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Transformers News: updated with NEW movie release date - JULY 4TH, 2007!
Date: Wednesday, July 13th 2005 9:06am CDT
Category: Live Action Movie News
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As metioned yesterday has been updated today with a big Announcement concerning the forthcoming Transformers Live Action Movie. The new comes in the form of a Comic Con Q&A and a Movie News Article giving details of the Deamworks film. Both news items announce the Movie will get its US release on July 4th 2007!

NOTE: The tentative release date for the Transformers movie does not coincide with the release date of Spider-Man 3. Spider-Man 3 is set to be released on May 4th, 2007, according to the official Spider-Man 3 website.


The live-action “Transformers” movie has been set to open nationwide on 07-04-07, it was jointly announced today by DreamWorks Pictures, Hasbro, Inc.
(NYSE: HAS), and Paramount Pictures.

The feature, based on the globally popular Transformers franchise, will be directed by Michael Bay (upcoming “The Island,” “Armageddon”) from a screenplay being written by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (upcoming “The Island”). Steven Spielberg (“War of the Worlds”) is executive producing the film, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura (upcoming “Four Brothers”), Tom DeSanto (“X-Men” and “X2: X-Men United”) and Don Murphy (“The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”) serving as co-executive producers.

In making the announcement, DreamWorks head of distribution Jim Tharp stated, “Under the direction of Michael Bay, and with Steven Spielberg executive producing, we know that ‘Transformers’ is going to be the kind of explosive action movie that is perfect for the height of the summer movie season. By staking our claim on the 4th of July, 2007, we ensure that we not only have the time to make this movie the way it should be made, but also to build excitement and awareness leading up to its release.”

“Fans around the world have wanted a Transformers live-action movie for a long time and we are thrilled to work with DreamWorks and Paramount to bring this legendary saga to life on the big screen,” said Brian Goldner, President of Hasbro’s U.S. Toy segment. “With some of the entertainment industry’s best talent on board for this film, fans will experience Transformers in a way that is incredibly powerful.”

DreamWorks will distribute the film domestically, while Paramount will handle the international release. Hasbro will work with the production team and DreamWorks on all aspects of the film’s creative development, marketing and promotions, and will manage merchandising in conjunction with the release of the film.

This week, DreamWorks is launching the official “Transformers” movie website ( at Comic-Con International, being held from July 13 – 17 in San Diego, California. “Transformers” will also be making its presence known in a big way, with a huge 18-wheeler truck sporting the instantly recognizable Transformers logo dominating the area around the DreamWorks booth—and much of the convention floor—letting thousands of fans know that “Transformers” is coming to the big screen on 07-04-07.

Introduced in 1984, the Transformers brand took the world by storm with its compelling saga of the Autobots versus the Decepticons. The innovative “Robots in Disguise” resulted in a tremendously successful toy line from Hasbro and Takara, comic book series, television program and an animated feature film. More than 20 years later, a new generation has discovered the excitement of the Transformers brand and its legendary characters, including the two leaders of the opposing sides: Optimus Prime and Megatron. Today, the franchise features a popular toy line, an animated series on the Cartoon Network and a chart-topping comic book series from IDW Publishing.

DreamWorks SKG was formed in October 1994 by its three principal partners—Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen. The studio is actively involved in the production of live-action motion pictures and network and cable television programs, and the distribution of live-action and animated feature films, as well as home video entertainment.

Hasbro (NYSE:HAS) is a worldwide leader in children's and family leisure time entertainment products and services, including the design, manufacture and marketing of games and toys, such as MONOPOLY and G.I. JOE, ranging from traditional to high-tech. Both internationally and in the U.S., its PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, TIGER, and WIZARDS OF THE COAST brands and products provide the highest quality and most recognizable play experiences in the world.

Paramount Pictures is part of the entertainment operations of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA and VIAB), one of the world’s largest entertainment and media companies and a leader in the production, promotion, and distribution of entertainment news, sports and music.

Don's Update on the previous Sunday Update!

