Earlier this year, we reported that Paramount is setting up a writers room to develop new Transformers movies, although no specific plot details were given for any of the projects these writers are developing. Today, a new report reveals that Ant-Man screenwriters Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari have joined this team, and that one of the projects may be entitled Transformers One, which is an origin story that takes place on the Autobots and Decepticons' home planet of Cybertron. There is also talk that this may be an animated feature, but new writers Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari are going into the writer's room under the expectation that they will write a live action movie as well.
A representative from Paramount says that plans aren't that far along quite yet, but insiders claim that this is their plan of action. Akiva Goldsman will be overseeing the writers, which include The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Iron Man scribes Art Marcum & Matt Holloway, Zak Penn (Pacific Rim 2 and Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2). It isn't known how many more writers will join this team, but they will all hatch and develop sequel and spinoff ideas for the Transformers.
The plan is reportedly for these writers to have at least one sequel ready for director Michael Bay to shoot, once he wraps on his Benghazi thriller 13 Hours, with other projects set to follow right after that sequel. The last entry in the Transformers franchise, Transformers: Age of Extinction, was panned by critics, but it ended up becoming the only movie released in 2014 to crack $1 billion worldwide. Aside from working on the Ant-Man screenplay, Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari are also writing the upcoming Sabrina the Teenage Witch remake for Sony Pictures.