The brain trust for Paramount Pictures’ planned “Transformers” cinematic universe has grown by two, with Deadline reporting the addition of Ken Nolan and Geneva Robertson. Nolan is best known for his work on "Black Hawk Down," where Robertson co-wrote the Black List script "Hibernation" and is currently writing a space thriller for Roland Emmerich.
They join a group that already includes Robert Kirkman ("The Walking Dead"), Zak Penn ("Pacific Rim"), Jeff Pinkner ("The Amazing Spider-Man 2," "Fringe"), Christina Hodson ("Shut In"), Lindsey Beer (Disney's "Dig"), Art Marcum and Matt Holloway ("Iron Man"), Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari ("Ant-Man").
Akiva Goldsman also answered some questions about the way the "Transformers" writers' room will operate. "There are good rooms around town, including the Monsters Room at Universal, the 'Star Wars' room, and of course, at Marvel. We’re trying to beg, borrow and steal from the best of them, and gathered a group of folks interested in developing and broadening this franchise. There is a central corridor of movies that has been proceeding quite well, but our challenge will be to answer, where do we go from here?"
"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," Goldsman explained. "After that super saturation, the writers will figure out not one, but numerous films that will extend the universe."
According to Goldsman, each writer in attendance will be assigned a movie treatment following their first meeting. Those treatments will then be submitted for approval to Paramount, Bay, Spielberg, Hasbro and the producers, after which the writers will begin to work on their first scripts.
The "Transformers" expanded universe writers' room convenes for the first time on Monday.