As we had heard in a recent interview, the next Paramount/Michael Bay Transformers live-action feature will see a 2017 release date - but thanks to My Entertainment World and fellow Seibertronian Survivefan23, we have confirmation of the beginning of the works (though not a definite location other than the Chicago stories): May 2016. Do you think there is enough time to make it all work? Let us know what you think in the Energon Pub!
Title: Transformers 5
Category: Feature Film
Genre: Action / Adventure / Sci-Fi
Shoot Date: May, 2016
Universal Studios Hollywood Celebrates Lunar New Year from January 30 - February 14 featuring Special "Year of the Monkey" Festivities, Asian-Inspired Food, and a Mandarin-Speaking MEGATRON Character from the Park's "Transformers: The Ride-3D" Thrill Ride
Special Shenzhen Performances Will Take Place on Saturday, February 13
Universal City, CA, January 25, 2016 - Universal Studios Hollywood marks Lunar New Year and the "Year of the Monkey" with a traditional celebratory event featuring Shenzhen performances, Asian-inspired food, thematic décor and a special Mandarin-speaking MEGATRON character from the park's popular thrill ride, "Transformers: The Ride-3D." The special Lunar New Year celebration begins on Saturday, January 30 and continues through Sunday, February 14, 2016.
Lunar New Year comes to life within Universal Plaza, a grand courtyard situated at the heart of the theme park, where guests will be ushered in to celebrate the "Year of the Monkey" under a curtain of customary red Chinese lanterns and a stunning plum blossom arch. The polygon-shaped piazza will also display a dozen lampposts each featuring banners of the twelve zodiac animal signs along with three symbolic attributes.
A highlight of the time-honored tradition will feature the annual appearance of a Mandarin-speaking MEGATRON who will engage guests in conversation characteristic of his DECEPTICON TRANSFORMER's persona. MEGATRON - an ominous 12-foot-tall figure - is one of the stars of Universal Studios Hollywood's award-winning thrill ride, "Transformers: The Ride-3D" designed to immerse guests in the 3D action-packed robotic world of the TRANSFORMERS.
Unique to this year's Lunar New Year celebration, Universal Studios Hollywood will welcome an exciting Shenzhen performance. "The Five Continents Arts Troupe" from Shenzhen, China entertainment will take place periodically throughout the afternoon for one day only on Saturday, February 13.
In honor of this multi-cultural celebration, favorite Universal character, Curious George will dress in festive attire to meet guests and take photos in front of a traditional Chinese gong. Asian-inspired treats along with customary music resonating throughout the Plaza will help commemorate another memorable Lunar New Year.
Year-round, Universal Studios Hollywood's signature Studio Tour offers guests a revealing look at an authentic movie and television studio in select languages, including Mandarin. Expertly-trained Mandarin-speaking guides provide insight into the world of movie-making magic as guests enjoy a front row seat and behind-the-scenes access to one of the largest film studios in the world. The theme park also provides in-language park maps.
Lunar New Year is included in the price of admission to Universal Studios Hollywood.
Mandarin speaking guests can learn more about Universal Studios Hollywood and the Lunar New Year event at http://www.ush.cn. They can also follow us on Weibo @好莱坞环球影城.
Guests are invited to share their zodiac animal signs with at @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter and "Like" the Universal Studios Hollywood Facebook page.
Universal Studios Hollywood's newly introduced Annual Passes add to the celebration by giving visitors a chance to experience the park multiple times. For more information or to purchase one of three new passes: the Gold Pass, the California Resident Plus Pass or the California Resident Pass, please visit http://www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com/tickets.
The excitement continues when "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" opens at Universal Studios Hollywood on April 7, 2016, marking the highly-anticipated arrival of the West Coast's dynamic new immersive experience. More than five years in the making, and inspired by J.K. Rowling's compelling stories and characters that were brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, the land will be faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including Hogwarts castle which will serve as its iconic focal point.
Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.SM, includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the "5 Towers" state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue. World-class rides and attractions include the renowned, behind-the-scenes Studio Tour featuring the intense "King Kong 360 3-D" attraction and the all-new "Fast & Furious-Supercharged" thrill ride as the Studio Tour's grand finale. Other popular rides include the 3D adventure, "Despicable Me Minion Mayhem" and immersive "Super Silly Fun Land," the critically-acclaimed mega-attraction, "Transformers: The Ride-3D," "Revenge of the Mummy - The Ride," "Jurassic Park - The Ride," "Springfield," hometown of America's favorite TV family, adjacent to the award-winning "The Simpsons Ride" and the "Nighttime Studio Tour" which runs on select evenings.
