Michael Bay, star Shia LaBeouf, exec producer Steven Spielberg and producers Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Don Murphy are all back in their respective roles for the Dreamworks/Paramount production.
The inclusion of Kruger along with the substantial payday comes with an obvious caveat – to belt out a script quickly. With the looming threat of a strike mid-2008, many thought the inevitable sequel would wait until after it was over to go into production.
This move, along with a lot of reshuffling behind-the-scenes at the studio, have made this project an obvious priority. Kurtzman and Orci are busy working on the “Star Trek” screenplay for J.J. Abrams, thus it’s no surprise that Kurtzman & Orci’s fellow “Nightlife” scribe Kruger was brought in to help.