Thursday, June 22, 2017

Bumblebee Movie to Start Filming in August

In a recent interview with Screenrant, Transformers movies franchise producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura briefly spoke about the future of the cinematic universe. He also indicated that a Transformers movie a year isn't a guarantee.
“Well we’re going to shoot a prequel actually, a Bumblebee movie, which starts in August, so next summer we’ll see a Bumblebee movie. And then we hope to have another Transformers movie the following summer.“

“Look, I always wait for the audience, because there’s an arrogance to getting ahead of your audience. When you do, you get punched. So we’ll wait each time. We’re planning a lot of movies, but you’ve got to have the audience’s support, because these movies are very expensive.“
The start date of principle photography makes sense as it allows time for the producers to finish up their Last Knight promotional efforts to focus on the movie while providing time to make script adjustments based on the negative reviews the movie has received from critics and audiences and still hit the Jun 8, 2018 release date. Also the 'Bee movie is expected to have a much lower budget (and thus much less special effects) which will not require as long a post-production process as the Bay entries do. As for Transformers 6, they have until end of next summer to begin filming before things get tight schedule wise to risk missing its summer 2018 release.

24 Reasons All Transformers Movies Are the Same

Via Couch Tomato, here is a pretty spot on take on the similarities between all the Transformers movies, most of which the fifth installment also shares. Thanks to Feris O. for the link.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Spoiler-Free Transformers: The Last Knight Review

ly isn't. Its the exact same formula as the previous four films. There is a McGuffin, the bad guys want it to save Cybertron at the expense of Earth. The good guys want it to save the day. Since its a Transformer McGuffin that means it was hidden in the past, it must be found through a series of coincidences in information drops (the one involving Stonehenge was clever), and victory is achieved by a human activating (or deactivating it) to save the day. The rest is just window dressing around that core story to make it seem more complicated then it really is.

This ultimately remains the consistent problem with the Bay version of the Transformers. Making things look complicated that are not or do not have to be at the expense of everything else (except the Bayhem of course). This story introduces a whole lot of characters of which none really matter. There really is only a few characters you should pay attention. To main one, of course, is Cade Yeager (I am in it for the paycheck Mark Wahlberg) who is missing his daughter and hiding from the Transformers Response Force (TRF) in a junk yard with the rest of the Autobots from Age of Extinction minus Optimus Prime and gets his own half McGuffin piece even though it really only matters for one cool moment in the third act. Sir Edmund Burton (having fun Anthony Hopkins) is an exposition factory whose role as last remaining member of a society that kept all the secret knowledge of Transformers history could have easily been handed off to voice over, text, or a book that Vivian Wembley (always game Laura Haddock) finds. Haddock does the best she can with the what is really the sidekick role but ultimately her job is to be pretty and provide love interest looks in between battle sequences.

Everything Wrong with Transformers: The Movie (1986)

From the Cinema Sins, they focus their humor and nitpicking eye on 1986's The Transformers: The Movie. Per usual, even when I like the film I have a hard time disagreeing with their observations. Not entirely kid safe due to cussing.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Bumblebee Movie Set in 1985, Compared to The Iron Giant

In an interview with Collider, Transformers: The Last Knight and Bumblebee movie producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura revealed the Bumblebee movie will be set in 1985 and compares the story to The Iron Giant (great animated movie, should see if you have not already). Video after the break. The female lead will be played by Hailee Steinfeld but other details about the story remain unknown.
“I know we’re doing a spinoff first in the Bumblebee movie, and that is a very distinctive departure from what you’ve been seeing so far… The objective of that movie is to develop more time with less robots in a way, and to go back to 1985 and go back to sort of the original heritage if you would of the Transformers. So it has a very distinct idea in it, and then whatever is gonna happen with the chemistry is what’s gonna happen, but it really is a young female lead opposite Bumblebee.

There are dramatically less Transformers. We hired purposefully Travis Knight, who is a very distinct filmmaker. You can’t compete with Michael – you’re gonna lose. Also I think the audience wants something different all the time, let’s keep them interested. They’re gonna get a very emotionally complex story, a very tight story in terms of its location and in terms of its storytelling. In fact it reminds me a little bit of Iron Giant years ago when I did that movie at Warner Bros. It just reminds me a little bit of that where it was very contained and yet it didn’t feel small.”

New Clip, Even More TV Spots for Transformers: The Last Knight

Despite the large volume of TV spots released for Transformers: The Last Knight (I lost count after 30), there is yet more to come as the movie is coming out Tuesday night. Below are more for your enjoyment, each with a second or so of new stuff. But first a clip has Anthony Hopkins discusses robotic dementia.

Tyrese Gibson is Not in Transformers: The Last Knight

Apparently Tyrese Gibson is NOT in Transformers: The Last Knight as Epps. He was supposed to be, it was planned but schedule conflicts with Fate of the Furious prevented him from being able to film the role.
"I mean, I was p****d. The goal was for me and Josh Duhamel to come back and surprise the fans, that two of the guys from the original Transformers were back. Josh Duhamel was available and I wasn’t. So I was p****d."
Now the weird part is the source of the story, OK! Online, has sense pulled the story or at least I can't find it on their website which is a little odd and makes you wonder. Mostly if makes me wonder if Tyrese is in the movie, why are they hiding it?

Duhamel, Bay Talk TF5 With USA Today

In video interviews with USA Today Josh Duhamel talks about how he learned part of what is involved in making the Bayhem explosions while Michael Bay and Mark Wahlberg discussed working with Anthony Hopkins. The site does not allow videos to be embedded click the links: Josh Duhamel | Bay/Wahlberg.

Transformers Movie Primer, Stills from The Last Knight

Tomorrow night is the premiere of Transformers: The Last Knight in theaters. To prep, click here for a reminder of the four previous films in the franchise that summarizes each of the movies so spoilers if missed any of the other four. The movie also had its premiere in London (called Global Premiere even though there was global/world premiere in China the week folks, what can you do.). You can find pics from that at

In addition if like movie stills you can find a bunch of them at Collider (or mirrored at TFW2005). Its a collection of some new (but from trailers/TV spots) or previously released stills.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

New TV Spot, Bumblebee Fails to Record Lines and Voice of Hot Rod

First video below is another new TV spot with a few new scenes, the second is a cute bit with Bumblebee trying to record lines but singing them instead. In other news, Omar Sy (Bishop in X-Men: Days of Future Past) has confirmed he is the voice of Hot Rod in the movie. Thanks to Feris O. for the link.

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