EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures wants some-more Transformers. Taking a page from Fox’s incubation of three Avatar sequels and what Disney is doing to revitalise Star Wars with a sequels and spinoffs, a studio is negotiating with Akiva Goldsman to work with authorization executive Michael Bay, exec author Steven Spielberg and author Lorenzo di Bonaventura to classify a “writer’s room” that will breed ideas for a intensity multi-part Transformers sequel, and come adult with intensity spinoff films formed on a billion-dollar authorization culled from a Hasbro fondle line.
Though Goldsman is a Oscar winning author of A Beautiful Mind and many other large pics, we don’t get a sense a understanding being negotiated calls for him to write one of these films. His will be an slip purpose to secure writers and induce a cinema they’ll script. This is function really quickly. Bay, who has destined all 4 Transformers films and many recently helmed Transformers: Age Of Extinction, is readying to subsequent approach a Benghazi encircle play 13 Hours. He’d like to have something beaten out when he completes prolongation so that a next Transformers pic can pierce brazen quickly.
This is a vital priority for new Motion Picture Group boss Marc Evans, who’s tasked with removing some-more cinema made. It outlines an intriguing new step as studios put even some-more of a reward on a caring and feeding of tentpole franchises.
James Cameron has come by a prolonged incubation routine with 3 Avatar sequels he’ll fire behind to back. He co-wrote Avatar 2 with Amanda Silver Rick Jaffa, Avatar 3 with Josh Friedman, and Avatar 4 with Shane Salerno. All those writers spent 7 months with Cameron in a writer’s room violation down a beats of a trilogy. Cameron will fire all 3 behind to behind during Peter Jackson’s WETA studios in Wellington, New Zealand (Jackson is a godfather of this multi-film-shoot movement, doing it with both The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogies). Fox is investing a reported $900 million in those Avatar cinema though one extended principal prolongation duration saves money, and News Corp hopes will expostulate a bottom line for years to come.
Disney has been ultra-aggressive given it bought Marvel, that has cranked out superhero films with regularity, and it has finished a same given shopping Lucasfilm. It combined a infrastructure for 3 categorical Star Wars films — one with JJ Abrams directing and dual with Looper helmer Rian Johnson. It also has spinoffs aplenty starting with Rogue One, a Gareth Edwards-directed film to star Felicity Jones and Ben Mendelsohn.
It’s not tough to see because Paramount covets some-more Transformers installments. The many recent, Transformers: Age Of Extinction, grossed scarcely $1.1 billion, and became a tip grossing recover ever in China. And notwithstanding sum payouts that enclosed Bay and a film’s star Mark Wahlberg, a film still generated $250 million in net increase to Paramount and was named Most Valuable Blockbuster in Deadline’s annual relapse of tip domestic grossing tentpole films.
Goldsman, like Bay and Wahlberg, is repped by WME.