Don't mind us, we're riding the train of the hype that the Transformers: The Last Knight teaser trailer set off. Seibertronians Seibertron and ScottyP bring us a small round-up of tidbits concerning the song used in the trailer: a cover of "Do You Realise?" by The Flaming Lips.
The cover used in the trailer is by Ursine Vulpine, and slows it down considerably, while adding elements of previous tracks used for the Michael Bay projects - as worked on by Steve Aoki and Steve Jablonsky, with bands Imagine Dragons and Linkin Park. We know that the latter composer is part of the movie once more, and none of the others are (for now), so he may have had his hands somewhere around the cover.
What is particularly interesting is the Transformers-related connection of the original song: IDW writer of More Than Meets the Eye James Roberts chooses a couple of songs for each new issue in the series, as a "reading soundtrack"; the original 'Do You Realise?' was chosen for More Than Meets The Eye issue 8: 'Scavengers Part 2 - Who's Afraid of the DJD?'.
This isn't news, of course, but an interesting way to revisit the old and the new, and throw another rumour log on the fire of the speculation engines. What do you make of it? Intrigued by the song, the connection, the cover, the lyrics? Join us in the Energon Pub for the discussion!
While we're at it, and still building up to the trailer reveal, Collider has compiled some information about the upcoming fifth live-action movie from Paramount and Michael Bay - Transformers: The Last Knight. Some of this news is not news, some of it is more detailed that previous coverage, and some is just speculation, but still potentially spoiler-filled, so steer clear if you're not into that sort of experience.
The information relates to the Bumblebee spinoff, the animated Cybertron movie, the plans for a sixth and seventh film in the series, Grimlock's return, the Transformers Response Force, characters for the cast members, Sqweeks,
We've selected a couple of juicier bits from the list of 45, but you can still find the full piece here. Read on if you're so inclined!
Producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura says The Last Knight is going to explore the mythology of how Transformers “were created, where did it start, where did they go from being a sort of a slave-race to a sentient race–we’re delving into that aspect of the mythology, so the characters that are involved in there are Megatron before he’s Megatron, Optimus before he’s Optimus, the Librarian, the Quintessons, there’s a whole group of things that have to do with how, in a sense, the Transformers were birthed, and also with how they were divided. What brought up the division, and what were the jealousies involved.”
The film will have two parallel stories that are leading to the same place, all surrounding one mythology. Di Bonaventura said, “They’re part of the same mythology, but the fact that these two pieces could interrelate, and have quite a span in time in which we’re trying to draw from–one is, in the Transformers’ mythology, billions of years ago, and one is hundreds of years ago, so in that sense, those two ideas came together. At first, we thought maybe they were two different movies, and then they came together.”
Regarding how much The Last Knight sets up the Bumblebee spinoff and future sequels, Di Bonaventura says, “you’ve got to be careful with that stuff, because then you start thinking about the other movies and not about the one you’re making. I would say, we definitely spent some time going “How does this link up and where are these other things going to go?” So I think in their initial construction in the writer’s room, and the initial sort of thinking, we spent a lot of time on that, thinking about the interrelationship.” He went on to say, “some of the things will have a very direct relationship. You’ll see some things in here that are laying a pipe. You won’t necessarily know that it’s laying a pipe for another movie, but it’s there. So there’s probably, in a really meaningful way, two or three things in this movie that really have a meaningful aspect…and then there’s a bunch of little things. But we’re not making this movie to set up the other movies.”
With Paramount and Hasbro hoping to make a number of future Transformers movies, Di Bonaventura revealed they have outlines for six and seven. However, they haven’t started writing the scripts because they didn’t want to rush them and needed to see how The Last Knight would change during filming.
Santiago Cabrera plays a mercenary who’s out to get all the Transformers. He says, “I was a SEAL but I’ve retired and I’m on contract, I’ve been hired –The TRF (stands for the Transformers Response Force) has been formed to fight the Transformers, so my orders are I don’t care if they’re Autobots or Decepticons, we gotta stop this war. So I’m a team leader and I’ve come with my team to fight them and what I find and when I see Cade Yeager is harboring them he becomes the enemy basically.”
Josh Duhamel says NEST is not part of the film. During an interview, he revealed that it’s a bit of a mystery who he is working for in the film. He explained, “Am I with the US military, the Army, or am I working with a group that’s trying to eradicate all Transformers? Not just Decepticons, but all of them. There’s a bit of a struggle between myself and Santiago Cabrera, and then we’re also working against [Mark] Wahlberg’s character in this. Because he’s definitely working with the Autobots. It’s just a lot of big fun movie shit that we get to do. And what brought me back personally is the fact that you get to do stuff that you don’t get to do anywhere else. Michael [Bay] does stuff bigger than anybody I’ve ever worked with, for sure.”
Isabela Moner describes her character as a tomboy and says when we meet her she’s homeless and joins Mark Wahlberg and the team in defeating the Deceptions. She’s also the one that brings Sqweeks, who is a mini-Transformer Vespa, into the group as they’ve been together for a while. Apparently Sqkweeks is broken, so the only thing he can say is chihuahua. Moner’s character lost her family in the battle of Chicago.
Hot Rod is in the film and he’s got a French accent, but he’s not from France. Bay said “he just likes the accent.”