Transformers News: Don's Update on the previous Sunday Update!
Date: Monday, July 11th 2005 5:49pm CDT
Category: Live Action Movie News
Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s):

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In another case of "not reading what I wrote, but reading what you think I wrote" Don Murphy did his best to clarify some things on his report from last sunday. All he said was that the movie was falling behind schedule, not that it was in danger of being cancelled.

The producer had the following to say on his board.

"I just saw a headline on Comics2Film- "Is Transformers in Trouble?" and then linking to my Sunday post. God knows who else did it.

What is happening on Transformers is what happens on films ALL THE TIME. Steven Spielberg, Dreamworks, Hasbro and I are committed to making a GREAT TF film. We'd rather not make an okay one. And so it is taking longer than we hoped to get off the launch pad. We still will launch. It will be GREAT and then we will make sequel after sequel.

There is no doubt that this is true. I just like to share with you guys the blips and the crannies- but the film itself is not in the slightest peril".

"Hmm. So, let's get this straight...

Steven and Michael want the current writers. SI

However, their draft of the script is not "finalised".SI

They've moved on to MI3 with Steven's blessing. NOT WITH BLESSING, BUT THAT IS CORRECT

In the meanwhile, the script remains incomplete.SI

Soooo, is Bay gonna be shown the current version of the script, on the understanding that before final production starts, the writers will finalise it? NO

Will Bay now start working towards production, casting etc on the principle that by the time December, or whenever shooting begins, rolls around, the final script will be perfect? DUNNO"

More news regarding Dreamworks ...

Transformers News: More news regarding Dreamworks ...
Date: Monday, July 11th 2005 12:06pm CDT
Category: Live Action Movie News
Posted by: Seibertron | Credit(s):

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Dreamworks, the company that's going to bring us a live-action Transformers movie in late 2006 / early 2007, is in the headlines today. Check out a couple of articles that I found of interest, one of which is directly related to who's in charge of the live action division of Dreamworks.

Dream machine gets a facelift - Studio reawakens to a Geffen-ing roar

The 11 year old Dreamworks is apparently have an identity crisis. Is music mogul David Geffen now in charge of the live action division of Dreamworks instead of Steven Spielberg? Has Dreamworks gone from being a "different kind of movie company" to just another popcorn machine? Read more about this article at

DreamWorks Sees 2Q Loss, Cuts 2005 View

Earlier today, Dreamworks warned of a loss in the 2nd quarter of 2005 and also cut its full-year forecast, citing disappointing sales of home videos. Read more about this article at

Don Murphy Update: Transformers Movie falling behind schedule?

Transformers News: Don Murphy Update: Transformers Movie falling behind schedule?
Date: Sunday, July 10th 2005 2:29pm CDT
Category: Live Action Movie News
Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s):

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Don Murphy has once again left a short update on his board for his loyal "Stooges". The producer of the upcoming movie, can be quoted as posting the following on his dm Board of his official site.

"What’s Happening?

The writers have been lured off to work on Mission Impossible 3…which will delay us indeed….no script in sight….

The studio will have a great big truck on the floor of the San Diego Convention. Tom and I have NOTHING to do with this. If it turns out to be awesome, credit Dreamworks marketing. If not, well….

I will be walking around with Susan and Rick (my VP) Friday and Saturday morning. Say hi if you see us"

Dreamworks press release regarding Comic-Con International

Transformers News: Dreamworks press release regarding Comic-Con International
Date: Thursday, June 30th 2005 10:53am CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Event News, Press Releases
Posted by: Seibertron | Credit(s): Google News,

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Official Press Release:

DreamWorks will be treating thousands of fans to a preview of what is coming up from the studio at this year's Comic-Con International, being held from July 13-17 in San Diego, CA. Those who come by the DreamWorks booth (#3729) will have an opportunity to be among the first to attend exclusive advance screenings of two of DreamWorks' big live-action summer releases. They will also see, firsthand, some exciting behind-the-scenes props and sets, including one big surprise, yet to be announced.

