Robert Kirkman on Involvement in Transformers Writers Room

Robert Kirkman on Involvement in Transformers Writers Room

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 3:46am CDT

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In a little bit of news, which probably only counts as trivia at this stage, Collider had a quick chat at SXSW with Robert Kirkman, co-creator of The Walking Dead comics series among other things, about his involvement with the Goldsman-led Transformers writers room - which he only attended for a day, as personal matters took priority. See more below, including the embedded video!

As you can see in the video, Kirkman says that he loves Transformers, and became a part of the writing team after a casual lunch wth di Bonaventura, who optioned his comic Invincible (the comic adaption list that Perri mentions in the video is Dave Trumbore’s 10 Comic Books That Need an R-Rated Adaptation). Still, though he’s no longer a part of the project (which is a bummer because it seems insane and his involvement made it seem somehow less so), he says,

“I have heard from the people that are in that room there are a lot of amazing Transformers things coming, and I’m very happy as a fan to see what comes from that.”


Credit(s): Collider


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Re: Robert Kirkman on Involvement in Transformers Writers Room (1783457)
Posted by Windsweeper on April 22nd, 2016 @ 4:22am CDT
I will never be happy with the inclusion of Akiva Goldsman.

He is to writers what Michael Bay is to directors.
Re: Robert Kirkman on Involvement in Transformers Writers Room (1783467)
Posted by Burn on April 22nd, 2016 @ 7:22am CDT
Windsweeper wrote:He is to writers what Michael Bay is to directors.

Someone who makes movies that generate millions of dollars and are hugely successful around the world and puts people like Uwe Boll to shame?
Though really, Uwe Boll puts Uwe Boll to shame.
Re: Robert Kirkman on Involvement in Transformers Writers Room (1783495)
Posted by Deadput on April 22nd, 2016 @ 9:51am CDT
Windsweeper wrote:I will never be happy with the inclusion of Akiva Goldsman.

He is to writers what Michael Bay is to directors.


He wrote one bad super hero movie so what who cares?


Micheal Bay has made some decent films and some bad ones and if I recall Akiva has some movie awards.
Re: Robert Kirkman on Involvement in Transformers Writers Room (1819956)
Posted by tffan01 on August 30th, 2016 @ 6:10am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:Watch you guys finally get a movie set entirely on Cybertron with no humans, but it's the Bumblebee movie. :P

Though, would it just be retelling the events of the Movie Prequel, or would they write a new "How Bee lost his voice" backstory? :-?


Sad that a Cybertron prequel movie would probably mean writing the events of the prequel comics from out of existence.

Tough they would probably use some elements from the comics like Megatron being the one who took Bumblebee's voice.
Re: Robert Kirkman on Involvement in Transformers Writers Room (1819970)
Posted by Sabrblade on August 30th, 2016 @ 7:48am CDT
tffan01 wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:Watch you guys finally get a movie set entirely on Cybertron with no humans, but it's the Bumblebee movie. :P

Though, would it just be retelling the events of the Movie Prequel, or would they write a new "How Bee lost his voice" backstory? :-?


Sad that a Cybertron prequel movie would probably mean writing the events of the prequel comics from out of existence.

Tough they would probably use some elements from the comics like Megatron being the one who took Bumblebee's voice.
Well, yeah, since that's probably integral to Bee's backstory.

Also, hi tffan01! ;)
Re: Robert Kirkman on Involvement in Transformers Writers Room (1826183)
Posted by Nico on September 19th, 2016 @ 11:01am CDT
Am I the only one thinking that a Transformers 'cinematic universe' seems like it might be hard to pull off with the continuity of the pre-existing movies? Especially given they've killed of all major and most famous Decepticons which could act as leaders: Starscream, Shockwave and Soundwave and even Megatron (mind you, he's back to life for a second time). I mean, who is left at this point? They've already used The Fallen and I can't imagine Unicron getting used unless they are certain its the big finale.

So that leave us with mostly obscure comic villains like Straxus and Japanese-continuity villains like Overlord, Deathsaurus, Zarak (who wouldn't be Scorpinok in this continuity) or...maybe Dark Nova or Violen Jiger but seriously nobody remember these guys exist and rightly so.

