No Unicron Says Bay - Ehren Kruger Talks Writing Transformers Movies and Age of Extinction Insights

The Huffington Post have posted an interview with three time Transformers movie writer Ehren Kruger who penned the latest "Transformers: Are of Extinction" movie that swept box offices last weekend. In the article the writer shares a number of insights about how the so-called new trilogy was decided on as well as many of the aspects be brings to the table. We learn about director Michael Bay's idea to make this new forray a "Father-Daughter" story as well as the origins of Lockdown and the one character Bay will never do (which means he will, at some point).

This is the third "Transformers" film you've written or co-written. Was the overstuffed suitcase of storytelling required to make these films something that surprised you at first?
Yeah. Part of the promise of these movies is that you’re going to pay $10-15 for a ticket and walk out of the theater saying, "That was money well spent. They delivered some amazing things that I haven't seen in a movie before." So often you go to a blockbuster movie and there are maybe two or three good sequences. One of these movies, you go in expecting five sequences and Michael will deliver seven. That's his instincts. That's just who he is as an entertainer. He's someone who doesn't feel like he's competing with the movie in the theater next door, he's competing with you not going to Six Flags.

Does having Michael Bay as director free you up to write literally anything that comes into your imagination?
So, I'll pitch the idea that Lockdown [one of the "Age of Extinction" bad guys] is a bounty hunter and he needs a ship and the ship needs to be big enough to carry him and Optimus Prime. Three months later, the ship is the Alcatraz of the galaxy. I can't pitch an idea that’s too big -- or bigger than what Michael is going to turn it into. It is tremendous fun.

Has he ever told you no?
The only thing I do keep talking about that seems too big until we find the right stories for it -- or the way to make it make sense -- is the Unicron character from the mythology, who is a planet-size Transformers. It's not that it's too big, just that it'll be onscreen whenever we figure out how to make it visually interesting and amazing.

There is a lot of world-building in "Age of Extinction." Are you prepared to take this franchise to further entries?
Should the audience want a film to go forward with more stories, we definitely talked about how this film needs to set those up. There's such an amazing mythology of Transformers, much more than just Autobots versus Decepticons. So we're very happy with the mythology that we've set up in this movie, and if it's successful we're certainly deliver on the promise that this film ends with.

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