Screenwriter Ehren Kruger and the writing team of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are in negotiations to team to write the screenplay for DreamWorks/Paramount's Transformers 2, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Director Michael Bay, star Shia LaBeouf and producers Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Don Murphy are back, as is exec producer Steven Spielberg.

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Kurtzman and Orci wrote the $315 million-grossing first Transformers movie and are also writing J.J. Abrams' Star Trek movie for Paramount.

The three writers are currently working together on "Nightlife," a DreamWorks serial-killer project that sees Kruger adapting a Thomas Perry novel, with Kurtzman and Orci producing along with Neal Moritz.

The trade paper says that Kruger met with Bay and Hasbro president Brian Goldner and impressed the duo with his knowledge of the Transformers mythology.