Monday, January 27, 2020

Paramount Orders Two New Transformers Scripts

The drought is finally over. More then a year after the successful release of Bumblebee, Paramount has finally decided to move ahead with the Transformers franchise. The studio has ordered 2 separate scripts from the series, one from James Vanderbilt (Independence Day: Resurgence, The Amazing Spider-Man 1 & 2), the other from Joby Harold (Army of the Dead, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword).

Deadline is reporting the Vanderbilt script is focused on Transformers: Beast Wars while Harold script is set in the Bumblebee universe. Beast Wars was (later) determined to be both a sequel & prequel to the 1984 Transformers series that focused on animal alt modes with characters clearly based on classic G1 characters set in Earth's distant past that has become a cult favorite thanks to some excellent writing and characterization once got through a bumpy first half of season 1. Season 2's The Agenda 3-parter basically blew the doors off of what a Transformers cartoon could be if the writers are allowed to be creative enough and actors given a chance to really play to their strengths. I would say when fans like myself think the movies fall short, we are mentally comparing it to such story arcs because we know without a doubt that Transformers can be better because we have seen it.

Now does this mean both scripts will be made? Honestly I doubt it. They are probably testing the waters the cheap way (aka a script and why pre-production exists) to see if can get something that they can attempt to expand the universe while having a more a traditional Transformers story waiting in the wings if it doesn't look like it will work out. After the long delay I feel safe to assume that whatever writers' room efforts from three or so years ago have been trashcanned. The Bay-verse is probably done to with the writers being allowed to ignore or use whatever they see fit from that universe without worrying about continuity. This also means we are probably at least six months away from any official green light and more than a year and half away from any potential release. Still good news to hear the next phase of live action Transformers is finally moving forward.

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