Last week, writer-producer Akiva Goldsman revealed details about the Transformers writers room he is leading at Paramount, with his team officially starting work on franchise sequels and spinoffs today on the studio lot. We now have word that the Transformers brain trust has added their final writer, Marvel's Daredevil showrunner Steven S. DeKnight. It is believed that the first task for this group is to hatch a story for Transformers 5, which director Michael Bay will shoot after he wraps on his true story Benghazi drama 13 Hours.
Steven S. DeKnight joins 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 Beer, Ken Nolan and Geneva Robertson-Dorsett. All of these scribes will delve through the entire Transformers mythology laid out in the toys, the early TV shows and merchandise to come up with ideas for sequels or spinoffs. Each writer will come up with a treatment, and, pending approval from the studio, Akiva Goldsman, Hasbro's Brian Goldner, Michael Bay, and producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian, the writer will get the first crack to write the script.
There have been rumors that one of the projects being developed is an origin story set on the Autobots and Decepitcons' home planet of Cybertron and a revival of the animated series Beast Wars: Transformers, but that has not been confirmed. No details were given regarding Transformers 5, and it isn't known if Transformers: Age of Extinction stars Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor will be back for the sequel. Aside from serving as showrunner on Netflix's Marvel's Daredevil, Steven S. DeKnight created Starz's hit Spartacus TV series. He also wrote for and produced a number of shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Smallville and Dollhouse.