Sunday, August 20th 2006 4:44pm CDT
Category: Movie News
Posted by: Seibertron
Well fans, we've apparently hit a nerve with Mr. Murphy. Gotta love the Internet. There really isn't much news in his post today but it does confirm a few things. You can find his original post at http://www.d13satellite.com/donmurphy/showthread.php?s=&threadid=13292
Here's what he had to say today:
Happy Accidents (A Random Sunday Posting)
Hey there Stooges---
There’s a lot of good stuff to tell you about showing SHOOT-EM-UP to the studio and them loving it… about another project that looks like it will happen… about something I so desperately wanted to do in 2002 but got wronged by a friend, and now the karma turns. Like I say there is a lot of good stuff to tell you.
But let’s talk Transformers shall we? There has been a lot of leaks of photos, scripts, tidbits both true and false. Roberto and Alex spoke on a webcast this week. Lots of things coming out which are costing people their jobs. Good stuff, bad stuff.
But you know what? You haven’t actually SEEN a damn thing yet.
Now the negative ninnies out there, the people like Bowspearer who just live in a cesspool of hatred, will say “We’ve seen enough. This isn’t my Transformers.” To those people who are so old school and stuck in their ways I say the following- Go away. Seriously. We don’t need you here. You hate and you haven’t SEEN a damn thing yet.
Oh sure, Prime doesn’t look EXACTLY like he did in the cartoon. The Autobots are only five. The Decepticons don’t have Soundwave. There are complaints out the wazoo. Well you know what?
I have complaints too. There are things I wanted in this film which are not going to be in there. But I know what some of you know- filmmaking is not a democracy. Hell, Adam Goodman is in charge of production at Dreamworks. He’s the guy who BOUGHT this film. He is working day and night to get this ready for July 07. There are things I know he wishes were in the film. But they aren’t. You’ve talked online here to Brian Goldner. He owns the property but everything is not EXACTLY as he wishes. Tom Desanto is the most devoted producer out there- I know there are things he wishes were in there. You saw that Alex and Bob didn’t get everything they wanted. And Michael Bay, who spends 16 hour days shooting this mega-film? Michael Bay who sets up every shot himself and oversees to the point of operating the camera at times? He’s made a zillion compromises to get a great film he can be happy with.
No, filmmaking is a series of happy accidents. When Tom and I shopped this project around every studio passed, including Dreamworks and Paramount. When those two studios and others came around, we ended up with Dreamworks because Steven Spielberg and Adam Goodman (and creative VPS John Fox and Marc Haimes) knew that this was a BIG cool idea for a franchise. Hell, those guys wanted it in cinemas THIS summer. It’s now 07 because everyone wants to get it right. No one is trying to make anything but a great film here.
When I say you haven’t SEEN anything, think about it. You’ve seen a toy mold. A truck still. A Bumblebee model with a guy underneath it.
You haven’t SEEN Bumblebee transform. You haven’t SEEN Optimus walk or Megatron awaken. You’ve seen sketches, designs and stills. Most of you get it when Brian Goldner says “We are doing something here that has never been done.” He’s right. The technology is there to make a LIVE ACTION Transformers film. To make several of them. But this is not a cartoon. There are cartoons already. Hasbro is making more. This is something new and different. LIVE ACTION robots.
So you negative ninnies- I’d like you to give us a break. And if you don’t, I’d like you to go away for a while. Seriously. Come back in six months. Wait until you SEE something that Michael and ILM and all of us have done. Not some leaked bullshit from some coward. Wait till you SEE the magic that I believe will be Transformers the Live Action Movie. Then if you don’t like what you see, hate away. Till then, I challenge you to be a grown up and reserve judgment. Even the majority who seem to like what you see have a right to hate later on.
We’re trying to do this right- to appeal to the fans and the rest of the world. Cullen is hired. Welker is going through the process. Other things are being reviewed and considered.
There will always be someone who wants to hate. That’s so easy.
But I challenge the haters to wait until they SEE a Transformer in Live Action.
And the rest of you, most of you, thanks for the many suggestions and kind words. It continues to be a surprising and fun ride.
Hang Tight Stooges, Hang Tight.
Saturday, August 19th 2006 1:10pm CDT
Category: Movie News
Posted by: Seibertron
Thanks to Reximus Prime for letting us know that Nelson on Michael Bay's website posted a new update last night at http://michaelbay.com/blog/files/7f6231b3b5f5d881ea253b3069aa72ba-34.html
Here's the text from the above link:
Transformer tidbits from Michael Bay
08/18/06 07:47 PM | Permalink
I just barely caught Michael in between takes. Among the things he mentioned:
- They will be releasing more teaser posters in the coming months.
- Paramount made studies and concluded that the TF "ANNOUNCEMENT" was the 2nd highest rated "teaser" this summer.
- They just finished shooting a lot of Pentagon interiors on a soundstage in scenes that involved many Chiefs of staff in their huge war room.
