Screenwriter John Rogers recently reported to his fans about the upcoming Transformers adaptation on his official blog at KungFu Moneky. It seems the writer has moved away from the project and on to something else...
"I won't be working on the movie for the next few months.
Nothing horrible, everything's cool. But I was technically contracted to start another movie when the Transformers gig popped up. The producers of that flick -- including one-of-us Akiva Goldsman -- were real gentlemen about the situation and stepped aside for the duration of the high-intensity TF first draft. They didn't have to, and the fact they did is one of the coolest things I've encountered in my 10-odd years of TV and film writing.
The next Transformers production pass, adressing specific producer notes, will be executed by another writer or set of writers. I'll be off doing this new project, will lock in the shooting draft for Fatal Frame (I meet with the director tomorrow) then will probably swing back in later on for a polish --I'm still under contract for TF. This is all part of the business we call "show", and you should all be assured that the project is a.) on schedule and on track and b.) still has rabidly protective and enthusiastic producers riding herd on it."
In addition, IGN Filmforce has dug in a little deeper to this news and found out exactly who these new writers are...
" IGN FilmForce can now exclusively report who that new set of writers are: Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. The scribes are perhaps best known for their work on the TV series Alias and Xena, but they've also penned forthcoming feature films like The Island, Legend of Zorro and Mission: Impossible III."
"The same way Wolverine took us into the world of mutants, humans have to take us into the world of Transformers. ... You can't have it where Transformers are talking to Transformers at the start of the movie. The fans will get it, but we're going to lose the uninitiated. But we're gonna stay true to the heart of it."