‘Transformers’ franchise hires new writing team including ‘The Walking Dead’ creator

The next film in the series is due for release in summer 2017

The Transformers franchise has assembled a talent-packed “writers’ room” to work on ideas and screenplays for forthcoming sequels and spin-off films.

Akiva Goldsman, whose numerous screen writing credits include The Da Vinci Code, A Beautiful Mind and I Am Legend, will head up the “writers’ room”, joined by Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead comic book series, and Lost/The Amazing Spider-Man 2 scribe Jeff Pinkner.

They will also be joined in the “writers’ room” by Iron Man‘s Art Marcum and Matt Holloway and Pacific Rim 2‘s Zak Penn. More writers will be added in due course, Deadline reports.

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The fourth and most recent instalment in the Transformers franchise, Transformers: Age Of Extinction starring Mark Wahlberg, came out last year (2014) and became the second film in the series to gross over $1 billion worldwide. Wahlberg has confirmed that he will return for the sequel, which is expected to be released in summer 2017. However, director Michael Bay – who has helmed all four Transformers films to date – has said that he will not be returning to the director’s chair.