It is about time all those axes swinging around "Transformers: The Last Knight" lobbed off some heads. in this case, those of Akiva Goldsman, and the Writer's Room altogether according to Forbes magazine. Apparently, the fans were not the only ones pointing fingers after "The Last Knight" failed to impress USA movie goers. Even though it managed to keep slowly building what is a not bad $500+ million box office take that many films could only dream about - heads rolled.
So it comes as no surprise that the writers room isn’t coming back, and neither is Akiva Goldsman. Well, as ridiculous as the idea was, Hasbro certainly gets points for trying. It’s not their fault that their aging toy franchises have no creative value whatsoever. The only movie based on a toy line that managed to be truly good was The Lego Movie, and that’s because the very essence of Lego is to follow your imagination.
But it wasn’t all a disaster; the writers room was apparently responsible for Travis Knight’s upcoming Bumblebee spin-off, which sounds weirdly … well, good. Bumblebee will be set in the eighties and is described as a coming of age film, which, in a sense, returns Transformers to its roots. The original film was about a boy getting his first car, and his first girlfriend. It was cute and relatable, and the only film in the franchise that had anything resembling a soul.
While this is very likely welcome news to some, it is too easy to make them the scapegoats. While I admit I am glad to see something else, I have to wonder if the stakeholders simply made all the same mistakes all over again by not giving fans what they have been asking for since the Bayhem started.
While Forbes wants to attribute the so-called spin-off as the Writer's Room saving grace. I doubt many are buying into the idea that a movie with fewer robots, that proposes to explore the back story of these Transforming beings from Cybertron. Is going to connect the dots any better than the past puzzles we have been left with before.