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Oh BOY! Batman and Robin Writer to Create Expanded, Shared Universe for Bay’s Transformers!

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My enjoyment of Age of Extinction notwithstanding, I feel like the nerdpocalypse just happened. Akiva Goldsman is being hired to develop sequels AND spin-offs in the Bayformers universe. Let’s just get Johnny Depp and the cast of The Big Bang Theory to star, hire M. Night Shyamalan and Tim Burton to direct, and Adam Sandler and Mike Myers to voice the new robots while we’re at it.

Disney has been ultra-aggressive since it bought Marvel, which has cranked out superhero films with regularity, and it has done the same since buying LucasFilm. It created the infrastructure for three main Star Wars films-one with JJ Abrams directing and two with Looper helmer Rian Johnson. It also has spinoffs aplenty starting with Rogue One, the Gareth Edwards-directed film to star Felicity Jones and Ben Mendelsohn.

It’s not hard to see why Paramount covets more Transformers installments.

How do you even do spin-offs? Aside from Optimus and Bumblebee, each movie already has very different robot rosters every time. I guess with Optimus going into space at the end of the last one, we could get Quintesson spin-offs or something. And you will almost certainly get to see someone other than Michael Bay direct at least one.

If Lars von Trier does a Sam Witwicky solo film where he’s a drug addict who punches himself in the head nonstop, I might be persuaded.

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Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.) Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist