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Scans for Empire Magazine Transformers: The Last Knight Article: Prequels, Sequels, and More

Transformers News: Scans for Empire Magazine Transformers: The Last Knight Article: Prequels, Sequels, and More
Date: Monday, May 22nd 2017 3:58am CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, People News, Interviews
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Empire Magazine, TFW Temenos

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Starting the week with some Transformers: The Last Knight news, we have that Empire Magazine article (scanned by TFW2005 user Temenos) we've seen being thrown about for a while now, that accompanies the various online versions and interviews. Talking to Michael Bay directly and the writers for the movie itself, the piece covers production for TLK, and adds information about the director, the creation process and future Transformers projects with Paramount, such as the Bumblebee solo movie - apparently set in the 1980s, and probably aimed at a younger audience - and an animated prequel on Transformers lore and mythology, set on Cybertron as rumoured - the writers for Ant-Man, Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, will be behind it.

Some other stand-out take-aways from the piece: The final version for the story ultimately came down to writers Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down), Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (both on Iron Man). Two pitches made into the story, but three storylines are present overall (King Arthur, WWII, and a third - probably the space/Quintessa material). Multiple time settings were considered in the writer's room pitches, and it seems that an Ancient Rome movie may appear at some point. The sixth movie was drafted before TLK was completely polished up, so it's bound to change before actual production.

Also, Michael Bay lost his hair and his dog during production of this film. And John Turturro's Simmons character is based on Bay.

Transformers News: Scans for Empire Magazine Transformers: The Last Knight Article: Prequels, Sequels, and More

Transformers News: Scans for Empire Magazine Transformers: The Last Knight Article: Prequels, Sequels, and More

Transformers News: Scans for Empire Magazine Transformers: The Last Knight Article: Prequels, Sequels, and More

Transformers News: Scans for Empire Magazine Transformers: The Last Knight Article: Prequels, Sequels, and More

Interview with Transformers: The Last Knight Producer Ian Bryce

Transformers News: Interview with Transformers: The Last Knight Producer Ian Bryce
Date: Thursday, May 18th 2017 1:09pm CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, People News, Interviews
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Empire Online

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In other Transformers: The Last Knight news, we have a new piece by Empire magazine featuring an interview with Paramount's robot franchise producer Ian Bryce! The full piece can be read here, but we've selected some snippets below on his collaboration with Michael Bay, the effects, the locations they used for the movie, and the future of the franchise. Check it out!

How would you describe what you do with Michael?

It’s sort of my job to help guide him and show him how we can get there efficiently. But he’s got a really good tummy himself. He knows what his day is and then I help manage the big picture for him and figure out how to get him from one place to the other, getting through it on time. Mike is prodigiously fast. The minute he arrives he starts shooting and he doesn’t stop until he goes home. For the size of movie and the scope and scale of the movie, our schedules are very competitive.

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What was it like working on the Arthurian battle?

It was really fun actually, because neither one of us had done it. If you’re fans of movies like Gladiator, The Longest Day, any period battle sequences... The trick for us was to figure out how to give it the scale that the movie deserved and fitted in a financial box that was necessary. We made the battle quite a bit bigger than originally intended, just because we felt that being part of the opening sequence of the movie we really needed to grab the audience’s attention. It was shot in three days but we jammed a lot of stuff into that sequence with horse stunts and archers and fire and spinning balls, the trebuchet. We got a lot in there.

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What are your thoughts on how this Transformers universe is opening up and spiralling out?

The Bumblebee spin-off is scheduled to shoot this summer and release next year. The conceiving of it was done previously, back in the writers room, so now they’re beginning to execute that. I think each one is somewhat reliant on the last one. If this movie is well received then you make that judgement when the movie comes out and push to the next movie. It’s been that way throughout the franchise, we never really committed to the next one until the last one came out and we saw what happened. We’ve taken a one step at a time approach, trying to be faithful to the audience. If they still love it, we keep doing it.

