Marvel Studios’ successes with its cinematic universe started a race of sorts for every studio to develop its own insular series of various movies that all take place in the same world. Warner Bros. had things easy with its stable of DC Comics characters, but others like Paramount and Universal had things tougher. The former decided to turn its lucrative Transformers series into a universe with the various spin-offs, and the latter decided to take its stable of monsters and turn that into an expansive film universe. But we’ve seen the results of that now, and some key players are starting to have second thoughts. (more…)
Transformers: The Last Knight sort of came and went at the box office earlier this summer, and has barely made $500 million at the worldwide box office, or about half as much as Transformers: Age of Extinction made during its run in 2014. That’s probably not a good place to be as you’re looking to expand your film franchise into spin-off movies, but time marches on, and so does the first of planned Transformers cinematic universe in the form of Bumblebee. Based on the yellow sports car that’s been a main character in all the Transformers movies so far, the stage is set for “Bee” to ride solo, and in a familiar form. (more…)
Sometimes unlikely pairings can work. Whether it’s banana and ketchup or white chocolate and olive, things that sound insane at first often end up surprising you. One that might be just as hard to get your head around is the pairing of the head of Laika studios, whose stop-motion insta-classics are engaging, beautiful and staggeringly difficult to put together, with the shouty explosion porn of Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise. Well, ever since we were convinced try peanut butter on our hamburgers, we’ve learned to keep an open mind. (more…)
When it comes to Michael Bay, everything needs to be bigger and bolder. So it shouldn’t come to anyone’s surprise that he’s currently working with IMAX to create a virtual reality project that will involve the Transformers franchise. There aren’t many details regarding the project, but strap in and get ready to go face to face with members of the Autobots and, maybe, fight along their side. More information about the project after the jump.
Since their debut in the 80’s, many kids have dreamt of owning a giant Transformer. Michael Bay brought those fantasies to the big screen when he made the first live action Transformers movie. Now, a Turkish company has embraced its inner God Complex and created a real life transforming robot. Should we have done this? Is the world ready for this? What does Michael Bay think? (more…)
Near enough every kid ever born has dreamed, even if not all that seriously, of being in a rock band. There’s not a Transformers fan alive who hasn’t wondered how cool it would be to have powers like the robots in disguise. Most people grow up, though, and let go of those fantasies. Maybe they come back to visit them from time to time for a little light entertainment, but they stop taking them seriously – if they ever did in the first place. They got office jobs. They become normal, everyday people with normal, everyday jobs who tend not to transform into anything exciting. (more…)
If you’re tired of Micheal Bay‘s explosiony Transformers franchise and wish it was more like the original cartoons, we’ve got just the thing to help clear your Transformers palate, Generation 1 Hero. This fan film is delightful, now you’re not going to get those incredible transformations from vehicle to robot, but you’ll get everything else that is missing from most of Bay’s attempts to bring the real heart of Transformers to the big screen. So grab your favorite beverage and snack, click-through and enjoy this fan made Chisel Pixel Production. (more…)
Transformers has had some serious criticism thrown its way since the first film was released back in 2007. This hasn’t stopped director Michael Bay developing more movies involving the ongoing battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons. When the title was announced for Transformer 5 (The Last Knight) audiences were also reintroduced to the leader of the Autobots, Optimus Prime in a very short teaser video, with Prime’s face followed by the title. Putting two and two together, fans have theorized that the “Last Knight” could be Optimus Prime himself. Now, today, audiences were introduced to another cast member....
Micheal Bay’s Transformers movie have been massively criticized, with each installment getting harsher and harsher reviews from both critics as well as fans. You would think that no one really believes in Bay’s Transformers, yet viewers continue to see these movies in droves. It’s either audiences are in a proverbial abusive relationship with Micheal bay, ignoring the bad and staying around in hopes of good days that will never come. Either that, or large robots bashing each other for 2 hours, explosions, cities being decimated, Megan Fox’s butt, and hearing Peter Cullen’s voice as Optimus Prime is enough to sell tickets. Whatever the case may be, the formula has continued to work. Enough so, that Paramount Pictures’ has plans to carry on with their Transformers universe with another 3 movies and planned spin-off films; including one based around Bumblebee. Before they get there, audiences have one more Michael Bay-directed Transformers film, which will be the fifth installment in the franchise.
Today Paramount Studios has officially revealed the new title for the film, as well as an postulating new teaser. (more…)