Saturday, May 02, 2020

Next Transformers Live Action Movie Gets Release Date

Hot on the heels of Hasbro and Paramount announcing an animated movie is in the works, they have now added a live action one to the slate too. It doesn't have a director yet but it does have potentials writers and a release date - June 24, 2022. Paramount has created essentially a mini-competition between two writers with difference concepts. James Venderbilt (Murder Mystery) will write a script based on Transformers: Beast Wars while Joby Harold (John Wick Chapter 3, Army of the Dead) will focus on a story "reportedly in the Bumblebee universe" aka Bumblebee 2. Whichever script Paramount and Hasbro likes most will be the 2022 date and the other will be shelved for a later or never date.

In slightly related news GI Joe has its own movie news. Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins is still on the schedule for October 23, 2020 release. Apparently they like what they have seen as a sequel of sorts is now in the works with Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse (Seberg, The Great Machine of Ex Machina comic series) working on a script. The "of sort" part is because its unclear if its a Snake Eyes or G.I. Joe-centric movie. Any case that is a few years out and likely the end of Snake Eyes will provide a strong hint on what this sort of sequel will be.

No release date for the animated movie but best can tell most direct to video releases turnaround time is about 1 to 1.5 years while turnaround for a theatrical release is 2 to 2.5 years so its possible we could get two Transformers and a GI Joe movies in 2022.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Writers, Director Hired for New Transformers Animated Movie

Hey, no time no read. But then been long time since actual movies news for Transformers. That has finally changed as Deadline reports that Hasbro's studio eOne along with Paramount are working on an animated movie. The movie will be based on a script from Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari (Ant-Man and the Wasp) with Josh Cooley (Toy Story 4) as director. No details on plot except "resolves around the relationship between Optimus Prime and Megatron." The film will not be part of any of the current live-action movies continuity, be it the Bay-verse or maybe/maybe part of Bay-verse Bumblebee movie. It does seem that maybe, just maybe, another one of those writer room concepts from years ago might be used.

It seems the sudden renewed interest in an animated movie is due to any live action film being years away and possibly more until Hollywood sorts out they will restart production considering most films involve hundreds of people working together and often without being able to follow social distance rules. An animated movie, for all its complexity, is sit down at a desk type work that can follow social distance rules or at least be outsourced overseas where how the rules are handled will not be considered a Hasbro/Paramount issue.

I wonder how much the IDW comics will come into play in developing the story. Wish I could remember the exact story arcs (I want to say the Autocracy Trilogy but not sure) got into the origin of then Orion Pax and Megatron's relationship. In the comics it started as friendship built on political agreement over the current government heavy handed leadership failing the people. Orion believed in using the system to fix things from within while Megatron was becoming increasingly more aggressive in believing how change need to be forced. The resulting fall out of Megatron's tactics severed the relationship and directly led to the "Great War" that eventually destroyed Cybertron and the Transformers landing on Earth. Another version of the story is being told in the IDW relaunch currently being published but exactly where its going is muddy on a good day so that seems less likely to be a source of inspiration for any movie. Whether they use IDW as inspiration or not, can't beat the potential drama of friends becoming bitter enemies on each side of a civil war that decimates a planet. Which isn't exactly kid friendly (and never forget the movies are about selling toys) so... yeah not holding my breath on that version being told but fingers crossed.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy: Siege Trailer

Today at the New York Toy Fair, Hasbro and Netflix the revealed the first teaser trailer for "Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy: Siege". The six episode season, 22 minutes each, will cover the final hour of the War for Cybertron. Since chapter 2 is called "Earthrise" safe to assume what it leads to. The new series will be supported with 10 Wal-Mart exclusive repaints in white packaging that will be released throughout the real and each will come with a piece of Teletraan-1. currently no release date on the series but the toys are expected in Wal-Mart in early April. Trailer and press release below. As for Toy Fair news, head over to to see the next six months or so release for the Earthrise waves of Transformers.



LOS ANGELES, CA – Feb. 22, 2020 – Netflix and Hasbro, Inc., in partnership with Rooster Teeth, today released the first teaser trailer for Chapter One of the highly anticipated TRANSFORMERS: WAR FOR CYBERTRON TRILOGY, premiering on Netflix. The Series raises the stakes of the Autobot and Decepticon war with Chapter One having six, twenty-two minute episodes, complete with a new animation look and style that presents the TRANSFORMERS bots like you’ve never seen them before. The TRANSFORMERS: WAR FOR CYBERTRON TRILOGY plunges us deep into events that live at the heart of this legendary franchise, with SIEGE shining a spotlight on a critical timeframe in TRANSFORMERS history on Cybertron.
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