Transformers: The Last Knight (Photo: Paramount)

Before the release of Transformers: The Last Knight, Paramount and Hasbro kind of made a big deal about the writers room they had assembled to plan out the future of the Transformers series. Led by Akiva Goldsman, the group included Steven DeKnight, Robert Kirkman, Zak Penn, Jeff Pinkner, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, Lindsey Beer, and Christina Hodson (all of whom have worked on big-name genre projects and/or created a very popular comic book series that is now one of the biggest shows on TV), and together they came up with the concept for the Bumblebee spinoff and—if you trust Michael Bay—14 potential sequels and spinoffs that would take place within the Transformers universe.

Now, though, the future of the Transformers series seems a little darker than it did just a few months ago. According to /Film, Goldsman is no longer involved in the Transformers movies, and producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura is saying that the writers room was only designed to flesh out the mythology for The Last Knight. The implication there seems to be that the writers room has been disbanded, and that Paramount no longer has a team of overqualified people planning out future sequels.

If that’s really the case, it could have something to do with the fact that The Last Knight had the worst box-office opening in the history of the series