Contrary to popular belief, the first four Transformers movies had scripts. I know, I know, sounds unlikely. It’s like ancient aliens, Nessie and an honest politician, a rumor too impossible to be believed. However, with the notably exception of Revenge of the Fallen, which was mostly plotted through pre-visualization thanks to the 2007-08 Writers Strike, every Transformers movie has begun with a script. Well now they’re going to begin with a team of writers deciding on a story for that script. As per recent reporting, Paramount Pictures has put Akiva Goldsman in charge to oversee a writers room for all upcoming Transformers movies, and some familiar names are amongst the first roster of Transformers’ writing staff. (more…)
Looks like Dark of the Moon was the last hurrah for Shia Lebeouf and his giant, talking, transforming robot friends. Along with the announcement Ehren Kruger would be returning to write the fourth installment of the Transformers series it’s been confirmed there’s no Lebeouf. Paramount film group president Adam Goodman spoke with The Hollywood Reporter on the subject of Lebeouf’s return saying,
The story is going in a different direction now. Ehren Kruger [who wrote the past two Transformers movies] is writing it for us, and we’re starting to engage, but I can’t say anything more.
I never saw Dark of the Moon. I was still suffering from post-traumatic Revenge of the Fallen syndrome, a film I try block out when I can. So, I don’t really remember how things we’re wrapped up for Witwicky and co. come the end of the series, but I really don’t care either. I do remember enjoying the first Transformers flick, but I can’t say I’ve watched it much since its release. Personally, I’m enjoying the hell out of Transformers Prime so I’m not really aching for another film. I know it’s a cartoon, which really translates to a 22 minute commercial for toys, but I still believe the characters on Prime are immensely more developed than anybody in one of Michael Bay‘s films. Seriously, check it out.
Anyway, with Witwicky out what would you like to see from Transformers 4? Y’know, besides Michael Bay not returning to direct ’cause I think we’re stuck with that.
It looks like a couple more Transformers films will be coming our way in the next few years. Variety reports that Hasbro is thinking of getting Michael Bay on board to film a fourth and fifth flick simultaneously — primarily because that shit saves money and churns out more shit with which to make money. It’s a bastardly cycle. So, even though Bay has said in the past that he wants to move away from this franchise after completing the trilogy, it sounds like he might be reconsidering. Shia LeBeouf is definitely out, though, so they’ve gotta find a new poster boy. While no offer has been made as of yet, rumor has it that Jason Statham might be the next person to jump in that hot seat.
Ehren Kruger, who wrote the screenplay for Transformers: Dark of the Moon, apparently have some working ideas already. Even though the majority of us would really rather not see another Bay Transformers flick, I’m sure we can all agree that NOBODY wants to see a Statham Transformers movie. Really.
Yes, Dark Side of the Moon grossed over $1 billion and sales of Transformers toys have skyrocketed with each film release… but fuck off already.