More ‘Transformers’ sequels, spinoffs in the works

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Paramount plans to follow in the footsteps of Marvel and DC Comics with a "cinematic universe"

It's enlisting writer and producer Akiva Goldsman to help the studio develop ideas and a team

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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” spinoffs and sequels, a source tells THR.

The move signals that the studio is looking toward making its 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.

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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.

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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.

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