New Animated Transformers Movie to Explore Cybertron's History in Development

Transformers News: New Animated Transformers Movie to Explore Cybertron's History in Development

Thursday, December 27th, 2018 9:12AM CST

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Hot on the heels of Transformers Bumblebee, and the news of its box office takings and critical acclaim, Live Action series Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has revealed that an animated Transformers movie, one that is set to explore Cybertron's history, is now in development. This news comes courtesy of fellow Seibertron user, Carytheone.

Transformers News: New Animated Transformers Movie to Explore Cybertron's History in Development

This was revealed during an interview that the producer gave to Metro

Lorenzo di Bonaventura wrote:“We actually have an animated movie in the works that will tell the whole Cybertron mythology. The fans will love that,” Di Bonaventura teases. “We’re trying to figure out an [Optimus Prime solo movie].”


In the same interview he admits that they are still trying to figure out how to do a Optimus Prime solo movie, stating:

Lorenzo di Bonaventura wrote:“It will be hard with Optimus, he is always right, very stoic and is a man of few words … It is kind of like saying, ‘Lets do a movie about Obi-Wan Kenobi?’ But how much is there to say about Obi-Wan? It is not so easy."


You can read the full interview here.

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Re: New Animated Transformers Movie to Explore Cybertron's History in Development (2001222)
Posted by Agent 53 on December 27th, 2018 @ 9:34am CST
I think the primary reason you can't do a standalone for Optimus is that a standalone spin off movie focuses on someone away from the main character. Optimus Prime is the main character of transformers, he's the Big Good.
I hope that this animated cybertron film shows the start of the war while those of us who read comics and novels have several good ones to choose from the broader audience don't have those. I really hope we start with Orion Pax and he becomes optimus part way through, particularly if it is in any way like the way it goes in Autocracy.
Re: New Animated Transformers Movie to Explore Cybertron's History in Development (2001228)
Posted by Randomhero on December 27th, 2018 @ 10:16am CST
I don’t think he always needs to be right. IDW built an optimus wasn’t always right, an optimus where it took Megatron to see the flaws of his world and speak out and stand up. Even his own series showed that he was a very flawed person that was always trying to do the right thing. It’s 100% possible to make optimus a deep character.

I don’t know why the producer is saying he’s always right becuase he does things that arnt always right and I’m not talking about the “murder prime” BS that became a joke in the fandom. The last two movies with Cade trying to talk to him and help him with his own demons he had showed that. Let’s be honest AoE and LK showed optimus losing his faith in humanity and Cade and Bee proved him wrong.
Re: New Animated Transformers Movie to Explore Cybertron's History in Development (2001232)
Posted by Lore Keeper on December 27th, 2018 @ 10:34am CST
Randomhero wrote:I don’t think he always needs to be right. IDW built an optimus was always right, an optimus where it took Megatron to see the flaws of his world and speak out and stand up. Even his own series showed that he was a very flawed person that was always trying to do the right thing. It’s 100% possible to make optimus a deep character.

I don’t know why the producer is saying he’s always right becuase he does things that arnt always right and I’m not talking about the “murder prime” BS that became a joke in the fandom. The last two movies with Cade trying to talk to him and help him with his own demons he had showed that. Let’s be honest AoE and LK showed optimus losing his faith in humanity and Cade and Bee proved him wrong.

I think it's become obvious by now that Lorenzo di Bonaventura has, at best, a surface level understanding of the Transformers franchise and its characters. He is similar to people that watch the movies for what they are, without being into the brand itself. Everything he's said regarding story and characters are what I would expect from someone who spent a day reading about Transformers on Wikipedia and just went from there.
Re: New Animated Transformers Movie to Explore Cybertron's History in Development (2001235)
Posted by william-james88 on December 27th, 2018 @ 10:45am CST
Randomhero wrote:I don’t think he always needs to be right. IDW built an optimus was always right, an optimus where it took Megatron to see the flaws of his world and speak out and stand up. Even his own series showed that he was a very flawed person that was always trying to do the right thing. It’s 100% possible to make optimus a deep character.

