Earlier today, a new report from Deadline revealed that the writers room for Transformers 5 has completed its work, with Akiva Goldsman, who lead the team, set to write the script for this sequel, which Michael Bay will direct. When the writers room was set up earlier this year, it was believed that the goal was to get a story for Transformers 5 ready, for Michael Bay to film after he wrapped on 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, which hits theaters this January. Shortly after today's report broke, Michael Bay took to his Twitter page to clarify that he hasn't committed to directing the sequel quite yet, but he is discussing ideas with Steven Spielberg. Here's what he had to say in his brief statement.
"Re: directing TF5. No, it's not official. I have not committed to any idea as of yet. Just met with Steven and we are discussing."
It should be noted that Michael Bay has a long history of claiming he is "done" with the Transformers franchise, before eventually coming back. Whether or not he comes back for Transformers 5 remains to be seen, but the earlier report claimed that shooting will begin in June, with Transformers: Age of Extinction star Mark Wahlberg reprising his role as Cade Yeager. It is believed that Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor will reprise their roles as Tessa Yeager and Shane Dyson, but that hasn't been confirmed.
The writers room that convened this summer not only created ideas for Transformers 5, but other ideas for future Transformers sequels and spinoffs. The writers room is lead by Akiva Goldsman and includes Steven S. DeKnight (Daredevil), Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (Iron Man), Zak Penn (Pacific Rim 2), Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari (Ant-Man), Christina Hodson, Lindsey Beers, Ken Nolan and Geneva Robertson-Dorsett.
Today's report also revealed that Ant-Man writers Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari have signed on to pen an animated movie, tentatively titled Transformers One. The story reportedly goes back to the Transformers' home planet of Cybertron, showing how the war between the Autobots and Decepticons first started. In total, there were nine feature projects pitched during the course of this writer's room, five of which Steven Spielberg thought could be turned into two-hour movies.
After Transformers 5 and Transformers One, the studio will then develop a script by Jeff Pinkner and then another by Lindsey Beers. They also have a comprehensive bible with all of these pitches and ideas, which will be used in Transformers 5 and beyond. The original report from Deadline said that Transformers 5 is expected to be the last movie in the franchise that Michael Bay directs himself, but it seems he hasn't committed to it quite yet. Take a look at the director's tweet below, and chime in with your thoughts.
Re: directing TF5. No, it's not official. I have not committed to any idea as of yet. Just met with Steven and we are discussing.— Michael Bay (@michaelbay) September 17, 2015