Making Sense of the Latest Lorenzo di Bonaventura Interview

Making Sense of the Latest Lorenzo di Bonaventura Interview

Sunday, April 7th, 2019 11:41pm CDT

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There has been a lot of misinformation regarding the future of the Transformers film franchise and while people are quick to claim it is due to the film producer, director or "Hasbro" going back and forth, the real culprit seems to be misleading headlines in articles. Sometimes, in the hope of garnering views, an entertainment news site will opt for a very eye catching title but the problem is that many will simply look at the title and not read the article, which can quickly spread misinformation. This is happening a lot recently with Transformers movie news, like the time sites claimed "Hasbro" confirmed the Bumblebee film was a reboot. Sadly, anyone reading the articles would see that there was no quote from any Hasbro representative using the word "reboot" when describing Bumblebee. The sites didn't even care to name any specific individual credited to have said anything on the matter. It was just assumptions and people's interpretations that kept being passed on. Nothing concrete, unlike what any headline announced.

I mention all that because the community and news sites are at it again. Recently, Lorenzo di Bonaventura stated that there is currently a script being done for the next film in the Transformers live action franchise, one that would come after Transformers: The Last Knight. This prompted many sites to state that The last Knight was getting a sequel. While I can see the logic of that interpretation, all di Bonaventura said was that there would be another film, not that the specific storyline established in a previous film would be continued.

Basically, the next big Transformers film would come after The last Knight just like Age of Extinction came after Dark of the Moon. Set in the present, in the established live action universe, but with no real connection to past stories (which is par for the course in Transformers live action films when you think about it).

That is why when we are presented with the short interview below, where di Bonaventura answers "no" when asked by Slash Film if the next script picks up where The Last Knight left off, it fits perfectly well with all that was said. Not just by him, but by Brian Goldner, over a year ago at the 2018 Toy fair, when we were told that past stories would be dropped going forward and that a new team at Paramount was to oversee the future films.

So while we would love to be reporting you actual news, saying that the next big Transformers film will not be picking up elements from where the Last Knight left off is something we were told a long time ago.

We do have some other news though, in the same interview, di Bonaventura stated that Michael Bay would not be returning as director for upcoming Transformers films. However, this would also be par for the course as we have been told time and time again that Michael Bay was done with the franchise and yet he would still come back. Right now, all we know is that any upcoming Transformers film (either taking place in the past or present) is still at the scripting phase and there is no director attached.

Here is the latest quick interview:

For the next Transformers are you looking for new directors or hoping you can still make Michael Bay an offer?

I think Bay has made it really clear that he loved what he did and he’s not doing anymore. So I think the answer is we’re writing a script. At that point, once we get script we have a strong belief in, then we’ll begin to debate that. Michael’s made it really clear that he didn’t want to do it. I don’t blame him. He spent a hell of a lot, a decade of his life, shooting them.

Are you developing a script that picks up where The Last Knight left off?

No.


Transformers News: Making Sense of the Latest Lorenzo di Bonaventura Interiview

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This article was last modified on Sunday, April 7th, 2019 11:51pm CDT

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Re: Making Sense of the Latest Lorenzo di Bonaventura Interview (2018312)
Posted by Sabrblade on April 7th, 2019 @ 11:46pm CDT
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Posted by william-james88 on April 7th, 2019 @ 11:48pm CDT
Thanks Sabr!
Re: Making Sense of the Latest Lorenzo di Bonaventura Interview (2018440)
Posted by Lucky Logician on April 8th, 2019 @ 10:36pm CDT
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Re: Making Sense of the Latest Lorenzo di Bonaventura Interview (2018697)
Posted by noctorro on April 11th, 2019 @ 12:57am CDT
Clapping so much, much much.
Re: Making Sense of the Latest Lorenzo di Bonaventura Interview (2050744)
Posted by william-james88 on January 27th, 2020 @ 8:44pm CST
We had a whole fanfare of upcoming movie news for a while until everyone was burnt out of the unreliable nature of the news (even though it was coming from the producer) to the point that most movie news sites chose to just stop reporting anything unless there was something truly concrete. Well, we actually have some concrete news now. We learn through Variety that two script writers are currently writing two different scripts that are meant to become the next Transformers films in the franchise. Variety states that these two films are in active development. One of the scripts is written by Joby Harold who wrote the Guy Ritchie King Arthur film, and who also wrote the script for the DCEU Flash film Warner Bros has yet to deliver. The other script is written by  James Vanderbilt whose most recent films are the Adam Sandler Netflix movie Murder Mystery, The Meg and Independence Day Resurgence. 

