Once again we're on the verge of a growing number of production side tidbits for a Transformers movie. Website My Entertainment World has updated with a very brief listing for Transformers 5, revealing when filming for the next movie is due to begin. With the publicity around the Writers' Room project recently we can at least hope that there will be a completed script by the time they fire up the cameras, though absence of such certainly hasn't stopped production in the past... Click through to check it out!
Just as Michael Bay always comes back to do the next Transformers movie, it seems now a reliable trend that Michael Bay will choose Chicago as a shooting location. Maybe he just enjoys Portillo's, and I couldn't blame him for that, but whatever the cause it sounds like Chicago will see more robot action. In an interview with WGN Radio's Dean Richards focused on Bay's movie 13 Hours, the subject of Transformers and a return to Chicago come up briefly. We have a summary of the relevant portion of the interview. Click through to take a look, and to get a link back to the original if you want to hear more about 13 Hours.
Rolling Stone has published an interview with Michael Bay, regarding his movie "13 Hours", but within that article comes the confirmation of what we've all expected: Michael Bay is back on board for the fifth Transformers movie. Bay himself seems to be losing count at this point, and expressed once again
that this would be his last time in the director's chair for the franchise. The interviewer pointed out how it's not the first time he's made such a claim, but Bay insists that he really means it for real, this time. Keep reading for excerpts, including possible first details of the movie!
Barret-Jackson has announced that they will be handling the auctions of the stunt vehicles representing Optimus Prime from the first three movies, and Bumblebee's mainly black "Classic Camaro" form seen in Age of Extinction. These vehicles will apparently be part of the larger Scottsdale 2016 vehicle auction happening during the last week of January. With the listings are a batch of nice photos of both vehicles. You can keep reading to see the mirrored images, and links back to the listings and article on the Barret-Jackson site.
The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Hollywood - in the form of Paramount Pictures - is teaming up with Hasbro to create a Cinematic Universe based on Hasbro properties. Micronauts, Rom: Spaceknight, MASK, and Visionaries are slated to tie into existing film franchise GI Joe, and a writer's room is being assembled in the vein of the one created for the Transformers Cinematic Universe. Transformers is assumed to remain separate - though there was
that first Micronauts promotional image, so we'll see! Keep reading for details.
Over the months, the bits and pieces of future movie development news have made it fairly clear that we could expect to see Mark Wahlberg back for Transformers 5, about as much as we expect Michael Bay to be back in the director's chair. But in an interview with CinePop, Wahlberg is asked directly if he'll be returning, and confirms his involvement with the next movie. No further details are presented on this subject, but you can watch the entire quick interview clip with Wahlberg answering a couple other questions, embedded below.
Deadline is reporting tonight that Hasbro Studios and Paramount have reassigned Akiva Goldsman away from writing the next Transformers movie. Apparently so pleased with his success leading the Transformers writers room, he will go on now to run a similar project for GI Joe, and then again for Micronauts when time comes to develop that property for film. Reportedly Goldsman will still have a supervisory role over the Transformers movie scripts, but will not be directly contributing to them himself. Keep reading for more on the new writers being negotiated and the original article link below.
We have our first good out of package look at the surprise movie Sideswipe figure that appeared for order on RobotKingdom this weekend. Thanks to Jimmy Yu and Ck Wong on Facebook, we've got several nice shots of the figure, showing off its extensive silver paintjob. Between that and being the Dark of The Moon mold, this may be the best overall representation of movie Sideswipe out there. Now, if only we knew why it was given AOE Crosshairs' guns... Click through to see all the photos!
RobotKingdom has posted a listing for a brand new entry in the Movie Advanced Series, a limited edition release of Sideswipe. Based on the Dark Of The Moon Deluxe mold and for some reason including weapons from Age of Extinction Crosshairs, it becomes overall quite inexplicable! RobotKingdom has this as shipping on November 14, and as we have no word on other release avenues for this, it might be a good idea to jump on now if you're interested. Click through to see the in-package photos!
Max Nicholson from IGN recently talked with Akiva Goldsman, notable lately for having led the writer's room effort that has reportedly produced the story outline for Transformers movies for the next decade. In a brief conversation about the Transformers franchise, Goldsman addresses things like the necessity of humans to Transformers stories, as well as the environment of the much talked about writer's room. Keep reading for an excerpt and a link back to the original article!
Jon Chu, director of the live action adaptation of Jem And The Holograms movie, talked to CinemaBlend recently and talked on the topic of how to create a big crossover "epic" to rival The Avengers: Bring together Jem with Transformers and GI Joe. In one movie. He was quick to note that for now he preferred to just stick with developing Jem, but he'd love to take on a fun property like Transformers. Good thing, too, since Jem is currently in Universal's hands which might make mixing it with the Paramount-backed TF and GI Joe series difficult. Still, if Hasbro wants a cinematic universe, one director has a truly outrageous pitch for them!
In a keynote at MIP Junior 2015, Hasbro's Stephen Davis touched on many topics related to the company's media franchises. In the process of answering questions, he revealed that the recently concluded writers room did not just plan Transformers 5, but that they worked to plot Transformers movies for the next ten years, which he suggests will take the property through an eighth film. He also specifically mentions Michael Bay's involvement once again, to no one's particular surprise. Video of the event has been posted to Youtube, so click through to have a look!
Today Deadline is reporting that TJ Fixman, known perhaps best to this audience For his contributions to the Ratchet & Clank series, has been hired in to Hasbro Studios as a creative consultant. Fixman's role will be to work with the existing media producers to help develop the fiction and media sides of the major brands, including Transformers. It sounds like Hasbro Studios is making a serious effort to up their media game, and only time will tell what influence will be seen from this latest addition.
Thanks to Genmon Photo Vault on Facebook, we have some nice photos of the Platinum G1 Dinobots. These are the Generations Series AOE Dinobots in classic colors and with G1-based robot heads, which for better or worse are probably the nearest we're going to get to true Classics Dinobots anywhere in the foreseeable future. Fortunately on that front, these come off looking quite nice with these decos and their retooling. Click through to check out the photos!
In a message posted just a short time ago to michaelbay.com and his own Twitter account, Michael Bay states that as of right now he has not officially joined the production of the next Transformers movie. In the very brief and to-the-point statement, Bay notes that he has taken at least one meeting already and that things are being discussed. However, given Bay's track record, we don't expect to see Transformers 5 with someone else ultimately in the director's chair. Stay tuned here for more updates!
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