Via a number of sources across the internet, but converging to an interview that director Michael Bay (and John Krasinski) sat through with Dean Richards of WGN Radio, we have news that the new instalment in the Paramount Transformers live-action movie series will see a return to Chicago during the filming process. While they don't mention too much, Bay did say:
he plans to be back in Chicago sometime later this year. The film is scheduled for a 2017 release, with plans already in the works for two more "Transformers" movies after that. Billion-dollar revenues will do that.
"You going to blow up Michigan Avenue again?" Richards asks Bay in his interview (at the 5:40 mark). "No, we're gonna find a new street," Bay said. "But I love Chicago." And then, referring to some of the city's systemic problems, including gun violence, added dryly: "We'll come in with some Transformers to even it out."
Check out the full interview - which is about 13 Hours - here.
In a recent Collider interview with Michael Bay on his new film 13 Hours, Steve Weintraub was able to sneak in a few questions about Bay's involvement with any future Transformers films. The full interview can be viewed here.
There are three talking points to add a little fuel to the rumor fires:
According to Bay his writers
...did a really good job of going back in time and connecting things in history and how it relates to different spinoffs...
Bay continued to say, presumably about Transformers 5
...I guess this will be my last one...
And when Weintraub probed Bay for additional info, he received the following statement
...I can't tease SHIZZLESNIT ...
When you're done with the interview check out the most recent additions to the AOE galleries here. And don't forget to join in the conversation and rumor mongering in the discussion below.
Remember to keep your browsers pointed to Seibertron.com for the latest in Transformer news, the largest Transformers galleries found on the web and the liveliest Transformers discussion this side of a space bridge.
This is a blast (hah!) from the past, as we bring you yet another, nay, three other updates to the Seibertron.com movieverse galleries - specifically, Transformers: Age of Extinction and the Takara Tomy counterpart, Movie Advance!
The images below will take you to the definitely not Tracks figure we just saw in our latest post, Generations Hot Shot - a redeco of main cast member with a cape/trenchcoat Crosshairs. And moving back to the green bots, we have the Hasbro and Takara versions of the deluxe stegosaurus Dinobot with translucent green ..bits - Snarl. See if you can spot all the differences in colour scheme by checking out the pics right here.
Michael Bay talked about Transformers 5 during an interview with Rolling Stone magazine regarding his film 13 Hours (about Benghazi). During this talk, he does confirm that he is "doing" Transformers 5, as Mark Walhberg had speculated. The context of these quotes below is Michael Bay revising various special effects done by the ILM team while being interviewed by Rolling Stone :
Between his producing duties and directorial work, Bay usually has a half-dozen projects going at once. Right now, in addition to 13 Hours, he's doing post-production on the next Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which he's producing and which is due in 2016, and pre-production for the next Transformers, which he's directing for summer 2017. "I'm doing Transformers ... 5, is it?" Bay says, temporarily losing track. He shakes his head. "I've taken on a lot of work."
Finally, there's Transformers. They show Bay an underwater rendering of a crash-landed alien spaceship, then a new dump-truck Transformer with a cloak. Neither are up to snuff. "Boy, I've got a lot of work to do," Bay says, shaking his head. "I better finish this fucking 13 Hours movie." He thanks ILM and kills the video link, then turns to me. "It's not good when I'm not involved."
"The movie industry has really changed," Bay says, apropos of nothing. "The middle-[budget] movie is basically gone. They just want these big movies." (The irony of this statement goes unremarked-upon.) "Transformers, I still have a great time. It's fun to do a movie that 100 million people will see. But this is the last one. I have to pass the reins to someone else."
I remind Bay that he said the same thing before each of the last two Transformers movies. "I know," he says. "J.J. [Abrams] told me, 'You're the only guy that could do this.' But it's time to move on. One more."
Here's something a little different for the real vehicle and live action fans out there: have you ever considered owning the 'real' Optimus Prime and/or Bumblebee from the movies? Now you can, according to an auction organised by Barrett-Jackson. You can read a general overview of the auction here, a snippet and some images below and browse the auction pages directly here for Optimus (1992 PETERBILT 379) and here for Bumblebee (1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS) - currently owned by Michael Bay.
I mean, why not, right?
Though the holiday season for giving extravagant gifts will have come and gone by the end of January, Barrett-Jackson, the World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions®, will sell two ultimate toys at its Scottsdale auction. This duo of the most famous vehicles in the world from the Hollywood big screen will cross the block at WestWorld … and they can be yours.
Optimus Prime®, the iconic truck from the “Transformers™” movie franchise will sell to the highest bidder in front of a capacity crowd that includes more than 300,000 event participants and 5.5 million television viewers worldwide. Fear not, Optimus will not be alone. It will be accompanied by its brother-in-arms, a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro used in “Transformers 4: Age of Extinction,” known as Bumblebee™.
