‘Daredevil’ Duo Tackle Live Action ‘Akira’ & ‘Transformers’

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Transformers writers room
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Steven DeKnight, showrunner on the first season of Marvel’s “Daredevil” for Netflix, has joined the massive Transformers writers room that’s being assembled. Christina Hodson and Lindsay Beer where the previous additions to Akiva Goldsman‘s efforts alongside Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (Iron Man 2), Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk), Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari (Ant-Man) and “The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman.

A report from Forbes says the writers are responsible for writing treatments and pitching their stories to the producers suggesting up to twelve pitches will likely be under consideration. So far we’ve heard rumors of a Bumblebee origin story, an origin story focused on the Transformers home planet of Cybertron and “Beast Wars” movies. There’s even a behind-the-scenes video from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 of a character dressed up as Bumblebee in the film during a parade scene suggesting not that the actual Bumblebee shows up, but certainly that the Transformers exist in the same world as the film. Crossover?

Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter reports “Daredevil” season two showrunner, Marco J. Ramirez, has already started planning his next move by signing on to write the latest script for a live-action Akira film for Warner Bros. After several stops and starts attempting to adapt the manga classic perhaps this will finally be the script to get it off the ground? In 2012, Jaume Collet-Serra had a hefty cast — including Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Ken Watanabe and Helena Bonham Carter — when the plug was pulled over script and budget issues.