Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Director Chosen for Transformers 7

The long drought of movie news has finally ended, if only briefly. Deadline is reporting that director Steven Caple Jr. (Creed II) has been hired by Paramount Pictures and Hasbro Studios to direct the next Transformers movie. Current plans are to have the film bsed on a script by Joby Harold but no details on that story were provided. For now I will refer to it as Transformers 7 (Bumblebee being TF6) as a reference point, not as indication its a continuation of Bay's films or the Bumblebee story periods.

No indications on budget, character focus or anything else but I suspect that Paramount/Hasbro will stick with the Bumblebee model of a smaller scale story with a smaller scale budget in the $100 million or less range. This will allow them the flexibility to choose the traditional theater release route if that is feasible in 2022 (give or take) or have it premiere on Paramount+ (the rebranding of CBS All Access) if theaters are not an option.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Transformers - War for Cybertron: Siege Available Now

Quick friendly reminder that Transformers - War for Cybertron: Seige is now available on Netflix. The six episode season is an average of 22 minutes each and by Transformers cartoon standards pretty ambitious. Also pretty amazing looking execution of the toy line into animation, something not really seen before in the cartoons. To view the series in your browser (assuming you have a Netflix login), click here.

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

New Transformers: War for Cybertron Siege Trailer

Below is a new trailer for Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy - Siege that will air on Netflix starting July 30. From Hasbro and Netflix about the show:
TRANSFORMERS: WAR FOR CYBERTRON TRILOGY: SIEGE begins in the final hours of the devastating civil war between the Autobots and Decepticons. The war that has torn apart their home planet of Cybertron is at a tipping point. Two leaders, Optimus Prime and Megatron, both want to save their world and unify their people, but only on their own terms. In an attempt to end the conflict, Megatron is forced to consider using the Allspark, the source of all life and power on Cybertron, to “reformat” the Autobots, thus “unifying” Cybertron. Outnumbered, outgunned, and under SIEGE, the battle-weary Autobots orchestrate a desperate series of counterstrikes on a mission that, if everything somehow goes right, will end with an unthinkable choice: kill their planet in order to save it.

Rooster Teeth (RWBY, gen:LOCK) is producing the original series for Netflix, and Polygon Pictures (Godzilla, Knights of Sidonia) is serving as the animation studio. TRANSFORMERS veteran F.J. DeSanto (Transformers: Titans Return, Transformers: Power of the Primes) is serving as showrunner on the series with several contributing writers, including George Krstic (Megas XLR), Gavin Hignight (Transformers: Cyberverse), and Brandon Easton (Agent Carter, Transformers: Rescue Bots).

The Series voice talent cast includes Jake Foushee (Optimus Prime), Jason Marnocha (Megatron), Linsay Rousseau (Elita-1), Joe Zieja (Bumblebee), Frank Todaro (Starscream), Rafael Goldstein (Ratchet), Keith Silverstein (Jetfire), Todd Haberkorn (Shockwave, Red Alert), Edward Bosco (Ultra Magnus, Soundwave), Bill Rogers (Wheeljack), Sophia Isabella (Arcee), Brook Chalmers (Impactor), Shawn Hawkins (Mirage), Kaiser Johnson (Ironhide), Miles Luna (Teletraan I, Cliffjumper) and Mark Whitten (Sideswipe, Skywarp).

More details regarding Chapter Two, TRANSFORMERS: WAR FOR CYBERTRON TRILOGY: EARTHRISE and Chapter Three coming soon.
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