by: S. Scott Stanikmas
Oh Marvel, look what you’ve started.
After seeing the success that Marvel had with its cohesive cinematic universe, the copycats were sure to follow. It only made sense for Warner Bros to do that with their DC Comics properties. And Universal followed suit with a plan to connect all of their classic monster characters together. Shared universes are the in thing apparently.
Now the latest rumor from Deadline is that Paramount is looking to follow suit with their Transformers franchise. And the man behind the brain trust is Akiva Goldsman, the Oscar-winning writer of A Beautiful Mind (but also the man responsible for the gigantic flop Winter’s Tale)
Goldsman will work with executive producers Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura to hire a group of writers to help create a cohesive cinematic world where many sequels and spinoffs could come into play. While Goldsman will spearhead this group it’s being reported that he wouldn’t actually be involved in the writing process (which may be a blessing or a curse depending on how you look at it).
It’s expected that Bay, the director of the first four films, will return for number five after he’s done with his Benghazi attack film 13 Hours.
I’m all for this if it means we get better Transformers films. I loved the first one, as it brought out the little kid in me that played with Transformers toys. But they steadily declined in quality as the sequels came out. I was thoroughly bored with the fourth film and felt that pretty much everyone involved should have been ashamed with their involvement in that project. But if hiring a group of writers whose job it is to keep track of the films and give us better movies is what Paramount thinks will turn this franchise around, by all means go for it.
And before people start taking about the possibilities of a GI Joe / Transformers crossover (di Bonaventura controls the rights to the Real American Heroes), let’s worry about cleaning up the Robots In Disguise first. What we need is a few films that lead to an encounter with a big bad that brings together all the characters from the sequels and spinoffs that are being dreamed up, ala Marvels Avengers. Maybe a big Earth-threatening event, like the arrival of major villain Unicron?
But that’s only after all the in-house stuff gets taken care of and the movies start to make some sense again. One step at a time.