Lot #1325.1 - When it came to creating the first live-action "Transformers" movie, the most important characterization was certainly that of "Optimus Prime." An entire team of artists and illustrators worked tirelessly, drawing potential trucks and cars, trying to zero in on just the right look for each robot/vehicle. When the film's production designer showed Michael Bay a photo of the enormous Peterbilt tractor, the director was immediately taken by the lines and size of the truck, even through he know he would face intense criticism for his choice - in the same way he did for selecting a GM Camaro in place of the original VW Beetle known as the beloved robot Bumblebee. Both of Bay's picks ended up enthralling new audiences as well as diehard fans of the sci-fi series. The Peterbilt, a more aggressive truck, was also used as Bay's tip-of-the-hat to Steven Spielberg's 1971 film, "Duel." This vehicle is one of the tractors used. It was a picture and stunt vehicle and is being sold "AS-IS" and "WITH ALL FAULTS" and is subject to execution of a Paramount Waiver. **SOLD ON BILL OF SALE ONLY. NOT CURRENTLY STREET LEGAL, FOR DISPLAY ONLY, MAY NOT BE EMISSIONS COMPLIANT IN ALL 50 STATES.**
Lot #1325.2 - "Bumblebee," Resto-Mod built to use in the fourth installment of the "Transformers" film franchise, "Transformers: Age of Extinction," starring Mark Wahlberg and directed by Michael Bay, the current owner of the vehicle. LS2 fuel-injected Corvette engine, 6-speed overdrive transmission, custom suspension, mini tubs, Wilwood brakes plus added stunt extra caliper, 9" Ford rear end, touchscreen navigation stereo system, custom three-piece racing wheels, Nitto low-profile tires, hideaway headlights, custom Halo LED yellow headlights, yellow Ridetech "TigerCage" rollcage, custom-made carbon-fiber fender flares and front splitter, power hood latch, satin black paint with high-gloss yellow accents, carbon-fiber engine covers, Auto Meter Cobalt gauges, system kill within glovebox, Eddie Motorsport hood hinges, custom billet core support bars with yellow accents, smoothed firewall, hydraulic braking assist. Audi flush-mount door handles. Late-model Camaro seats. Autographed by its current owner, Michael Bay.
Fellow Seibertronians, in an exclusive interview with Brazilian site Cinepop, Mark Wahlberg confirms that he will be returning to the world of Transformers by way of Transformers 5. The full article and video can be viewed here.
This is not entirely new, as we already had a hint at Wahlberg's return all the way back here - but how do you feel about Mark's return to the franchise coming from the man himself? Did you like his performance in the last movie? Post your comments in the Energon Pub and let us know.
Via entertainment media website Deadline, we have some news regarding the Paramount project for Transformers 5 and the expanded universe led by Akiva Goldsman - who appears to have been moved from the direct writing of the script for the next movie, and will be heading a similar project for the G.I. Joe and Micronauts franchises instead. Read more on this below, and head here for the full story!
After their Akiva Goldsman-led Writers Room experiment led to at least three movie ideas to extend Transformers, Hasbro and Paramount have set Goldsman to supervise a Writers Room for their G.I. Joe movie series. And they will go the same route with Goldsman to draft ideas for the Hasbro property Micronauts, with Goldsman supervising that as well.
This change of duties means Goldsman will supervise but won’t write the next Transformers installment. Paramount now is negotiating with Writers Room participants Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (Iron Man) and Black Hawk Down scribe Ken Nolan to write the script together. That course change was cemented by Paramount, Hasbro, Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Don Murphy.
Out own Scotty P (podcaster extraordinaire) has his own commentary to lead fans through it:
Hasbro's Investor Day presentation was yesterday.
Some things of note:
Slide 20 (see first image below) has TF5 teaser logo (nothing exciting), and some new product called "Alt Modes" - looks like keychains or something but it's a very small image.
Slide 23 (see second image below) has the TF brand revenue (revenue to Hasbro, not retail sales to consumers! HUGE difference!) chart that we've seen in previous years updated to include the 9 months out of this year so far. Pretty good start for them.
Slide 34 talks about expanding footprint into more global markets.
Some new Kre-o product on Slide 37, but it does not look to be Transformers related. Read elsewhere it is a Chinese market exclusive line.
Slide 38 (see third image below): appears to announce Micronauts return - as a crossover with Transformers. Kind of cool considering Micronauts' roots as Microman.
I enjoyed the financial slides. Interesting bit on 61 about slightly increasing resin costs expected for 2016.
Slide 65 mentions a new e-commerce site. Direct to consumer sales or just B2B?
Poor GI Joe. Also no sign of M.A.S.K. which was on the last (I think last, maybe the one before last) Investor presentation.
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