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Don Murphy giving the lowdown

Transformers News: Don Murphy giving the lowdown
Date: Sunday, November 13th 2005 2:57pm CST
Category: Movie Related News
Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s): www.donmurphy.net

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After several months of silence, Don Murphy has once again given an update on the going-ons surrounding the live-action movie. On the board of the official site, the producer, he can be seen making his posts once again.

The following are quotes taken from his posts on the DM-board.

"I read the Kurtzman and Orci draft this week. A seriously terrific piece of writing. There is a reason why these guys are so in demand. The draft I read Mr. Bay has been working on with them for many weeks. There are still things that can be done on it, and will be, but it is a seriously kick ass piece of writing.

Which leads me again to something that I cannot repeat often enough. This film WILL NEVER BE like the cartoon or the comic. There is one reason for that- we are NOT making an animated film. We never were. If you want JUST giant robots kicking each other’s ass (and that is perfectly cool) you have the dvds, the comics, the new ova dvds. We are making a live action summer blockbuster designed to introduce the idea of Transformers to a worldwide audience. That means humans aplenty in a film where they respond to the robots".

"I’m not going to discuss the content of the script at this point. I need to hear from Tom Desanto, and the Dreamworks team, and the director, so ask all your questions, they won’t be answered. We are pretty far along now… I think the fan desires have been properly registered and noted. Let’s see what happens.

What I will note is that this bold experiment of ours seems to be working. Through this board, for the first time, a filmmaking team has interacted with the fans of the property from the very beginning. The producers, the writers, Hasbro, the studio- everyone has been able to come on, ask questions, and interact. The script I read is a direct result if this interaction. Be proud of what you have done so far, and stick around, there is more work to do".

Transformers Movie release date CLASHES with Fantastic Four 2

Transformers News: Transformers Movie release date CLASHES with Fantastic Four 2
Date: Wednesday, October 26th 2005 3:12pm CDT
Categories: Movie Related News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Seibertron | Credit(s): phoenyx, Mulla

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Several users have informed us that some comic book related websites are reporting that the Fantastic Four 2 movie is looking at the same release date as the Transformers movie from Dreamworks.

Fantastic Four vs. Transformers
The FF may have to take on giant robots for the rights to the debut date for their sequel.

20th Century Fox has reportedly chosen July 4, 2007 as the debut date for Fantastic Four 2. However, the same spot is when Dreamworks wanted Transformers to premiere.

Given the target fanbase for each film is so similar, it's likely one or the other project will budge.


Various Resources:
  • ComicBookMovie.com

  • ComicBookResources.com
  • Roberto Orci gives update on Transformers Movie!

    Transformers News: Roberto Orci gives update on Transformers Movie!
    Date: Sunday, October 23rd 2005 10:12am CDT
    Category: Movie Related News
    Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s): www.donmurphy.net

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    Roberto Orci, one half of the writing team behind the script for the Transformers movie, due to be released on July 4th 2007, has placed a short up date on the board of Don Murphy's website. The following is a direct quote from Orci's post.

    "Hello,

    No, we have not been scared away. And we must know, Ricci or not?

    Yes, Michael Bay is still tentatively signed on.

    Ignore the interview we gave at the Zorro premiere. We knew not who we were talking to and meant to give nothing away.

    We'll be done with the script shortly, and we will then find out if the movie is going forward or if Alex and I are fired.

    If it does go forward, I gotta tell you that it will have been partly thanks to the input from this -- Don's message board alone. We have read every word and we have taken it in.

    If the movie does go, we consider it only the beginning of the process, so keep the input coming.

    Thanks again".

    Roberto Orci setting the record straight

    Transformers News: Roberto Orci setting the record straight
    Date: Saturday, October 15th 2005 6:21am CDT
    Category: Movie Related News
    Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s): www.donmurphy.net

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    Roberto Orci, one half of the current writing team for the Transformers Live Action movie to be released July 4th 2007, has had a few things to say on the official board of Don Murphy. The following are direct quotes from the posts made by Roberto Orci.

    "Hey Everyone,

    We're still having a great time and learning a lot reading everything on this message board. Let us answer a couple of things:

    1.) In regards to our interview discussing Transformers as a toy line, you should know we made that statement surrounded by cynical reporters. We meant that it would be easy for a screenwriter to come in and think, "I don't have to do a hell of a lot because it's just a toy line, and I can just make a giant commercial, with giant robots fighting, instead of having to come up with a good story." We were merely expressing our intention not to fall into the trap of thinking we could be lazy just because the toy line is so successful.

    Alex and I were both fans when we were kids, we both saw the movie back in the day, although I'll admit the toys my parents gave me were GOBOTS and VOLTRON!