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Re: Making Sense of the Latest Lorenzo di Bonaventura Interview (2050748)
Posted by TulioDude on January 27th, 2020 @ 8:53pm CST
I was wondering if any of the crew of Bumblebee would return.
Hopefully these new guys to the Franchise deliver a nice story.



Day 27 of waiting for Transformers Armada Masterpiece news.
Re: Making Sense of the Latest Lorenzo di Bonaventura Interview (2050751)
Posted by Quantum Surge on January 27th, 2020 @ 9:01pm CST
I wish that the image was used officially. Looks very nice, what with the two eras in the Movie continuity being presented.
Re: Making Sense of the Latest Lorenzo di Bonaventura Interview (2050760)
Posted by Fires_Of_Inferno on January 27th, 2020 @ 10:51pm CST
From what I know of the DC movies so far, and of Independance day resurgance and the meg, those are not writing credits that make me feel good. But I didn't watch those movies either, and I'm just going by hear-say to tell me they were bad, so I want to be wrong.
Re: Making Sense of the Latest Lorenzo di Bonaventura Interview (2050761)
Posted by Stargrave on January 27th, 2020 @ 10:57pm CST
I think Travis Knight has only directed Kubo and the Two Strings before you never know sometimes you hit it out of the park. At least they have some credits. Just tryin’ to see the positives here. Bumblebee II ASAP please. Can’t wait!
Re: Making Sense of the Latest Lorenzo di Bonaventura Interview (2050775)
Posted by TFIta369 on January 28th, 2020 @ 3:23am CST
TulioDude wrote: Day 27 of waiting for Transformers Armada Masterpiece news.


Hehe, why 27? I'm all in for Armada MPs too. :)
Re: Making Sense of the Latest Lorenzo di Bonaventura Interview (2050784)
Posted by william-james88 on January 28th, 2020 @ 9:22am CST
TulioDude wrote:Day 27 of waiting for Transformers Armada Masterpiece news.


Please keep that for the general MP thread.
Re: Making Sense of the Latest Lorenzo di Bonaventura Interview (2050790)
Posted by TulioDude on January 28th, 2020 @ 10:22am CST
I haven't seen James Vanderbilt work yet,but I believe Joby Harold has it in him,to create a great Transformers script.Look at this scene in King Arthur: Legend of The Sword:

Jude Law's perfomance is great,but you have to give credit to the writing,it's not hard to see a Decepticon leader giving this speech.
Re: Making Sense of the Latest Lorenzo di Bonaventura Interview (2050803)
Posted by Ig89ninja on January 28th, 2020 @ 12:34pm CST
TulioDude wrote:I haven't seen James Vanderbilt work yet,but I believe Joby Harold has it in him,to create a great Transformers script.Look at this scene in King Arthur: Legend of The Sword:

Jude Law's perfomance is great,but you have to give credit to the writing,it's not hard to see a Decepticon leader giving this speech.

