One of the most respected writers of the Transformers lore, Simon Furman, was recently interviewed by MTV. This may not come as a big surprise to most fans, but Furman confirmed in the article that the new Michael Bay movie, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, will NOT feature any of the Dinobots. The British writer goes on and explain why he believes that this should not be seen as a bad thing.
"The movie-verse feels quite different to me, with its own audience and far more rooted in the real world, and Dinobots wouldn't necessarily be a great fit. Sure, if they could come up with an appropriate rationale and integral reason for them being in there, fine, but it’d need to be good, otherwise it would all start to verge on the kitsch".
Transformers movie director Michael Bay dropped by his official forums to give some details regarding this sunday's teaser for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen during the Superbowl.
Bay states the spot (which was previously described as a "trailer") will air during the third quarter, and the spot will online shortly after. The full teaser trailer will be released on friday February 13th (likely to coincide with the Bay-produced Friday the 13th remake) and won't be online until a week later.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen will be released in theatres on June 26th, 2009.
The Super Bowl spot is coming Sunday in the third Quarter (few minutes into the quarter slot). The spot will be online a few minutes after that - The full length teaser trailer will only be on Friday the Thirteenth. It will not hit the internet until a week later. The Teaser really only teases stuff - I'm holding so much stuff back from the final trailers because I personally hate going to movies where you have seen it all.
DonMurphy.net- On Don Murphy's boards, one of the duo that wrote the Transformers movie and sequel, Robert Orci, has vaguely answered some questions thrown out by fans.
While none of this is really Earth shaking, community members who wish to avoid spoilers may want to avert their eyes now...
-Confirms 40+ robots in movie.
-CG allows them to add new scenes, which they are considering.
-Starscream will have much more of G1-ey feel to him..."Finally," by Orci.
-'One of the scenes we're mulling over was Bay's idea, and he pitched it as, "you and the fans are gonna love this..."'
You can view the ongoing thread here, on Don Murphy's boards, and chime in below with your thoughts.
The Transformers Collector's Club has posted a new update today regarding the 5th year club exclusive comic. Robby Musso (Spotlight: Ultra Magnus, Spotlight: Ramjet) will be providing his artistic talents for this coming years club comic. This year will start out with Issue 25 and will feature a recap of the previous 4 years worth of story for those who have missed them.
The club has also posted the last two pages of last year's finale on their DeviantArt page which anyone can view by clicking here. To view the original posting and become a member, click here.
-Disciples of Boltax- With this week's update, Jim Sorenson shares the animation model and design created for Megazarak's cartoon transformation. Megazarak is the eqivalent of the U.S. G1 Scorponok. While not included in either Ark Compendium Book, this piece and the others we have seen are nice connections to the old television animation, and appreciated by fans who own the books and want more, and fans of the art and design of the period.
You can view 'The Disciples of Boltax'here, and then follow the link to the newest blog about Megazarak's original illustrations.
Thanks to Jim for his continued willingness to share these pieces of Transformers history with us. A sample of the page is teased below.
Transformers Artist Josh Nizzi took time out to notify Seibertron.com of a new image that's been posted over at Comic's Continuum.
This first look shows us the cover for the upcoming story arc Transformers Revenge of the Fallen: Defiance #4 with the leader of the Autobots engaged in battle with a familiar foe. WARNING!!! Possible spoilers follow:
Here's the scoop on the next installment to this story arc:
Written by Chris Mowry, art by Dan Khanna and Andrew Griffith, covers by Josh Nizzi and Alex Milne.
The explosive conclustion to the official prequel to this summer's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen film! With their forces united, the Decepticon army prepares to leave Cybertron on a mission of galactic conquest. But the Autobots and their leader, Optimus Prime, plan to do the unthinkable in order to defeat the increasingly-powerful Megatron.
32 pages, $3.99.
You can view the original posting on this by clicking here.
Transformers fan site OneShallStand.com has a recent interview with Shane McCarthy posted.
In the interview McCarthy defends his comic series to his critics, and discusses characters, as well as some choices he's made.
Q4) AHM is now a quarter of the way through and it's clear from postings on the various message boards that readers either love the new direction or are furious about it. I can't think of any other TF book I've read recently which has had such a polarising effect.
Well, since I was so late getting this interview to you, it's now halfway through so I'm guessing it's even more polarised now? I don't know. I think we've definitely found our audience though which is great. Not everyone is going to like everything and I hope that never changes. I think that's the beauty of how IDW is handling the license though, there's something there for everyone. If you're not a fan of AHM, there's the Spotlights and other mini series' you can grab and vice versa.
Clearly I'm hoping people enjoy the book though and always work to make that a reality.
You can read the rest of the interview here, and join in the discussion.
A financial article has appeared on the site of Business Week in regards to earlier reports of Motion Picture director and Transformers moviesProducer Steven Spielberg and his resurrection of Dreamworks Studios. As reported back in July of last year, Spielberg had landed a deal with India-based movie studio conglomerate Reliance, for a business proposal for $1.5 billion to potentially produce up to 30 movies in the next 5 years.
This article however reports that with the current weak economy, both Dreamworks and Reliance have been having problems putting their finances in order to achieve the $1.5 billion mark and will most likely be settled at only $650 million. Instead of a seven year plan it would appear that Dreamworks will now only concentrate their efforts for the next three years in the their current status. The returns of movies like Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen may be an important factor for Dreamworks to rebuild itself over the next few years. What this would mean for future movie products including a future third installment of the Transformers Movies franchise is undetermined at this time.
Just a reminder that next week, January 21st on NBC, the new Knight Rider show will feature the return of the "Evil Prototype" K.A.R.R. voiced by none other than Transformers voice actor Peter Cullen, who is of course best known as the voice of Optimus Prime from the original cartoon series and the Michael Bay Transformers movies.
Last night's episode of Knight Rider also featured a teaser for the upcoming episode called "Knight To King's Pawn", which fan site knight rider online was gracious enough to host on YouTube. In the 20 second clip you can hear Peter Cullen as KARR say the line "KITT Must Die!!!"
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