New Bumblebee Still from Transformers: The Last Knight, Plus Writers Interviewed

Transformers News: New Bumblebee Still from Transformers: The Last Knight, Plus Writers Interviewed
Date: Monday, May 15th 2017 1:51pm CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Interviews
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Empire Online

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After Bumblebee fighting Barricade for some soda, check out the new Empire magazine exclusive still image from the upcoming Transformers: The Last Knight live-action movie, featuring the scout battling one of the TRF drones in what is probably Chicago! Also included below is a part of the interview with the writers that will appear in the print version of the magazine. Check them both out, and let us know what you think in the Energon Pub.

Transformers News: New Bumblebee Still from Transformers: The Last Knight, Plus Writers Interviewed


The photo shows series regular and Autobot hero Bumblebee, in amongst a traditional Michael Bay conflagration. The new issue of Empire features some extraordinary access to the action movie director, detailing some eye-popping insights into the billion-dollar franchise and its new writers-room approach.

The last film in the franchise was, Age Of Extinction, was “kind of an outlier,” Bay explains in the new Empire. “Because of losing Shia and just figuring out where we were gonna go. It was testing the waters a little bit. This gets us back in the groove”.

Bay’s writers, meanwhile, tell us how they quickly realised that pretty much anything they asked for, they’d get. They had written an English castle-dweller called Sir Edmund Burton, who holds secrets of Transformers lore. “We said, ‘He’s an Anthony Hopkins-type character,’” says co-writer Ken Nolan. “And two days later Michael’s like, ‘So, we’ve got Anthony Hopkins.’” Another new character is Cogman, a psychotic robot butler (“He constantly wants to kill people,” says co-writer Art Marcum) who has been excitedly described by Spielberg as “the greatest four-and-a-half-foot character since Yoda”. Co-writer Matt Holloway, a Downton Abbey fan, one day said as an aside, “It would be so funny if Jim Carter voiced this character.” A short while later, Bay announced, “Jim Carter — we got him.” “It’s good to be Bay,” says Nolan. “Everybody says yes.”

Isabela Moner Talks Casting for Transformers: The Last Knight

Transformers News: Isabela Moner Talks Casting for Transformers: The Last Knight
Date: Sunday, May 7th 2017 5:34am CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, People News, Interviews
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): New York Times

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From the cast of Transformers: The Last Knight, now out on June 21st 2017 (two days earlier than initially planned), Isabela Moner spoke to the New York Times about her approach to the casting and acting with director Michael Bay - getting used to the 'nothing is really there' trademark of the live action movies! Check it out below.

Transformers News: Isabela Moner Talks Casting for Transformers: The Last Knight


ISABELA MONER

“Transformers: The Last Knight” (June 23)

To win a role in the latest “Transformers,” Ms. Moner sent a self-tape from her home in Cleveland. “I was nervous. I had just turned 14 and was intimidated by the fact that it’s such a big franchise and I’d be stepping into one of the leads.”

The director Michael Bay wanted to see more and asked her to fly to Los Angeles for a screen test. “The hairstylist said, ‘We’re going to come up with the look for the movie.’ Then Michael walks in and he’s like, ‘We might have to cut your hair.’ I’m like, ‘What? Right now?’” Luckily the new look let her keep her long tresses. “So we dodged a bullet on that one.”

She and Mr. Bay went to a studio parking lot, where he asked her to pretend a Transformer was looming above as he filmed. He told her, “‘I want you to shout things at him, be really mean and challenge him.’ So I did what he wanted me to do, and he did as much as he could without actually having to pay me to be there. What was supposed to be a 30-minute meeting turned into a three-hour fun day of just a low-budget ‘Transformers.’”

Interview With Bob Budiansky, The Man Who Named Megatron and Many Other G1 Characters

Transformers News: Interview With Bob Budiansky, The Man Who Named Megatron and Many Other G1 Characters
Date: Saturday, April 15th 2017 6:40pm CDT
Category: Interviews
Posted by: WreckerJack | Credit(s): AIPT!

