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!
Actor Mark Ryan, who most notably provided the voice of Lockdown in Age of Extinction, has gone to Facebook to try to put down rumors about Transformers 5 that have been cited as originating with him. In his post he clarifies that the information comes from casual conversation with fans taken out of context, and that he's never given an interview regarding the upcoming movie. Unfortunately with Yahoo having since picked up and spread these rumor reports, such damage control may be too little, too late. Click through to read the original text of Ryan's post.
Empire Online has posted a ranking of the 100 greatest characters to feature in a movie, as selected by their readership. And Optimus Prime managed to make the list! Just barely avoiding falling in to dead last place, Optimus Prime ranks 98
out of 100. We're not entirely sure on what criteria people made their choices, but the bullet points on Empire's list might have you believe it's due to Optimus riding a dinosaur. We can but wonder if he wouldn't have ranked higher had he not murdered Frasier a short time later. Click through to get a link to the full list.
Thanks once again to Allspark for providing high quality scans of this month's Figure King magazine. In it we get a good look at TakaraTomy's Constructicons, including a look at the hand weapons and a better idea of the individual deco choices, plus some Transformers Adventure including Override and Runabout, some QTF, and a full page look at ThreeA's movie Optimus Prime figure. We've mirrored Transformers relevant pages and highlighted some of the individual images, so keep reading to check it out.
If you like busts and statues, then you're in business! Prime 1 Studios had pieces on display from Age of Extinction at Wonderfest this weekend. Busts of Optimus Prime and Galvatron, replicating the heads and upper bodies of the characters in painstaking detail, plus a full statue of Lockdown with one of his "hunting dogs". It's probably the best merchandise representation of Lockdown that will ever exist, and the price tag is sure to reflect that! Click through to check them out.
In a recent interview with Collider, Mark Wahlberg was asked if he had any inside scoop on the next entry in the Transformers movie series. While he's apparently not any more in the loop than the rest of us, he's also with the majority of the fandom in a firm belief that Michael Bay will return to direct Transformers 5, despite Bay's own statements otherwise. A range of sources have all hinted at this being the case as well, including signs that the fifth movie is being delayed until Bay finishes his own current project. Keep reading for the interview excerpt.
Forbes has posted an in-depth article about the particulars of the Transformers Writers' Room, which meets for the first time today! The eleven writers plus head writer Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, Batman & Robin
) will be surrounded by all aspects of the franchise in order to pitch their movies... and with each writer being encouraged to pitch their own movie, Goldsman included, we could be looking at an even dozen
of Transformers films entering development as we speak. Keep reading for a selection from the article!
Deadline is reporting that writers Ken Nolan and Geneva Robertson-Dworet have been added to the ranks of the growing writer's room that has been tasked with developing the expanded cinematic universe for the Transformers movies. Akiva Goldsman has stated that part of the intent was to borrow from the process TV has long used to develop great series - as some other movie studios have begun to do as well. Reportedly the first job before this group will be to develop the story of the next sequel so it can go in to production as soon as Michael Bay is ready for it. Keep reading for an excerpt and link back to the original article.
In what may be remembered as the least surprising news of 2015, it sounds like Michael Bay will be returning again for the next installment in the Transformers film series. At CinemaCon, Vice Chairman of Paramount Rob Moore was said to have "promised" theatre owners attending the event that Bay was already in the process of developing the next Transformers movie. It was previously reported that Bay had opted to take on a different project which would keep him from directing a fifth Transformers movie. Keep reading for more!
Entertainment Weekly confirms that Hasbro has hired writer Akiva Goldsman to head up the writing team that will work on expanding the Transformers movie world into a broader cinematic franchise. CEO Brian Goldner revealed this in Hasbro's quarterly earnings conference call yesterday, and added that Transformers 5 is expected in 2017. A director is not mentioned, and while Michael Bay was named in connection with the project in rumors it's entirely logical that the financially successful director would be consulted on what "his" franchise would do next. Keep reading for more info!
Multiple news sources are confirming that Leonard Nimoy, best known as Star Trek's Mr. Spock but also a repeated presence in Transformers media, has died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at the age of 83. An actor, director, photographer, and much more, Mr. Nimoy was in all things he chose to do an artist, first and foremost, who gave his work the attention and forethought it deserved. He will be missed, and the thoughts of the TFormers staff go out to Mr. Nimoy's family.
As is standard practice, the winners of the Razzies were announced the morning before the Oscars ceremony, and Age of Extinction was recognized! While it was nominated in nine categories, it only won two: Worst Director for Michael Bay, and Worst Supporting Actor for Kelsey Grammer. However, Grammer was cited for performance in four
movies - TF4, The Expendables 3, Think Like A Man Too, and Legends of Oz. Keep reading for a full list!
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