Paramount want in on the cinematic universe idea and after they had to hand off Iron Man, Captain America and the rest of The Avengers after Disney purchased Marvel, they aren’t exactly left with all that much. They obviously have the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to exploit as production is underway on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, but I’m not sure how much of a cinematic universe there is to create there unless the turtles started going off on solo missions while vacationing in the Bahamas. So, what’s left?
Okay, you cheated and looked at the headline, but yes, Transformers and as much as it will surely get people to scream, Ugh, but the Transformers movies suck! these movies make money, lots of money and consistently. Transformers: Dark of the Moon made $1.12 billion in 2011 and Transformers: Age of Extinction brought in $1.09 billion last year. On top of that, while I’m no Transformers expert, I know they have things such as Beast Wars and things such as the “Unicron Trilogy” they could explore, not to mention comic books that find the Transformers crossing over with G.I. Joe, another property Paramount owns, but hasn’t manage to find the same success as they have with Transformers.
Now where I’m a bit confused in all of this is the news Paramount is bringing in Akiva Goldsman (Jonah Hex, Batman & Robin) to aid franchise director Michael Bay, exec producer Steven Spielberg and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura to organize a “writer’s room” to create a potential multi-part Transformers sequel and possible spin-offs. As it sounds, Goldsman won’t be writing any of these films, but will instead be shepherding writers to do the work and come up with story ideas.
I am somewhat curious as to where they are going to take Transformers from here with Michael Bay Deadline]