Two More Join Paramount’s Transformers Writing Team, Prequel Movie a Possibility

Last week, the curtain came down and revealed Paramount Pictures’ “writer’s room” for the Transformers franchise which included “The Walking Dead” and “Invincible” creator Robert Kirkman, the Iron Man writing pair of Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, “Fringe” and “Lost” scribe Jeff Pinkner, and X-Men: The Last Stand and The Incredible Hulk‘s Zak Penn.

Now, Deadline brings word that Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari, who did production re-writes on Marvel’s upcoming Ant-Man, have also joined the staff of writers that will expand the “cinematic universe” of the Transformers movies.

In addition, the outlet reveals that one of the potential titles in development is Transformers One, a prequel film set on the planet Cybertron which was briefly seen in the first film of the series. They also reveal this idea originated from rights holders Hasbro, and that the film could be an animated feature, though this remains unconfirmed.

I Am Legend‘s Akiva Goldsman will lead the group of writers who were selected by director Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura to develop both multi-part sequels for the series and franchise spin-offs.

Last year, Paramount released the franchise’s fourth film, Transformers: Age of Extinction, starring Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor. When asked if he’d be back for a sequel, Wahlberg previously stated that he’s contracted for “a couple more.” It is also believed that Bay himself will return to helm Transformers 5 after he completes work on his Benghazi drama 13 Hours.

Age of Extinction grossed over $1 billion at the global box office with all four films combined grossing over $3.7 billion.