Thursday, May 25, 2017

Empire Article on Cogman's Voice, Merlin, and the Writers' Room.

In the latest issue of Empire magazine, they interview Transformers: The Last Knight director Michael Bay who discussed the writer's room and also got a little information on the future of the franchise. Most of it we already knew (more or less) but they did confirm two tidbits including the voice of Cogman. You can read scans of the entire article here.

- Part of reason for Transformers writers' room was Bay didn't want to "grind on another script and do another one-off" while producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura said "We were feeling the need for more robust storytelling and weren't feeling we were getting it from the one-off process."

- Writers room was "A candy shot for a Transformers junkie" with TVs playing the movies and cartoons, movie props, and 10,000 pieces of TF art that included two days of "Transformers school" to go over the franchise history both actual and fictional.

- During room meets Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down) latched onto idea set in 5th century and King Arthur while Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man) liked idea of Transformers and WWI. The final story is three of the treatments merged together.

- Jim Carter (Downton Abbey), at the recommendation of Holloway, is voicing the "psychotic robot butler" that Spielberg considers "the greatest four-and-a half-foot character since Yoda."

- Santiago Cabrera is also playing Merlin. Film opens with a drunk Merlin during a massive 5th century battle that involves Transformers.

- The Bumblebee movie is based on a treatment by Christina Hodson and directed by Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings) set in the 1980s and will be tonally for younger crown.

- The animated origin myth of the Transformers is still planned as written by Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari (Ant-Man).

- Another treatment under consideration is one set in Ancient Rome (so that means 6/12 treatments potentially leading directly to movies so far).

Bumblebee Movie Logo, Bay's Star, Profile, and Real-Life Transformer

Here are a few odds and ends picked up over the last few days regarding the Transformers movies or inspired by them. None of them reveal anything story specific about Transformers: The Last Knight, just images and the like that you might find interesting.

- The Last Knight's world premiere is on Sunday, June 18th at Leicester Square, London.

- Below is the first "official" picture in relation to the upcoming Bumblebee movie. Not sure if "Transformers Universe: Bumblebee" is the final title but I assume its currently a placeholder. The image itself looks like it was taken from a previous movie poster (blanking on which one). Top left pic is the logo that will be used for the film.

- Also below is personnel profile for the Transformers Reaction Force (TRF) Commander Santos (Santiago Cabrera) who helps hunt down Transformers regardless of faction.

- The last picture is a new theater standee of evil Prime vs Bumblebee.

- Michael Bay received his Hollywood Walk of Fame Star on Monday. I thought he already had one. Video here.

- Inspired by the movies, below is a real-life Transformer in the Generation One style. A father and son team in Russia remade an old BAZ-2110 Lada into TF that goes from working car to gun shooting robot (not clear if real bullets or blanks).


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Transformers: The Last Knight Dragonstorm TV Spot

A new TV spot for Transformers: The Last Knight. Most of the footage is the same as the international trailer but there is a brief glimpse at the three-headed Dragonstorm.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Transformers: The Last Knight International Trailer

Below is the new international trailer for Transformers: The Last Knight. It includes a lot of new scenes mixed with what we have seen in TV and previous trailers. Also apparently Bumblebee is immortal? Very strange sequence that does not match any previous Transformers behavior (unless sort of count Ultra Magus from the 1986 animated movie). Thanks to Feris O. for the link.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

WWII Bumblebee Poster and More Transformers Secret History Images

The Transformers twitter account was busy today with a few images to promote Transformers: The Last Knight. A new poster shows a World War II version of Bumblebee fighting Nazi's (as seen in the recent TV spot) while other images show Transformers interacting with humans during other historic events. Images below.

 
               
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