Back in March, we reported that Paramount has brought on screenwriter/producer Akiva Goldsman to lead a "writers room" that will develop ideas for Transformers sequels and spinoffs for director Michael Bay and producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Steven Spielberg. Today we have word that four of these writers have been hired, including The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (Iron Man), Zak Penn (Pacific Rim 2) and Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2). More writers will be added to the group in the near future.
It isn't known how the dynamics of this "writers room" will work, but James Cameron employed a similar technique, bringing in a number of writers to work on his Avatar sequels. Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds) was brought on for Avatar 2, with Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) writing Avatar 3 and Shane Salerno tackling Avatar 4, with all of the writers collaborating with James Cameron. It isn't known how many sequels and spinoffs Paramount plans on developing for their blockbuster Transformers franchise at this time, or if Michael Bay will continue to direct these new movies.
It's worth noting that most of these writers have experience working in actual TV writer's rooms. Robert Kirkman writes for and executive produces AMC's The Walking Dead and the upcoming spinoff Fear the Walking Dead. Zak Penn created the Syfy TV series Alphas, and Jeff Pinkner served as an executive producer and writer on Alias, Lost and Fringe. Art Marcum & Matt Holloway don't have any TV experience, but, aside from Iron Man, the pair wrote the scripts for Punisher: War Zone and a number of upcoming projects such as Buck Rogers, Alien Nation and Highlander.