Beast Wars Film Said to be too Expensive to Make at the Moment

Transformers News: Beast Wars Film Said to be too Expensive to Make at the Moment

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 12:11PM CDT

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Anyone who had hopes up for a "Live Action" Beast Wars film may want to tone down some expectations. With the Bumblebee movie opening in Japan, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura was back for some more interviews. While the latest interview is in Japanese, and certain aspects may be lost in translation, there are some key points that we can get from it.

Mainly, that they way Paramount is set to do a Beast Wars film would not be financially viable. The estimates for a full running time Beast Wars live action film would be $450 Million USD. And Lorenzo was quick to point out that investors would not pay that. This does not mean that there couldn't be a Beast Wars themed segment or elements in another film. The fact that Paramount is also unsure about the interest in a Beast Wars themed movie from the general public is also an issue.

You can read the full interview from The River here and translate it for yourself and let us know what you derive from it.

Transformers News: A Full Beast Wars Film Is Confirmed Too Expensive to Film at the Moment
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Re: Beast Wars Film Said to be too Expensive to Make at the Moment (2014469)
Posted by Agent 53 on March 13th, 2019 @ 12:28pm CDT
I've said it before, I'll say it again, given the Human-Light (like the weight of a grain of sugar compared to a brick) nature of a Beast Wars Film, wouldn't it make sense for it to be a fully animated film, like the proposed Cybertron film? That's got to be cheaper and easier for them, and these days with animation they can get pretty close to reality anyway.
Re: Beast Wars Film Said to be too Expensive to Make at the Moment (2014471)
Posted by william-james88 on March 13th, 2019 @ 12:35pm CDT
Agent 53 wrote:I've said it before, I'll say it again, given the Human-Light (like the weight of a grain of sugar compared to a brick) nature of a Beast Wars Film, wouldn't it make sense for it to be a fully animated film, like the proposed Cybertron film? That's got to be cheaper and easier for them, and these days with animation they can get pretty close to reality anyway.

Yeah, thats the part I dont understand. Just make it animated.
Re: Beast Wars Film Said to be too Expensive to Make at the Moment (2014472)
Posted by mentre83 on March 13th, 2019 @ 12:44pm CDT
It's because Mr. Bay likes explosions, and living wild animals are expensive.
Re: Beast Wars Film Said to be too Expensive to Make at the Moment (2014473)
Posted by Black Hat on March 13th, 2019 @ 12:49pm CDT
I love Beast Wars but I don't think we really especially need a BW movie. Slightly dodgy 90s CGI aside the cartoon was fine as is.

BW characters in movies though? Yes please, a new-movieverse Blackarachnia would be great! (And Venus Terzo thinks so too!)
Re: Beast Wars Film Said to be too Expensive to Make at the Moment (2014474)
Posted by o.supreme on March 13th, 2019 @ 1:00pm CDT
william-james88 wrote:
Agent 53 wrote:I've said it before, I'll say it again, given the Human-Light (like the weight of a grain of sugar compared to a brick) nature of a Beast Wars Film, wouldn't it make sense for it to be a fully animated film, like the proposed Cybertron film? That's got to be cheaper and easier for them, and these days with animation they can get pretty close to reality anyway.

Yeah, thats the part I dont understand. Just make it animated.


Actually this confirms my suspicions from the beginning, and BW is only being used as a scapegoat of sorts. There is a big difference between really good Animation produced for TV (i.e. TF Prime), and cinema quality animation (Pixar, or say the first 3 minuets of the BB Movie).

Personally, though the series is approaching a decade old, I would have loved to see Predacons Rising Theatrically, I'm one of the few who saw the Clone Wars movie in theaters back in 2008, because I love animation, but the Box Office numbers don't lie. Though it was profitable by far, the lack of response from audiences deem it a flop to this day...

Animation for the first 3 minuets of BB probably were way more expensive than say...any 3 minutes of human characters with no effects shots.

The BB movie cost approximately 135M to produce, and has a run time of 114 minutes (I realize that includes credits) However, for the sake of argument, if you break that down evenly, that is roughly 1.18M per minute of screen time. If we then multiply that by 3 , you get 3.54M for that beginning 3 minute sequence. I'm just guessing, however, I wouldn't be surprised if the budget for that opening to be fully rendered was probably closer to 10M or more once it was all said and done.