I don’t know why the producer is saying he’s always right becuase he does things that arnt always right and I’m not talking about the “murder prime” BS that became a joke in the fandom. The last two movies with Cade trying to talk to him and help him with his own demons he had showed that. Let’s be honest AoE and LK showed optimus losing his faith in humanity and Cade and Bee proved him wrong.

I really hope that Optimus solo series is never adapted or used outside the comic. With half the time spent on figuring out how to add an earth delegate to the council of Cybertron, i think people would flash back to all that exciting senate action in the Star Wars prequels.

If anyone wants depth for Optimus, just read Chaos Theory (2 parter) . Its the greatest TF comic of all time and deals exactly with Optimus' origin.
Re: New Animated Transformers Movie to Explore Cybertron's History in Development (2001237)
Posted by Randomhero on December 27th, 2018 @ 11:21am CST
william-james88 wrote:
Randomhero wrote:I don’t think he always needs to be right. IDW built an optimus was always right, an optimus where it took Megatron to see the flaws of his world and speak out and stand up. Even his own series showed that he was a very flawed person that was always trying to do the right thing. It’s 100% possible to make optimus a deep character.

I don’t know why the producer is saying he’s always right becuase he does things that arnt always right and I’m not talking about the “murder prime” BS that became a joke in the fandom. The last two movies with Cade trying to talk to him and help him with his own demons he had showed that. Let’s be honest AoE and LK showed optimus losing his faith in humanity and Cade and Bee proved him wrong.

I really hope that Optimus solo series is never adapted or used outside the comic. With half the time spent on figuring out how to add an earth delegate to the council of Cybertron, i think people would flash back to all that exciting senate action in the Star Wars prequels.

If anyone wants depth for Optimus, just read Chaos Theory (2 parter) . Its the greatest TF comic of all time and deals exactly with Optimus' origin.



Oh I don’t think you could ever adapt anything from the Optimus Prime comic series. Not because it wasn’t good, it was my favorite out of the two but it was a series that used all of the flashbacks and history of IDW as it’s backbone. The flashbacks were all snippets of stuff that just flushed out more of time in his life.

You’re absolutely right saying chaos theory is a good place to go and while I don’t like it maybe some of Autocracy. The final product is trash but concepts and over ideas in it are good it’s just the execution that flopped. To me that is.
Re: New Animated Transformers Movie to Explore Cybertron's History in Development (2001238)
Posted by ZeroWolf on December 27th, 2018 @ 11:28am CST
I think the producer is probably basing his reasoning of G1 cartoon prime.
Re: New Animated Transformers Movie to Explore Cybertron's History in Development (2001241)
Posted by william-james88 on December 27th, 2018 @ 11:34am CST
Oh i dont think you are alone in thinking that, i feel the same way about the autocracy trilogy. But i feel a big problem that didnt help was the visual storytelling. That artist would use the most baffling angles for his panels sometimes.
Re: New Animated Transformers Movie to Explore Cybertron's History in Development (2001244)
Posted by leokearon on December 27th, 2018 @ 11:42am CST
Just do a movie on Orion Pax: Super Cop.
Re: New Animated Transformers Movie to Explore Cybertron's History in Development (2001246)
Posted by o.supreme on December 27th, 2018 @ 11:48am CST
ZeroWolf wrote:I think the producer is probably basing his reasoning of G1 cartoon prime.


Actually I felt the exact opposite. Paramount wanted to refrain from doing a film set on Cybertron as established in the original animated series, because that would not mesh well with the already established Bayverse. Yes I know it's continuity has more holes than swiss cheese, but it caused enough problems to prevent us from seeing Megatron in the Cybertron set scenes of the BB movie.

I'll probably be laughed off the forums, but I'd love to see a polished version of War Dawn as an animated film. Probably not including the Aerialbots, but a different team of Autobots traveling to Cybertron's past, and witnessing all the events that cause Orion Pax to become Optimus Prime.
Re: New Animated Transformers Movie to Explore Cybertron's History in Development (2001249)
Posted by EvasionModeBumblebee on December 27th, 2018 @ 12:13pm CST
Hmm. . . I know the whole continuity thing is up in the air right now, but I like the idea of the Optimus movie being about him having to lead the Autobots after Sentinel goes AWOL (which we saw in the opening of DOTM).
Re: New Animated Transformers Movie to Explore Cybertron's History in Development (2001250)
Posted by leokearon on December 27th, 2018 @ 12:25pm CST
If they do a animated Cybertron movie it won't have to be in any continuity
Re: New Animated Transformers Movie to Explore Cybertron's History in Development (2001254)
Posted by william-james88 on December 27th, 2018 @ 12:41pm CST
leokearon wrote:If they do a animated Cybertron movie it won't have to be in any continuity

