This summer, Paramount and Hasbro put together a team of writers to come up with new ideas for the Transformers franchise, which yielded at least three new movies that are in development. Deadline reports that the studio is continuing this writers room experiment with two more franchises, G.I. Joe and the upcoming Micronauts. Akiva Goldsman, who supervised the Transformers writers room, is now set to come up with ideas and oversee both of these new writers' rooms as well.
This new development means that Akiva Goldsman won't be available to write Transformers 5, which he had originally planned to do. Now he will be supervising the writing process, with Paramount currently in negotiations with Transformers writers room participants Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down) and the writing team of Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (Iron Man) to write the sequel. This change was approved by Paramount, Hasbro and producers Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura.
No writers have been set for the G.I. Joe and Micronauts rooms as of yet. Participants in the Transformers writers room also included Steven S. DeKnight (Daredevil), Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Zak Penn (Pacific Rim 2), Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari (Ant-Man), Christina Hodson, Lindsey Beers and Geneva Robertson-Dorsett. Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari have been set to write the animated movie entitled Transformers One, which revolves around these robots' home world of Cybertron.
It isn't known how this new writers room will affect G.I. Joe 3, which doesn't have a release date set at this time. Back in April, Paramount brought on Aaron Berg to rewrite the script, which had previously been worked on by Evan Daugherty (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Jonathan Lemkin (Shooter). We reported earlier this year that D.J. Caruso was in talks to direct, but it isn't known if he is still involved. We also reported last month that a possible crossover between Hasbro properties G.I. Joe 3, Transformers and Jem and the Holograms may be possible, but nothing has been confirmed.
Micronauts has been in development for several years, with Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Deadpool) coming aboard to write the script back in 2011. We reported last month that Tom Wheeler came aboard to write the scripts for both Dora the Explorer and Micronauts, so it's possible that he will be involved in this writer's room. What do you think about this new approach for G.I. Joe and Micronauts?