Transformers 5: Mark Wahlberg's character reportedly still central to franchise's plot

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There is still no confirmation whether Transformers director Michael Bay will be returning to the franchise to helm Transformers 5 as he remains noncommittal on his involvement in the film.

“Directing TF5. No, it’s not official. I have not committed to any idea as of yet. Just met with Steven and we are discussing,” Bay posted on his Twitter account.

The fifth installment of the franchise will reportedly be written by Akiva Goldsman, who heads the writers room comprised of some of the most talented writers in Hollywood including Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down) and Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Hibernation), Christina Hodson (The Fugitive) and Lindsey Beer (Short Circuit), Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari (Ant-Man), Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (Iron Man), Zak Penn (Pacific Rim 2), and Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Lost) with Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) leading the pack in its writers room, reported Deadline.

According to another Deadline report, the latest meeting of the writers has resulted in a concrete plan for the movie, which still involves the return of Mark Wahlberg as Cade Yeager. Meanwhile, Ant Man writers Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari have been tapped to write the story for the animated feature.

The final details of the film are expected to be released once the ideas have been discussed with producer Steven Spielberg. Based on the report, one of the plans is for Goldsman to first write an animated feature, then for Pinkner and Beers to develop follow ups to flesh out the story of the live action sequel Goldsman is working on. 

It has also been reported that the plan was to bring Wahlberg back and have Bay direct his last Transformers movie.

Still, this plan will be dependent on whether Wahlberg will agree to return to the franchise to reprise his role as the actor does not typically do sequels.

As a matter of fact an Air Herald report quoted Wahlberg as saying: “I will pass the baton for future ‘Transformers’ movies while I can focus somewhere else. There’s a lot that’s unexplored, but that’s for the next director to figure out.”