Why cant it be just a prequel to that opening scene in Bumblebee?
Re: New Animated Transformers Movie to Explore Cybertron's History in Development (2001255)
Posted by Randomhero on December 27th, 2018 @ 12:52pm CST
leokearon wrote:If they do a animated Cybertron movie it won't have to be in any continuity



That just means it will be all CGI. Something Knight said wanted to make a month ago as a prequel to bumblebee about the war before he decided he wanted to focus on smaller stuff
Re: New Animated Transformers Movie to Explore Cybertron's History in Development (2001257)
Posted by ZeroWolf on December 27th, 2018 @ 1:01pm CST
Yeah, I'll echo what will and Randomhero have said. This project does sound like it's setting up that opening scene but we'll learn more as time passes. All of this should be seen as a good thing as it shows they are paying attention to what people are saying about bee.
Re: New Animated Transformers Movie to Explore Cybertron's History in Development (2001259)
Posted by o.supreme on December 27th, 2018 @ 1:08pm CST
However IIRC correctly, an animated film itself isn't exactly *new* news, I seem to recall this project being on Hasbro's agenda even before the BB movie was announced. It was from the beginning to be a "Pre-Earth" film set on Cybertron, but in the Live Action movieverse. Of course I know the failure of TLK changed a lot of things, but if anything, this news only reminds us that the animated film hasn't been cancelled, as opposed to a new announcement entirely. And yes of course, the 2 or 3 minuets of All CG TF battles being hailed by fans as the best part of the film, doesn't hurt either ;) .
Re: New Animated Transformers Movie to Explore Cybertron's History in Development (2001334)
Posted by leokearon on December 28th, 2018 @ 2:14am CST
william-james88 wrote:
leokearon wrote:If they do a animated Cybertron movie it won't have to be in any continuity

Why cant it be just a prequel to that opening scene in Bumblebee?


They could be when it send animated, I'm hoping for something like Into the Spider-verse (animated movie separate from Live-Action) where they don't have to be bogged down with continuity
Re: New Animated Transformers Movie to Explore Cybertron's History in Development (2001346)
Posted by Flashwave on December 28th, 2018 @ 6:56am CST
leokearon wrote:
william-james88 wrote:
leokearon wrote:If they do a animated Cybertron movie it won't have to be in any continuity

Why cant it be just a prequel to that opening scene in Bumblebee?


They could be when it send animated, I'm hoping for something like Into the Spider-verse (animated movie separate from Live-Action) where they don't have to be bogged down with continuity

Well sure. But have you met this Fandom? Cramming Square Peg Plots into Round Hole Continuities is a Write of Passage for us. :lol:

Personally, I was not a fan of the Optimus Prime Comics. I liked it in premise and some of the supporting roles, seeing the Camien perspective of a Prime and even the Autobots’ themselves of the title was neat. But I feel like they took Prime too far afield for me. That said, some of the IDW Prewar stuff, such as the Lost Light story of Prime stealing the Matrix Bomb could lend its style to a Pre-War Cybertron story well enough without overshadowing the Pedestal Prime is usually on. I think Prime’s viewpoint would be a great way to do it, particularly if they started him off as a Laborer and not as a Police Officer, because that would put him in the same situations that Megatron was in. But the Police job gives him more flexaibility to actually do something about it.