- Shia just was recently suspended over the edge of a 20 story building in a very dynamic and intense scene.
- The average transformation time from normal mode to alt mode and vice versa is about 3 to 4 seconds.
- The leaked pictures are legit (although a somewhat early rendering).
- Filming of massive chase scenes will begin in the following weeks.
- The CGI transformations by ILM are looking wicked and nastier every single day.
- Part 1 will be about why the transformers came to earth.
- This movie will be a new start for the live action franchise that will not be based on any particular TF TV series and/or comic book.
And last but certainly not least, the Autobots are:
Optimus Prime: idealistic view of humanity.
Bumblebee: underdog, spy, most "connected" to humans
Jazz: style, loyal, eager, contemporary
Ratchet: new form, medical officer, science officer. Emergency vehicle.
Ironhide: tough, tough stare, first in battle, classic cowboy, gritty. Optimus' oldest friend.
Megatron: survival of the fittest, social darwinism, less idealistic view of humanity. Sees himself as advanced, sees humans as lower.
Starscream: seems faithful but plotting, "we will see a lot of that dynamic," explains why he does not push it, waits for his opportunity.
Brawl: eager for battle, jumps in. From non-G1 character, experimental, but will be in sequels. First disguised non-flyer.
Bonecrusher: closest to constructicon but not giving away mode. Hates other cons except Megatron. Doesn't want friends.
Barricade: scout, hunter, lures into trap.
Scorponok: closest to Beast Wars, fitted to environment.
Frenzy: "had some evolution for us," started off as Soundwave but had contradictions and changed to stay truer to G1. Smaller, able to infiltrate. Stealth spy, can hide anywhere.
Blackout: comes in, takes out fighting ability, sends EMP, first-tier attack, transporter, biggest vehicle.
Saturday, August 19th 2006 1:07am CDT
Categories: Movie News
, Toy News
Posted by: Fender Bender
Solidus, Reximus Prime, Kickback of TFW2005.com
Today has been a busy day for the News Crew, but it's not over yet! Kickback of TFW2005.com has gotten ahold of images from an "un-named source" of prototypes for The Transformers Movie toy line! As of now, there are only images of 5 of the announced characters. Click Here
at your own risk to see the images!
Friday, August 18th 2006 1:00pm CDT
Categories: Event News
, Movie News
Posted by: Seibertron
Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, TheMovieBlog.com, Shinobi Rendar, SEIBERTRON.com News Crew
The SEIBERTRON.com news staff will be updating this news post with information as it becomes available over the next couple of hours. For those of you who don't know, there will be a webcast wtih Transformers movie
screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman at 1pm Central (11am Pacific, 12pm Mountain, 2pm Eastern). They will be announcing the official identities of the Autobots and Decepticons that will be in the movie.
Some of the Transformers names that have been announced so far were simply placeholder names and apparently only Michael Bay and the CEO of Hasbro were the only ones (until now) who knew the true identities. The current names currently believed to be already known are Optimus Prime, Megatron, Bumblebee and
Starscream. Various rumors have been circulating the past few days that even announced names like Brawl, Vortex, Jazz and Ratchet could be optional at this point.
Stay tuned Seibertronians ... it's going to be a wild afternoon!!!
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: TRANSFORMERS Webmaster Program
Date: Aug 17, 2006 6:32 PM
Subject: TRANSFORMERS Announcement - Time and Link for Orci and Kurtzman webchat
Giant Freakin' Robots Are Coming!
Friday, Aug. 18th, at 11AM, Pacific Standard Time. Watch screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman reveal the names of ALL the TRANSFORMERS appearing in the film at this link:
The above link is the direct URL for 8/18's online event.
See you online, Webmasters. Roll out.
Don't forget to check out the teaser trailer at TransformersMovie.com.
The Autobots and Decepticons who will be in the Movie have been announced! here they are:
Optimus Prime--The Valiant Leader, Described as noble and Shakespearian.
Bumblebee-- the Underdog/Scout First Transformer on Earth and most like Spike.
Jazz--Stylish guy, takes pieces of foreign cultures he likes the best and adapts to them. Described as Rock'n'Roll and loyal.
Ratchet--Medic/Science Officer Described as , the Smartest Autobot.
Ironhide--Autobot Muscle/Warrior, Described as the classic cowboy and Optimus Primes oldest friend
Megatron--His evil will be more in depth, a firm believer in survival of the fittest he believes it is his right as a superior being to rule.
Starscream--Backstabber, still questions what would happen if he were to lead, said to be engaged in a secret plot to dethrone Megatron but waiting for the right opportunity.
Mad all the time and always looking for a fight. Like Ironhide First non flying Decepticon,
Closest thing to a Constructicon--Hates all other Decepticons other than Megatron, respects fascism only.
Barricade (Cop Car)--New Character
The Decepticon Hunter/Tracker. Described as the camouflaged hunter
Frenzy--Originally going to be Soundwave, but changed to become a smaller stealth spy.
