Franchises really are the name of the game these days and it's easy to see why: the studios essentially have a captive audience of dedicated fans, and there's also the chance to bring in new viewers. It's a bankable method of making movies, and that's why any remotely successful movie will get several sequels, no matter the critical reception. Paramount are definitely taking advantage of this trend with the Transformers Franchise, and Hasbro recently revealed that there will be multiple sequels, spinoffs, and TV shows after Transformers 5, whether we like it or not.
Franchise Marches On
A few months ago, Paramount made the surprising announcement that they had employed a writers' room to plot out the future of the Transformers franchise. Usually used for TV shows, a writers' room ensures that ideas don't get stale when planning out long plot arcs. Paramount aren't the first to employ this for franchises: Disney has the Star Wars brain trust, and Universal bizarrely has a room dedicated solely to their new monster movie cinematic universe.
Paramount's room is comprised of almost a dozen writers lead by Academy Award winning Akiva Goldsman. Michael Bay has also apparently been called in to consult, despite the fact that he's mostly moved on to other projects.
"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."
Considering Akiva Goldsman's statement several months ago, we really should be surprised that this is exactly what the writers' room created. But the news came in a few days ago that yes, we should expect Transformers 5 and 6 and 7 and 8, as well as much much more from the franchise...
The Future Of Transformers
At the MIP Junior Conference 2015, Hasbro exec Stephen Davis revealed Transformers' world conquering plans for the future.
"You're going to see a new Transformers movie coming from Hasbro and Paramount and Michael Bay and our other partners. We decided we wanted to plot out the next 10 years of the Transformers franchise. And they plotted out the next ten years of Transformers. Similarly we are doing the same in television and digital. So stay tuned Transformers 5 is on its way. ...And 6 and 7 and 8."
Paramount certainly seem to be following in the Marvel Cinematic Universe's footsteps with their longterm plans, and it looks like this franchise won't slow down for a very long time. What's interesting is the idea of TV shows: could we get a live action spinoff, or a new animated series? It's highly likely, considering the merchandising opportunities. And after all, the animated Transformers series are still some of the best loved kids' shows.
But we've still had no word on the potential TV shows, only that we'll be seeing lots and lots more from the Transformers franchise in the future. After [Transformers: Age of Extinction](tag:206531) was critically panned, with any luck Paramount's brain trust have come up with some truly innovative ideas, but we'll just have to wait and see to find out if this franchise has the plot depth to support its seemingly unending sequels.
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