I swear, if we get Magmatron in movie form or something equally bizarre and unlikely I'll eat my own shorts.
Re: Robert Kirkman on Involvement in Transformers Writers Room (1826209)
Posted by Stuartmaximus on September 19th, 2016 @ 11:31am CDT
Nico wrote:Am I the only one thinking that a Transformers 'cinematic universe' seems like it might be hard to pull off with the continuity of the pre-existing movies? Especially given they've killed of all major and most famous Decepticons which could act as leaders: Starscream, Shockwave and Soundwave and even Megatron (mind you, he's back to life for a second time). I mean, who is left at this point? They've already used The Fallen and I can't imagine Unicron getting used unless they are certain its the big finale.

So that leave us with mostly obscure comic villains like Straxus and Japanese-continuity villains like Overlord, Deathsaurus, Zarak (who wouldn't be Scorpinok in this continuity) or...maybe Dark Nova or Violen Jiger but seriously nobody remember these guys exist and rightly so.

I swear, if we get Magmatron in movie form or something equally bizarre and unlikely I'll eat my own shorts.



I somehow can't see Unicron turning up in TF5, coz Bay has been avoiding using him in those films like the plague, but if he were in it, they could go one of two ways, most likely of them would be....just to namedrop the character! or they could go the TF Armada route....& have him posess or become a smaller unit(as they did with Sideways)...or even a human! but i seriously think that they'll keep Unicron for that animated movie that's coming up, as part of this cinematic universe.

As for other characters....god knows? I mean we still haven't seen Octane, Blitzwing, Astrotrain in any of the Bayformers movies, & there's a chance that Kup, Ultra Magnus, Blurr may be turning up in 5! but that's just rumor for the moment. ;)
Re: Robert Kirkman on Involvement in Transformers Writers Room (1834217)
Posted by Va'al on October 17th, 2016 @ 4:06pm CDT
We return once more to the wider cinematic universe that Paramount is looking to create with Hasbro, via Transformers first and foremost, but also the likes of MASK, GI Joe, and other franchises that will see live-action movies in the newar future (Visionaries, anyone?). A fairly detailed reading, behind the paywall, of the Wall Street Journal, does some digging, but the main points that can be taken from the piece are as follows:

  • The writers' room (which we reported on multiple times) has plotted out a lot of mythos for the Transformers universe and beyond, and artists were brought in too. Out of the group work, The Last Knight and the 2018 Bumblebee spin-off were chosen. The preparatory material has been printed, but only distributed to 'insiders'.
  • Things work in five-year business plans, as confirmed by Hasbro's Brian Goldner.
  • Paramount are looking for a different director than Bay for the next movie - and that means the 2018 animated Bumblebee on. This does not mean that Bay is definitely out. Let's make that clear!
  • The elements started in Transformers Age of Extinction and now The Last Knight will spill over into possible GI Joe and MASK stories and plans, so we'll have to wait and see what those elements actually are!

Join in the discussion in the Energon Pub, and stay tuned to find out more as we do!
Re: Robert Kirkman on Involvement in Transformers Writers Room (1834227)
Posted by Kurona on October 17th, 2016 @ 4:45pm CDT
From what I know of MASK, the Transformers movie format would be perfect for it since the main characters are actually human and hence where the focus should be (character-wise), while the transforming CGI stuff is basically just their cool mechs for the action scenes. Could be decent.
Re: Robert Kirkman on Involvement in Transformers Writers Room (1834228)
Posted by Burn on October 17th, 2016 @ 5:12pm CDT
Kurona wrote:From what I know of MASK, the Transformers movie format would be perfect for it since the main characters are actually human and hence where the focus should be (character-wise), while the transforming CGI stuff is basically just their cool mechs for the action scenes. Could be decent.

So basically the Knight Rider resurrection from a couple of years ago.
Re: Robert Kirkman on Involvement in Transformers Writers Room (1834230)
Posted by Kurona on October 17th, 2016 @ 5:19pm CDT
Burn wrote:
Kurona wrote:From what I know of MASK, the Transformers movie format would be perfect for it since the main characters are actually human and hence where the focus should be (character-wise), while the transforming CGI stuff is basically just their cool mechs for the action scenes. Could be decent.

