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[10.12.2007] Heute erscheint Michael Bay's "Transformers" auf DVD und HD-DVD...

[11.11.2007] Variety.com widmet sich den Problemen, die durch den Streik der Drehbuchautoren entstehen...
[...] DreamWorks/Par's "Transformers 2" is far enough along to proceed with pre-production, location scouting and advance VFX work, but will face serious issues if the strike continues for several months. Michael Bay's megabudget sequel isn't set to start filming until June. [...]

[09.11.2007] CS! meldet...
It looks like a production designer has already been hired for Transformers 2. Nigel Phelps, who worked with director Michael Bay on Pearl Harbor and The Island, is listed on the United Talent Agency's website as having the job. Phelps is currently working on Universal's The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. [...]

[02.11.2007] Bei YourMovies.com.au gibt es eine exklusive Vorschau auf das DVD-Special Feature "Skopornok Desert Attack"...

[23.10.2007] CS! berichtet über den US-Erfolg der "Transformers" DVD & HD-DVD...
The blockbuster hit from DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures, Transformers, is the year's top-selling week one DVD so far with North American sales reaching 8.3 million units since the title's debut on October 16, it was announced today by Paramount Home Entertainment.
The biggest original film of the year from director Michael Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg, in association with Hasbro, Inc., is also the best-selling DVD day one for the year with over 4.5 million units sold on Tuesday.
Additionally, the smash hit has exploded into the high definition market, selling over 100,000 HD DVDs its first day of release, rocketing past previous releases to become the best-selling day one high definition title on either format since their inceptions. Transformers has sold over 190,000 HD DVDs in its first week making it the fastest and best-selling week one release on either high definition format as well as the best selling HD DVD ever. The Transformers DVD is also the top-selling October DVD release in the history of the home entertainment industry. [...]


[15.10.2007] Bei IESB gibt es Infos zur "Transformers" HD-DVD...
[...] Whereas the first disc on the DVD release will only contain the original film and standard commentary, the HDDVD release is loaded with material that will immerse the viewer into the film as an interactive experience.
One such feature is the Heads Up Display, which utilizes picture-in-picture to bring in select clips of B Roll, voice work sessions, behind-the-scene stunt construction, and factoids geared towards production as the film plays in its entirety, providing insight into all of the elements that go into constructing the scenes.
The real meat of the first disc, however, comes with the web-enabled features of the "Intelligence Mode". [...]


[13.10.2007] CS! meldet...
Today at a Paramount presentation of the new Transformers HD DVD, Peter Cullen said you will be seeing, or rather hearing more of him.
"I've been led to believe that there is going to be two more that I know of," Cullen told ComingSoon.net/Superhero Hype!.
When we asked if he was attached to voice Optimus Prime again, he simply said with a smile, "yes."
The first Transformers hits DVD and HD DVD on Tuesday, October 16!


[12.10.2007] Bei IESB gibt es Infos zur Herkunft des "Transformers 2" Drehbuch-Entwurfs, der in den letzten Tage die Runde machte...

[11.10.2007] CS! sprach mit Steven Spielberg, u.a. über "Transformers"-Sequels...
[...] Speaking of LaBeouf, Spielberg told us there are going to be multiple "Transformers" films that the hot young actor is signed on to do and that there's already a story for the second one, but production depends on the pending writer's strike. [...]

[09.10.2007] Bei IESB gibt es eine Kritik zu einem "Transformers 2" Drehbuch-Entwurf, bei dem es sich scheinbar (!) um einen Fake handelt...

[05.10.2007] HollywoodReporter.com meldet...
Scribe Ehren Kruger and the writing team of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are in negotiations to team to write the screenplay for DreamWorks/Paramount's "Transformers 2."
Director Michael Bay, star Shia LaBeouf and producers Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Don Murphy are back in their respective chairs, as is exec producer Steven Spielberg.
The teaming of A-listers to write such a huge project might be an industry first and could have been necessary because Kurtzman and Orci -- who wrote the $315 million-grossing first "Transformers" movie -- also are busy writing J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" movie for Paramount and producing "Eagle Eye" for DreamWorks. [...]
Sources are pegging the writing deal, which is not yet closed, in the $5 million-$7 million range, which also might be an industry high for a nonoriginal screenplay. Reflected in the price is the pressure to perform: With the studio hoping to make the movie before a potential talent strike, the writers are going to have to type fast.
Kruger met with Bay and Hasbro president Brian Goldner and impressed the duo with his knowledge of the "Transformers" mythology. [...]


[02.10.2007] SciFi.com meldet...
Scott Farrar, visual-effects supervisor and second-unit director of Michael Bay's Transformers, told SCI FI Wire that the recently announced sequel will be more ambitious visually.
"We want to improve on some of the processes that we did," Ferrar said in an interview at Industrial Light & Magic in San Francisco, where the film's transforming robots were created. "I think what we're going to do is get faster and know our problems sooner and quicker. And then, of course, I know Michael's always thinking about new, crazy actions. And we're open to that."
After discussing the monumental task of creating the effects for the first film, Farrar groaned and fell off his chair in jest when asked about the sequel, which was announced last week with an anticipated release date of June 26, 2009.
"It's a circus, and they're going to raise the tight-wire walker a little bit higher next time," he said. "But it's all going to be dramatic. I think the commitment is not to just chuck out a sequel. The commitment is - and this makes us really happy here - that it's a deep story. There are lots of layers to the story of all these Decepticons, everybody. And so they want to really keep the characters rich."
Farrar added that the filmmakers plan to use the techniques and technology they learned on the first film to make the second even better. "It was difficult and, I think, laborious, and I think we learned a lot by the end," he said. "I think we've learned a lot about lighting, and I think we can go to much moodier lighting. Lots of things. It'll be improved."[...]


[28.09.2007] Variety.com meldet...
Paramount and DreamWorks are holding the date of June 26, 2009, for "Transformers 2," with Michael Bay expected to return to direct the sequel.
Despite the tensions between them, DreamWorks and Par have plenty of incentive to move forward with the next installment in the budding franchise. "Transformers," starring Shia LaBeouf and based on the toy robot line, has grossed nearly $700 million worldwide, giving DreamWorks its first live-action franchise.
Still, the high-profile project isn't guaranteed total immunity from the ongoing battle of wills between DreamWorks' David Geffen and Steven Spielberg and leadership at Paramount conglom Viacom.
The studios stressed that they are targeting the June 26 date, but that it isn't ironclad.
Even if Spielberg and Geffen exit their deal at Par, as they have threatened to do, the "Transformers" property stays at the Melrose lot, as do all other DreamWorks projects.
"Transformers" was a passion project for Spielberg, with DreamWorks developing the project and taking the creative lead after partnering with Paramount (that was before Par bought DreamWorks).
Spielberg, who took an exec producer credit on "Transformers," was closely involved with the film, including bringing Bay aboard to direct and LaBeouf to star. He's expected to be involved in the sequel.
Bay has not yet inked a deal to helm the follow-up but is in the final stages of negotiation. With Bay's involvement, LaBeouf is expected to return as well.
LaBeouf stars alongside Harrison Ford in Spielberg's upcoming "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," which opens May 22.
DreamWorks and Par are hoping to at least begin production on the "Transformers" sequel before a possible strike even if they have to finish after it. [...]


[25.09.2007] CS! meldet...
Despite a recent comment from Transformers director Michael Bay that the studio hasn't been going full speed ahead on a sequel because of the possible strike next year, Paramount Pictures has now set a June 29, 2009 release date for Transformers 2. It is unclear who all will return for the sequel, as far as crew and cast members. Hopefully we'll know more soon.
The only other movie currently scheduled for the July 4th weekend in 2009 is Fox's Ice Age III.


[18.09.2007] In seinem Forum spricht Michael Bay über "Transformers 2" und die IMAX-Version...
[...] But I just saw the first IMAX print of 'Transformers'. Not depressing - freakin AWESOME! They need to bottle the magic of IMAX because it's the future of cinema.
It comes out next Friday the 21st. I added some extra scenes.
'Transformers 2', well that's another story. Iching [sic] to work pre-strike (June) so I might jump ship and come back a year or so later cause people at the studio have been dragging for two months. Not sure why. I'll keep you informed. [...]


[11.09.2007] In seinem Forum vertröstet der Produzent Don Murphy die Fans bzgl. "Transformers 2"...
[...] For those of you most anxious about TRANSFORMERS 2, the silence you hear is primarily because people are fretting about a presumed strike in June 2008. Will it happen? I don't know- does the public care about strikes anymore in this day and age? What do rich people have to strike about anyway? I don't have any side here (you hear about the writers and the Producers but that actually means the STUDIOS) I just think stopping work is kind of pointless. But since no one wants to be filming IF a strike happens, everything needs to be done filming by the end of May 2008. So this is affecting the lack of news about Transformers 2 at least for now. Stay tuned. [...]