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AIPT! has done an interview with Bob Budiansky. In the interview he speaks about which of the nostalgic characters he helped to name and how he decided on those names.
"I remember of the Decepticons, there were three jet fighters. So I had to come up with names that evoked power, menace, insanity, danger, evil – so I came up with Starscream, Skywarp and Thundercracker." - Bob Budiansky

This interview is a fascinating read for any Transformers fan who is interested in the creation of the series. It is also helpful for newer fans to get a glimpse of the series history. One of the coolest facts of the article is about how he named Megatron.
"Megatron – I had to fight for that one. Hasbro initially turned it down because they felt it was too scary, because back in the 1980s, megatons meant nuclear bombs and had a very scary connotation, which was my intent. So when Hasbro turned it down, I realized it’s Hasbro’s product, they can do whatever they want. I’m the new guy, they don’t know me. On other occasions, they turned down names, but with Megatron, I felt it had a nice ring to it and I fought for it. They said it was too scary and I said, well, he is the head of the bad guys, he’s supposed to be scary. So they reconsidered." - Bob Budiansky

The interview is chock full of interesting facts, and is definitely a worthy read. We highly recommend you check it out!
Transformers News: Interview With Bob Budiansky, The Man Who Named Megatron and Many Other G1 Characters

Mark Wahlberg Love Interest Subplot In Transformers: The Last Knight

Transformers News: Mark Wahlberg Love Interest Subplot In Transformers: The Last Knight
Date: Monday, April 10th 2017 2:03pm CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, People News, Interviews
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In two recent interviews, a US Weekly interview with Josh Duhamel, and a HeyUGuys interview with Laura Haddock, a previously unknown subplot of The Last Knight has been revealed: Haddock will be playing Vivian Wembley, an Oxford University professor and Mark Wahlberg's love interest in the film. In Duhamel's interview, he discusses filming one of the film's stunts:

We’re doing this big scene where we’re all about to jump for our lives from this thing, and we’re strapped tandem-style with parachutes. Mark is attached to Laura Haddock — his love interest in the movie — and then there’s me and Santiago Cabrera attached to each other, and I’m tandem-ing him down because he’s injured,” the actor explains. “Wahlberg comes up just before we start — before [Michael] Bay says, ‘Action’ — he goes, ‘Hey, are you guys tandem-ing together?’ I go, ‘Yeah.’ He goes, ‘Oh, so it’s like a love story.’ I was like, ‘Son of a *****. You get the girl [and] you’re making fun of me and Santiago over here because we’re tandem-ing.

In Haddock's interview, she discusses her experiences on set, as well as her opinion on Michael Bay's directing.

Check out the latter interview embedded below, join the conversation in the Energon Pub, and keep an optic or two on Seibertron.com for all the latest Transformers news!


Anthony Hopkins Joined Transformers: The Last Knight Because Bay is a Genius

Transformers News: Anthony Hopkins Joined Transformers: The Last Knight Because Bay is a Genius
Date: Sunday, April 9th 2017 1:11pm CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, People News, Interviews
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Yahoo News

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Ever had a doubt that director Michael Bay is a genius? New live action movie Transformers: The Last Knight cast member Anthony Hopkins thinks so! In a recent interview with Yahoo News, the actor behind Sir Edmund Burton - a historian of sorts in the movie - compares Bay to Oliver Stone and Steven Spielberg, talks about him chatting about getting the right look and design for Cybertronians, and praises the brilliance of 'savants' like the explosive director.

Watch the interview embedded below, and join the conversation in the Energon Pub!

“I thought, ‘This guy’s a genius, he really is,‘” Hopkins told Yahoo Movies (watch above) last week at CinemaCon about his impression of Bay after meeting the director over breakfast to discuss the project. “He’s the same ilk as Oliver Stone and [Steven] Spielberg and [Martin] Scorsese. Brilliance. Savants, really, they are. He’s a savant.”