    2.) On mass shifting: No matter where you fall in this debate, you should at least take heart in the fact that we have all been debating the issue as diligently and seriously as the supreme court weighing constitutional law. No matter how it turns out in the end, both sides will hopefully see that the decision was not taken lightly, and that our choices were not arbitrary and were made in service of a cool story. We are still reviewing arguments on both sides, and we may even have a solution that satisfies both sides. You will be the ultimate judges.

    3.) We've chatted with Don about the voice casting, and you can rest assured we're still writing it with the original voices in mind.

    4.) We were surprised by the reaction against Arcee. I myself never had a bias against her, figuring if the Autobots are all male, it would be logical that there would have to be a female. However, given the strong reactions we've read, the matter is again under "judicial review".

    Thanks again for all the input. Don't worry about insulting us. We know it's all in the service of the finished product."

    "In all of the genre work that Alex and I have done, we have tried to learn how to do humor that comes organically from the situation -- humor that is not merely for humor's sake, but that comes from being true to the characters.

    The short answer is yes, but the humor, hopefully, will not "jump the shark" as they say".

    Screenwriters Care?

    Transformers News: Screenwriters Care?
    Date: Monday, October 10th 2005 3:18pm CDT
    Categories: Movie Related News, Rumors
    Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s): www.donmurphy.net

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    Over at the Don Murphy Board a poster named fflashfusion has claimed to be Roberto Orci, one of the current script writers to the upcoming Transformers Live Action movie. He posted the following post;

    Roberto Orci here, in probably Alex and my one and only post, to tell you that we do care what the fans think, and we have been paying attention. We appreciate all the input, and if we are lucky enough to have our script cut the mustard and get this movie made, it will have been with your help.

    May all of our mojo go to whatever is best for the Transformers.


    Chances are that this is another hoax, but you can never know. It wouldn't hurt to express your personal views here, as Don Murphy and his men do indeed read all the posts on the board.

    Update:
    Don Murphy himself has confirmed that the poster claiming to be the writers duo, was a fraud. He closed the thread and posted the following;

    This poster (who somehow joined under Robert's email address) was NOT Robert.

    This poster is gone and the thread locked.

    Robert has been invited along with Alex to come say hi, and he just might. He still has a script to finish, but hopefully they will pop by.

    In the meantime, hang tight.

    Kurtzman and Orci Interviewed again.

    Transformers News: Kurtzman and Orci Interviewed again.
    Date: Wednesday, August 17th 2005 9:54am CDT
    Categories: Movie Related News, People News, Digital Media News
    Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s): www.the-trades.com

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    The writing duo of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have been spotlighted once again on the net. The Trades sat down with the script writers of the the upcoming Dreamworks produced Transformers movie

    The article talks mostly about them breaking through in Hollywood with their writing skills. But mention of the Transformers movie is not left behind.

    "It’s a live action and super special effects heavy, but the robots have to be characters, and they have to interact believably with humans. It takes out of the box thinking"

    "A lot of the requirements of film storytelling are very different from the requirements of comic book storytelling. If you look at movies like X-Men, they find an amazing way to balance and vary the two worlds. That’s totally what we’re going for"


    The duo is planning on adapting the story for Transformers into a workable script. But as was reported previously, they are currently working on the script for Mission: Impossible III.

    BUMBLEBEE name secured at last?

    Transformers News: BUMBLEBEE name secured at last?
    Date: Tuesday, August 9th 2005 10:47am CDT
    Categories: Cartoon News, Movie Related News, Toy News, Rumors
    Posted by: Seibertron | Credit(s): Prime Nova

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    According to Prime Nova, one of our fellow Seibertronians, "Hasbro has finally secured the rights to the name Bumblebee!

    "Minicon Sparkplug will be released under that name in the first or second wave of Minicon Battle Packs to secure the name on store shelves. Hasbro is also looking into releasing the G1 toy somewhere. I'm told there are also designs for TWO new Bumblebee toys as well. One for the Alternators and a second for the tail end of Cybertron.

    "I think they're serious about keeping the name this time. :)"

    Thanks for the information Prime Nova! Keep the rumors coming!!!



    EDIT BY SEIBERTRON:

    Thanks to Nevermore, we've found out that there's some additional information regarding whether or not "BUMBLEBEE" is an official name. Apparently this has been part of some long standing debates at the other TF sites.

    Some information from the United States Patent and Trademark Office:
    http://tarr.uspto.gov/servlet/tarr?regser=serial&entry=76634431

    A thread has been started at Transfandom.com by Aerosurge regarding this back on July 20th, 2005: http://forums.transfandom.com/invboard/index.php?showtopic=30197 and a thread was started by Nevermore at TFArchive.com back on April 7th, 2005: http://www.tfarchive.com/community/showthread.php?s=&threadid=29877.

