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Deadline is reporting tonight that Hasbro Studios and Paramount have reassigned Akiva Goldsman away from writing the next Transformers movie. Apparently so pleased with his success leading the Transformers writers room, he will go on now to run a similar project for GI Joe, and then again for Micronauts when time comes to develop that property for film. Reportedly Goldsman will still have a supervisory role over the Transformers movie scripts, but will not be directly contributing to them himself. Keep reading for more on the new writers being negotiated and the original article link below.

We have our first good out of package look at the surprise movie Sideswipe figure that appeared for order on RobotKingdom this weekend. Thanks to Jimmy Yu and Ck Wong on Facebook, we've got several nice shots of the figure, showing off its extensive silver paintjob. Between that and being the Dark of The Moon mold, this may be the best overall representation of movie Sideswipe out there. Now, if only we knew why it was given AOE Crosshairs' guns... Click through to see all the photos!

RobotKingdom has posted a listing for a brand new entry in the Movie Advanced Series, a limited edition release of Sideswipe. Based on the Dark Of The Moon Deluxe mold and for some reason including weapons from Age of Extinction Crosshairs, it becomes overall quite inexplicable! RobotKingdom has this as shipping on November 14, and as we have no word on other release avenues for this, it might be a good idea to jump on now if you're interested. Click through to see the in-package photos!

Max Nicholson from IGN recently talked with Akiva Goldsman, notable lately for having led the writer's room effort that has reportedly produced the story outline for Transformers movies for the next decade. In a brief conversation about the Transformers franchise, Goldsman addresses things like the necessity of humans to Transformers stories, as well as the environment of the much talked about writer's room. Keep reading for an excerpt and a link back to the original article!

Jon Chu, director of the live action adaptation of Jem And The Holograms movie, talked to CinemaBlend recently and talked on the topic of how to create a big crossover "epic" to rival The Avengers: Bring together Jem with Transformers and GI Joe. In one movie. He was quick to note that for now he preferred to just stick with developing Jem, but he'd love to take on a fun property like Transformers. Good thing, too, since Jem is currently in Universal's hands which might make mixing it with the Paramount-backed TF and GI Joe series difficult. Still, if Hasbro wants a cinematic universe, one director has a truly outrageous pitch for them!

In a keynote at MIP Junior 2015, Hasbro's Stephen Davis touched on many topics related to the company's media franchises. In the process of answering questions, he revealed that the recently concluded writers room did not just plan Transformers 5, but that they worked to plot Transformers movies for the next ten years, which he suggests will take the property through an eighth film. He also specifically mentions Michael Bay's involvement once again, to no one's particular surprise. Video of the event has been posted to Youtube, so click through to have a look!

Today Deadline is reporting that TJ Fixman, known perhaps best to this audience For his contributions to the Ratchet & Clank series, has been hired in to Hasbro Studios as a creative consultant. Fixman's role will be to work with the existing media producers to help develop the fiction and media sides of the major brands, including Transformers. It sounds like Hasbro Studios is making a serious effort to up their media game, and only time will tell what influence will be seen from this latest addition.

Thanks to Genmon Photo Vault on Facebook, we have some nice photos of the Platinum G1 Dinobots. These are the Generations Series AOE Dinobots in classic colors and with G1-based robot heads, which for better or worse are probably the nearest we're going to get to true Classics Dinobots anywhere in the foreseeable future. Fortunately on that front, these come off looking quite nice with these decos and their retooling. Click through to check out the photos!

In a message posted just a short time ago to michaelbay.com and his own Twitter account, Michael Bay states that as of right now he has not officially joined the production of the next Transformers movie. In the very brief and to-the-point statement, Bay notes that he has taken at least one meeting already and that things are being discussed. However, given Bay's track record, we don't expect to see Transformers 5 with someone else ultimately in the director's chair. Stay tuned here for more updates!

Actor Mark Ryan, who most notably provided the voice of Lockdown in Age of Extinction, has gone to Facebook to try to put down rumors about Transformers 5 that have been cited as originating with him. In his post he clarifies that the information comes from casual conversation with fans taken out of context, and that he's never given an interview regarding the upcoming movie. Unfortunately with Yahoo having since picked up and spread these rumor reports, such damage control may be too little, too late. Click through to read the original text of Ryan's post.

Empire Online has posted a ranking of the 100 greatest characters to feature in a movie, as selected by their readership. And Optimus Prime managed to make the list! Just barely avoiding falling in to dead last place, Optimus Prime ranks 98 out of 100. We're not entirely sure on what criteria people made their choices, but the bullet points on Empire's list might have you believe it's due to Optimus riding a dinosaur. We can but wonder if he wouldn't have ranked higher had he not murdered Frasier a short time later. Click through to get a link to the full list.

Thanks once again to Allspark for providing high quality scans of this month's Figure King magazine. In it we get a good look at TakaraTomy's Constructicons, including a look at the hand weapons and a better idea of the individual deco choices, plus some Transformers Adventure including Override and Runabout, some QTF, and a full page look at ThreeA's movie Optimus Prime figure. We've mirrored Transformers relevant pages and highlighted some of the individual images, so keep reading to check it out.

If you like busts and statues, then you're in business! Prime 1 Studios had pieces on display from Age of Extinction at Wonderfest this weekend. Busts of Optimus Prime and Galvatron, replicating the heads and upper bodies of the characters in painstaking detail, plus a full statue of Lockdown with one of his "hunting dogs". It's probably the best merchandise representation of Lockdown that will ever exist, and the price tag is sure to reflect that! Click through to check them out.

In a recent interview with Collider, Mark Wahlberg was asked if he had any inside scoop on the next entry in the Transformers movie series. While he's apparently not any more in the loop than the rest of us, he's also with the majority of the fandom in a firm belief that Michael Bay will return to direct Transformers 5, despite Bay's own statements otherwise. A range of sources have all hinted at this being the case as well, including signs that the fifth movie is being delayed until Bay finishes his own current project. Keep reading for the interview excerpt.

Forbes has posted an in-depth article about the particulars of the Transformers Writers' Room, which meets for the first time today! The eleven writers plus head writer Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, Batman & Robin) will be surrounded by all aspects of the franchise in order to pitch their movies... and with each writer being encouraged to pitch their own movie, Goldsman included, we could be looking at an even dozen of Transformers films entering development as we speak. Keep reading for a selection from the article!

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