ByEleanor Tremeer, writer at Creators.co
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Eleanor Tremeer

Transformers 5 is still a long way off, but the news just keeps coming. First we heard that Paramount are assembling a writers room, then Michael Bay was confirmed to oversee the creative process. Recently, we also had news that Transformers 5 would feature two storylines at once, with the first part set on Earth and the second in space. However, this may have been debunked...

Two Parter For Transformers 5

The idea was to set the first half of the story on Earth, with the human characters clearing up after [Transformers: Age of Extinction](tag:206531) as well as dealing with a new threat. They would face many challenges, not the least of which being a Decepticon army, regrouped and ready to take over Earth once and for all. They were rumoured to be lead by the formidable Unicron, a transformer that can literally transform into a planet.

Due to his immense size, the filmmakers have shied away from using Unicron before, despite his popularity with fans. However, with the second part of this proposed film set in space, Unicron's appearance would have shifted the story into the second part of the plotline.

The epic Unicron
The epic Unicron

This would have followed Optimus Prime in his search for the Quintessons, and may have revealed the origins of the Autobots' creation. This would have all built up to a cliffhanger that tied into Unicron's mission to conquer Earth, as well as shocking revelations from the Quintessons as Optimus discovered they weren't everything he hoped them to be...

And of course, this storyline would have fed nicely into Transformers 6. But as intriguing as this plot is, it seems it is not to be. So how did this supposed leak come to the internet's attention? It turns out that this was all misconstrued from a casual conversation between actor Mark Ryan and a fan at the UK Wings and Wheels convention. The two were idly chatting about exciting story possibilities, and so the rumour was born. Ryan recently debunked the speculation, saying his remarks were misunderstood.

"I sincerely have no idea what the storyline for TF-5 will be, or who/what’s in it, or even who will direct it! It’s all secret until the movie is released so as not to spoil the excitement for the fans. Sorry guys!"

This is a shame, as the supposed plotline was very interesting. Perhaps the writers room should hire Ryan (or whoever used his comments to string together this story).

But as disappointing as this is, there's still some exciting chatter in the Transformers world...

Transformers One: A Spinoff Prequel?

There are countless ideas being tossed around right now, as Paramount are determined to expand the Transformers universe into multiple sequel films, TV shows, and of course toy and merchandising opportunities. Akiva Goldsman, scribe of I Am Legend and Angels & Demons, shed some light on the situation.

"We’ve got a work space that is beautifully production designed to be immersive with a strong sense of the franchise history. We will look at the toys, the TV shows, the merchandise, everything that has been generated by Hasbro, from popular to forgotten iterations, and establish a mythological time line. It has been designed with a lot of visual help, toys, robots, sketches and writers and artists. After that super saturation, the writers will figure out not one, but numerous films that will extend the universe."

Naturally, the possibilities really are endless. But there is one proposal that really stands out, and that is the tentatively titled Transformers One. This spinoff idea has been passed around the Paramount offices for a while now: it was first reported on before Age Of Extinction even had a release date. The writers room do seem to be revisiting the proposal though, according to Deadline.

Transformers One is supposed to be a prequel set entirely in space, telling the story of the Transformers' home world Cybertron, and explaining the origins of their struggle with the Decepticons. It's understandable then, why this idea has yet to gain any traction with Paramount: back in 2014 IGN reported that Paramount were wary of disregarding the human stories completely in favour of a space-set movie.

"We've debated whether we should ever shoot anything in space or not, and I don't think we've come to that conclusion. We want our humans with us. So going to space might force an all-Transformers movie, and while I think some fans would love that, I think other fans would be disappointed they don't have humans."

Of course, with Transformers 5 AND prequel/spinoff Transformers One, Paramount could have their cake and eat it too: set one movie on Earth, and another in space. But news on that probably won't be coming for a while now. Recently a fan asked writer Lindsey Beer if there will be any announcements coming soon, and her answer was basically to just wait and see!

This does imply that they have a lot of the story planned out though...

So what do you think: would you like to see Transformers One as a prequel? Let us know in the comments, or write your own post!

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