    The reason this is in the Sludge Report and not in the News section is because it's a rumor - plain and simple. Please keep that in mind when reading this page. When Hasbro or the Government says "no dice" on this name or someone says the name can apply to our favorite yellow Autobot, then it's news. Until then, it's a rumor which has been posted purely for entertainment purposes. Please remember that a rumor is a piece of unverified information to which we make no claim to the validity of this information. Is this information about the "Bumblebee" name fact or fiction? We provide this entertaining rumor so that YOU can decide ...

    Since the writers have included Bumblebee in the story for the 2007 Transformers movie from Dreamworks, I don't doubt for a moment that Hasbro and/or Dreamworks are actively trying to secure this name especially if Volkswagen happens to come around and decide that they'd like the Beetle (new or old) featured in the movie. If they want the name "bumblebee" badly enough, Hasbro and Dreamworks might just get it. Just about anything's possible when money is involved.

    Keep your fingers crossed ... we might just yet have a BUMBLEBEE once again just around the corner.

    Movie News: Original G1 Voice Actors Unlikley for New Movie

    Transformers News: Movie News: Original G1 Voice Actors Unlikley for New Movie
    Date: Monday, July 25th 2005 8:50am CDT
    Categories: Cartoon News, Movie Related News
    Posted by: Alex Kingdom | Credit(s): TFW2005

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    Lorenzo di Bonaventura, a producer on the forthcoming Transformers Live Action Movie has has told The Movie Reporter it is unlikley original voice actors from the G1 cartoon series will reprise thier roles in the new movie:

    No, I don't believe that is going to happen, I don't know why you would want the original voice over actors. Here you go, this is going to be the process, we are going to meet a lot of people for the voice over's and those guy's might end up being it but making the assumption going in [that the original actors will be used] is I think kind of silly actually. I think people want the best actors to do it. The best Optimus Prime and the best you know, all these characters, you know you want , hmm, I understand I grew up with them too, so you want to be true to characters. I think what's important is being true to them. I don't think being true to them means in literally using the same voice over actors. Some of those guys are TV cartoon guy's. I want get better characters if we can. Some of them might be able to do that and some may not, I am sure that they will get the opportunity.

    See the entire interview here at IESB.net

    Some small information about movie sketches ...

    Transformers News: Some small information about movie sketches ...
    Date: Wednesday, July 20th 2005 10:41am CDT
    Categories: Movie Related News, Rumors
    Posted by: Seibertron | Credit(s): Hayden

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    I'm not sure that we really gain much from this message from one of this site's long time visitors, Hayden, but it makes for a very interesting read nonetheless. I wasn't sure where to place this info so I decided to put it in the Rumors section for now.

    Hi there. I am a long time reader, but first time poster to this site.

    I have a bit of interesting news from inside the halls of Dreamworks. My friend works there and actually got his hands on the first set of sketch books for both the Autobots and Decepticons. He said there were DVDs with the books too but he wasn't able to see those. He made the comment that the first sketches look a bit different than the original look from G1. He made the comment that they look much more moderized, and have a terminator style look. Again he pointed out the sketches were the first ones and only concepts.

    He also did mention though that while he heard the original script only called for about 4 Autobots (Prime, Bumble, Jazz, Ratchet) there was a "pink" colored autobot character that he forgot the name of in the sketches that looked "chick" like. However he also said that ALL the robots would be non gender specific anyway. So Im not sure what that all means.

    Anyway, [my friend] is a good guy and I trust what he says. Much of this info is probably not a big deal, but I just thought it was interesting that he said the first set of sketches were done [and] on their way over to the execs very soon!

    Hope you find the info as interesting as I did!


    Thanks for sharing this information with us Hayden and thanks for continuing to be a visitor of SEIBERTRON.com!

    SDCC Optimus Primes Number Plate is Stolen!

    Transformers News: SDCC Optimus Primes Number Plate is Stolen!
    Date: Thursday, July 14th 2005 11:01pm CDT
    Categories: Movie Related News, Event News
    Posted by: Alex Kingdom | Credit(s): Atomsk, SKowl

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    Its not all good news at the San Diego Comic Con, it appears that some unscrupulous fellow has swiped the number plate reading 'PRIME-1' from the large red transport truck OPTIMUS PRIME parked on the conventions floor to promote the forthcoming movie! A reward is being offered for it safe return by the movie makers Dreamworks.
    Read the messageboad post posted by Admin member Prime here and the new story here at the official Movie and Comic Con Website TransformersLive.com

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