[29.08.2007] CS! meldet...
According to Box Office Mojo, Transformers ($308.7 million) has now officially surpassed Pirates of the Carribean: At World's End ($308.1 million) in domestic revenue for the third-biggest movie of the summer (behind Spider-Man 3 ($336.5 million) and Shrek the Third ($321 million)).
The Michael Bay-directed blockbuster was made for about $150 million, not counting marketing costs. It has pulled in an additional $367.1 million overseas for a worldwide total of $675.8 million, which is the fifth-best of the year


[22.08.2007] CS! meldet...
Early Tuesday morning, Michael Bay posted on his official website that Paramount/DreamWorks' decision to exclusively support HD DVD and not Blu-ray meant he would not be coming back for Transformers 2. Now, he's taking it all back. Here's his new post:
Last night at dinner I was having dinner with three Blu-Ray owners, they were pissed about no Transformers Blu-Ray and I drank the kool aid hook line and sinker. So at 1:30 in the morning I posted - nothing good ever comes out of early am posts mind you - I over reacted. I heard where Paramount is coming from and the future of HD and players that will be close to the $200 mark which is the magic number. I like what I heard.
As a director, I'm all about people seeing films in the best quality possible, and I saw and heard firsthand people upset about a corporate decision.
So today I saw 300 on HD-DVD, it rocks!
So I think I might be back on to do Transformers 2!


[21.08.2007] CS! meldet...
Transformers director Michael Bay has responded to Paramount/DreamWorks' decision to become exclusive to HD DVD instead of releasing movies on both Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD:
Bay said: "I want people to see my movies in the best formats possible. For them to deny people who have Blu-ray sucks! They were progressive by having two formats. No Transformers 2 for me!"
Will this change Paramount/DreamWorks' mind about at least releasing Transformers also on Blu-ray Disc? We're not sure, but we have a feeling Mr. Bay isn't the only unhappy one. Yesterday's press release itself concluded with a note that read, "Today's announcement does not include films directed by Steven Spielberg as his films are not exclusive to either format."


[18.08.2007] CS! meldet...
Director Michael Bay's Transformers has already reached $633.9 million worldwide in tickets sales (on a budget of $150 million), but we're thinking fans will want to head back to theaters when his "Giant F**king Robots" will live up to that title even more.
ComingSoon.net/SuperheroHype.com has learned that Paramount Pictures will rerelease the summer blockbuster in IMAX theaters on September 21 with more footage than you saw in the conventional theatrical version.
What? We don't know, but we can't wait to hear Optimus Prime's voice in IMAX's digital speaker system, or see the robots battling it out on the giant screen!


[13.08.2007] Hollywoodreporter.com berichtet über die internationalen Einspielergebnisse...
[...] Finishing fourth overall is DreamWorks/Paramount Pictures International's "Transformers," which grossed an estimated $16.3 million from 5,239 screens in 56 markets, lifting its overseas gross to $328 million. The biggest market for the Michael Bay-helmed thriller was Japan, where "Transformers" drew an estimated $3.4 million from 616 sites in its second weekend for market cume of $12.7 million. [...]

[01.08.2007] Heute startet "Transformers" endlich auch in den deutschen Kinos...

[13.07.2007] Moviehole meldet...
Sounds like the next "Transformers" movie - and after that record breaking opening, it’s a sure thing that there will be a follow up - could be the backstory of the intergalactic shape shifters.
SKNR.net talked to Mark Ryan, who voices Bumblebee in the film, who said he’s "recently recorded more material for the DVD release of the film. It has to do with the Prequel that will set up the second film."
A prequel would rule out a return appearance by Shia LaBeouf, who essentially walked away with the first film, so that’s the only problem I see there. Otherwise, it might be fun learning a bit about the younger years of our transforming pals.


[09.07.2007] CS! berichtet über die Einspielergebnisse...
In addition to its $152.5 million earnings from the first 6 1/2 days domestically, Michael Bay's Transformers has also brought in $93.6 million in 23 other countries where the movie has opened since June 28. That brings the worldwide total to $246.1 million in just a little over a week. Not bad for a movie which reportedly cost $150 million to make (not counting advertising dollars)!
The robots' box office steamrolling should continue for a couple more days until Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix hits conventional theaters and IMAX theaters starting at 12:01am on Wednesday.


[06.07.2007] EW.com sprach mit Michael Bay, u.a. über das Sequel...
[...] How are you sitting with the idea of directing another Transformers movie?
Let's see how this one does. I've got a lot of ideas for the next one. There's a lot of really cool, big robot stuff that I had in my head that we didn't do. I just want to see how this works. You might not grow as much as a director [to do a sequel]. But it's kind of like you have your baby and you don't want someone else to take it.
So, hypothetically, if you were to take on a Transformers sequel, would it be your next film?
I don't know if it would be ready. It just takes so long to do a script. A couple things are on the horizon, but [maybe] I'll do my little movie that I can knock out, because we all think we're going to have a strike. [...]


[05.07.2007] Bei AICN gibt es eine vernichtende "like a $200 million version of that tv show Power Rangers" Kritik von Vern... Und CS! berichtet über die sensationellen Einspielergebnisse...
After making over $8 million in Monday preview screenings, Paramount/DreamWorks' Transformers brought in $27.5 million in its first full day according to estimates, easily setting a new Tuesday box office record over Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest's $15.7 million made last year. It has grossed an impressive $36.3 million in just 28 hours. [...]

[04.07.2007] Bei AICN gibt es eine eher negative Kritik von Harry Knowles...

[03.07.2007] Bei AICN gibt es eine treffende Kritik von Massawyrm...
Spectacle. The word you'll be looking for is spectacle. Love it or hate it, this movie is pure, unabashed extravaganza, a jaw dropping assimilation of practical special effects, CG and traditional filmmaking blended together in such a way that it will completely redraw the lines of what we believe can be achieved on the screen. Like Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Independence Day and The Matrix before it, this movie will change forever what we think can and cannot be done within the medium. And on the whole it is going to go down in history as one of those movies. It is going to make insane money, sell an unbelievable amount of DVD's and be loved by the masses.
But us geeks, we're gonna be arguing about this one until judgment day.
Just as there is plenty right about this film, there is plenty wrong as well. And the line of demarcation is really going to come down to how you walk into this. [...]


[02.07.2007] "Transformers" Clip mit Megatron gefällig !?! Vorsicht SPOILER !!!

[01.07.2007] Bei AICN gibt es einen weiteren Schwung Kritiken...

[30.06.2007] Bei SHH! gibt es ein Interview mit den Drehbuchautoren Roberto Orci und Alex Kurtzman...
SHH!: [...] As far as a sequel to "Transformers" that has been bandied about, do you both just sit by the phone next week and wait for the studio to greenlight it on July 5 or do you have some ideas of what you might want to do?
Kurtzman: We haven't been thinking in terms of sequel at all. It was broached with us some time ago, and we both felt pretty strongly that we wanted to put everything into this first movie, send it off into the world with all the love and time that we could, and then see how the audiences react to it.
Orci: You don't want a movie to suffer because you're somehow thinking about a sequel that might not happen later. Our responsibility was to try and make a good movie that just stood on its own and then if it succeeds, obviously there'll be room for sequels, because no story is ever over, but we were not trying to think of sequels, since we just finished literally writing robot dialogue up until a month ago. We have not really thought about a sequel.
Kurtzman: You don't want to get into something just because it might make money. You want to get into it because you have a vision of what the story would be.
Orci: You have a reason to do it.
Kurtzman: You have a reason to do it and that's a really, really important thing in terms of our decision-making process.
Orci: And if we find that reason, great, but we're not going to just jump into it. [...]


[29.06.2007] Moviehole meldet...
[...] according to ‘Jeremy’, Michael Bay’s website is abuzz with talk of a "Transformers 2". That’s pretty much a no-brainer though, right? (Here in Australia, "Transformers" was the second biggest opening day of 2007, behind "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End" and the fifth biggest ever non-sequel opening ever). I’m aware the producers are keen to get moving on film number two... it’s just up to Dreamworks to fire the starter pistol. [...]

[27.06.2007] Bei SHH! gibt es Video-Interviews mit Shia LaBeouf, Tyrese Gibson, Josh Duhamel, Rachael Taylor und John Turturro... Und bei Moviehole gibt es eine Kritik zu "Transformers" (2/5)...
[...] You can call ‘Transformers’ all sort of ugly things, but what you can’t call it is boring. Then again, you couldn’t call ‘Matrix Revolutions’ boring either, and like that film, as the improbabilities and continuity errors mount, most adult viewers’ patience will begin to wear thin.
‘Transformers’ is the corniest of popcorn flicks, an action extravaganza with about one brain cell to its name - i.e., Michael Bay’s specialty. But unlike many other Bay efforts, in this one he’s had to hedge his bets to encompass the consumers who will purchase the inevitable line of toys, and that’s where ‘Transformers’ frustrates most. Its intense battle scenes show almost no casualties. Many of the Autobots behave like children and have an irksome, cutesy quality that did not exist in the cartoon, while occasional moments of physical humour are head-slappingly bad.
[...] it would be remiss not to acknowledge its appeal for ten to 14 year-olds, whose judgement is clouded by neither nostalgia nor demands for storyline, characterisation or originality.
Would I have liked this movie at age ten? No.
I would have loved it.


