Whatever Happened to the Movie Franchise Writers’ Room Trend? Good read. The important bit from the write-up: Not all movie franchise writers’ rooms have been so fruitless. In 2015, Paramount tapped Goldsman to lead a group tasked with developing a larger Transformers franchise, which also could eventually be crossed over with other Hasbro properties, most desirably G.I. Joe. That team consisted of Robertson-Dworet, again, plus Penn, Pinker, Beer, Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down), Christina Hodson (Unforgettable), The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, and the teams of Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari (Ant-Man and the Wasp) and Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man). And at least two features came to fruition out of their efforts. One of the team’s scripts was for last summer’s Transformers: The Last Knight. Nolan and Marcum and Holloway wound up with the screenplay credits, while Goldsman joined the trio as one of the named writers of the story. But I wouldn’t be surprised if the rest of the writers’ room had input. The Last Knight is such a crazy movie with so much going on that it feels like a patchwork of too many ideas. Some good, some terrible. The whole thing is so ludicrously thrown together with its Transformers throughout history nonsense and its batshit robot butler and its too many human characters that it reminded me of the Key & Peele sketch parodying the brainstorming (“not brain-drizzling”) process for Gremlins 2: The New Batch. At least Gremlins 2 — the script for which is credited to just one person, Charles S. Haas — is more brilliantly handled as a kind of self-spoofing smorgasbord of hilariously cartoonish horror comedy. Though it wasn’t financially successful. Similarly, the Michael Bay-helmed The Last Knight, the fifth in the series, wound up a domestic box office disappointment and even made the least amount of money overseas of any of the Transformers movies. Unsurprisingly, by the end of last summer, the franchise’s writers’ room was no more. The other movie to come out of that endeavor still has yet to come out. Bumblebee, a prequel spinoff focused on the titular Autobot and set in the 1980s, is due this December. Scripted by writers’ room member Christina Hodson, it’ll be the first Transformers movie not directed by Bay (instead Laika’s Travis Knight is at the helm), and it is expected to be a lighter and smaller effort for the brand. Beyond that, Bay has teased there being more than a dozen other good ideas that came out of the teamwork of Goldman’s group. But who knows what Paramount has cooking for the future of Transformers and whether the franchise will cross over with ROM, M.A.S.K., G.I. Joe, and the rest of the Hasbro Cinematic Universe? There’s no sign of the third project that was to come out of the writer’s room, the animated, Cyberton-set Transformers One scripted by Barrer and Ferrari. Maybe after the disappointment of The Last Knight, the studio doesn’t want to remind audiences of that Transformers-spawning planet.