In Last Knight, Hopkins, 79, stars opposite the returning Mark Wahlberg as Sir Edmund Burton, an astronomer and historian who lives with Autobots on a sprawling British countryside estate.



Interview with James Roberts about Transformers: Lost Light

Transformers News: Interview with James Roberts about Transformers: Lost Light
Date: Wednesday, April 5th 2017 2:54am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Interviews
Posted by: WreckerJack | Credit(s): boroughcon.com

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We have discovered Jeff Haas has done an interview with James Roberts about the Lost Light comic. James Roberts talks about his writing process and ideas for the series. The way he speaks about his work really shows how dedicated he is to the series.

"The first few drafts of the script are usually in longhand – I have a tower of notebooks full of my barely legible handwriting. I refine the dialog when typing everything up, and then edit it all again by hand" - James Roberts


The article also touches on the characters and stories along with James Robert's thoughts. It is an interesting read because you get a feel for how deep the story is. He also shares his ideas about some of the characters in both MTMTE and Lost Light.

"Anode, being a totally new character – and someone who was unfamiliar with our regulars and their backstory ... I wanted a driven, funny, independent, ebullient, cheeky new character, with a unique set of skills.” - James Roberts


If you enjoy Transformers: Lost Light, make sure you check out our archive!

Twincast / Podcast Episode #170 "NC Comicon 2017" featuring IDW's Barber, Hedgecock, and Ryall!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #170 "NC Comicon 2017" featuring IDW's Barber, Hedgecock, and Ryall!
Date: Tuesday, March 21st 2017 8:34pm CDT
Categories: Site News, Comic Book News, People News, Digital Media News, Interviews, Podcast
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Welcome to the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast Episode #170, featuring several very special guests from our friends at IDW Publishing! Join ScottyP and Razorclaw0000 as they get the opportunities to interview IDW writer John Barber, editor-in-chief David Hedgecock, and Chief Creative Officer Chris Ryall at the recent NC Comicon in Raleigh, North Carolina. You can view our panel coverage at Seibertron.com as well.

Episode #170 "NC Comicon 2017" is available directly and in our RSS Feed, and should appear on iTunes and Stitcher Radio within 24 to 48 hours of when you see this news post.

First up, the team gets the opportunity to interview Barber and Hedgecock about Revolution, Revolutionaries, Optimus Prime, and more. We start off discussing how the editors, writers, and artists stay coordinated across a myriad of titles, including scheduling, planning, and easter eggs. The interview jumps off into the transition from Action Man to Revolutionaries.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #170 "NC Comicon 2017" featuring IDW's Barber, Hedgecock, and Ryall!
Man of Action


Next, we jump into discussion of scheduling and some of the post-holiday delays in several of the ongoing titles. If you've been at all frustrated or curious about the scheduled releases of books and what can happen along the way to delay these plans, you'll want to tune in to this interview!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #170 "NC Comicon 2017" featuring IDW's Barber, Hedgecock, and Ryall!
No delays on this banner being awesome!


Shifting towards Optimus Prime, we discuss Barber's transition from editor to writer and the implications to his process before moving onto some deep discussion on the Thirteen Primes, upcoming issues of Optimus Prime, and even the possibility Unicron in IDW.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #170 "NC Comicon 2017" featuring IDW's Barber, Hedgecock, and Ryall!
Galactic Patience


We finish up with some "just for fun" questions. Answers to these shouldn't be taken too seriously, or as canonical material - or should they? Tune in to this part of the interview as our guests are great sports about some of the goofiest questions we could cook up.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #170 "NC Comicon 2017" featuring IDW's Barber, Hedgecock, and Ryall!
John Barber once again being a good sport


Finally, we catch up with Chris Ryall on the show floor and talk some ROM. Our chat includes a look at why this character ended up in the shared Hasbro Universe after the long wait its author went through to bring it into reality. Also, we find out whether entities such as Lost Light's Galactic Council are aware of the Solstar Order and its influence.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #170 "NC Comicon 2017" featuring IDW's Barber, Hedgecock, and Ryall!
Not all Dire Wraiths are evil...