Ok, that speech is chilling and totally perfect for a tyrant like Megatron or Starscream.
Re: Making Sense of the Latest Lorenzo di Bonaventura Interview (2050813)
Posted by Munkky on January 28th, 2020 @ 2:49pm CST
The only James Vanderbilt films I've seen are The Amazing Spider-Man (which I didn't think very much of) and The Meg (which was decent enough, nothing fantastic but not bad either). If he truly is writing a Beast Wars film I'd be down for that, though I'm not expecting a masterpiece. I haven't seen King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, but haven't heard great things about it, so I'm not sure what to think about the writer tackling a Bumblebee sequel.
Re: Making Sense of the Latest Lorenzo di Bonaventura Interview (2050814)
Posted by ZeroWolf on January 28th, 2020 @ 2:58pm CST
Other sites are saying that this is a true reboot and that no one is coming back from any movie cast wise :-?
Re: Making Sense of the Latest Lorenzo di Bonaventura Interview (2050909)
Posted by megamanfan on January 29th, 2020 @ 7:56pm CST
oh man, if they go with a beast wars movie like i've heard, i can only speculate on what they'd do with it.
Re: Making Sense of the Latest Lorenzo di Bonaventura Interview (2050922)
Posted by Sabrblade on January 29th, 2020 @ 10:11pm CST
I've said this before and I'll say it again: What made Beast Wars so good in the first place would likely never be recaptured by Hollywood.

With our luck, we'd end up with Optimus Primal throwing his feces at the camera while Megatron (voiced by a misdirected Sylvester Stallone) roars all of his dialogue (because he's a dinosaur, geddit?), while Cheetor (voiced by Owen Wilson) is the personal ride/pet/aide/sidekick/etc. of the movie's lead role who, for some reason, is an obnoxious human character played by a white male actor with a macho physique and a 'Murica! attitude.
Re: Making Sense of the Latest Lorenzo di Bonaventura Interview (2050930)
Posted by noctorro on January 30th, 2020 @ 1:29am CST
Oh f**k no!

Omg, haven't they learned anything? The King Arthur writer? That film has practically no writing. That's the new guy?

And the other a freaking Adam Sandler movie? The Meg are you kidding me? Independence Day Resurgence, I do have that on blu ray but it's just a mindless conveluted (probably misspelled that, what I meant stacked on sh*t) mess of a movie with oh well f*ck it writing .

I had hopes for the new Transformers film, I saw somewhere (youtube so probably lies) that Bumblebee 2 will have Megatron in it and will be a full reboot scrapping the terrible Nascar dudebro, same plot every movie films. They'll probably also add a terrible soulless director who made a Justin Bieber movie or directed the Smurfs before this.

I'm sorry for being so grumpy but I'm starting to feel that Bumblebee was just a fluke in their idea of Transformers films and that they are course correcting back to embarassing nonsense.

You know there are good writers and director's out there. I heard (again youtube) that Christopher Nolan is going to I think direct the new Green Lantern movie. Now Nolan is too good for Transformers, I can see that. But please get half a decent writer and director to do this. The special effects are always A-Team, but man every thing else, what the hell.
Re: Making Sense of the Latest Lorenzo di Bonaventura Interview (2050931)
Posted by ZeroWolf on January 30th, 2020 @ 3:52am CST
Let's not judge the writers too harshly till we see something tangible (okay I'm not thrilled at the idea of a Nolan Green Lantern but at the same time, I'll reserve judgement till I at least see a trailer, and find out which Green Lantern they'll be doing). Afterall nothing could come of these scripts in the end (and that's nothing to say what will remain of the original scripts once rewrites are done.
Re: Making Sense of the Latest Lorenzo di Bonaventura Interview (2050983)
Posted by GeekyGamer Gal on January 30th, 2020 @ 8:47pm CST
ZeroWolf wrote:Afterall nothing could come of these scripts in the end (and that's nothing to say what will remain of the original scripts once rewrites are done.


Rewrites, directorial editing, studio exe editing, test screenings, further rewrites, reshoots, and edits before it hits theaters. ALL the THINGS that can ruin a movie; I mean look at what happened to the Dark Phoenix movie, and probably the New Mutants movie, it was heavily rewritten and had outside pressure of a studio sale.

A script's writer can't be discounted, but neither can it be counted upon, and the same with the director. All we as fans can hope for is that the people sitting in the writer/director/editor's chair actually care about the project and franchise behind it. That is what helped Bumblebee be(e?) great, and what helped make the Marvel movies great (Kevin Feige). IMO, we could almost dump di Bonaventura, and get a Feige like person to take command.

Anyway, this rant brought to you by the crap show that is the Last Knight being the only thing *worth* watching on TV right now...

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