Akiva Goldsman Talks Transformers Cinematic Universe

Transformers_5_81857By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)

Marvel proved that it’s possible to create multiple franchises within the same universe, and have them crossover. Now, everyone is getting in on the action from DC Comics to Godzilla/King Kong, to Universal’s Classic Monsters, and, yes, to Transformers.

Head of the Transformers writers group, Akiva Goldsman, spoke with IGN about the goals for the shared universe. Here’s what he said:

Our hope is that they are all interconnected and of course standalone, right? I think architecturally, the best — I think I believe this — the best serialized storytelling has integrity from start to finish of the episode, whether it be TV or a movie or comic book or novel series or short story series. You want to be able to satisfy both appetites — which I think is very different from procedural or episodic. You want to feed the instinct for the short-term gratification and the longterm gratification. So we’re trying to do both.

How that’s any different than what they’ve been trying to accomplish with the previous sequels, I don’t know. The Marvel films work because the characters have their own separate lives and powers, while the Transformers are – well – Transformers.

One of the ways that’s been rumored to be a different take is an animated prequel set on Cybertron. That film wouldn’t have any human characters in it, and focus solely on the robots-in-disguise. Goldsman seems to indicate that a human-less film is possible, but it wouldn’t be as interesting:

Do I think Transformers can live without humans? Sure. Do I think humans can live without Transformers? Sure. In Transformers movies? Sure! But, fundamentally, there seems to be something really great about the interaction between the two species. I think that, in the main, I would suggest that that would be something you wouldn’t want to squander. Although that doesn’t mean that you couldn’t do all sorts of things for a little while.

At best, I tolerated the first film, but the sequels have been financial successes featuring the dumbest plots one can ever imagine… and it is just one plot they recycle over and over… and over. Goldsman has written some great movies and the writers room is made up of some high caliber writers. My hope is that Michael Bay will fade into the background and the new films will finally be interesting rather than just rehashes of each other.

Transformers 5 will premiere in theaters in 2017.

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