We wrap up our time with Chrischarger with a couple questions related to both the More Than Meets the Eye Revolution one shot and the true nature of some Dire Wraiths. Plus, a teaser on the actual identity of the Masked Bear!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #170 "NC Comicon 2017" featuring IDW's Barber, Hedgecock, and Ryall!
Also a great sport for taking our questions right there on the show floor!


Our sincerest thanks to the entire team from IDW, the organizers of NC Comicon, and a special thanks to IDW's Steven Scott for his tremendous coordination assistance. We hope you enjoyed our coverage of NC Comicon and hope you stick around for more IDW and Transformers news. Thanks for listening!

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Designing Transformers: Robots in Disguise Starscream and Blurr, with Sean Carmine Isabella

Transformers News: Designing Transformers: Robots in Disguise Starscream and Blurr, with Sean Carmine Isabella
Date: Tuesday, February 14th 2017 2:08pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Toy News, Interviews
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Hasbro Pulse

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In the latest Hasbro Pulse newsletter, we have an in-depth chat with Hasbro Transformers toy designer Sean Carmine Isabella, talking about two characters part of the cast of animated series Transformers: Robots in Disguise: Starscream and Blurr. The two were added to the aesthetic of the show, while keeping some of their G1 elements (and some of Prime's, in the Decepticon's case) - check out below to find out more!

Epic Redesigns: Retrofitting Starscream & Blur into “Robots In Disguise”

Tapping into the rich history of Transformers lore, famed G1 Decepticon, Starscream, and heroic Autobot, Blur, are getting a Robots In Disguise overhaul. So what exactly went into detailing these classic characters? We went right to the source for the answers—Hasbro Senior Product Designer on Transformers, Sean Carmine Isabella.

About the Designer:

Designing many of his favorite childhood characters, Isabella builds new play experiences for the next generation of thinkers and explorers. Before he worked on heroic robots battling the forces of evil, Sean designed toys for brands such as Littlest Pet Shop, Easy Bake Oven, and FurReal Friends.

Transformers News: Designing Transformers: Robots in Disguise Starscream and Blurr, with Sean Carmine Isabella


So, why Starscream?

“Being an ‘80s kid, the idea of high flying fighter jets always sparked my imagination. No one encapsulated this for the Deceptions better than Starscream. Drawing jets and spaceships is something of a hobby for me so getting the opportunity to work on reimagining a classic character, (and a jet no less!) was a dream come true.”

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What elements of the G1 Starscream sculpt inspired this redesign?

“We wanted to hold onto certain iconic design traits to maintain his epic look—such as his chest exhaust design, graphic pattern on his wing, his overall color scheme, and his twin null ray blasters.”

Transformers News: Designing Transformers: Robots in Disguise Starscream and Blurr, with Sean Carmine Isabella


What was your motivation behind Blur’s build?

“Blur’s a fast talking, speed loving Autobot. We wanted his design to evoke the same sense of speed to be true to the core of the character.”

Transformers News: Designing Transformers: Robots in Disguise Starscream and Blurr, with Sean Carmine Isabella


Was there a specific G1 element you focused on keeping or updating?

“We looked at his classic Cybertronian mode that debuted in the 1986 film and reimagined how this vehicle mode would exist in a modern Earth setting.”

Transformers News: Designing Transformers: Robots in Disguise Starscream and Blurr, with Sean Carmine Isabella


The GI connections certainly don’t stop with these bots. Tune in to Transformers: Robots In Disguise to find out if some of your favorites are getting a modern makeover.

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