A constant criticism regularly thrown out regarding Michael Bay's Transformers movies is that they frequently prioritize the human characters over the titular robots in disguise. This is of course disappointing since humans cannot turn themselves into a sports car at will - at least they couldn't the last time I checked.
However, preliminary rumors are emerging that Paramount might be about to deliver a new project which is sure to appeal to die-hard Transformers fans. According to Deadline, the Transformers 'brain trust' - a group of writers and producers tasked with developing the franchise - are currently working on the idea of a Transformers prequel set on Cybertron. The idea, which apparently originated with toy licensor Hasbro, is supposedly titled Transformers One and it could be an animated, rather than another live-action, feature.
This wouldn't be the first time a film has been set on Cybertron. 1986's The Transformers: The Movie, which famously featured the voices of Orson Welles and Leonard Nimoy, also showed the war between the Autobots and Decepticons on their homeworld. You can watch their performances below:
Paramount's Transformers brain trust is headed by Akiva Goldsman and includes various creatives and writers such as The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman, Iron Man writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, Pacific Rim 2’s Zak Penn, and Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Lost‘s Jeff Pinkner. This week they were joined by Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, two screen-writers who most recently rewrote elements of the Ant-Man script.
The writers' room has been asked by Paramount to develop ideas for prequel and spin-off ideas set in the Transformers franchise. According to Deadline, as well as coming up with a prequel, their current mission is to also get ready a Transformers sequel to begin production once Michael Bay has finished his current slate of non-Transformers projects.