So the problem of an all *animated* TF movie is not exclusive to BW, it is in fact the reason why we haven't had one up until now. Filming Humans on studio sets is obviously simpler and less expensive (On location cost is debatable, depending on the location). Of course, if you all think like me, and are perfectly good with a great *TV Quality* animated film, being released theatrically, then I'm sure it wouldn't be an issue, unfortunately I don't think Paramount sees it that way.
Re: Beast Wars Film Said to be too Expensive to Make at the Moment (2014475)
Posted by Nemesis Maximo on March 13th, 2019 @ 1:01pm CDT
They should just hire Bob Forward and Larry DiTillio to write it and call it a day. Have them create a follow up to Season 3 that can replace *shudder* Beast Machines.
Re: Beast Wars Film Said to be too Expensive to Make at the Moment (2014476)
Posted by Randomhero on March 13th, 2019 @ 1:06pm CDT
william-james88 wrote:
Agent 53 wrote:I've said it before, I'll say it again, given the Human-Light (like the weight of a grain of sugar compared to a brick) nature of a Beast Wars Film, wouldn't it make sense for it to be a fully animated film, like the proposed Cybertron film? That's got to be cheaper and easier for them, and these days with animation they can get pretty close to reality anyway.

Yeah, thats the part I dont understand. Just make it animated.



You talking traditional, cell shaded or CGI when you guys say animated?

I mean I understand to a point saying too expensive. They probably want it to look real like jungle book or Lion King because they know that works but don’t wanna sink too much in on the chance the general audience won’t like animals turning into robots.

Beast wars is great but past ten years it’s become a bit of an underdog and a gamble.

Disagree with me but we all know beast wars has become a sliver of 4 years in a now 35 year franchise
Re: Beast Wars Film Said to be too Expensive to Make at the Moment (2014478)
Posted by Dr. Caelus on March 13th, 2019 @ 1:19pm CDT
I assumed by 'live action' they meant something like the new Lion King movie that's coming out. Animated, but... photorealistic?
Re: Beast Wars Film Said to be too Expensive to Make at the Moment (2014479)
Posted by blackeyedprime on March 13th, 2019 @ 1:25pm CDT
Great news :) Happy to hear that they will not be doing a live action film of it. Would prefer a remastered version of the series but that's not likely to happen.
Re: Beast Wars Film Said to be too Expensive to Make at the Moment (2014480)
Posted by o.supreme on March 13th, 2019 @ 1:28pm CDT
Caelus wrote:I assumed by 'live action' they meant something like the new Lion King movie that's coming out. Animated, but... photorealistic?


Exactly. Another example of this is the Disney film Dinosaur which came out in 2000 (almost 20 years ago), but for the time, was the most expensive animated film ever made. 128M budget for an 82 minute film. Of course, DiBonaventura's comments could be coming from the fact that none of bay's films were less than 2 hours, but a ton of money could be saved, if the length was cut to 90 minutes.

Even with inflation, I could see a budget of less than 200 million, if they kept the film to 90 minutes (BW or Original series based...), but again, I understand the risk of BW world wide recognition being a factor.
Re: Beast Wars Film Said to be too Expensive to Make at the Moment (2014481)
Posted by ScottyP on March 13th, 2019 @ 1:29pm CDT
william-james88 wrote:translate it for yourself and let us know what you derive from it.
To borrow a phrase from our local sports talk radio station's afternoon hosts, my fanslation of it is this: Lorenzo di Bonaventura says a lot of words that may or may not actually mean anything when they're accurately transcribed in English, and these words make even less sense when Google translates them from a Japanese translation of part of a Chinese article. Also, he may or may not like Cheetor and Waspinator.
Re: Beast Wars Film Said to be too Expensive to Make at the Moment (2014486)
Posted by CrazyDraisey on March 13th, 2019 @ 3:02pm CDT
If anyone wants to help me out, I'm working on a Beast Wars: Transformers movie pitch. It's going to reference 5 specific episodes of Season 1.