[26.06.2007] Bei CS! gibt es Infos zur neuen "Transformers"-Zeichentrickserie, die 2008 im US-Fernsehen zu sehen sein soll...
[...] The eye-popping 2-D animated series is a new twist on the original high-octane, animated action-adventure series with new characters alongside legends such as Optimus Prime and Megatron. Each episode will present a standalone storyline featuring everyday heroes who do good deeds that triumph over evil. "Transformers Animated" series will be co-produced by Cartoon Network Studios.
Twenty-six, half-hour episodes will be produced as well as a 90-minute special of "Transformers Animated" which is scheduled for release in early 2008 on Cartoon Network in the U.S. Matt Youngberg ("Teen Titans," "The Batman") is the supervising director, Derrick Wyatt ("Teen Titans") will provide the character designs and Sam Register ("Ben 10," "Teen Titans") will serve as executive producer of the series. Marty Isenberg ("Danny Phantom," "X-Men," "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles") acts as head writer. [...]


[25.06.2007] Bei /film gibt es mehrere "Transformers" Clips / Ausschnitte... Und bei CS! erwartet sie ein neuer exklusiver "Transformers" TV-Spot...

[23.06.2007] Bei DH gibt es ein Interview mit Rachael Taylor...

[22.06.2007] Ein neuer "Transformers" TV-Spot ist online !!! Bei SHH! kann man einen Blick auf das finale US-Poster werfen... Und bei AICN gibt es weitere Kritiken...
[...] I was also pleasantly surprised to see the movie take its time. In fact, Megatron only appears in the last 30 mins or so. I think it was wise of Michael Bay to spend such long time building up tension and just hanging out with Shia in school, showing us what a nerd he is, when he gets his new car,...
Then, the last 40 mins or so, the movie goes APE SHIT. It's just non-stop action with really badass fights from secret base, to highway (in what is in my opinion the best action scene I've seen in a long time), to city,....
What didn't work? In my opinion, towards the end, the movie is a little overkill. [...]


[21.06.2007] Bei SHH! gibt es ein Interview mit Michael Bay...

[17.06.2007] Bei AICN gibt es einen Schwung Kritiken...

[16.06.2007] Bei CS! kann man ein neues US-Poster bestaunen... Bei Blackfilm.com gibt es ein Video-Interview mit Tyrese...

[15.06.2007] Ein neuer "Transformers" Clip / Ausschnitt ist online !!!

[14.06.2007] Bei AICN gibt es eine positive Kritik zu "Transformers"...
[...] This movie is exactly what a 2 hour live-action Transformers episode should be. In fact, I'm going to go as far as say that this is very possibly the best TV to big screen adaptation I can recall (having only recalled The Fugitive, Mission Impossible, The Mod Squad and Charlies Angels: Full Throttle). Transformers totally recaptures the euphoria of being 7 years old, sitting on the carpet in front of my old television set, TOTALLY engulfed by the awesomeness of fighting Transforming robots, neglecting my rice bubbles until they neither snap, crackle nor pop. Everything great about 80?s action cartoons from the action hero poses to the cheesy-fun good guy/bad guy back and fourths is here in hearts, diamonds, clubs, and spades! [...]

[10.06.2007] SHH! sprach mit dem Produzenten Lorenzo di Bonaventura, u.a. über "Transformers 2"...
[...] When Superhero Hype! had a chance to talk with mega-producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Constantine, Four Brothers), we asked him whether thoughts of a sequel are already being tossed around, to which point he laughed heartily and replied, "I would say all of us were very reluctant to even think about it, because that's a presumption of success that none of us really want to make. Now that we've seen the film finished, now that the audience has told us that they love it when they see it, now that it feels like we have a successful entry a month from now, we've begun to talk about the ideas that we feel we can bring from the mythology that we didn't get a chance to do in this movie and the ideas in this movie that we'd like to experiment further with. There's no plotline, there's no writer hired. It's really internal to the filmmakers sort of going, 'You know what? We really love this and what about this?' I would say we're throwing ideas around right now in the hopes that we get to that place where we can sit down with a writer and really talk about it."
One would expect it would at least be easier to do a sequel now that they've designed and worked out how to create the Transformers for the movie. "From a production point of view, it is; from a script point of view, how do you take it forward?" the producer said. "Shia certainly feels like he's leaving high school at the end of this movie or feels like he's matured to that place, so where do you take him? It was a lot of questions that we have to ask ourselves that will be satisfying and interesting for us to try to put forward and for the audience to get on board. From a technical point of view, yes, Michael and ILM solved a lot of the most daunting technical issues, but knowing Michael and knowing all of us on it, we're going to create new ones for ourselves and have to figure out those, too." [...]


[09.06.2007] Bei AICN gibt es ein weiteres Interview mit Peter Cullen, der im US-Original Optimus Prime seine Stimme leiht... Und bei Blackfilm.com gibt es Infos zum "Transformers" Soundtrack...

[08.06.2007] Via AICN kommt ein neuer "Transformers" Theme-Song... Und bei SHH! gibt es ein Interview mit Peter Cullen, der im US-Original Optimus Prime seine Stimme leiht...

[05.06.2007] Es gibt neue "Transformers" Clips und Featuretten... Und bei Blackfilm.com gibt es Bilder von Tyrese, Bernie und Anthony...

[03.06.2007] Die Offizielle Website wurde mit neuem Material gefüttert... Und bei Reuters.com gibt es ein Video, u.a. mit Kommentaren von Shia LaBeouf und Megan Fox...

[02.06.2007] CS! meldet...
Fans will get to see DreamWorks/Paramount's Transformers a day earlier than was originally planned. The studio has moved up director Michael Bay's sci-fi action-adventure a day, from July 4 to July 3.
Just a few days ago, Warner Bros. moved Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix up two days from July 13 to July 11. Now Transformers gets the additional Tuesday to rake in more sales before the popular J.K. Rowling franchise returns to theaters.
On the other hand, the July 3rd release cuts into Fox's Live Free or Die Hard, which is set to open on June 27, just six days before Transformers.


[01.06.2007] Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik von Filmcoyote...
[...] I'm not saying Transformers is as good as T2 but it was a real surprise. It has plot weaknesses and some shakey performances but it is hugely entertaining both in the frequent battle set pieces, whether human vs robot or robot vs robot, and in the Shia LaBeouf moments. Even some of the comedy (Optimus trying to hide behind a house he's twice the size of) worked for me (although my friend this scene a little over the top). But that's just it, like the first Pirates movie it is the over-the-topness combined with great set pieces and superb special effects that make it so enjoyable and help you see past the flaws. I'm sure those more invested in the 80s show will have issues with things I either didn't notice or don't get (why is flames on Optimus a big deal? - though I get the Optimus mouth thing, that was weird) but then that's like comic-book movies to me, I never read them so I don't care if Venom's a great or sucky character in Spider-Man I just want to be entertained for a couple of hours.
Transformers did that for me. Best of this years crop so far (not that the disappointing Spider-Man 3, dull At World's End or abyssmal Shrek the Third set the bar high mind you!) by a long way.


[31.05.2007] Bei AICN gibt es einen neuen TV-Spot, der ziemlich viel zeigt...

[29.05.2007] Stop Sector Seven hat ein weiteres Poster ausgegraben...

[26.05.2007] Bei AICN kann man weitere sehenswerte internationale Poster begutachten...

[24.05.2007] Bei Sina.com kann man einen Blick auf ein etwas anderes taiwanesisches Poster werfen...

[22.05.2007] Zwei neue "Transformers" TV-Spots sind online !!!

[18.05.2007] Der neue "Transformers" Trailer ist online !!! Wie HollywoodReporter.com meldet, werden im Videospiel zum Film "Transformers: The Game" die US-Darsteller zu sehen und zu hören sein...

[14.05.2007] Bei CS! gibt es einen Setbericht, sowie mehrere Interviews...

[11.05.2007] Bei MichaelBay.com gibt es ein paar HiRes-Bilder der Transformers...

[06.05.2007] Laut MichaelBay.com wird der neue "Transformers" Trailer im Vorprogramm von Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End zu sehen sein... Bei CS! gibt es ein paar neue Bilder und folgende Info...
The Los Angeles talks about Michael Bay's Transformers in the newspaper's summer preview and has included two new shots from the film. In the article, it states that the studio is already developing a sequel script. [...]

[28.04.2007] Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik zu einer noch nicht ganz fertiggestellten Fassung des Films...
[...] to sum this all up: This is a Michael Bay movie. Make no mistake about it. You can see influences from Spielberg and a conscious effort to make this not just a blow em up bang bang movie (although I would have been fine with that). The last 30 minutes is non-stop robot destruction- I honestly couldn't tell you everything that happened because it was just so damn awesome I had a hard time even keeping up- i almost wish I hadn't seen it...because now I have to wait TWO MORE FUCKING MONTHS TO SEE IT AGAIN... explosions, destruction, robots flying through the air, shooting missiles and rockets from their arms- absolute insanity on city streets. This is what I wanted to see out of this movie. There are some things that you may shake your head at or roll your eyes during, but when you see the goods, the stuff WE ALL want to see, you let the other stuff slide. [...]

