Transformers is going the way of a shared universe, and last month it announced that Akiva Goldsman would head up a writers room full of talent to oversee a new shared universe. And the people they’ve picked have very recognizable names.

Deadline reports that Goldsman will be joined by Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Zak Penn (Pacific Rim 2), Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Lost), and the writing team of Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man). Deadline also says that this is only the first round of hiring and more names will be added.

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This isn’t just about studios placing a premium on shared universes for major franchises, it also echoes the studio trend of getting as many writerly hands on scripts before producing, like Warner Bros. having several Aquaman scripts in development. Only time will tell if this actually leads to an improvement in quality or if it just lets Paramount churn out Transformer movies at a much faster pace than they’re doing now.


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