Perhaps something has finally clicked at Paramount and it finally realizes the Transformer movies need some serious work in the character department.
Last month Hasbro confirmed it was putting together a TV-style writer’s room for multiple Transformers movies. According to Deadline the team has now been assembled.
- Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman
- Iron Man writers Art Marcum & Matt Holloway
- Pacific Rim 2‘s Zak Penn
- Amazing Spider-Man 2’s Jeff Pinkner
What do these folks all have in common? They know how to write well-defined, layered characters. That would be a new concept in these films. Now lets just hope they plan to do it with the Transformers themselves and not some useless humans.
While I am sure Paramount doesn’t want to mess with success, at some point it needs to realize folks love the toy line for the robots. They loved the cartoon for the robots. We did not tune in in the 1980s to see what Spike was up to. We wanted to see Optimus and the other Autobots we came to love. Michael Bay has treated all of the Transformers in his movies – with only a few exceptions – as canon fodder and racial stenotypes. Heck, he can’t even keep track of some of them. (Whatever happened to Barricade in the first film? Poof, gone.)
With these writers in place I have some hope. Although, developing this many films at once takes away some of that hope as well.
As it stands they certainly can’t do a worse job with the series.
[ Source Deadline ]