Here is some of what awaits fans visiting the DreamWorks booth at Comic-Con International:

* Free passes to a special advance screening of Michael Bay's new futuristic action thriller The Island.

* Free tickets to the first public screening of Wes Craven's new suspense thriller Red Eye.

* Exclusive footage from some of the new animated features coming from DreamWorks Animation, including Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Over the Hedge, and Flushed Away.

* Fun giveaways from several of our upcoming films, including the Japanese cult hit Casshern.

Fans will also get a glimpse behind-the-scenes at a variety of props and actual sets from DreamWorks' upcoming slate, including:

* The real movie sets used to create DreamWorks' and Aardman's clay-animated feature Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, together with concept art by Wallace & Gromit creator and director Nick Park.

* Character maquettes and conceptual artwork from the computer-animated comedy Over the Hedge.

* A full-sized flying motorcycle, called the Wasp, which is featured in an explosive action sequence in Michael Bay's new action thriller The Island.

In addition, it has recently been announced that DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures, in association with Hasbro, Inc., will produce a new live-action motion picture based on the globally popular Transformers. Fans at Comic-Con will actually participate in the launch of the movie's website, and will be treated to a few surprises to kick off the film's promotional campaign. Transformers is being produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Constantine), Don Murphy (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) and Tom DeSanto (X-Men and X2: X-Men United), with Steven Spielberg (War of the Worlds) executive producing.

Opening nationwide on July 22, The Island stars Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson as Lincoln Six-Echo and Jordan Two-Delta, two residents of a seemingly utopian but contained facility in the mid-21st century. Like all of the inhabitants of this carefully controlled environment, Lincoln and Jordan hope to be chosen to go to the "The Island" - reportedly the last uncontaminated spot on the planet - until they learn that everything about their existence is a lie and that they are actually more valuable dead than alive. Michael Bay directed The Island from a screenplay by Caspian Tredwell-Owen and Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci, from a story by Tredwell-Owen.

A suspense thriller at 30,000 feet, Red Eye opens nationwide on August 19. Lisa Reisert (Rachel McAdams) hates to fly, but the terror that awaits her on the night flight to Miami has nothing to do with a fear of flying. Moments after takeoff, her seatmate, Jackson (Cillian Murphy), menacingly reveals the real reason he's on board: He is an operative in a plot to assassinate the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security and Lisa is the key to its success. Red Eye was directed by Wes Craven from a screenplay by Carl Ellsworth, from a story by Ellsworth and Dan Foos.

Opening nationwide on October 7, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is the first feature-length film featuring the beloved characters from Aardman's Academy Award®-winning shorts in a brand new comedy adventure. Nick Park, the creator of Wallace & Gromit, directed the film with Steve Box.

An action-packed sci-fi thriller, Kazuaki Kiriya's Casshern blends Japanimation and manga-inspired live action resulting a new kind of hybrid filmmaking that is both visually stunning and thought-provoking. The story takes place late in the 21st century, following a half century of war that has left the planet ravaged and the entire human race dispirited and exhausted. A geneticist brings hope in the form of a "neo-cell," which can rejuvenate human parts with no risk of rejection, but nature interferes with science to create a new menace that forces the entire human race to fight an ultimate war against its own extinction. DreamWorks will release the Japanese hit under the banner of its specialty film division, Go Fish Pictures.

Bruce Willis and Garry Shandling head up the all-star voice cast of the computer-animated comedy Over the Hedge, based on the popular comic strip by Michael Fry and T Lewis. When a group of woodland creatures find a suburban housing development encroaching on their forest home, they become unlikely allies as they learn to co-exist with - and even exploit - this strange new world called suburbia. Over the Hedge is slated for release by DreamWorks Animation in Summer 2006.

