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‘Walking Dead’ Creator Robert Kirkman No Longer Involved in ‘Transformers’ Movies

Kirkman says he had to walk away from the project due to a health issue

“Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman is no longer involved in writing the next batch of “Transformers” movies for Paramount.

In fact, he said he was only in the writers’ room for one day before a health issue required him to walk away from the project.

“I have to say, I was only in that room for a day before I found out that I was having my throat surgery that kept me out of Comic Con,” Kirkman told Collider at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival.

In May, TheWrap reported that Akiva Goldsman was stocking Paramount’s “Transformers” universe with top writing talent after the studio tasked the Oscar winner with fleshing out a franchise blueprint similar to Marvel’s approach. Kirkman“Iron Man”screenwriters Matt Holloway and Art Marcum, Jeff Pinkner (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”) and Zak Penn (“The Incredible Hulk”) were all said to be working on the various sequels and spinoffs.

Goldsman will develop the movies with Michael Bay, who directed all four films in the franchise, so far, as well as with producer Lorenzo di Bonventura and executive producer Steven Spielberg.

And although Kirkman hasn’t been involved with “Transformers,” he has heard good things about the evolving franchise.

“I have heard from the people that are in that room there are a lot of amazing ‘Transformers’ things coming, and I’m very happy as a fan to see what comes from that,” he added.