Friday, February 12, 2016

Paramount: A Transformers Film Per Year Scheduled

Today Paramount announced the planned release dates for the next Transformers films.

Transformers 5 - June 23, 2017
Bumblebee Movie - June 8, 2018
Transformers 6 - June 28, 2019

Michael Bay is set to direct Transformers 5 with Mark Wahlberg as the star. To maintain that ambitious release schedule, where each film needs about 18 to 24 months each to make, Paramount has pretty much guaranteed Bay will not be directing Transformers 6 (but nothing stopping him from doing TF 7) as Bay seems to like a year break from the TF franchise. This may explain why Transformers: Robots in Disguise is ending after only two seasons. At this point the cartoons exists to fill in the gap between movies and there will be no gap for three years (at least).

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Transformers: Earth Wars Mobile Game Announced

Hasbro with Backflip Studios and Space Ape Games have announced a new "free" mobile game that is designed to be a real-time combat strategy game (like Clash of Clans) that is designed to inspire you to made in game purchases to level up. In general you use Autobot and Decepticon "Hero" characters (in the G1/Combiner Wars style) to create and defend bases while trying to take down your enemy. According to USA Today, the story line is from long time Transformers comics writer Simon Furman and its suggested in the press release (below) that this is based on the third "Wars" trilogy that Hasbro had planned following Combiners Wars and Titan Wars. TF cartoon (and now movie) veterans Frank Welker and Peter Cullen will supply voices for Prime and Megatron. It is set for release sometime in the Spring 2016. You can pre-register for the game at Transformers: Earth Wars. An interview with Space Ape executives pitching the game can be found at Games Industry.

Press Release:
Hasbro, Backflip Studios and Space Ape Games Bring The Fight Home with TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS; Game Coming To iOS And Android in Select Markets Spring 2016

Battle as AUTOBOTS or DECEPTICONS and Fight Against Live Opponents Around the World
In First TRANSFORMERS Real-Time Combat Strategy Game

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Transformers Inspired Album Announced By Hasbro

In a out of left field moment, Hasbro Studios has announced that a new 10 track collection called "Transformers Roll Out" will be released on April 15 via digital music sellers with a limited edition CD and vinyl release for FYE stores. The music is from 10 rock, alternative and indie acts that were inspired by the Transformers franchise. Below are two tracks from the album, Gigantik and Roll Out which are also available to purchase as singles.

Track List:

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Transformers: Robots In Disguise Season 1 DVD Set Announced

Shout! Factory has announced they are releasing Transformers: Robots in Disguise Season 1 on 4 disc DVD set on May 10th. No word if there will be a Blu-ray release but doubtful as Shout! Factory tends to focus on DVDs for most of their releases including all the previous Transformers cartoons. The retail price is $29.93 with $5 off if pre-ordered from the company directory. Likely it will also be available on Amazon and few other retailers too. As for when Robots in Disguise season 2 will start, still no word on when except sometime in the next few months.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Transformers 5 Filming to Begin In May

According to My Entertainment World, Transformers 5 will begin principle photography sometime in May. Not sure really sure about the accuracy of the site's info but that date is pretty predictable considering the last three films all started filming in late April or mid May the year before intended release date of the movie and continued filming through the summer at a variety of locations. So in this case the plan is probably start filming from May to August or September and then post production through to May or June 2017.
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