Flushed Away is a computer-animated comedy adventure set on and beneath the streets of London, starring the voices of Hugh Jackman and Kate Winslet. Roddy (Jackman) is an upper-crust "society rat," who is rather rudely evicted from his Kensington flat when he is flushed down into Ratropolis, the bustling sewer world under London's streets. There, he meets Rita (Winslet), an enterprising scavenger. Though completely out of his element at first, the privileged Roddy finds himself an unlikely hero when he learns that Ratropolis is in danger from the world above. From DreamWorks Animation and Aardman, Flushed Away is scheduled for release in Fall 2006.

DreamWorks Animation SKG (NYSE-DWA) is devoted to producing high-quality family entertainment through the use of computer-generated (CG) animation. Utilizing world-class creative talent and state-of-the-art technological capabilities, the company is committed to making two computer-animated feature films a year that appeal to a broad movie-going audience.

DreamWorks SKG was formed in October, 1994, by its three principal partners - Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen - to produce live-action motion pictures; animated feature films; network and cable television programming; home video entertainment; records; books; toys; and consumer products.

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    Transformers News: 1st pics of promo items for next year's Transformers Movie from Licensing 2005 International trade show in New York
    Date: Wednesday, June 22nd 2005 10:33am CDT
    Categories: Live Action Movie News, Event News
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    And so it begins my friends ... the first pics of something for next year's Transformers: The Movie from Dreamworks, Spielberg and Hasbro have finally been unveiled. With the Licensing 2005 International trade show beginning today in New York City, many new licenses are being unveiled to the public for the very first time.

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  • Another Don Murphy Update, Michael Bay Officially signed!

    Transformers News: Another Don Murphy Update, Michael Bay Officially signed!
    Date: Sunday, May 29th 2005 3:56pm CDT
    Category: Live Action Movie News
    Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s):

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    The one and only Don Murphy has dropped another update on his site. In the thread it is confirmed that Michael Bay is now FINALLY officially signed as the director of the upcoming Transformers movie.

    "The real fans on this site are just the greatest- despite all the mudslinging and madness and fan shit I really feel like we are building a community. I know we are doing something right when that TFW2005 site continues to poo poo us. They’ll pay to see the film three times just to tell us what we have done wrong.

    Michael Bay is signed at this point for the film- BUT- he has to finish THE ISLAND and it’s not finished yet- before he can focus on TF. His Line Producer a great guy named Ian Bryce (HI IAN!) is dealing with department heads and other details. We were hoping to have a script last week but we don’t. But we will soon. Voice actors and Arcee and other things will be addressed at the right time. Welcome to the hell that is Producing- things move VERY slowly in my world. And yes, it is frustrating to me."

    "So what is next for THE Project? Desanto and I will be at ComicCon. Someone had the idea to drop a big ass truck in the middle of the convention and wrap it up as “Coming Soon” – we hopefully killed that lameness. We want to have bags and tee shirts and posters- all teasers. The Official Site will go on line at the con. We want to create the first ever Official fan blog. You can come by to the booth, type in your thoughts on TF and get a T-Shirt, and the blog will be permanently online for all to see. It will kind of be like this board, but an ultimate resource to the filmmakers- if it works."

    Don Murphy's Unofficial Competition

    Transformers News: Don Murphy's Unofficial Competition
    Date: Sunday, May 8th 2005 5:44pm CDT
    Category: Live Action Movie News
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    The Board of is bristling once again. Not only has the man behind the upcoming Transformers movie placed another update on the movie, but the producer has also opened up an unofficial competition for the fan base to enter.

    ITEM- Initial Line Producer Meeting Happens! Tom Desanto and I sat down this week with Ian Bryce, the chap who will be responsible for the budget and schedule of the meeting. He worked with Michael Bay on THE ISLAND. We learned that the budget is gonna be around $125m if Dreamworks can wrangle it; that Michael is thrilled but the deal is NOT yet finished; and that we will have enormous pressure on us to get the film done right. But right it will get done!

