Rumor of the Day: The next Transformers movie will be a prequel set on Cybertron

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May 28, 2015, 10:57 AM EDT (Updated)

Ant-Man scribes Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari have joined the Paramount Transformers writers room. They’ll be part of the impressive brain trust led by Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, I Am Legend), which includes The Walking Dead's creator Robert Kirkman, Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (Iron Man), Zak Penn (Pacific Rim 2) and Jeff Pinkner (Lost, Amazing Spider-Man 2).

Their five-year mission? To have a new Transformers prequel/sequel/spinoff ready to start production by the time director Michael Bay is finished with his current projects schedule, which includes the Benghazi drama 13 Hours.

According to Deadline, one of the ideas that came out of the writers room is a prequel origin story called Transformers One (it's a working title). The movie would be set on Cybertron — the Autobots' and Decepticons’ home world — with an idea apparently coming from licensor Hasbro. The Transformers mythology is a rich one for sure, so a movie set on Cybertron would a great sandbox for the writers to play in.

There’s just one tiny problem, though. Transformers One could end up being an animated movie, rather than a live-action film, which is the reason why Barrer and Ferrari joined the Transformers writing room in the first place — for a live-action movie. Perhaps there are two projects currently being developed side by side? Just a thought. Some insiders revealed they don’t have much on the specific projects coming out of the writers room, but Deadline is told Transformers One is what they're going with. Since nothing's official, remember to take this as a rumor for now.

Does a Cybertron movie sound like a good idea for a Transformers feature film to you? Would you rather have Transformers One as an animated movie or a live-action film?

(via Deadline)

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