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Paramount, Akiva Goldsman Hope to Create 'Transformers' Expanded Universe

In a bid for a "Transformers" expanded universe, Paramount Pictures has tapped Akiva Goldsman to create a "writers' room" for the franchise with director Michael Bay, executive producer Steven Spielberg and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Deadline reports.

Goldman, who won an Oscar for his screenplay for "A Beautiful Mind," will likely oversee the writing process for a more cohesive universe involving multiple spinoffs of the core "Transformers" films. The studio appears to want to fast-track these sequels and spinoffs.

Last year's "Transformers: Age of Extinction" grossed nearly $1.1 billion worldwide, generating $250 million in net profits for the studio. Mark Wahlberg, who starred in the film, is on board for more installments of the franchise.

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