Finally, Akiva Goldsman now has a concrete blueprint to pen the sequel to Michael Bay’s Transformers trilogy with star Mark Wahlberg. Writers Gabriel Ferrari and Andrew Barrer who wrote “Ant-Man” are tasked to write an origin story on Cybertron, the doomed planet where the Transformers came.
After the brainstorming headed by Goldsman, where sequels, prequels, and spinoffs have been pitched and reviewed, Steven Spielberg believed that they might have five of nine potential movies to create in the future.
Deadline reported that “the results got Spielberg and Bay excited, which is no small feat considering they’ve been with the movie since its inception and have plenty of other things to capture their passion.”
The fourth Transformers movie, “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” was the start of the new trilogy with Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor and Nicola Peltz replacing troubled Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox. Like the previous Transformers movies directed by Michael Bay, the fourth one earned lots of money but left critics disappointed.
“Despite the fact that the formula continues to work, Paramount has promised sweeping changes for the Transformers franchise by the time Transformers 5 rolls into theaters,” Cinemablend wrote.
IGN reported earlier that Transformers 5 might have dual storylines and includes a grand battle between the leader of the Autobots Optimus Prime and the transforming planet, Unicron. These were revealed by Mark Ryan voicing Jetfire and Lockdown, during the Wings and Wheels convention in UK.
Ryan said that the first story will focus on Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), as he teams up again with the Autobots and Dinobots to protect the Earth from the bad Transformers. The second story, on the other hand, will be about Optimus Prime searching in space for his creators, the Quintessons. His quest will lead into a confrontation with Unicron.
The voice actor also stated that shooting will start early 2016 with a probable release to theaters in 2017.