With Masterpiece Inferno only just recently released and Legends Super Ginrai just weeks from release, some perhaps unsurprising but still exciting rumours have surfaced - Hong Kong's toys information site currently has some new listings. An MP-37 Artfire - a retool of MP Inferno - set for release in May 2017 for the price of 15,000 yen; and an LG-42 God Bomber, a character that in the 1988 Transformers Masterforce toyline combined with Ginrai to create the iconic God Ginrai. God Bomber's description currently lists him with the G1 Boxart as it's image however, and no more information is supplied, so take both of these with a grain of salt but feel free to look at the link below and discuss them in the forums!
The site ComicBook.com is reporting that the trailer for Transformers: The Last Knight is primed and ready to roll out any time soon, with classification and 'IMAX in theater' sent through by Paramount. A word of warning though: the original article seems to have disappeared, but we have a cached version here - this may mean that the news was either incorrect or not meant for the public yet. In either case, check out more info below!
It looks like we’ll be getting our first glimpse at Transformers: The Last Knight sooner rather than later thanks to a new trailer being classified. According to Consumer Protection BC, Paramount has sent through the trailer with an “IMAX in Theatre” label.
This could mean any number of things. For instance, the last time we saw something like this was when Warner Brothers prepared the footage they were going to show for Batman V Superman which ended up being an IMAX event before footage made its way to the internet. It could also mean that the trailer might just run in front of IMAX releases. The next big IMAX release is Fantastic Beasts hitting theaters next week, so those looking to catch that film on the bigger screen will be treated to the trailer.
In any instance, a trailer for Michael Bay’s final outing with the Transformers is ready to roll out and blow fans away.
Instagram user PCHxRunners have posted a couple of shots of the new Camaro vehicle for Bumblebee, as will be seen in Transformers: The Last Knight, currently sat in the backlot of Paramount - which might say nothing, if cast member Isabela Moner hadn't also posted on Snapchat about her changing into her character again for some more Bumblebee-ing. Check out the images below!
We reported here that composer Steve Jablonsky may be once again involved in the music side of Paramount's latest Transformers: The Last Knight movie. Now, his Twitter account shows another clue in the rumour puzzle: a possible revised version of the Prime track from Revenge of the Fallen's score! Check out the image below, and speculate away in the Energon Pub.
Via the Snakas toy blog, we have another potential look at the new Transformers: The Last Knight Optimus Prime figure - supposedly a voyager class toy, but more on that in a second - that we saw revealed in the colour test the other day. This new image seems to show the figure next to the Age of Extinction/Lost Age Leader class toy of Optimus in his knightly garb, so as far as we're concerned, the news is just adding confusion to the size matter. Still, check it out below!
It looks like the design leak has not been plugged, as we have a fresh new image for the new Transformers: The Last Knight toyline, in the possible form (treat this as rumour until we know better) of leader of the Autobots Optimus Prime! The design shares some features with the Age of Extinction look, but looks a lot more streamlined in robot mode - check it out mirrored below from a variety of sources, and let us know what you think in the Energon Pub!
We return once more to the wider cinematic universe that Paramount is looking to create with Hasbro, via Transformers first and foremost, but also the likes of MASK, GI Joe, and other franchises that will see live-action movies in the near future (Visionaries, anyone?). A fairly detailed reading, behind the paywall, of the Wall Street Journal, does some digging, but the main points that can be taken from the piece are as follows:
The writers' room (which we reported on multiple times) has plotted out a lot of mythos for the Transformers universe and beyond, and artists were brought in too. Their goal was to create an alternate history of earth and how thre have been ties to Cybertronian technology all along. Out of the group work, The Last Knight and the 2018 Bumblebee spin-off were chosen. The preparatory material has been printed into a hardcover book, but only distributed to 'insiders'.
Things work in five-year business plans, as confirmed by Hasbro's Brian Goldner.
Paramount are looking for a different director than Bay for the next movie - and that means the 2018 animated Bumblebee on. This does not mean that Bay is definitely out. Let's make that clear!
The elements started in Transformers Age of Extinction and now The Last Knight will spill over into possible GI Joe and MASK stories and plans, so we'll have to wait and see what those elements actually are!
Join in the discussion in the Energon Pub, and stay tuned to find out more as we do!
Starting the week with a bang (as with most Michael Bay productions), we have a bit of a round-up of more Transformers: The Last Knight news from the past week or so that may have been missed between Stonehenge and Wahlberg interviews! Proceeding with order...
Between Tyrese Gibson, returning for the fifth movie, on Instagram and Mark Wahlberg on his own Twitter account, we have confirmation that the London portion of the filming is coming to an end, according to schedule - and they had a brief stop in Paris too.
Isabela Moner is clearly enjoying shooting this movie way too much, almost as much as the social media team who convinced Anthony Hopkins to play around with camera filters. I am not sure how to take this. It's mesmerizing.
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Emma Lambert, a fellow Transformers fan, was able to visit the set in London during filming, and has provided extensive coverage on her Twitter and Instagram feeds of the various vehicles for Hot Rod, Barricade, Bumblebee and the red MacLaren doing vehicle things, and a confirmation of the name of the Transformers Reaction Force (the one with the lambda/triangle symbol we've been seeing for a while).
Another fan, Arun09345, has been following the filming too, and kept their Instagram feed updated with images and clips of cameras being used on the Thames, and some Tower Bridge scenes from London, plus a slightly spoilery scene run-through for something big emerging from the river. Check them out below!
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