USA Today Talks Transformers with SEIBERTRON.COM
Tuesday, February 13th, 2007 8:47am CSTCategories: Movie Related News, Digital Media News, Interviews
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The motto of the Transformers has always been "more than meets the eye," but director Michael Bay wishes less had met the eye of sci-fi fans over the past year as raw images of his shape-shifting robots leaked online.
The appearance of each new vehicle or robot — sometimes mixed with hoax images — sparks furious debate among devotees of the pop-culture touchstone of 1980s childhood, and it has put Bay and studio DreamWorks on the defensive before their characters are truly ready for their close-ups.
Today, coinciding with the annual Toy Fair in New York, the studio plans an official debut of scenes and characters from the movie, in theaters July 4.
The leaked images have raised the bar for DreamWorks to impress those who think they've already seen it all.
In some ways, it's a high-end problem: What studio would not want people to be so curious about a film that they're breaking down firewalls to see parts of it?
"We're trying to protect the surprise. And you like to be judged on the final product," producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura says. "Ultimately, it's fantastic that they care this much. And it forces us to ask ourselves every single question going into it, because you don't want to disappoint."
Di Bonaventura and Bay say art department computers registered thousands of hack attacks during the production. "Someone hacked into my own personal computer and got my script," Bay says. "We know that because it had some of my changes on it. Isn't that insane?"
In another major reveal, the yellow vehicle Bumblebee was showcased online in the early days of the shoot last year, and some purists slammed Bay for changing the character from a Volkswagen Beetle to a sportier Chevrolet Camaro.
Photos of a full-scale mockup of Bumblebee in robot form, apparently snapped by a crewmember, were met with greater approval. Says Bay: "They took big pictures of it and put it on the Internet, and everybody thought it looked cool. But I was like, 'That is not what he looks like' because we couldn't do all the fine detail (on the stand-in)."
Though the leaks sometimes got ahead of the movie's marketing plan, they may have only created more curiosity about the Transformers movie, which is being executive-produced by Steven Spielberg.
Ryan Yzquierdo, 30, of Chicago, features some of the early shots on his Transformers fansite Seibertron.com, and says he is optimistic about the movie and liked the script, though some of the character designs disappointed him.
"But my family and friends who aren't Transformers fans love the new designs and think they're awesome," he says. "So maybe I'm wrong."
Credit(s): USA Today
This article was last modified on Tuesday, February 13th, 2007 11:56am CST
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Posted by jgilkinson on February 13th, 2007 @ 8:52am CST
Posted by JazZeke on February 13th, 2007 @ 8:55am CST
Hmm... I wish someone would mention the real reason why the fans resent the drastic changes to the characters. Superman's an alien too, but no one would get away with giving him green skin and four eyes to make him look more alien. So why does Bay think he could get away with it with the Transformers?
Posted by SoulOfPrimus on February 13th, 2007 @ 8:56am CST
Posted by Anonymous on February 13th, 2007 @ 8:56am CST
Posted by Ultra Magnus on February 13th, 2007 @ 9:00am CST
Posted by Windracer on February 13th, 2007 @ 9:05am CST
Posted by Predaprince on February 13th, 2007 @ 9:06am CST
Hello, the characters that we got to see months ago from said pics (Op., Megs, SS, BB) are just about exactly the same today. And there is the other merchandise that have their faces (as we know them to be) on them, so it isn't like Bay is going to just suddenly appear today with short vids of things that look completely different.
Like them or hate them, the designs are what they are and that's it.
With my rant out of the way, nice to see that they picked Ryan to talk to. I can't think of any other person to be the voice for the rest of us and I enjoy seeing that his comment was as it should have been (short, sweet, and concise).
Posted by Cyber Bishop on February 13th, 2007 @ 9:09am CST
Posted by Milanion on February 13th, 2007 @ 9:33am CST
Posted by † Sunstorm on February 13th, 2007 @ 10:02am CST
Posted by jonusjaxon on February 13th, 2007 @ 10:59am CST
Posted by Blozor on February 13th, 2007 @ 11:14am CST
Seriously, you own what I consider the premier Transformers resource online. With all the work you've put into this website, it's about time you get officially recognized.
Posted by chrisjbrandon on February 13th, 2007 @ 11:29am CST
Posted by Wheeljack35 on February 13th, 2007 @ 11:47am CST
Ryan your not wrong
I have no idea what your family and freinds are thinking
Posted by Alex Kingdom on February 13th, 2007 @ 12:02pm CST
Posted by Quaternion on February 13th, 2007 @ 12:21pm CST
Posted by Zeds on February 13th, 2007 @ 12:27pm CST
Posted by City Commander on February 13th, 2007 @ 1:06pm CST
Posted by Acecool on February 13th, 2007 @ 1:16pm CST
I can't hold it in any longer, FUCK BAY. I think one or two people said that bumble bee was cool in the full sized robot. Fuck him for misrepresenting us. He is a hack.
Posted by Seibertron on February 13th, 2007 @ 1:52pm CST
I opened up the paper to the news stand guy that sold me the paper and I said "You know all of those random people you read give quotes in the papers you sell?" I pointed to my name and said ... "That's me!" I'm sure he didn't really care but we briefly chatted about Transformers for a few minutes and I told him quickly about the movie coming up. I thanked him for selling me the newspaper with my name it it, he shook my hand and off I went back on the subway from Southern Manhattan back to Times Square.
Only a couple more hours and I'll get to see Bay, Dreamworks and Paramount unveil whatever it is they're unveiling today here in New York. I'll report back about it later tonight.