Because uniting to fight boredom takes teamwork, Paramount has just made a Devastator out of a bunch of star writers to revamp the Transformers franchise, and Robert Kirkman is among them. The team, led by Akiva Goldsman, includes Kirkman, Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man) Zak Penn (Pacific Rim 2 and X-Men: The Last Stand) and Jeff Pinkner (Lost, Fringe) So yes, this is pretty much the superhero franchise dream team. They’ll sit around thinking about ways to make the Transformers cool. I got one word: Victorion..
While initial reports are sketchy of how or when this secret cabal will meet, it’s a great step up for Kirkman and reveals that his show running duties on The Walking Dead are substantive enough to move him beyond the zombie-sphere in Hollywood. Hopefully he’ll still find time to sneak away and write the monthly comic, but given the enormity of his Hollywood projects, he’s going to need the Pomodoro method to juggle all these franchises.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.