[26.04.2007] Bei AICN gibt es ein weiteres Poster zum Film...

[23.04.2007] Bei GamePro.de gibt es ein paar sehenswerte Screenshots aus dem Videospiel zum Film "Transformers: The Game"...

[18.04.2007] Bei CS! kann man einen Blick auf die finalen Poster und einen Aufsteller werfen...

[09.04.2007] Bei AICN gibt es ein Interview mit Shia LaBeouf...
C: [...] I should ask one TRANSFORMERS question. When Quint talked to you, you were in the middle of it. So, now you’re done making it. How did you survive? Did you have to take a month off and go to the islands, or were you energized? How did you fare? A little battered and bruised?
SL:
It was an insane shoot, and Quint was there, and he saw how insane, and that was every day. But, again, you never experience anything like this--to see a functioning robot, you know... To see a bumblebee in person, as a fan, is nuts. To meet Colin [Fickes], you know, to meet him, to watch Mike [Bay, director] go through the editing. I took, I think, a week off and then went into press, went into promotion, then enduring ADR and a bunch of post-production for these three films. So, I really haven’t had time off, yet.
I still haven’t wound down from it. It’s still this insanity. It’s still this crazy... it’s still nuts, but I’ve had a chance to read scripts and take meetings and things like that. But, haven’t wound down off TRANSFORMERS. It’s aneurysm inducing. That’s how nuts it is. We went to get our MPAA rating. They didn’t want to give us an R. They said ‘You want to be PG13? You can’t have an R’.
C: Wait, were you going for R?
SL:
No, we were going for PG13. But, they wouldn’t give us the R rating. They said it was too intense to release, and they said Mike had to cut it down. Of course, Mike’s not going to cut it down. And, we have Spielberg go fight the good fight and get our rating down, but it’s just an intense movie. It’s the type of movie where you watch, and you’re holding yourself and your heart’s going crazy to the point where it doesn’t feel right. It’s just nuts.
And, to have ILM say things like, ‘It’s the most ridiculous movie we've ever worked on. It’s the best graphics we’ve ever made.’ And, this is a company that’s been around. So, when you start getting feedback like that, and the excitement from... You read these Talk-backers, and they’re... ‘The flames, [yelling] THE FLAMES. Just the level of... the intricacies and the importance, it just makes it all feel like you worked on something important, really important, to the point where it’s beyond you. You’re part of something magical. It doesn’t matter whether you’re in it or not.
C: Just to be a part of the machine, literally?
SL:
That’s it. Just to see Optimist Prime Transformer is enough to bring people in theaters. So, we’ll see where it goes. It’s been a fun ride so far, though. [...]


[03.04.2007] Bei Yahoo! Movies gibt es einen Schwung neuer Bilder...

[01.04.2007] Bei AICN gibt es Links zu "Transformers" TV-Spots... Bei DemoNews.de gibt es erste Eindrücke zum "Transformers" Videospiel...
[...] Der Spieler darf sich entscheiden, ob er für die "Autobots" oder die "Decepticons" den Kampf aufnimmt und dementsprechend lautet sein Ziel, entweder die Erde zu retten oder sie zu zerstören. Beide Kampagnen spielen in einer komplett zerstörbaren 3D-Welt, in der die haushohen Roboter die Gebäude und Fahrzeuge zertrümmern, demolieren oder auch als Waffe einsetzen können. Je nach Partei wählt man aus einer Anzahl unterschiedlicher Transformers, die alle etwas andere Fähigkeiten aufweisen. Den Nahkampf nimmt man dabei grundsätzlich in der Roboterform auf, während man weite Distanzen, etwa zum nächsten Missionspunkt, schneller und leichter als Fahrzeug überbrückt. Grundsätzlich darf man aber immer und überall zwischen den beiden Formen wechseln.
Die Technik in der vorgestellten Xbox 360-Version sah trotz des frühen Entwicklungsstandes schon sehr gelungen und flüssig aus. Activision zeigte je eine kurze Mission der Guten und der Bösen, bei denen man sich jeweils mit einem Roboter der anderen Seite prügelte und als PKW vor dem Feind den nächsten Missionspunkt erreichen bzw. als Helikopter eine Militärbasis unter Zeitdruck zerstören musste. Ob das dargebotene Gameplay mit einem ständigen Wechsel zwischen Kampf und Fahr- bzw. Flugmissionen auf Dauer zu motivieren weiß, bleibt abzuwarten. Transformers wird auch für PS2, PS3, Wii, PSP und NDS erscheinen, wobei sich die Spieler auf dem Nintendo Handheld sogar zwischen zwei unterschiedlichen Versionen unterschieden können. Für beide Kriegsparteien gibt es eine eigene Edition mit eigenen Missionen. Warum dies nicht zu einem Game zusammengefasst wurde, wollte man nicht näher erläutern. Und auch die PSP-Version wird sich etwas von den anderen unterschieden und mit rund 20 Charakteren die größte Auswahl aller Umsetzungen bieten. Ob hier das Gameplay einen anderen Weg gehen wird, blieb leider offen. Alle Versionen werden rund eine Woche vor dem Filmstart (04.07.07) im Handel erscheinen.[...]


[28.03.2007] Bei USA Today gibt es ein Interview mit den Drehbuchautoren Roberto Orci und Alex Kurtzman... Nicht zu vergessen: Die Transformers kämpfen bereits um MySpace.com... ;-)

[27.03.2007] Bei AICN gibt es zwei sehenswerte Teaser-Poster... Ausserdem meldet AICN, dass Keith David in der US-Version Barricade seine Stimme leiht...

[24.03.2007] Wie AICN & Co. melden, wird Hugo Weaving in der US-Version Megatron seine Stimme leihen...

[16.03.2007] Bei CS! gibt es ein paar neue Bilder...

[15.03.2007] Quint von AICN beschreibt detailliert die Szenen, die er auf der ShoWest gesehen hat... Und auch Harry von AICN widmet sich der Präsentation...
[...] The robots kick a certain amount of ass - even in these low key scenes. None of this was Robot on Robot action. These will be the small scenes in this film - and they were satisfying. And the effects kicked ass even if they were nowhere near finished finished. All having tweaks left to be done.
I'm very curious to see how it all fits together. The highest complement is... it looks like a Transformers movie. Watching Giant Robots doing there thing was just exhilarating. [...]


[14.03.2007] JoBlo.com meldet...
[...] turns out that when the MPAA took a look at the first cut for the movie, they slapped it with a rating of "R" for intense action and violence. Apparently, Bay didn't want to cut the film and so instead, decided to call on the help of Steven Spielberg - who serves as executive producer on the movie - to ask the MPAA to have a change of heart. Turns out that's exactly what happened as the film has now been given a PG-13 rating.
What this hopefully means is that anybody who was worried about how Bay would handle the source material can at the very least rest assured that there's going to be some real action and bloodshed involved. I'm not sure how great that is in the grand scheme of things, but at least we can rest fairly assured that Bay's movie is going to be a mature one [...]


[03.03.2007] Bei PCGames.de gibt es ein erstes Bild aus dem kommenden "Transformers" Videospiel... Und CS! sprach mit Bernie Mac über seine Rolle...
[...] "I play a used car salesman, and all used car salesmen are full of sh*t - scuse my French - but they're con men," said Mac. "And they came to my set and I sold them the Transformer; I didn't know it was the Transformer, I thought it was a piece of junk. And the first thing you do as a salesman, a car salesman - I didn't know this, I did some investigating myself - they always sell you the 'bs' cars first. It's almost like a restaurant - get rid of the food, rotate it. When they come, I didn't know what the car exists of, and I just threw them a line; I'm a fast talker, quick whit guy. I got a chance to have some fun and Michael [Bay] - man, I've been fortunate, man, because every director allows Bernie Mac to do his thing. I have not been handcuffed since my career started from Ted Demme; every time a director, every time we'd do it straight, they always tell me, 'Now Bernie Mac it.' That's a luxury, you know." [...]

[22.02.2007] Bei Moviehole gibt es Bilder von Sportwagen - ähm - untransformierten Transformern... ;-)

[16.02.2007] Bei AICN gibt es detaillierte Beschreibungen von diversen Filmszenen, die bei einem "Transformers"-Event in New York gezeigt wurden...

[24.01.2007] Bei CS! gibt es neue Bilder... Und Crave Online sprach mit Luke Cage...

[04.01.2007] Bei AICN gibt es einen japanischen Trailer, der ein bis zwei kurze neue Sequenzen enthält...

[25.12.2006] Bei TFW2005.com gibt es ein neues Bild von Optimus Prime..

[22.12.2006] Bei CS! gibt es Infos zu einem "Transformers"-Comic, dass die Vorgeschichte zum kommenden Film erzählt...
[...] In the four-part "Transformers: The Movie Prequel," co-writers Chris Ryall ("Zombies Vs. Robots") and Simon Furman ("The Transformers: Escalation") team up with celebrated Transformers artist Don Figueroa ("The Transformers: Stormbringer") to deliver a special tale that spans centuries, traveling from Cybertron to Earth. This special four-part series reveals the events that lead up to next summer's blockbuster movie, directed by Michael Bay and executive-produced by Steven Spielberg.
"This is no peripheral movie tie-in," said co-writer Chris Ryall (who also spends his days as IDW's publisher and editor-in-chief. "Rather, it's a fully realized, generations-spanning tale that also sets up and explains much of the backstory in the coming movie. With Paramount and Hasbro's assistance, we're able to show you the characters and explain some situations that are integral parts of the movie. It should also assuage any early fan trepidation and show that this prequel and the movie together are going to comprise quite an epic Transformers story."


