Friday, January 21, 2022

Transformers Animated Movie Gets Potential Release Date

A tweet has indicated that Paramount has made further changes for their 2022 to 2024 release calendar moving several projects back due to COVID.  Part of the announcement however is apparently the plan to release "Untitled Transformers Animation" movie on July 19, 2024.  Transformers: Rise of the Beasts has not moved and still set for June 9, 2023. 

Paramount has not confirmed these changes. Even if the date is real, thanks to COVID likely continuing to be a problem at through 2022, there is a good chance most release dates could continue to change for many of their movies.  The animated movie has been rumored for last few years with the potential story focused on the origin of the Transformers' "Great War".  

IDW Loses Transformers License After 17 Years

IDW has confirmed that the company has lost the Transformers after a 17 years. No reasons were specified on what cause the license to be lost (I have a theory, see further below). It is currently rumored that Image imprint Skybound is in talks to take over the license. Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead, runs the imprint but all indications are he would not write for the comic series as he tends to prefer to focus on his creator owned properties.“

At the end of 2022, IDW will bid a fond farewell to the publication of G.I. Joe and Transformers comic books and graphic novels,” the company said in a statement provided to THR. “We’re exceedingly proud of our stewardship of these titles – 17 years with the Robots in Disguise and 14 years with A Real American Hero – and thank the legion of fans for their unwavering support, month in and month out. We’re also eternally grateful to every one of the talented creators who helped bring these characters to four-color life through our comics.” 

Other Hasbro properties like My Little Pony and Dungeons & Dragons will remain at IDW. Since IDW has until the end of the year, the company is currently working on finishing out its run of Transformers and GI Joe. The main Transformers series and Beast Wars series will all end by end of summer. G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero will end its run at issue 300 and then the remainder of the year will be filled with a mini-series and spotlight one-shots.

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Beast Wars 25th Anniversary Holiday Messages

Merry Christmas 2021!  Garry Chalk (Optimus Primal) returns for the fifth time to once again to thank Beast Wars fans for support, this time in honor of the show's 25th anniversary. The 12 minute video includes messages from the core cast of the series including Richard Newman (Rhinox), Venus Terzo (Blackarachnia), Ian James Corlett (Cheetor), Susan Blu (Transmutate), David Sobolov (Depth Charge), Lee Tockar (Ravage), and David Kaye (Megatron). The second video comes from David Kaye, continuing his own tradition, of singing a Beast Wars carol in the voice of Megatron.

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts Delayed One Year

Bad news for Transformers movie fans. Paramount has announced that Transformers: Rise of the Beasts release date has been delayed a full year. The release date is moved from June 24, 2022 to June 9, 2023. 

The move is COVID related as Paramount moved their 2020 tentpole releases of Top Gun: Maverick and Mission: Impossible 7 to 2021. They then delayed those further to 2022 so that would mean 2022 releases get bumped to 2023. The reasons are many but ultimately it comes down to limited marketing budget plus limited screens means making sure one movie release doesn't negatively impact another of their releases.
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