So basically the Knight Rider resurrection from a couple of years ago.

Can't say I know of it, but basically the framework for any sort of movie where there's humans piloting impressive CGI mechs/vehicles/whatever. Pacific Rim, Batman, friggin'... probably the upcoming Power Rangers movie; you name it.
Re: Robert Kirkman on Involvement in Transformers Writers Room (1834231)
Posted by BeastProwl on October 17th, 2016 @ 5:34pm CDT
Can't we at least reboot this mess before slamming even more nonsensical "plots" into it?
Re: Robert Kirkman on Involvement in Transformers Writers Room (1834236)
Posted by Jeddostotle7 on October 17th, 2016 @ 6:02pm CDT
Wait, so the Bumblebee movie'll be animated? That's... unexpected.
Re: Robert Kirkman on Involvement in Transformers Writers Room (1834247)
Posted by SlyTF1 on October 17th, 2016 @ 6:55pm CDT
Animated Bumblebee movie? Ok, now things are starting to get ridiculous.
Re: Robert Kirkman on Involvement in Transformers Writers Room (1834248)
Posted by Kurona on October 17th, 2016 @ 6:59pm CDT
Makes sense to me, in retrospect. They're having three films over the course of three years, something they've never done before - with how expensive and time-consuming the integral CGI can be it makes sense for one of those movies to not use it. And, hence, not be live-action.
Wonder how it'll look. Think I might actually check it out if it has a pleasing aesthetic; I've always preferred animation to live-action.
Re: Robert Kirkman on Involvement in Transformers Writers Room (1834427)
Posted by Munkky on October 18th, 2016 @ 12:22pm CDT
Paramount are looking for a different director than Bay for the next movie

I'm predicting a slew of threads about dream directors for Transformers 6, based entirely around one or two good movies they've made recently and regardless of whether or not that director's particular style would fit Transformers or not.
While I do plan to watch The Last Knight, TF6, and probably the Bumblebee movie as well, I do hope this shared cinematic universe craze in Hollywood fades away sooner rather than later. Marvel are the only people who have done the formula well (and this is coming from someone who doesn't like Marvel), and every time a studio announces a shared universe of movies it only ever feels like they're jumping on a bandwagon and not much time or effort is being put in. With that said, I'm still interested in seeing Justice League and Kong: Skull Island, and I hope the Hasbro shared universe does well.
Re: Robert Kirkman on Involvement in Transformers Writers Room (1834429)
Posted by Sabrblade on October 18th, 2016 @ 12:25pm CDT
Munkky wrote:While I do plan to watch The Last Knight, TF6, and probably the Bumblebee movie as well,
TF6 is the Bumblebee movie.
Re: Robert Kirkman on Involvement in Transformers Writers Room (1834432)
Posted by Munkky on October 18th, 2016 @ 12:35pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Munkky wrote:While I do plan to watch The Last Knight, TF6, and probably the Bumblebee movie as well,
TF6 is the Bumblebee movie.

Is it? I was going by the Wikipedia page, which says TF6 will be the 2019 movie made after the Bumblebee spin-off.
Re: Robert Kirkman on Involvement in Transformers Writers Room (1834454)
Posted by Megatron Wolf on October 18th, 2016 @ 1:26pm CDT
I agree that the franchises should be rebooted before this shared universe thing is started. As it stands every new movie is going to have to be based around the transformers mythos, this could complicate things especially since gijoe is already a movie series. Start from scratch and do what marvel did, make individual movies but have something linking them together so you can do a cross over.
Re: Robert Kirkman on Involvement in Transformers Writers Room (1834505)
Posted by Sabrblade on October 18th, 2016 @ 4:05pm CDT
Munkky wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
Munkky wrote:While I do plan to watch The Last Knight, TF6, and probably the Bumblebee movie as well,
TF6 is the Bumblebee movie.

Is it? I was going by the Wikipedia page, which says TF6 will be the 2019 movie made after the Bumblebee spin-off.
That's TF7. Sounds like someone on (the ever-unreliable) Wikipedia doesn't want to acknowledge the Bumblebee movie as being the sixth movie.

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