[21.12.2006] Die Offizielle Website wurde relaunched... Unter SectorSeven.org ist eine Promo-Site an den Start gegangen (Passwort: takara83)... Und den "Transformers" Trailer gibt es in besserer Qualität...

[20.12.2006] Bei Yahoo! UK gibt es den neuen "Transformers" Trailer !!!

[08.12.2006] Bei Jalopnik gibt es ein Bild des bösen Barricade...

[05.12.2006] Bei Jalopnik gibt es ein paar neue "Transformers"-Bilder...

[28.11.2006] Blackfilm sprach mit Josh Duhamel, u.a. über seine Rolle in "Transformers"...
[...] I play Captain Lennox and I'm captain of this special ops team in Iraq and we're coming back from this mission and we're about ready to start going home when Vortex comes in as a U.S helicopter and basically transforms and incinerates the base. So then we run for the desert and somehow end up finding our way back and get into communication with the U.S and they come get us, and then we go back. [...]

[27.11.2006] AICN zeigt(e) ein erstes Szenenbild: Transformer in Action...


[11.11.2006] Eine sehenswerte "Transformers" Featurette ist online: Neben dem bekannten Teaser-Trailer, gibt es "Behind the Scenes"-Material und Kommentare von Michael Bay und Steven Spielberg...

[22.10.2006] Bei AICN gibt es Bilder von Optimus Prime und Starscream, wie sie auf Spielzeugverpackungen zu finden sind...

[10.10.2006] Bei AICN gibt es ein Bild von den Dreharbeiten in Detroit...

[05.10.2006] Bei TheJay.com gibt es exklusive Bilder & Videos vom Dreh in Los Angeles...

[26.09.2006] Bei AICN gibt es Skizzen von Jazz...

[11.09.2006] Seibertron.com hat ein Bild veröffentlicht, dass die Grössenverhältnisse verdeutlicht... Und bei Flickr.com gibt es ein Bild von Bumblebee beim Sonnenbad... ;-)

[08.09.2006] Bei CS! gibt es einen Setbericht...

[06.09.2006] Bei AICN gibt es eine Nahaufnahme von Optimus...

[05.09.2006] Bei AICN gibt es ein Interview mit Shia LaBeouf...

[02.09.2006] Bei AICN gibt es einen weiteren Setbericht von Quint...

[01.09.2006] Bei AICN gibt es ein Bild von Optimus mit dicker Wumme...

[31.08.2006] Bei AOL gibt es ein Video von Jazz und Ratchet im Vehicle-Mode...

[30.08.2006] Bei AICN gibt es eine Nahaufnahme von Bumblebee...

[21.08.2006] Bei mysan.de gibt es das deutsche Teaser-Poster...

[19.08.2006] Bei AICN und TcH gibt es Bilder einiger Transformer !!!

[18.08.2006] Bei AICN gibt es eine Liste der Transformers, die im Film vorkommen...
AUTOBOTS: Optimus Prime. Bumblebee ("The same G1 character we always knew and loved...He's the scout, the one that comes ahead of the Autobots"). Jazz. Ratchet (medical officer/science officer - new form, not an ambulance). Ironhide ("He's the muscle - a tough soldier...The first one to jump into battle" ).
DECEPTICONS: Megatron (has a Social Darwinist view of humanity - survival of the fittest). Starscream. Brawl ("an extremely pissed off Decepticon. Always ready to jump into a fight, even when the fight isn't worth it.") Bonecrusher. Barricade. Skorpinok. Frenzy (an infiltrator). Blackout (sends an EMP-style blast to take out electronics, detection devices, etc. in advance of Decepticon attack). [...]


[23.07.2006] Wie AICN berichtet ist es offiziell: Peter Cullen ist die Stimme von Optimus Prime !!!

[17.07.2006] Bei TcH gibt es den "Transformers" Announcement Teaser-Trailer für die Sony PSP...

[16.07.2006] Die Air Force zeigt bewegte Bilder von den Dreharbeiten... Lasst Euch nicht wegrekrutieren... ;-)

[15.07.2006] Bei TcH gibt es neue Bilder von den Dreharbeiten... Und bei AICN gibt es eine halbwegs offizielle Stellungnahme zum "Optimus-Truck-Desaster" und einen Kommentar von Quint...

[13.07.2006] Bei AICN gab es kurzzeitig ein Bild von Optimus Prime (?) in seiner realen Tarnung als Truck... Es musste auf Wunsch/Druck von offizieller Seite entfernt werden... Nicht traurig sein: Hier oder hier oder hier kann man nochmal einen Blick darauf werfen - damit man mitreden kann... ;-)

[11.07.2006] Bei AICN gibt es einen lesenswerten Setbericht von Quint !!!

[10.07.2006] Blackfilm.com sprach mit Michael Clarke Duncan...
Can you talk about your role in "Transformers"?
Michael Clarke Duncan: You know what and I hate to tell you this, but I am not in "Transformers". I am so mad that I have to tell you that, but something happened and we didn't get the deal done and I was really hurt about that, because my friend Michael Bay is directing and he's like to me, one of the top action directors ever. I love working on his movies. I did two movies with him, Armageddon and The Island, and he has a certain way of directing but it was something that we did not get done that I felt bad about because I watched "Transformers". I was supposed to be the Navy Seal guy taking my team in against the Transformers. Man, that is like heaven! To dream that you head up a SEAL team to go against the Transformers? Oh my God, I said, "Michael, we got to do something", but we just didn't. It didn't work out and I told him that I will be in there (the theater) that day, the second that movie opens, I will be in there because I'm an action freak like that. It blew my mind that I could have been a Navy SEAL leader going against the Transformers. That in itself blows me away. I just want to see how the movie turns out and I will pay my money at least twice that weekend to see it, but I hate to you that I'm not doing it. [...]


[01.07.2006] Der "Transformers" Announcement Teaser-Trailer ist online...

[28.06.2006] Bei AICN gibt es ein Bild vom Set: Bumblebee !!!

[21.06.2006] Soundtrack.net meldet, dass Steve Jablonsky für die musikalische Untermalung des kommenden "Transformers" Teaser-Trailers sorgte, der am 4. Juli 2006 auf der Offiziellen Website seine Premiere feiern wird...

[16.06.2006] Bei TcH gibt es Bilder vom Set...

[09.06.2006] Die Offizielle Website ist gestartet... Bei TcH gibt es das erste Teaser-Poster...

[01.06.2006] Bei AICN und SHH! gibt es Bilder der "Transformers"-Vehikel - vor deren Transformation... Und unter TransformersTheMovieDVD.com gibt es Infos zur "Transformers: The Movie - 20th Anniversary Special Edition"-DVD, die im November 2006 erscheinen soll...

[29.05.2006] AlamogordoNews.com berichtet über die Dreharbeiten... Und Michael Bay schreibt in seinem Blog...
We finished our first week. One of the best first weeks on a movie I've ever experienced. We shot over 250 set ups.
I'm working on the military aspects of the film right now in New Mexico at Hollaman Air Force base and the Army's White Sands missile base. The military has been stellar with us. This is the largest military cooperation since Pearl Harbor and Black Hawk Down.
Friday we shot two CV-22's (Ospreys). They fly like aliens dropping out of the sky. We also shot stealth fighters and low attack missile runs (50 feet off the deck) A10 Warthogs. They look so deadly and mean.
We also shot in an army tank grave yard, that has more tanks in it then all of Iraq. The military cast Josh and Tyrese are surrounded with top notch Seal Team members. [...]
The script reviews -- I've seen, have been great but - I know they read a 112 page draft that was on record of four months old, but the dates they have given are wrong. We have done so much work since then. [...]


[24.05.2006] IGNFF meldet...
[...] we had the opportunity to chat with Glenn Morshower, who plays Agent Aaron Pierce on TV's 24. The actor hinted that he is off to New Mexico to shoot a movie with Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay. Transformers, anyone? Add Morshower to a growing cast that includes John Voight, Shia LeBouf, Michael Clarke Duncan, Bernie Mac, John Turturro and Tyrese.
The actor stated that the name of the film will in fact be Prime Directive, which makes sense since Optimus Prime is the main Autobot. There is no word whether this is merely a shooting title, a subtitle (as in The Transformers: Prime Directive), or will stand alone (although that seems unlikely). [...]


[16.05.2006] Bei Blackfilm.com gibt es ein "Transformers" CGI-Test Video und ein paar Bilder dazu... Erinnert an eine gewisse Werbung... ;-)

[12.05.2006] CS! sprach mit Jon Voight über "Transformers"...
[...] "They gave me the script and they had a guard wait until I read it," he joked. "This is top secret stuff. I've taken one look at the script and they're keeping it very hush hush. It's very impressive I will say," Voight said.
He did say however, "It's going to be live action and going to be mostly CGI stuff."
Voight will play U.S. Secretary of State Keller in the film. [...]


