Dutch movie site MovieAlert.com has added all the figures together and came to the following conclusion. Because of his work on the Transformers Movie, Michael Bay has become only the 13th person in movie making history to be part of the Director's Billion Dollar Club. With the boxoffice results Transformers has made thus far, added to what his previous movies, including Pearl Harbor and Bad Boys, has made domestically, Michael Bay's movies (as a director) have now collectively made over a billion dollars. Other movie directors in the Billion Dollar Club include George Lucas, Chris Columbus, Peter Jackson, Sam Raimi, Robert Zemeckis, Tim Burton, James Cameron, with Steven Spielberg leading the pack.
We have received word from Titan Magazines about a signing that has not yet been announced officially. We were told the following:
"To celebrate the launch of Transformers comic, a special Transformers Comic signing is taking place on Saturday 1st September at the London Film and Comic Convention.
All I can tell you at this stage is attending the signing so far will be writer Simon Furman, artist Geoff Senior and editor Steve White. The Transformers Camaro (Bumblebee) as seen in the new movie will be on display as well."
Pay attention to the a href="/comics/index.php">Seibertron.com Comics Section for further updates as they come.
Our guru of People involved with Transformers, Simon Furman has been interviewed by the UK brand of the Sci Fi Channel. The interview takes us back to the rich history the writer of much of the Transformers Mythos has brought to paper in the various Transformers Comics. And follows the evolution of Transformers over the years, to Furman's present day involvement with the Transformers.
"Well, the new comics are set very much in the movie continuity. The first six issues, it's pretty much a character per story that we focus on. And also we try and highlight some of the ones who weren't necessarily given a lot to do in the movie, so we kind of cover characters like Ratchet and Ironhide, and Devastator, but there's also this larger story that unfolds over the whole six issues".
"Aside from Simon (obviously) and Geoff Senior, Andy Wildman and Nick Roche will be doing art for the following two issues. I'd like to see if I can get some of the other 'classic' artists interested but I don't want this to be a complete nostalgia-fest. We have to bear in mind we'll be picking up a whole new generation of fans who only know it from the film, so we can't afford to alienate them, especially as there'll probably be a lot more of them!".
Website Skewed and Reviewed has posted a very interesting interview with Mark Ryan, the stand-in voice actor during filming of the Transformers Movie as well as the voice of Bumblebee in the film. In the interview Ryan discusses his work on the film, and hints at extra work on the DVD as well as a possible prequel to set up the next Transformers movie.
GVK: Final question, have you heard anything about a sequel or been asked to be a part of future films?
MR: (Chuckles), funny you should say that so I will tell you what I can. I recently recorded more material for the DVD release of the film. It has to do with the Prequel that will set up the second film.
Hasbro's Official Transformers website has been updated with some interesting new content: two tracks from Stan Bush's new Album "In This Life". The two tracks are a brand new re-recording of his famous song "The Touch" from the original 1986 Transformers Movie, and "'Til All Are One", a new track which became the theme song for this summer's Botcon.
Download the tracks from the official Transformers site here.
And for more information on Stan Bush, or to order a copy of his new album "In This Life", check out his official website, Stanbush.com here.
Once again Simon Furman has updated his blog. In this latest entry Furman talks about the upcoming Beast Wars mini series The Ascending. Here is what Furman posted:
"What I like about four-issue series, as opposed to the more current (trade-friendly) six-issue arcs, is that they really push the pace of the story. There’s room in Infiltration/Escalation/Devastation et al to sidetrack into ‘B’ stories and subplots (in itself a very gratifying pursuit), but with a four-issue story you pretty much have to get in, tell the story, and get out, with not much in the way of diversions. So it is with Beast Wars The Ascending, and I can’t help but feel—having just wrapped issue #3 of the series—it’s a good thing. No sooner, it seems, you’ve set up the characters, threats, etc, than you’re racing breathlessly towards the epic conclusion. Not that there’s not much to The Ascending. Quite the opposite in fact. The series is packed, both with story and characters, and set (far more than The Gathering was) on two worlds (prehistoric Earth and Cybertron). Poor Don (Figueroa). It’s not just that he’s got to squeeze in the entire cast of The Gathering along with a host of characters previously exclusive to the Japanese Beast Wars line, he’s got to retro-design about half of them (or more) so they appear in robot/alt. forms suitable for Cybertron. So what can I tell you about issue #3, while keeping things as spoiler-free as possible? Well, on the Earthbound side of the equation, heroic Maximal Razorbeast is engaged in some decidedly unheroic acts, forcing his team-mates into drastic (and quite possibly tragic) action. Conversely, self-serving Predacon Ravage is doing some uncharacteristically altruistic deeds, risking life and limb to broker a truce between the Predacons and The Pack. Seriously! Everything’s turned on its head in issue #3. Oh, and on Cybertron, those who’ve been craving some full on Big Convoy action (against The Ascending’s main ‘big bad’) will not be disappointed. Although you might want to look away on page 9! And then, as the issue comes to a close, just as Lio Convoy’s thinking things can’t get any worse and Don’s thinking, “thank God he can’t squeeze any more characters in here,” another quintet of bad guys make their comic book debut (although, thinking about it, one has previously featured in a Transformers comic book!!). Beast Wars The Ascending #3 is scheduled for October."
While we know that Mr. Optimus Prime is a member here at Seibertron.com, and that he made a thread calling out Jason 'Megatron' Burrows, he has now gone even more public with it.
Warrior Prime had this to say about what he found at gizmodo.com:
"Check this link out. Apparently the real Optimus Prime has recently challenged the newly named real Megatron to ante up and change his whole name to just Megatron, instead of just his middle name, and has challenged him to battle. My money is on the guy that was in the army."
Several years ago, a canberra band called Meatbee covered the theme of the Transformers into their own style. They Are Amoung Us got back in contact with them. It appears that the group was up to re-record the song as the official theme to the Michael Bay Transformers Movie, but in the end didn't make it. The group did record a video clip for their new version, which can be viewed below.
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