We reported here that composer Steve Jablonsky may be once again involved in the music side of Paramount's latest Transformers: The Last Knight movie. Now, his Twitter account shows another clue in the rumour puzzle: a possible revised version of the Prime track from Revenge of the Fallen's score! Check out the image below, and speculate away in the Energon Pub.
Remember that news about legal action being taken against Paramount on behalf of Chinese businesses for stuff that went down during Transformers: Age of Extinction? We have an update, courtesy once again of The Hollywood Reporter: the media company will indeed have to pay a settlement to the Wulong Karst National Park. Read more below!
A Chinese court on Thursday ordered Viacom's Paramount Pictures and a Chinese production partner to pay $295,000, or 2 million yuan, including incurred legal fees, to a tourist resort in a breach of contract dispute over product placement in Transformers: Age of Extinction.
The court in Chongqing found that Paramount and Chinese partner 1905 failed to fulfill their major obligations under the agreement, but later partially made up for it, the South China Morning Post reported, quoting China National Radio.
The management company for the Wulong Karst National Geological Park had brought the lawsuit, saying the two sides had agreed that a logo of the resort would appear in the fourth Transformers film's final edit.
The defendants had admitted that the logo didn't make the film, but they tried to make up for that by allowing director Michael Bay to make an advertising spot for the resort and leaving behind items built for the film as tourist attractions.
The court rejected a counter claim filed by Paramount due to Wulong Karst’s decision to only pay part of the agreed-upon fees once it found out its name and logo did not appear in the film.
Is it over over for the filming of Transformers: The Last Knight? (Yes.) Director Michael Bay has taken to his own social media to thank cast and crew and London, as he heads back to the US, but the rest of the cast, from Anthony Hopkins, Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel to Santiago Cabrera and Laura Haddock, also took some time to thank the shooting location, its people and more. Check out the video below!
Some more news from Paramount's official YouTube account, as they share a clip of a wrap up party ..for the vehicles involved in the filming of Transformers: The Last Knight. That's correct, the cars used for the alt-modes of Bumblebee, Crosshairs and Barricade had a bit of fashionable shindig, with photo ops but no comment. Check out 'The Last Night' clip below!
Via the Snakas toy blog, we have another potential look at the new Transformers: The Last Knight Optimus Prime figure - supposedly a voyager class toy, but more on that in a second - that we saw revealed in the colour test the other day. This new image seems to show the figure next to the Age of Extinction/Lost Age Leader class toy of Optimus in his knightly garb, so as far as we're concerned, the news is just adding confusion to the size matter. Still, check it out below!
It looks like the design leak has not been plugged, as we have a fresh new image for the new Transformers: The Last Knight toyline, in the possible form (treat this as rumour until we know better) of leader of the Autobots Optimus Prime! The design shares some features with the Age of Extinction look, but looks a lot more streamlined in robot mode - check it out mirrored below from a variety of sources, and let us know what you think in the Energon Pub!
This week's update from the official Transformers Facebook page - even though most shooting for Transformers: The Last Knight is now over - comes in the form of one of the machines used in the physical effects for the movie, even with the presence of green screen around it. Michael Bay takes cast members Mark Wahlberg and Laura Haddock for a spin in the clip below, check it out!
We return once more to the wider cinematic universe that Paramount is looking to create with Hasbro, via Transformers first and foremost, but also the likes of MASK, GI Joe, and other franchises that will see live-action movies in the near future (Visionaries, anyone?). A fairly detailed reading, behind the paywall, of the Wall Street Journal, does some digging, but the main points that can be taken from the piece are as follows:
The writers' room (which we reported on multiple times) has plotted out a lot of mythos for the Transformers universe and beyond, and artists were brought in too. Their goal was to create an alternate history of earth and how thre have been ties to Cybertronian technology all along. Out of the group work, The Last Knight and the 2018 Bumblebee spin-off were chosen. The preparatory material has been printed into a hardcover book, but only distributed to 'insiders'.
Things work in five-year business plans, as confirmed by Hasbro's Brian Goldner.
Paramount are looking for a different director than Bay for the next movie - and that means the 2018 animated Bumblebee on. This does not mean that Bay is definitely out. Let's make that clear!
The elements started in Transformers Age of Extinction and now The Last Knight will spill over into possible GI Joe and MASK stories and plans, so we'll have to wait and see what those elements actually are!
Join in the discussion in the Energon Pub, and stay tuned to find out more as we do!
A number of Seibertronians have been sending us notifications about a new set of photos and a clip regarding the new Paramount live-action movie - Transformers: The Last Knight - and we went and got them mirrored for you below! The images are from filming in Surrey, UK, and we see knights clashing on the battlefield, and some trademark Michael Bay explosions in the mix. The clip, on the other hand, shows the director himself having a final word about the project, and teasing the arrival of a first trailer in November/December - plus the return of franchise veteran John Turturro. Check it all out below!
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