Since last May, we’ve been reporting on the Transformers franchise brain trust, which was created by Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who put screenwriter/producer Akiva Goldsman in charge of a writers room that will be scripting another 10 years of Transformers movies. The idea was for the movies to stay connected in one cohesive world, but once that full arc was worked out, they’ll then decide who will take the helm to write each individual movie. The group, as was reported at the time, consisted of The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Punisher: War Zone scribes Art Marcum & Matt Holloway, The Incredible Hulk screenwriter Zak Penn, and Lost alum Jeff Pinkner.
At SXSW 2016 film festival, Robert Kirkman was on hand promoting his upcoming Cinemax series Outcast, and our own Perri Nemiroff was able to sit down with him and ask how he got involved in the Transformers writers room, and what it’s been like. That’s when Kirkman revealed that he actually was only in the writer’s room briefly:
“I have to say, I was only in that room for a day before I found out that I was having my throat surgery that kept me out of Comic Con.”
Check out the Transformers part of the interview below:
As you can see in the video, Kirkman says that he loves Transformers, and became a part of the writing team after a casual lunch wth di Bonaventura, who optioned his comic Invincible (the comic adaption list that Perri mentions in the video is Dave Trumbore’s 10 Comic Books That Need an R-Rated Adaptation). Still, though he’s no longer a part of the project (which is a bummer because it seems insane and his involvement made it seem somehow less so), he says,
“I have heard from the people that are in that room there are a lot of amazing Transformers things coming, and I’m very happy as a fan to see what comes from that.”
Let us know what you think of the news, and be sure to check out all of Perri’s SXSW coverage here.