Paramount Brewing 'Transformers' Universe With Akiva Goldsman

'Transformers' (2007)
<p class="p1"><b>Michael Bay</b>&#39;s ultra-lucrative franchise is based on the Hasbro toy line and subsequent cartoon series. The first film introduced moviegoing audiences to Bumblebee and Optimus Prime. Having directed four installments, Bay has announced he will not return to direct the fifth. &nbsp;</p>   |   Dreamworks/Paramount
The 'Winter's Tale' writer-director-producer will work with Michael Bay and Lorenzo di Bonaventura.

The bot world is getting bigger.

Paramount, Michael Bay and Lorenzo di Bonaventura are enlisting Akiva Goldsman to help the studio develop ideas and a team to work on future Transformers spin-offs and sequels, a source tells THR.

The move signals that the studio is looking towards making their Hasbro toy-inspired franchise into a universe in the same vein as Marvel's Avengers, Universal's monster universe (which will kick off with The Mummy in 2016) and Warner Bros.' DC comics superhero universe. Paramount had no comment.

Bay has directed all four of the Transformers films, which have earned $3.8 billion worldwide. The most recent, Transformers: Age of Extinction, starred Mark Wahlberg and opened summer 2014 to earn $1.1 billion worldwide.

Goldsman’s recent work includes writing, directing and producing Winter's Tale, and writing YA sequel Insurgent. He’s repped by WME and Hansen, Jacobson.

Bay is currently working on his Benghazi project, 13 Hours, which he'll direct. He's repped by WME and Sloane, Offer.