Yes indeed. I knew I'd 'made it' when, as a young and new Trainee Emergency Medical Technician, I was racing through the dark night-time streets of North Yorkshire with 'The Only Way Is Up' by Yass tonking out of the Ambulance.
Oh and eat @$£* Micheal Bay etc.
I was the one who let you know, I was your sorry ever after, '84, '85. Give me new toys and I'll decide, but I'm really only after, '84, '85.
But it does seem like talks are on for them working in 2's for spin off -or maybe bigger groups with outlines for Beastwars movie. So we could get 3 Movie lines with too many writers working on them or about 10 movies each year by 2 writers. I know that no more than 3 films are likely to be done in 2 years.
For Transformers, anyway. Marvel can get away with it because all those films are wildly different in setup, characters, tone... Transformers is just big robots punching each other while humans run around.
There's no sense of scale and wonder to the live action TF's anymore and what little there is will be quickly burned away by having more than one film a year. And even then... I think that the production schedule they have now is fine, it lets people forget how big an event on a cinema screen these things actually are. If you're putting one out every 8 months or so... yeah. Burnout.
Nevermind that the live action movies do earn the title 'creatively bankrupt', and that none of the titular TF's have actual personalities, and that all the recognisable bad guys have already been killed off... I really don't see a TF cinematic universe working without a decent gap and a complete reboot.
Only saying that we have 13 writers & in US films they don't have 13th floors. So should we expect to have more writers because I would not expect them to keep that many - with this mainly being a US group based writers. They do seem to avoid 13 a lot more than other places. Also it would be better if we had 15 writers then 3 writers in 5 groups.
Just quick note - have block of flat near me in UK & it has a labelled 13th floor. It doesn't seem to effect us in the UK has being so unlucky. We've had 3 writers on past TF films but I think we should have the same number of writers on each film unless they have 3 for 4 projects then 1 over all writer/editor type person.
Why can't they fly across a guy called James Roberts to work on a Movie, then we might get a 100% watchable one for a change. I know that would mean our MTMTE writer doing skype chats with the other guys later on.
It looks to me like a fairly typical setup for a Writers Room. Bunch of folk brainstorming ideas, the guy at the head of the table passes them out to one or more participants for further development, then they iterate. The only difference is that rather than aiming for one single media they are brainstorming ideas and then deciding what the best way to develop them - movie, videogame, animated show, etc - might be.