Film Journal.com- The writers of the soon-to-be-released sequel to the 2007 Transformers live action movie, Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci, state their thought processes about how they went about writing both movies in an interview at filmjournal.com
In the case of the first Transformers, Kurtzman and Orci centered their screenplay around one of the most emotionally universal stories known to man: the tale of a boy and his first car. "Everything in the movie emerged from that basic idea," Orci explains. "Who are the people in the lives of a boy and his car? Well, there's the girl he wants to get into his car and the parents who buy him the car." (Not to mention, of course, the giant transforming robots that either seek to protect or destroy the boy and his car.)
That simple narrative may have been enough for Part One, but moviegoers are trained to anticipate bigger and better things from the sequel, which means the boy at the center of the Transformers franchise—that would be Shia LaBeouf—might need a whole fleet of new cars to satisfy expectations.
"Sequels are frightening because you really have to come up with a reason to tell a second story that doesn't have to do with the first movie being successful," Kurtzman admits. "So we looked closely at all the sequels we loved growing up, films like The Empire Strikes Back, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Superman II and Aliens. The common denominator in all those movies involved a major test for the hero and a bad guy who was truly frightening and who put the hero through the mill. Most importantly, you didn't have to see the previous movie to come into the sequel and like it. Those criteria served as our guide for constructing Revenge of the Fallen."
Despite, or perhaps because of, the rushed production schedule, Orci and Kurtzman found themselves pulling out all the stops in the writers' room to ensure that Revenge of the Fallen would join the rarefied company of sequels that outdid the original. "We tried to put everything we could think of into this one movie," Orci says. "We weren't saving anything. As soon as you start saving things for future installments, you're only hurting your current film."
Read the whole interview here where the two writers discuss Transformers, a third writer in the loop, their future with the TF movies, and other items that they have been writing for like 'Fringe' and 'Star Trek'!
First up for auction is a page of internal art created by the late Frank Springer, from Issue #3 of the original Marvel G1 run Prisoner of War! It was signed by Frank shortly before he passed away and has also been signed by long-time Transformers writer Bob Budiansky. The proceeds from the sale of this page will go to Frank Springer's wife. To check out the auction, please click here.
The second auction is for is the back cover from the third issue of the character profile series Transformers Universe. It was pencilled by Herb Trimpe and inked by Ian Akin and Brian Garvey. Proceeds from this sale go to Herb Trimpe. To view the auction, please click here.
Austin Welch of The Realm Toys has contacted us to let us know of an interview they have recently posted on their site. The subject of the interview is ROTF actress/stuntwoman Tarah Paige.
The interview is extensive and provides a lot of insight into the life of this very talented young woman. She also explains for the first time what her exact roles in Transformers : Revenge of the Fallen are.
Here's a little something for Seibertron.com's UK fanbase.
An article has appeared on the BBC Birmingham website which previews Auto Assembly 2009, Europe's biggest Transformers fan convention. The article features some quotes from co-organizer Simon Plumbe, who provides some history of the annual event as well as his futures expectations. Auto Assembly 2009 will take place at the Holiday Inn in Birmingham city centre (Small Brook, Queensway) on 15th and 16th August 2009. This year's featured guests are Gregg Berger (best known to Transformers fans as the voice of Grimlock and Skyfire from the original cartoon) and Ian James Corlett who played Cheetor in Beast Wars.
Seibertron.com member Andie just tipped us off to an exclusive movie clip posted on Moviefone.com for Transformers Revenge of the Fallen. The footage is in correlation with Moviefone's article on how the cast of ROTF are the sexiest of the summer.
With a roll call of all the stars and why they fit the bill is an impressive gallery of them at the bottom of the page that you can see here.
The exclusive clip shows Captain Lennox (Josh Duhamel) and Sgt. Epps (Tyrese Gibson) invading a Chinese factory getting ready to confront Demolisher with their NEST team.
Check it out below.
As always, keep you're optics locked right here at Seibertron.com for all the latest news on Transformers Revenge of the Fallen.
A veritable buffet of Transformers comic talent will be making themselves available to UK based Transformers fans on June 27th 2009.
Appearing from 2-5pm at London's Orbital Comics will be long time transformers scribe Simon Furman, Revenge of the Fallen Comic Adaptation artist Jon Davis-Hunt, Maximum Dinobots artist Nick Roche, and Animated comic artists Liam Shalloo and Boo, ready to sign whatever Transformers comic-y goodness you put under their noses (and pens).
For more information about the Orbital Comics signing session, check out Furman's blog, by clicking here.
The Transformers: ROTF "World Tour" is well underway. It seems like every few days, the cast and crew of Revenge of the Fallen are in yet another country promoting the upcoming movie and/or attending a premiere.
After earlier stops in countries such as Japan, Korea and France, Megan Fox and Shia LeBeouf (among others) attended the Berlin, Germany premiere of ROTF today. While they hit the red carpet earlier in the day, the sexy co-stars were happy to pose for pictures and greet fans at the Sony Center CineStar.
Continue to say tuned to Seibertron.com for all the latest coverage on the movie that is already becoming a worldwide phenomenon!
Transformers Revenge of the Fallen actress Megan Fox has definitely been doing her PR rounds with another magazine cover dedicated to her and Optimus Prime on a June 19th 2009 edition of Entertainment Weekly Magazine.
''If I'm still making Transformers five years from now, I might not be so überexcited."Stated Megan Fox in an excerpt from the article in EW Magazine." But there's nothing specific that I need to accomplish. I just want to still be working.''
The magazine is on store shelves now. Check out the source on this info by clicking here.
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