Paramount Announces ‘Transformers’ New “Brain Trust” of Writers

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

When it was announced that we’d be getting more Transformers films, a collective groan was heard from fans worldwide. Even with the news that we’d get a crew of writers to oversee a unified universe, it was going to take a lot to get people back into the fold. With each movie decreasing in quality and critics bashing every subsequent installment, could this Titanic be saved from sinking?

Paramount is taking a step in the right direction with the announcement of the new “brain trust” of writers that will take over the overall storyline duties of the upcoming films. Deadline reports that this is the new crew in charge of Transformers:

  • Robert Kirkman (co-creator of numerous comic franchises, including mega hit The Walking Dead)
  • Zak Penn (writer of the pretty good Incredible Hulk, but also responsible for X-Men: The Last Stand)
  • Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man)
  • Jeff Pinkner (Lost)

Not exactly a murderer’s row of talent but some good names. Obviously Kirkman, Marcum and Holloway are the shining stars. Penn is hit-and-miss and Pinkner is just…there.

Hopefully this crew can turn this series around and bring it to being at least watchable again. I remember seeing the first film twice in theaters and even though it wasn’t and Oscar contender, I still liked it. After seeing the fourth one (under duress) I was almost ashamed to be seen walking out of the theater. I just want to enjoy giant robots fighting each other. It shouldn’t be that hard to do.