We've still got a long time to wait for Transformers 5, but we've had a steady stream of news lately that gives us a better idea of what the next film could be about. Paramount are working hard on creating plenty more movies for the Transformers Franchise, as well as some animated features. A potential TV show is being discussed, along with plenty more merchandise coming soon from Hasbro.
After putting together a writers' room with some of Hollywood's best scribes, it's no surprise that Paramount have big plans for Transformers, with movies planned for the next 10 years! Recently, Akiva Goldsman sat down with IGN to discuss these plans, and revealed some crucial hints for Transformers 5... and potential crossovers that might be on the horizon!
Breaking Away To Stand Alone
One of the the most surprising revelations that Goldsman had for fans was the fact that Transformers 5 will be considered a standalone plot. This is breaking away from fan expectations, as many people assumed that Transformers 5 would lead straight on from [Transformers: Age of Extinction](tag:206531).
There are lots of ways the story could do this - perhaps by following Optimus Prime as he journeys through space - but Goldsman seems to have other plans.
Akiva Goldsman is running the Transformers writers room, a brain trust of screenwriters who are coming up with stories to roll out over many, many years. Their aims are to come up with an overarching story, as well as expanding the narrative and mythology. Oh, and a TV show is being considered too. Here's how Goldsman describes the process.
"We will look at the toys, the TV shows, the merchandise, everything that has been generated by Hasbro, and establish a mythological time line. It has been designed with a lot of visual help, toys, robots, sketches and writers and artists. The writers will figure out not one, but numerous films that will extend the universe."
Now it seems that instead of the continuous storyline that we've followed through the Transformers films so far, subsequent installments in the franchise will be far more episodic.
"Our hope is that they are all interconnected and of course standalone, right? I think architecturally, the best serialized storytelling has integrity from start to finish of the episode. You want to be able to satisfy both appetites: you want to feed the instinct for the short-term gratification and the longterm gratification. So we're trying to do both."
This leaves plenty of possibilities for future storytelling, but the plot won't just be going forward chronologically...
Prequel & Crossovers
Although there were persistent rumors about Transformers 5 being a prequel it seems as though this isn't the case. However, we will get to see just what happened on Cybertron before the first Transformers film, but in an animated movie instead!
IGN: "We've heard about that animated movie being an origin movie with just Transformers in it, right?"
Goldsman: "Yeah, the prequel. It takes place before Optimus and Megatron ever come to Earth."
It looks like we'll finally find out the Transformers' full backstory, but whether this animated film will be released to cinemas or just on TV has yet to be revealed, along with the release date.
And as for crossovers, with Paramount assigning Akiva Goldsman to lead 2 more writers' rooms for [G.I. Joe 3](tag:908858) and Micronauts, it's possible that they're planning a big crossover event between the franchises. This isn't as remote a possibility as you might expect - there have been rumblings of a crossover between these two franchises since the first G.I. Joe movie came out. Plus, Transformers and G.I. Joe have crossed paths before, in a 2004 comic book!
The plot was set in an alternate universe and so played a bit fast and loose with the canon. But hey! This is a story about alien robots that can transform into cars (and other vehicles). Why should the filmmakers be bound by logic?
So there you have it folks: the future of Transformers is bright, beautiful, and filled with every plot possibility you could possibly hope for! What would you like to see the franchise do next? Let us know in the comments, or write your own post!