Friday, December 10, 2010

Transformers: The Movie Draft Script Online

The Disciples of Boltax have made available a scan of a draft of Transformers: The Movie script from 4/27/1985. The draft is a result of Transfans pooling their money to try and get hold as many pieces of history from a recent auction from writer Ron Friedman including the draft. The Disciples have a copy of the script available at their site here

It turns out there was some remarkable differences in the early draft and the final movie that include core Transformer concepts that was not originally part of the movie. What is interesting is you can see how the seeds were laid for what would become the final film as some ideas were tweaked, others tossed, and in many cases redone from scratch.

For example there was no "Unicron", instead the main villain was "Ingestor", who merges with a planet and transforms it. The Matrix was also not in the film instead replaced with the concept of "Life Sparks", something that was abandoned until Beast Wars and now a core TF concept. The Life Spark moments in the script were removed or replaced such as Prime's Life Spark moment being repurposed for the transfer of the Matrix in the final film. Also, Devastator had to do battle "Dragon Beast", a new Autobot combiner derived from animals that merges into a dragon. Another change is the draft is when Hot Rod is used as a shield by Megatron against Optimus, he says "Prime...forget about me...Terminate him!" along with other lines to clarify that moment. Missing is the classic "One shall stand, one shall fall" line.

Anguirus at the TFW2005 boards posted a summary many differences between the draft and the final film here. The script is interesting read and worth the time for any fan of the Generation cartoons and movie.

12 comments:

  1. come on dude who wants to know about this give us something new about tf dark of the moon thats what we care.

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  2. clearly u never saw the original movie

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  3. Hey, this blog has never been strictly about the live action movies. Mostly about the live action movies, yes, but it's never been strictly about it. It's up to the blog owner to post what he wants to. If you don't like what he's posting, go start your own blog and quit posting anonymously!

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  4. To put it simple...everyone who loves transformers care,except you!!!!!

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  5. The original movie means a great deal to the hardcore TF fans. It's the Holy Grail. The Holy Bible. The Koran. It's sacred ground. I think it's quite fascinating to see the differences before and after the actual script.

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  6. Bottom line Anon is that when there is no new news about TFDOTM something else needs posting to keep readers coming to the site. This amounts to you being an individual and insignificant. All I know is it is TF and that is what is important. It saves me from trawling the net for info.

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  7. you all are acting like gays :)

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  8. Anon - until we're all showing same-sex attraction to one another, no, we're not acting like gays. And I'm going to stay interested in women. :)

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  9. Anon 12/12/2010 7:59 AM:

    And you are acting like a lone loser with no life.

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  10. Anyways, it was neat to see the differences in the script from the actual movie. I kind of liked parts of the script more than what was actually made.

    Also wish they had kept mor to the orignal characters in this movie, but guess there was a reason for all the new characters, but why as the main stars. :p

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  11. They should do another updated version of the animated movie showing what happened to the likes of sunstreaker,mirage,grapple etc would be shit hot !!!!!!!!

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  12. Movie 1 is the best-My favorite car an original BARRICADE sold to Va. Man near D.C., Google, Ortte Mustang, See the news it made. I wish Brricade was in part 3!

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