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Neil Kaplan contacts Don Murphy!

Transformers News: Neil Kaplan contacts Don Murphy!
Date: Monday, December 12th 2005 7:20pm CST
Categories: Movie News, People News
Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s): www.donmurphy.net

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Neil Kaplan, the voice actor of Ro-Tor and of course Optimus Prime from Robots In Disguise, has contacted Don Murphy by E-mail. This hot on the heels after Gary Chalk (Armada, Energon and Cybertron Optimus Prime) made a similar contact with the producer of the new Transformers Live action movie.

The E-mail, which we can report was actually send several weeks ago, was made public by Don Murphy on the board of his site. The following is Neil Kaplan's E-mail as it was posted by Murphy.

Hello Mr. Murphy...

My name is Neil Kaplan. I am one of only three actors in the world to officially play Optimus Prime; leader of the Autobots.

I realize that in the grand Transformer universe Peter Cullen is Sean Connery (THE man!)... and Gary Chalk is Timothy Dalton... and I am thought of as "the George Lazenby of the Transformer world!"

--You know, I always did like "On Her Majesty's Secret Service."--

Since posting Gary Chalk's e-mail on your website, I have received several pieces of wonderful e-mail from fans in urging me to get involved with the long awaited live action adventures.

I just want you to know that I am very interested in playing ANY of the many transformers in the
upcoming films.

And yes, if given the chance I would be thrilled to read for the role of Optimus Prime.

Thank you sincerely for your time and consideration.

Respectfully,
Neil Kaplan

P.S. you will find attached a one minute demo of some of my animation work, including Optimus Prime from the FOX-TV series "Transformers: Robots in Disguise."

New Interview with IDW's Chris Ryall and Simon Furman

Transformers News: New Interview with IDW's Chris Ryall and Simon Furman
Date: Wednesday, October 26th 2005 8:50am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, People News
Posted by: Alex Kingdom | Credit(s): comicnewsi.com

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Comic News International has interviewed both IDW Publishing's Editor in Chief Chris Ryall and Transformers writer Simon Furman concerning IDWs Transformers comic book properties, and focusing their forthcoming Beast Wars series!
Read the full interview here.

Alan Hassenfeld to retire into Non-Employee Status

Transformers News: Alan Hassenfeld to retire into Non-Employee Status
Date: Wednesday, August 31st 2005 5:16pm CDT
Categories: People News, Company News
Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s): www.hasbro.com

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Hasbro has made a statement about its long-time Chairman of the Board of directors, Alan Hassenfeld. Taking effect from Januari 1st 2006, Alan Hassenfeld will step down as Active Employee.

Hassenfeld (56) will still remain active within the Board of Directors, but shall take up the function as a non-employee for the company. After 35 years of service to Hasbro, he shall now concentrate his efforts as leading guide for the company in its future endeavours.

Hassenfeld is a third generation CEO for Hasbro, a family owned company that started in 1923 as Hassenfeld Brothers, which mainly dealt in production of School accessories. In the 60's the company started to concentrate its efforts in toys, rather then school equipment. Stephen Hassenfeld directed the company into creating toy lines like GI Joe, from which eventually with aid from Takara the Transformers developed. When Stephen Hassenfeld died in the late 80's, Alan took over from his brother to give the final say in what happened with Hasbro toy-lines, including the Transformers.

One of Alan Hassenfeld's most recent involvements with the Transformers was giving the green light to Dreamworks and Angry Films to start production on the live action version of the Transformers movie.

Kurtzman and Orci Interviewed again.

Transformers News: Kurtzman and Orci Interviewed again.
Date: Wednesday, August 17th 2005 9:54am CDT
Categories: Movie News, People News, Media
Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s): www.the-trades.com

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The writing duo of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have been spotlighted once again on the net. The Trades sat down with the script writers of the the upcoming Dreamworks produced Transformers movie

The article talks mostly about them breaking through in Hollywood with their writing skills. But mention of the Transformers movie is not left behind.

"It’s a live action and super special effects heavy, but the robots have to be characters, and they have to interact believably with humans. It takes out of the box thinking"

"A lot of the requirements of film storytelling are very different from the requirements of comic book storytelling. If you look at movies like X-Men, they find an amazing way to balance and vary the two worlds. That’s totally what we’re going for"


The duo is planning on adapting the story for Transformers into a workable script. But as was reported previously, they are currently working on the script for Mission: Impossible III.

Marv Wolfman Interviewed

Transformers News: Marv Wolfman Interviewed
Date: Saturday, May 14th 2005 3:36pm CDT
Category: People News
Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s): www.tfarchive.com

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Tfarchive.com has gotten an exclusive short interview with Transformers cartoon writer Marv Wolfman. Wolfman has written episodes for the original series, as wel as for Beast Wars and Beast Machines.

In the interview we we are allowed a quick look at writing for Beast Machines as well as some personal view on his work on Transformers.

It should be noted that Wolfman also reveils that he believes that Devil's Due currently does not hold the rights to continue the Transformers comics, which was previously owned by Dreamwave!

Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #136 - The Gathering
Twincast / Podcast #136:
"The Gathering"
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Posted: Saturday, January 30th, 2016