As revealed in a new interview with /Film, the head of Paramount’s Transformers writers’ room — Oscar-winner Akiva Goldsman — has indicated he’s no longer involved with the franchise.
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In 2015, Paramount announced a partnership with Hasbro to create a cinematic universe for its Transformers property similar to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. The company hired Goldsman, an acclaimed screenwriter who won an Academy Award for his screenplay of A Beautiful Mind, to lead its writers’ room to develop the background and potential spinoff movies. In the process, the team created 2017’s Transformers: The Last Knight which set up elements like King Arthur and World War II. The writers’ room also created a Bumblebee solo movie which is set to hit theaters in 2018.
However, when asked during an interview — ahead of the release of his latest project, Star Trek: Discovery — Goldsman addressed whether he was still involved with Transformers, simply saying, “No.”
In a separate interview with Transformers producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura about his latest film, American Assassin, 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.”
In 2015, it was confirmed that the writers’ room had developed nine potential future movies, of which five were likely to be made, including the Bumblebee movie and an animated prequel set on Cybertron. The implication seems to be that the Transformers writers’ room was disbanded now that they have the Transformers mythology in place.