Actually, I think Megatron would be the best POV but You risk creating a sympathetic villain. That’s not always a bad thing, but for the Movie going public, you are pretty much told from the start that Megatron is BAD, Like Uber villain. But wouldn’t it be cool if, maybe Megatron was always a bit twisted but Optimus was the one to keep him on the nobler path, and it was Starscream who secretly convinced the Council to make Optimus a Prime, and then started whispering in Megatron’s ear to go full Nutso-cookoo homicidal ragekill? That could be why Screamer manages to stick around despite Megatron’s many backhandings, because he wormed his way into Megatron’s trust and played to his urges, and now Screamer is a bad habit Megs cannot quit.
Re: New Animated Transformers Movie to Explore Cybertron's History in Development (2001367)
Posted by Combat Zero on December 28th, 2018 @ 9:16am CST
With how well Bumblebee turned out with its depth on character development and story, I can’t wait to see how they’re going to flesh out Optimus’s character next.
Re: New Animated Transformers Movie to Explore Cybertron's History in Development (2001441)
Posted by Coptur on December 28th, 2018 @ 9:42pm CST
Megatron should be out and out BAD this is where IDW MK1 got the while autobot/deception cause's wrong.
The Primes should all be noble with the exception of the Fallen (liege maximo is a poor idea for a prime)

I fully understand characters with layers but megs and op work well as black and white characters op should be a sweaky clean Captain America type and megs like the red skull.
Re: New Animated Transformers Movie to Explore Cybertron's History in Development (2001488)
Posted by Deadput on December 29th, 2018 @ 10:39am CST
Coptur wrote:Megatron should be out and out BAD this is where IDW MK1 got the while autobot/deception cause's wrong.
The Primes should all be noble with the exception of the Fallen (liege maximo is a poor idea for a prime)

I fully understand characters with layers but megs and op work well as black and white characters op should be a sweaky clean Captain America type and megs like the red skull.

I think Liege Maximo can work as a Prime, not as a "villain" but not a good guy either, the only thing wrong with Liege as a Prime is that his name has nothing to do with the established Prime naming, lets look at the Primes from the "Hasbro" version since that's likely to be the one used

Prima
Vector Prime
Alpha Trion
Solus Prime
Micronus Prime
Alchemist Prime
Nexus Prime
Amalgamous Prime
Quintus Prime
Liege Maximo
Megatronus Prime (The Fallen)
The Thirteenth Prime (Optimus Prime in aligned but we all know this is a stupid idea, I have my own but that's not relevant here)

The only ones who break this naming scheme is Prima, Alpha Trion and Liege Maximo and the other two can be justified, Prima being the first should be the outlier and the one who formally established the Prime title with the others being given the title after him, as for Alpha Trion it can simply be that he changed his name from say Alpha Prime to Alpha Trion to better hide himself amongst the population of Cybertron just like how Maccadam might or might not be Alchemist Prime.


Alright does anyone remember Logos Prime? https://tfwiki.net/wiki/Logos_Prime He was the only pre aligned 13 Prime who wasn't put among the group because Hasbro didn't consider him as a canon choice for theirs.

Liege and Logos? Sort of similar words in spelling,

My idea is to merge the two together into one character, Logos Prime being his original name but in the modern day he hides himself by pretending to be an organic giant galactic mob boss named Liege Maximo, sort of like a Pretender but not exactly.

This would almost perfectly get rid of all the issues of Liege being a member of the 13 as well as finding a way to make both physical forms of the character work, one giant organic like being as his modern day form and a more smaller "loki" look as his original form.

I would also tweak the horns to be like TLK Megatron's where they start as horns on the side of his head but they close in to become a battle mask which gives Liege the Prime face mask look!

(I won't get into it here but I think the 13'th Autobot should be the "Matrix itself, someone who used to be his own form but became the Matrix to help Cybertron and guide successor Primes but without being in site, the ultimate robot in disguise, but when they need his help against someone like The Fallen or Unicron at the end of the series or something, The Autobots build a body and install his "Spark" the Matrix into this body...that being The Last Autobot)

I also like the idea that the each of the Primes being split from...well I don't know to be representatives of a part of the universe, Megatronus being "darkness/war" so he isn't evil because he's a good guy turned traitor or wants to be but because that's what he's designed to be, this would tie to my idea that Primus himself isn't good but instead represents Order as opposed to Unicron's Chaos so Primus does things for order and balance in the universe and not the greater good which is why someone like him who might be Cybertron would even let the war between Autobots and Decepticons happen or why he lets "evil/bad/flawed" individuals be made in the first place.

In other words I'm sure I could make the 13 original Primes idea into something with good writing and deep characters instead of being backstory fodder.

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