After months of waiting, we've finally got some news about Transformers 5, and it seems like Paramount are heading in a new direction. The multi-billion dollar franchise is set for yet more films after Transformers 5, with potential spinoffs in the works as well as a rumoured TV show.
But with multiple new writers brought in to consult, and Michael Bay rejoining the movie, how will this affect the plot, and might we see a complete reset?
New Hope For Transformers
After director Michael Bay initially abandoned Transformers 5, Paramount were left searching for a new creative team to revitalise the franchise. Although Transformers was one of the high points of his career, Bay decided it was time to move on.
"There's kind of a new chapter, a new direction in movies I want to make. I have a lot of stories to tell. And it's about flexing new muscles."
Oh, and before you ask, Megan Fox is far too busy with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 to reprise her role, and Shia LaBeouf's return is shrouded in rumour.
But as far as the writing team are concerned, Paramount are ready to try something new, bringing in the big guns from... Netflix?
Assembling a team of TV veterans, Paramount have handpicked writers like Daredevil's Steven DeKnight and The Walking Dead's Robert Kirkman to try and revitalise Transformers 5. DeKnight recently spoke about the Transformers 5 writer's room, a method used on television shows: movie scripts are usually commissioned from one or two writers, then redrafted by more writers or tweaked by directors. Though it's a surprising choice, the writer's room seems to be working well for Transformers 5!
"It was just a room full of brilliant, funny, amazing people. And we spent two and a half weeks in physically the best writers room I've ever seen in my life. Paramount pulled out all the stops. It was phenomenal! We laughed and joked and told stories and plotted out."
DeKnight's ideas have worked brilliantly for Daredevil: after just one season the Marvel/Netflix show has been phenomenally popular. And with Michael Bay coming in to consult, we're sure that this new writing team will make Transformers 5 better than ever!
But what does this mean for the plot? We've heard mostly rumours so far, but we might be in for a big surprise...
Plot Reset and Erasing Age Of Extinction
Transformers 4 marked a shift in the plot: with new characters and a darker storyline, it seemed that the movies were moving into new territory. But after the film performed poorly in the box office (grossing the lowest profits of the franchise), Paramount may decide to go in a completely new direction. This is not a moment too soon for Peter Cullen, voice actor for Optimus Prime.
"There is a sense that Transformers movies are going into a darker area. I think I brought the concern to the movie studio and certainly to the writers. Perhaps Transformers 5 and 6 movies will go back more to its roots."
The actor confident to voice his concerns about the movies: he even revealed that he disagreed with Michael Bay on some dialogue that Cullen felt Optimus Prime would not say. Peter Cullen is not alone in disliking Age Of Extinction: the film has an 18% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and for many it was too different from the fun of the original trilogy.
But with rumours circulating about Optimus Prime dying in Transformers 5, it is yet to be seen whether Paramount's new writers will agree with Peter Cullen about returning to the franchise's roots.
A New Start for Transformers
Whatever they planned out, DeKnight is excited, and is quick to assure fans that Transformers 5 will be better than ever.
"I can't say what we plotted out, but it was all very exciting and in the next few months we'll see what moves forward and what doesn't move forward. But it was a fantastic experience."
So what do you think? Should Transformers erase Extinction and return to the fun feel of the first trilogy? Let us know in the comments, or write your own post!