    ITEM- A Proposal to the Friends of Transformers! Okay, now this is certainly unique in the annals of fandom. I want to have access to a ONE hour reel (maximum). The purpose of the reel is to use a reference for what the fans like best about the property. It’s not that we all don’t know TF- I thought it would be great to actually have a physical reference reel that Bay, the actors, the producers, Spielberg- everybody could play it as a sort of ‘make sure we include as much of this as possible” thing. The winner will get something cool. I promise, once I figure out what it is. Here are the rules for this unofficial competition- 1) Whatever I say goes 2) you have to have access not only to your own cartoon dvds but also a way of editing them together 3) less is more 4) the first FIVE people to email me at Mrdonmurphy @ will be allowed to participate and given an address to send them to- the sooner I get them the better. After that, if none are chosen the winner, I’ll open it up to five more. Once more- a dvd/reel that is less than an hour that summarizes everything about the Transformers that the fans love. I don’t think any producer has ever opened this up like this before- let’s see what happens.

    Don Murphy Update

    Transformers News: Don Murphy Update
    Date: Sunday, May 1st 2005 7:43pm CDT
    Category: Live Action Movie News
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    Don Murphy, yes the guy who is co-producing the upcoming Transformers movie, has made an update post on the board of his official website. Don Murphy can be found saying the following in his post;

    Michael Bay’s deal is still not closed despite what you might think, but I’d make it 95% likely. Michael has a LINE producer partner (the guy responsible for making the film come in on time and on budget) named Ian Bryce- we have lunch hopefully on Tuesday when I will start to push for things like voice actors. Was supposed to be this week but his Father in law passed on. The script continues to be worked on….The website is gonna be up in just over a month… COMICON will have a big presence for the film- I’ll be there unless I am in London with COOL BREEZE with Michael Douglas so come say shit howdy…

    Tomorrow I have lunch with George Lazenby..should be weird, will let you know why once I can….

    Thanks for listening, thanks for caring about Susan and I think this will be a big week for Transformers!!!



    Don Murphy Quotes Special

    Transformers News: Don Murphy Quotes Special
    Date: Sunday, April 17th 2005 4:47pm CDT
    Category: Live Action Movie News
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    Producer of the upcoming Transformers movie, Don Murphy, has been chatting up a spell for his site once again. In one of the threads on his own board, the producer has started answering a whole host of questions.

    Here follow some quotes by Don Murphy taken from his board.

    "Hey guess what- we have started to work on cool ComiCon stuff for TF- I will announce when I can."

    "We have started some pre-visualization on the film- preliminary- looks fab."

    "Hasbro needs to start the toy line in the next month to make the deadline to have toys out a month before our film."

    "In John's script there were only 4 on each side...
    (massive intake of breath as everyone goes what the fuck?)
    Now the plans are 5 main ones.

    Megs...Optimus... of course
    Soundwave (no longer a blender) Bumblebee (thanks to Herbie not likely a Bug) Jazz.... Starscream.... RC.....more to come...."

    "In the meeting on Thursday Hasbro all but DEMANDED that Soundwave mass shift.... the writers seemed okay with it...."

    "Interestingly Ratchet is currently there too....
    The writers want to make him an ambulance...
    Dreamworks doesn't....
    And Hasbro actually doesn't mind if he is an ambulance or a firetruck...."

    "Hasbro seemed anxious to get Soundwave into musical form to unleash Ravage even if it made no sense."

    "Official website ASAP- literally as soon as we can....
    Final ten TFs chosen- 3 weeks
    Colors/Models of those ten finalized JULY 1
    Prep begin Sept 1
    Shoot begin Dec 1
    all Tentative"

    "No Quintessions in Movie One.
    The movie is gonna be much more of the origina film than it ever was before."

    "The weridest thing about the meeting is that ONLY because of this board was anyone trying to protect G1 or the looks of Megs and Optimus. Hasbro doesn't mind what it is as long as they know as soon as possible. Dreamworks is intent on RE-inventing the property. You guys are being heard, but it is tougher now that it was PRE Bay, and it is not Bay it is lots of people trying to get this done. There were 29 people in the room."

    "No idea about film 2 and 3
    and it was sounding in that room like the Autobots may have been here since at least biblical times"

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