[09.05.2006] Bei AICN gibt es einen Kommentar zur Besetzung... Und IESB meldet...
Oscar winning KNB Effects, the best practical effects house in the industry are going to get their chance to work on some pretty cool robots. This past week the IESB was able to confirm and learn that the upcoming live action Transformers movie will also include some practical effects.
So it appears that our beloved robots will not be 100 percent CGI. "KNB is building robot puppets for Michael Bay - the IESB was told by an unnamed source.
When we ran into Greg Nicotero from KNB and we asked if he could confirm his involvement on the Transformers but he said that he could not comment because he had just signed 15 NDA's. When asked again if he was working on robots he said "yeah sure but that is all I can say." [...]


[24.04.2006] Quint von AICN sprach mit Michael Bay und durfte einige "Transformers"-Sachen begutachten...
[...] showed me a rough design for the TRANSFORMERS teaser poster. It was a robotic eye overlooking planet Earth, kind of peeking over the curvature of the globe. The eye was in a brow the shape of a right triangle and looked very mechanical, iris and all. The tagline was "Their War. Our World." [...]
We talked a bit about the beginning of the movie. It starts in the Antarctica with a man chipping away at a giant ice wall. Something happens, his dogs run away and ice wall opens, the man falling into an icy cave, sliding down into the earth. When he stops, the camera pulls back and shows him resting in a giant robotic hand, half in and half out of the ice. I saw this piece in production art and it was very atmospheric with giant shapes in the surrounding ice walls and the tiny man resting in the palm of a robot.
Bay later revealed that although this is the beginning of the movie, it isn't the first thing we see. Bay's words were, "We will actually see Cybertron," which is the planet where the Autobots hail from. [...]
One of the last things we talked about before I took off was the teaser trailer. I know it starts off in space and it will be released this 4th of July. The movie starts shooting next month. [...]


[21.04.2006] IGNFF hat weitere Darsteller in Erfahrung gebracht...
[...] IGN has confirmed through multiple sources that Oscar winner Jon Voight is in talks to reunite with his Pearl Harbor director, Michael Bay, as "Keller." A casting notice online describes Keller as the U.S. Secretary of State. Voight and LaBeof previously starred together in Holes.
Another Bay veteran, Armageddon's Michael Clarke Duncan, is closing in on the role of "Figueroa." This character is described in a casting notice posted at Sneak Peek TV as being "Dominican by way of the Louisiana Bayou. Chief Warrant officer in the Army. Spirited fellow who loves to sing. Close team member of Lennox."
And who is Lennox? Sources indicated that Vegas star Josh Duhamel has a lock on the role of the young military commander.
Bernie Mac is the frontrunner for the role of "Bobby Bolivia." A casting notice said Bolivia "could sell ice to an Eskimo. Tries to get Sam to buy a car. Your typical wheelin' dealin' used car salesman."
IGN has also learned that the following actors are being lined up for roles: Tyrese as "Epps"; John Turturro as "Simmons"; Rachael Taylor as "Maggie," previously described as a super-hot and super-smart codebreaker for the government; Megan Fox as "Mikaela," referred to in a casting notice as Sam's love interest; Travis Van Winkle as "Trent"; and John Robinson as "Miles.
There is still no word yet on who will be voicing the Autobots and the Decepticons. [...]


[29.03.2006] IGNFF meldet...
The Allspark first reported that 19 year-old actor Shia LaBeouf (Constantine, I, Robot) is in the running to play human protagonist "Sam" in the big-screen version of The Transformers. IGN FilmForce has now confirmed via reliable sources that LaBeouf is indeed in negotiations for the role.
A casting breakdown making the rounds online describes the human characters as follows: "Sam - teenage male, somewhat nerdy, but ultimately heroic. Miguela Barns - teenage female, Sam's love interest. Cpt William Lennicks - 30s male, leader of the military. Maggie - female, really hot, really smart, works as a codebreaker for the government. John Kellar - 50's/60's male, US Secretary of State. Glen Whitman - 20's male, technogeek, comic relief." [...]


[19.02.2006] Michael Bay schreibt in seinem Forum über den Stand der Dinge in Sachen "Transformers"-Realverfilmung und bittet u.a. um Vorschläge... Also: Anmelden und mitreden !!!
[...] The prep for the movie is going well. The military looks like it is going to support the film which is a big deal in giving the movie scope and credibility. The Pentagon has always been great with me because I make our military look good.
All the posts and talk about the original voices --- could we just let it rest for a while? I heard everyone, I'm thinking about it. We are reinventing how the robots look, transform and move - Remember these are the most realistic Transformers you will have ever seen. They have to fit completely into the human world to make this live action film credible. I have shown the animatics and some of the hundreds of drawings - TO THE MOST RELIGIOUS OF FANS - they tell me they are "mind-blowing" and "take it to a level they never considered" - I guess that's good? Time will tell.
Believe me I respect the fans. But I just want you to give me a chance because I'm working with some really talented artists to create this vision. But it is a vision that allows for growth, change, improvement and surprises. Looking back at the history of Transformers, remember there has been tons of change and improvements over the years.
I'm working on third act action, and if you could - what would you imagine for great robot action? [...]


[02.02.2006] In seinem Forum schreibt Michael Bay...
[...] I want to tell everyone my next movie is Transformers!!! I'm really excited about it. We have been drawing for nine months. The alien robots are awesome. The script is getting very close as well. Steve Spielberg has been very involved with me on the script, working with Kurtzman and Orci who just came off Mission Impossible 3. We start shooting at the end of May for a 7-4-7 release. (how much do you want to bet Fantastic Four will move after they see our stuff) We have some mindblowing images and action in this film that I know will satisfy the deep fan base and turn non-transformers fans into one. The movie has real edge, humor and heart. [...]

[15.01.2006] GameFront meldet...
Activision soll sich die Rechte an Videospielumsetzungen des Kinofilms Transformers gesichert haben; an dem Live-Action-Film führt Michael Bay (Bad Boys II, Armageddon) Regie, Steven Spielberg ist der Executive Producer. Das berichtet MCVUK.
Die Rechte sollen 2005 an Activision gegangen sein, die bereits ein führendes US-Studio mit der Entwicklung des Projekts beauftragt haben. Das will MCVUK aus entwicklernahen Kreisen erfahren haben. Activision hat die Meldung nicht weiter kommentiert.


[13.01.2006] Harry Knowles von AICN weiss aus erster Hand, dass das "Test Footage" nicht echt ist...
[...] Just got off the phone with Michael Bay regarding the "alleged" TRANSFORMERS ILM test that popped up online. Straight from the man himself, it's bullshit. The tests that they are doing right now are far more complicated and detailed... it isn't about the transformations so much as it is about getting the Transformers to act and to emote, cuz that'll be the deciding factor on whether or not this movie gets made. So where are they? Michael tells me that they've been drawing and storyboarding for 6months, and that they're hammering away at the third act on the script. When he was very first being tied to this, he felt he kinda didn't want to do it, but after all this work he feels that he's found a really cool film that kids and Transformers fans are going to really get behind. As for when we'll get a peek - the films got to be greenlit first, and it isn't quite there yet, so keep your fingers crossed and we'll get our TRANSFORMERS movie!

[11.01.2006] Bei Twitch gibt es Test Footage von ILM... Fake !?!

[19.12.2005] HNR meldet...
[...] Michael Bay (Armageddon, The Rock) is set to roll into town to shoot his next mega flick, the live action version of Transformers! Set construction in North Vancouver is set to begin in February 2006 with a Spring start tipped. [...]

[09.11.2005] Cinema Blend berichtet über weitere Änderungen gegenüber dem Original...

[20.10.2005] AnimAICN meldet...
The Movie Blog points out a Sci-Fi Blog Q&A about Transformers here that reveils Megatron will probably be a tank (not a gun), it will be G1 and G2 mix, with new characters, Michael Bay will have alot of influence "its a really great group ?everyone loves the franchise, loves the universe, we want to make a great movie" and its being written with consideration towards the original English voice actresses.

[30.09.2005] DH meldet...
"Remember that little rumor that started from that Canadian TV station that claimed George Clooney would provide the voice over work for the newest incarnation of Optimus Prime? Well Clooney was asked this weekend if he had any involvement with the new live action Transformers movie. He sounded quite surprised and responded, "Is that what's going around?! I haven't had any calls." He further stated that he doesn't know anything about transforming into a truck but he could definately transform into an RV..."

