The Transformers franchise looked like it would continue to be a critic-proof movie series – which Paramount was looking to capitalize on by starting a shared Transformers movie universe with spin-offs – until The Last Knight underperformed significantly in the United States and abroad. Now, franchise plans are in question given that Akiva Goldsman – who wrote for the Transformers writer’s room and helped pen the script to The Last Knight – has revealed that he’s not going to be involved with future movies in the series.
/Film recently spoke with Goldsman at the Television Critics Association. When he was asked about if he’d be involved with future Transformers movies, he quite simply stated “No.” before moving on to questions about Star Trek: Discovery, The Dark Tower, Teen Titans, and a remake of I Am Legend. Goldsman’s primary contribution to the Transformers franchise was a to help with a lot of world-building for future installments, some of which can be seen in The Last Knight.
That Goldsman is a one-and-done writer for The Last Knight isn’t too surprising, considering that Mark Wahlberg has said that it will be his last Transformers movie and that director Michael Bay has promised – for the fourth time – that the Transformers sequel would be his last one. The franchise is in need of new ideas, and regardless of whether or not Bumblebee brings that, Paramount might have an easier time completely rebooting the franchise completely after the seventh film (due out in 2019) than they would be with utilizing the world-building tied to the Bay-verse.
Transformers: The Last Knight is still in theaters. The film’s cast includes Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Isabela Moner, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, John Turturro, Laura Haddock, Anthony Hopkins, and Santiago Cabrera. The vocal talents of Peter Cullen, John Goodman, John DiMaggio, and Mark Ryan are also featured.
Transformers Universe: Bumblebee rolls out on December 21, 2018. Its cast includes Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr. Jason Drucker, Abby Quinn, Rachel Crow, Ricardo Hoyos, and Gracie Dzienny.
Saturday Morning Cartoons That Could Make Successful Movies
If the Smurfs or Transformers movies have taught us anything, old Saturday morning cartoons are the new grade-A meat for the movie studios. Cartoons can be turned into animated movies, just look at the success of the Spongebob Squarepants movies, but they can also make successful live-action adaptations. Well, with Power Rangers coming out soon, an idea so silly it might as well have been a Saturday morning cartoon it’s time for studio execs to take a look at some of these hidden classics. There’s clearly a lot of money to be made adapting beloved children franchises.
I want to point out a key word to all of you guys in case you get mad at my list. I don’t necessarily know if all of these cartoons could make good movies, but I’m pretty sure they could turn a profit and be considered successful. Some of these can be enjoyable and they’re ones you might not necessarily expect. If I forgot about your favorite Saturday morning cartoon, head to the comment section and let me know!
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