As surely as you live and breathe, Hasbro and Paramount will be developing “Transformers” movies. Indeed, with the last two movies, ‘Dark Of The Moon‘ and ‘Age Of Extinction‘ crossing the magical billion dollar threshold, the studio wants to be keep the moneymaker going. Last month Akiva Goldsman (“Jonah Hex,” “Batman & Robin,” and “Batman Forever“) was tapped to put together a brain trust to develop spinoffs, sequels, and more. And yesterday, Hasbro confirmed more robot-smashing action is just a couple of years way.
During an earnings call, CEO Brian Goldner laid out what’s brewing for one of the company’s biggest cinematic toys. “Our plan with the studio and filmmakers, you may have heard some writers being hired and we have in fact brought in Akiva Goldsman to lead a group of writers to really create a strategic plan around Transformers,” he said. “We think there are any number of stories to be told from the brand that has been around for 30 years with amazing canon and mythology. We would expect the sequel to the Transformers movie [TF4] to happen in 2017.”
So does that mean “Transformers 5“? Considering A-list star Mark Wahlberg is still technically under contract, we’d imagine Paramount will want to exercise that option. And seeing as how Goldsman is probably still putting a team together to lay out their Transformers-verse gameplan, we don’t see a rush to a spinoff movie in a couple of years. But then again, they are playing catchup, so who knows.
So get ready for “Bumblebee: The Origin Story,” coming soon to a theater near you.