[26.07.2005] IESB sprach mit dem Produzenten Lorenzo di Bonaventura...
IESB: [...] Is the Transformers movie going stay true to the comics and the very well known Gen 1 cartoons and storyline?
di Bonaventura: We are going to stay true to the Transformers.
IESB: How much did the John Rogers script change or was it a complete rewrite?
di Bonaventura: It will be a completely different movie and it is a completely different script.
IESB: Don Murphy has been very vocal of his desire of using some of the original voice over actors such as Frank Welker and Peter Cullen in the film, do you, Spielberg and Bay feel the same?
di Bonaventura: No, I don't believe that is going to happen, I don't know why you would want the original voice over actors. Here you go, this is going to be the process, we are going to meet a lot of people for the voice over's and those guy's might end up being it but making the assumption going in [that the original actors will be used] is I think kind of silly actually. I think people want the best actors to do it. The best Optimus Prime and the best you know, all these characters, you know you want , hmm, I understand I grew up with them too, so you want to be true to characters. I think what's important is being true to them. I don't think being true to them means in literally using the same voice over actors. Some of those guys are TV cartoon guy's. I want get better characters if we can. Some of them might be able to do that and some may not, I am sure that they will get the opportunity.
IESB: Michael Bay has said that the Transformers will be shot 100% in the gold ole U.S.A., is that still the plan?
di Bonaventura: Yes, I think that will be the case. [...]


[25.07.2005] Bei TransformersLive.com gibt es ein Interview mit Steven Spielberg...

[14.07.2005] CS! meldet...
With Transformers writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci taking time off from the project to go to Rome and start working on J.J. Abrams' Mission: Impossible 3, starring Tom Cruise, DreamWorks and Paramount have moved the big screen robots adaptation back from November 17, 2006 to July 4, 2007.
The feature, based on the globally popular Transformers franchise, will be directed by Michael Bay (upcoming The Island, Armageddon). Steven Spielberg (War of the Worlds) is executive producing the film, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura (upcoming Four Brothers), Tom DeSanto (X-Men, X2: X-Men United) and Don Murphy (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) serving as co-executive producers.
DreamWorks head of distribution Jim Tharp stated, "Under the direction of Michael Bay, and with Steven Spielberg executive producing, we know that 'Transformers' is going to be the kind of explosive action movie that is perfect for the height of the summer movie season. By staking our claim on the 4th of July, 2007, we ensure that we not only have the time to make this movie the way it should be made, but also to build excitement and awareness leading up to its release."
"Fans around the world have wanted a Transformers live-action movie for a long time and we are thrilled to work with DreamWorks and Paramount to bring this legendary saga to life on the big screen," said Brian Goldner, President of Hasbro's U.S. Toy segment. "With some of the entertainment industry's best talent on board for this film, fans will experience Transformers in a way that is incredibly powerful."
DreamWorks will distribute the film domestically, while Paramount will handle the international release. Hasbro will work with the production team and DreamWorks on all aspects of the film's creative development, marketing and promotions, and will manage merchandising in conjunction with the release of the film.
This week, DreamWorks is launching the official Transformers movie website at Comic-Con International, being held from July 13 - 17 in San Diego, California. Transformers will also be making its presence at the convention known in a big way, with a huge 18-wheeler truck sporting the instantly recognizable Transformers logo dominating the area near the DreamWorks booth-and much of the convention floor-letting thousands of fans know that Transformers is coming to the big screen on 07-04-07.
Introduced in 1984, the Transformers brand took the world by storm with its compelling saga of the Autobots versus the Decepticons. The innovative "Robots in Disguise" resulted in a tremendously successful toy line from Hasbro and Takara, comic book series, television program and an animated feature film. More than 20 years later, a new generation has discovered the excitement of the Transformers brand and its legendary characters, including the two leaders of the opposing sides: Optimus Prime and Megatron. Today, the franchise features a popular toy line, an animated series on the Cartoon Network and a chart-topping comic book series from IDW Publishing.


[12.07.2005] CS! zitiert die Autoren Alex Kurtzman und Roberto Orci bzgl. dem Stand der Dinge...
[...] "'Transformers' is very tricky, because it's a movie based on a toy line," Kurtzman told us, when asked about how hard it might be to turn the Hasbro toys into a feature film. "The first question you have to ask yourself is what's the movie? We sat down with Steven Spielberg, and we said that the action scenes in this movie are a given, but he said that that it's the story of a boy and his car and that he wants to bring back the old Amblin movies. It's 'Back to the Future'...great! We're in! It's a real challenge, because the key to making those movies work--and I totally think it's why 'War of the Worlds' works so well--is to be so invested in the people and to maintain the subjectivity of the humans. If you start 'Transformers' with giant robots sitting in a spaceship flying through space, your movie is dead in the water. It's all about keeping it at a human level, and seeing the amazing things that are going on through the eyes of the characters."
The Transformers legacy is so vast and full of characters, we just had to know who they may be including in the story. "The staple characters: Optimus Prime, Megatron, Soundwave, Shockwave, Starscream, Jazz," Kurtzman replied. "There's going to be a lot of them. You're going to have ten Transformers in that movie, and if that's not enough, you can go see 2, 3, 4 or 5."
"The meat and potatoes are going to be in there," writing partner Robert Orci continued. "We're just missing the premise for the sequels."
They still believe that Michael Bay may be directing the movie, but they do have to hand in the script before he makes a final decision. Neither said anything about a "two week deadline" that has been mentioned on other sites. Later on, Bay was just as non-committal, although he did say they were working on the script and designing it right now. [...]


[03.06.2005] AICN meldet...
[...] I shook Bay's hand in the theater lobby and asked him about Transformers, he said that the studio (Dreamworks) was still working on the script but that he was indeed involved. He hopes to start shooting early next year, and that the voices, won't be the original cast, from the old cartoon, but different voices, bummer. He wants a fresh approach to the Transformers. [..]

[03.05.2005] IESB sprach kürzlich mit Michael Bay...
[...] Michael Bay confirmed that he will be directing Transformers and that the movie is on a fast pace with plenty of prep work currently being done. Bay did say that shooting will start in December and the script is not done.
I also had to ask a few fan boy questions, will original voice over actors be used in the movie? Will it it be a mixture of the comics and the cartoon series? Will it have a classic feel to the movie? Michael responded "Yes, well make everyone satisfied on that."
[...] when asked if he sees this as a franchise with 3 or 4 movies he responded that it could be. [...]


[07.04.2005] Blickpunkt:Film meldet...
Michael Bay ist für die Realverfilmung von "Transformers" als Regisseur im Gespräch. [...]

[03.04.2005] AICN meldete am 1. April, dass Michael "Bumm" Bay angeblich Regie führen wird... Abwarten...

[19.02.2005] IGNFF meldet...
In a posting at his Kung Fu Monkey blog, screenwriter John Rogers advised readers that, having turned in his revised first draft, he is no longer working on the Transformers movie but didn't rule out a return for a script polish down the line.
"Nothing horrible, everything's cool. But I was technically contracted to start another movie when the Transformers gig popped up. The producers of that flick - including one-of-us Akiva Goldsman - were real gentlemen about the situation and stepped aside for the duration of the high-intensity TF first draft," Rogers stated. "The next Transformers production pass, adressing specific producer notes, will be executed by another writer or set of writers."
IGN FilmForce can now exclusively report who that new set of writers are: Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. The scribes are perhaps best known for their work on the TV series Alias and Xena, but they've also penned forthcoming feature films like The Island, Legend of Zorro and Mission: Impossible III.
In related news, Comics2Film points out this interview with TF producer Tom DeSanto that's in Toyfare #92. A scan of the article can be found here. DeSanto dropped a few tidbits about what TF can expect:
"The same way Wolverine took us into the world of mutants, humans have to take us into the world of Transformers. ... You can't have it where Transformers are talking to Transformers at the start of the movie. The fans will get it, but we're going to lose the uninitiated. But we're gonna stay true to the heart of it."
DeSanto believes that Transformers is "very similar to X-Men. It's two philosophies. Where you have Magneto and Xavier, you've got Megatron and Optimus. It's a very similar thematic struggle. It's about someone who wants domination and [someone who wants] everyone to live together and respect all life. Any time you get a property that speaks to a deeper thematic level - that's why people aren't still talking about GoBots. It's character-driven science fiction. You remember the characters and have to care about them."
Further details can be found here.
Although Transformers has yet to hire a director, the pic remains slated for a summer 2006 release.


[12.02.2005] DH sprach mit Steven Spielberg über seine kommenden Projekte...
[...] Spielberg hinted that we should hear who'll be directing the live-action "Transformers" movie by month's end. [...]

[24.11.2004] Bei IGNFF gibt es ein Interview mit dem Drehbuchautor John Rogers...

[04.11.2004] Blickpunkt:Film meldet...
Die "Transformers" sollen sich im Sommer 2006 erstmals auf Kinoleinwänden transformieren. Dreamworks und Paramount planen gemeinsam ein potenzielles Kinofranchise um das in den achtziger Jahren populäre Spielzeug von Hasbro, zu dem es eine Zeichentrickserie gab und das in diesem Jahr als Videospiel reanimiert wurde. Tom DeSanto, der die "X-Men"-Filme produzierte, lieferte die Storyidee, nach der John Rogers das Drehbuch schreibt.
Rogers kümmert sich für Dreamworks auch um die Kinoadaption des Horrorgames "Fatal Frame".