Blackout--Takes out Earth Defense Systems with an EMP. Also in charge of transporting Decepticons, has a large alt. mode.
Scorponok-- References were made to Beast Wars Dinobot, his alt mode will appear totally logical one you see the movie.
There will be a contest for fans to submit a line that you feel that Peter Cullen must say as Optimus Prime!
The writers also did a Q&A session after announcing the movie roster:
Q: Were you fans of the franchise way back when?
A: Yes, they both grew up with the G1 Cartoon and wanted to do the movie right. The Cartoon was much more of an infulence than the toys.
Q: What’s the transformer to human screen time ratio?
A: The early versions of the script leaked onto the internet were misleading. Pages of Dialogue can vary in screen time massively. The Transformers to Humans ratio should be very close to 50/50 in terms of screen time.
Q:Why is the Camaro being used for Bumblebee?
A: "Clothes don’t make the man", the characters are still the same as they were in G1. For instance Bumblebee is still the same character we know and love from G1, just updated with a new Alt. mode.
The new Alt-modes, specifically Bumblebee, are a lot to do with what would be cool now to todays Spike. They also don't want to cheat in the transformation, meaning no size or mass shifiting. they wanted the transformations to be believable and new alt-mode were chosen for that purpose.
Q: How is this movie going to appeal to the female and non-Transformers Fan audience?
A: The story is designed to be understandable to all movie goers be they fans of the Transformers or not. References will be made that fans will understand but the moive will appeal to all. They see this as an amazing opportunity to do something on par with Jurassic Park!
Plus there will be hot guys and cool smart women for both the female and male fans alike.
Q: Will Megatron insult Starscream at least once in the movie?
A: Definitely yes. One thing they were clear about from the begining was the relationship between Megatron and Starscream will mirror that of the original G1 Cartoon.
Q: Why so few Autobots compared to Decepticons?
To outnumber the Autobots and put them at a disadvantage. Ths makes for very intense action scenes with the Decepticons firepower far outweighing that of the Autobots. This will also be telling of the larger Cybertronian War, these are the only Autobots availble to stop Megatron at that time due to the war raging elsewhere. The Autobots have to use their friendship to win.
Q:How close has Hasbro been involved?
Very close, they had a Hasbro adviser there as the wrote. They went to the Hasbro HQ to look through the design catalog. Hasbro were very clear about what the Transformers world meant to them and that it was Character, not toy, driven.
Q: Who would win in a street fight between Megatron and Optimus Prime?
A: Watch the movie and you WILL definately find out.
Q: Will the Transformers use Lazer weapons or more conventional weapons like Bullets and so on?
A: When in thier earth alt-modes to maintain thier disguise they will use Earth weapons like bullets and missiles. However in robot mode they will use Energy Blasts and more advanced/alein weaponary.
Q: Why not Shockwave?
A: Same reason many other major characters are missing they had to chose the right characters so that each had a designated purpose. However, the film has been written with story threads that will alow for further G1 characters to make an appearence in sequels.
Q: How do you feel about Michael Bay directing?
A: They feel Great. Bay was their first choice and definatly the right guy for the job. He to really wanted to know about the story and characters and trusted Orci and Kurtzman to remain faithful to the fan perspective. Whatever people have said about Bay not being a Transformers fan Bay knows vehicles like no other director.
Q: Can you tell us about any other voices?
A: Not yet. It is a 'work in progress' right now.
In case you missed the webcast you can see a full recording of it here
coutesy of Yahoo.com
You can also view a video clip of John Campea of TheMovieBlog.com
giving his views on the webchat here
Thursday, August 17th 2006 3:07am CDT
Categories: Movie News
Posted by: Alex Kingdom
Kary, Road Buster, Lawson, TheMovieBlog.com
Kary of the Don Murphy Message board
has posted an images of what might be the robot mode arm of Optimus Prime from the forthcoming Dreamworks movie!
Since then images of Primes head, Brawls Shoulder and Bumblebees foot have surfaced. Please be aware that these images are not yet confirmed.
If you're having trouble viewing these images Scroll down to see the images posted by various members of our forums or take a look at the forum thread here
have contacted Paramount concernig these images and recieved conformation that "These images are real and authentic". Read the article here
Tuesday, August 8th 2006 3:11pm CDT
Category: Movie News
Posted by: Seibertron
Praise Primus gang! Reximus Prime has sent us yet another link to a video clip from the set of the Transformers. This clip is from MTV
... the actors officially mention a few of the names. It's kind of funny to hear Megan Fox refer to Ratchet as the "Nurse" instead of a Medic. Check out the clip in all of its' glory at MTV
. I can't help but wonder if the scene with the animated Blitzwing from the original Transformers The Movie is in there on purpose. Hmm ...
UPDATE: for those of you who cant acces the MTV site the clip us also available to view at YouTube.com