"Beast Wars Part 1"
"Beast Wars Part 2"
"Power Surge"
"The Spark"
"Call of the Wild"

Out of all the Transformers series, Beast Wars has the most potential to show the true challenges of surviving on a foreign planet. Not to mention the incredible odds the Maximals had to face during their first few days on prehistoric Earth.

My goal is to work out a first draft script and a 90 second movie trailer. If anyone can help me out with 3D assets I'll really appreciate it. Email me at John.Draisey@gmail.com

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Re: Beast Wars Film Said to be too Expensive to Make at the Moment (2014494)
Posted by CrazyDraisey on March 13th, 2019 @ 3:45pm CDT
Basically this IP has been deemed too risky because it's old and there isn't much visible demand. But at a cost of around $50,000 per shot, and 2000 shots for an average action film, the movie could be made for $100 million. That could be recouped just in the film's opening weekend.
Re: Beast Wars Film Said to be too Expensive to Make at the Moment (2014500)
Posted by adamage1 on March 13th, 2019 @ 4:49pm CDT
Good. Beast Wars should stay dead.
Re: Beast Wars Film Said to be too Expensive to Make at the Moment (2014504)
Posted by Randomhero on March 13th, 2019 @ 5:29pm CDT
CrazyDraisey wrote:Basically this IP has been deemed too risky because it's old and there isn't much visible demand. But at a cost of around $50,000 per shot, and 2000 shots for an average action film, the movie could be made for $100 million. That could be recouped just in the film's opening weekend.



You’re trolling right? Because if you’re not than I can’t even to start with what you’re saying
Re: Beast Wars Film Said to be too Expensive to Make at the Moment (2014505)
Posted by william-james88 on March 13th, 2019 @ 5:30pm CDT
CrazyDraisey wrote:Basically this IP has been deemed too risky because it's old and there isn't much visible demand. But at a cost of around $50,000 per shot, and 2000 shots for an average action film, the movie could be made for $100 million. That could be recouped just in the film's opening weekend.

You saying opening weekend will make 200 million?
Re: Beast Wars Film Said to be too Expensive to Make at the Moment (2014506)
Posted by Randomhero on March 13th, 2019 @ 5:38pm CDT
william-james88 wrote:
CrazyDraisey wrote:Basically this IP has been deemed too risky because it's old and there isn't much visible demand. But at a cost of around $50,000 per shot, and 2000 shots for an average action film, the movie could be made for $100 million. That could be recouped just in the film's opening weekend.

You saying opening weekend will make 200 million?



My brain hurts after reading his posts...I smell burnt feathers...
Re: Beast Wars Film Said to be too Expensive to Make at the Moment (2014513)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on March 13th, 2019 @ 6:08pm CDT
So that's a 'no' to the potential (Read: Fan service, name drop only) Beast Wars "Movie"...

:APPLAUSE: :APPLAUSE: :APPLAUSE: :APPLAUSE: :APPLAUSE:
Re: Beast Wars Film Said to be too Expensive to Make at the Moment (2014540)
Posted by CrazyDraisey on March 13th, 2019 @ 7:31pm CDT
Randomhero wrote:
william-james88 wrote:
CrazyDraisey wrote:Basically this IP has been deemed too risky because it's old and there isn't much visible demand. But at a cost of around $50,000 per shot, and 2000 shots for an average action film, the movie could be made for $100 million. That could be recouped just in the film's opening weekend.

You saying opening weekend will make 200 million?



My brain hurts after reading his posts...I smell burnt feathers...


Haha, no don't have a stroke! I'm serious, if the characters are done right then opening weekend could be $200 million easily. Just look at how much demand the Takara Masterpiece Beast Wars figures have right now.
Re: Beast Wars Film Said to be too Expensive to Make at the Moment (2014555)
Posted by CrazyDraisey on March 13th, 2019 @ 7:59pm CDT
I think a full on Beast Wars movie series could be done, so long as it's no more than 6 films. There is a definite beginning, middle and end like you guys said. And there's also some weird series decisions that were definitely toy refresh driven, like Dragon Megatron (makes no sense) and Transmetal 2.

But overall, the strong characters and the potential for true exploration of guerrilla warfare tactics and CQC is hard to pass up. I'm working on a film treatment right now that pulls from 5 episodes of Season 1, the most important of which is Call of the Wild.

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