[16.10.2004] Bei IESB gibt es neue Gerüchte zum "Transformers"-Regisseur...
[...] While talking to a writer/director/producer that is working on several large projects I was informed that Robert Zemeckis has been turning down new directing offers because he is attached to the Transformers live action movie. No official word if these specualtions are accurate. Another industry insider is claiming that Warner Brothers has asked Robert Zemeckis and Dreamworks not to make any announcements regarding the Transformers until after the release of The Polar Express. [...]

[05.10.2004] IESB meldet...
A few months ago, it was announced that Dreamworks would be distributing the live-action Transformers movie. It was even said that Steven Spielberg made an unexpected flight to Rhode Island to secure the deal with Hasbro. Immediately following amongst the Transformers fans, questions arose regarding who would direct and/or star in the film.
Tom Hanks' name was brought up for several reasons. One, he is a HUGE Transformers fan/collector. A few years ago on a late night talk show he did his rendition of the Transformers theme song for all to hear. Second, Hanks and Spielberg go way back with several different projects.
The IESB caught up with Tom Hanks during the premiere of Raise Your Voice starring Hilary Duff. Of course we had to see if there were any truth to these rumors and speculations. [...] In the interview, Hanks says this is the first time he has heard of these rumors but would find a part in the movie interesting, and jokingly added, as long as he gets to be Optimus Prime. [...]


[23.07.2004] Variety meldet...
Having mined green ogres, DreamWorks has its sights on robots in disguise for its next franchise.
The studio is teaming with Paramount and toy company Hasbro to develop a live-action pic based on Transformers, the car-robots that spawned a comicbook series, TV show and animated feature in the '80s.
Steven Spielberg will exec produce the film, which is aiming for a summer 2006 release. Lorenzo di Bonaventura ("Constantine"), Don Murphy ("The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen") and Tom DeSanto ("X Men") will produce.
Hasbro will work with the production team on all aspects of the film's creative development, marketing and merchandising. [...]


[19.07.2004] Harry von AICN zum Stand der Dinge...
[...] Word has it that New Line lost out to Dreamworks, which intends to further develop and make a live-action TRANSFORMER's movie. The word behind the scenes is that Hasbro was leaning towards New Line, till Dreamworks' 2 Billion Dollar Gorilla, Steven Spielberg got in a plane and flew out to Rhode Island to personally meet with Hasbro's team and to dangle the, if we have this, I may direct it, golden carrot. After which Hasbro agreed to Dreamworks getting the project. The project has continued to be in intense development by Don Murphy and his partner on the project Tom DeSanto, who is literally electric about all things Transformers... and if you talk to him this weekend at San Diego Comic Con about Transformers, you'll see his eyes light up and he'll be excited as a school boy being let out for summer.
I'm not entirely sure if the announcement at Comic Con will merely be Dreamworks' involvement... or if it will include talent attachments and possibly even a director's involvement, though the folks I spoke to said they didn't believe things were at that stage. I'm also hearing that this is a huge Summer 06 film. [...]


[02.06.2004] Sieht ganz so aus, als würde es bei der Transforce 2004 eine erste Präsentation für den kommenden Kinofilm geben...

[28.03.2004] IGN FilmForce über die Gerüchte, die IESB in die Welt gesetzt hat...
[...] ran all this past our trusty Transformers source who asserted that "not a word of any of it is accurate" with the exception that New Line Cinema is one of the studios considering the property. [...]

[25.03.2004] CBR zitiert den Produzenten Tom DeSanto...
[...] "Marathon studio negotiations with Hasbro," he said. "It's down to three finalists, and in three weeks we hope to have a big announcement. All of the Transformers fans will be in good hands." [...]

[24.03.2004] IESB meldet...
While at this weekend's Wizard World L.A. we had the chance to speak to a very close friend of Tom DeSanto. We talked about a few different projects from the defunct DeSanto/Singer Battlestar Galactica to the upcoming Transformer live action movie.
To my surprise he stated that the director for the live action Transformer Movie was going to be Bob Zemeckis and that New Line Cinema was going to distribute. Zemeckis had been rumored to be involved in the project but to what extent nothing had been announced. After the revelation he noticed that I was quite shocked to see that he had volunteered that information so easily. Immediately he begged not to be quoted. So for now take it as a rumor but if it turns out to be true remember that you heard it here first.


[09.03.2004] Bei IESB gibt es ein paar Gerüchte zum "Transformers"-Film...
[...] According to the informer, the film is progressing but may now be scheduled for release in 2006. The design work began in November, one studio may be close to signing and more below [...]

[03.02.2004] Atari Deutschland hat ein vielversprechendes "Transformers"-Videospiel angekündigt...

[02.09.2003] AICN sprach mit Tom DeSanto...
[...] "The plan with the movie is that it will combine live action with CGI. I think it's going to be something the audience has never seen before. In all the years of movie-making, I don't think the image of a truck transforming into a 20-foot tall robot has ever been captured on screen. I also want to make a film that's a homage to 1980s movies and gets back to the sense of wonder that Hollywood has lost over the years. It will have those Spielberg-ian moments where you have the push-in on the wide-eyed kid and you feel like you're 10 years old even if you're 35. That's the energy I want to go for." [...]

[30.07.2003] AICN meldet...
[...] The Official Transformers Collector's Convention was this past weekend, and there were obviously some fairly big announcements on the future of the franchise.
The first word is that the movie is still on track, but there is no script yet or director. Desanto is working on a story that will remain true to the comics and will feature all Generation One characters. Vince Dicola, the man behind the score to the original Transformers movie, was in attendance and said he's actively seeking the job for the new movie. He's helped lend new music to a couple Transformer projects since the movie and has been great about getting out to the cons.
Hasbro said at the current rate, we can expect the movie to run in 2005, which is appropriately the same year the original film took place. No toy line is planned to work with the movie yet, but we do have a 20th Anniversary Optimus Prime coming.... [...]


[13.07.2003] CBR News sprach kürzlich mit dem Produzenten Don Murphy...
[...] While there's little new news since the June announcement, Murphy tells us that the story has had the intended effect of garnering immediate attention to the project.
In addition to studio interest, four or five directors came forward looking to talk about the project, including Michael Bay, Robert Zemeckis and Joseph Kahn. [...]


[14.06.2003] USA Today meldet...
[...] The Hasbro toy company has teamed with the production company Angry Films to create a live-action version of the popular cartoon series that ran from 1984 to 1987, about a group of alien robots who disguise themselves on Earth as common vehicles.
"The basic thing is that if you've been going to the comic book festivals and seeing all that stuff, the '80s kind of came back last year in a huge way," Angry Films producer Don Murphy said Wednesday.
"We figured the technology had finally caught up to the point where we could actually show a 18-wheel truck turning into a giant robot," added Murphy, who also helped make the upcoming comic book movie The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
The story of the Transformers centers on a war between two mechanized armies - the heroic Autobots, led by the red tractor-trailer Optimus Prime, and the evil Decepticons, ruled by the gigantic silver gun Megatron. Seeking new sources of energy, both factions crash-land on Earth.
Although the Transformers toys have changed over the years - from animal shapes to the current series of futuristic machines - Murphy said the movie would be based on the original lineup.
The 1980s Hasbro toys, which the cartoon helped turn into a money-machine for the company, have recently been reissued by the original Japanese manufacturer, Takara. A recent comic book based on the Transformers and a DVD of the original cartoon series have also become best-sellers.
Murphy and his producing partner, Tom DeSanto, [...] are still in the early stages of the Transformers movie. The project has not yet settled at a studio and no potential release date has been set.


[12.06.2003] Bei AICN gibt es einen Kommentar von Moriarty...
[...] DeSanto’s a good ol’ fashioned geek. He just plain loves this stuff, and whatever he loves, he has a real primal, direct sort of passion for. When he was trying to get his BATTLESTAR GALACTICA up and going, it’s because he genuinely had a passion for it based on his memories of the show. When he tried to get Bryan Singer interested in the first X-MEN, that was because he had a deep, abiding love for the characters, and he genuinely believed Bryan could make a great film. DeSanto is smart and enthusiastic, and that coupled with the unflagging tenacity of Murphy, stands at least a good shot of finally getting this longtime geek wet dream up on the screen in some upcoming summer. [...]

[11.06.2003] Hollywood Reporter meldet...
"The Transformers" -- the ever-morphing Hasbro toy line introduced in the mid-1980s that has gone on to spawn comic books, multiple television series and an animated feature -- are being prepped to change shape again, this time into stars of the big screen. Angry Films topper Don Murphy (whose next film is "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen") and writer-producer Tom DeSanto ("X-Men" and "X2: X-Men United") have teamed to produce a feature-length, live-action movie based on the popular brand. The duo are expected to shop the project to studios shortly, and DeSanto said they have already received interest from a handful of directors hoping to get involved in the project. DeSanto is currently working on a story treatment for the project before he and Murphy hire a screenwriter to adapt it for the big screen.

[05.06.2003] USA Today meldet...
[...] Hasbro plans an aggressive marketing and advertising campaign. It will have television commercials dedicated to BTR and then separate commercials for G.I. Joe, Transformers and Tonka. It also has an animated Transformers television show and will be releasing a G.I. Joe movie this fall.


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