Friday, February 16, 2018

Transformers 6 Dropped From Schedule For A "Reset"

Today Hasbro provided a little peak into their future plans for the Transformers movie franchise. This weekend is the start of Toy Fair 2018 in New York and the toy company hosted their Investor Preview Day that shows off their upcoming plans for their various toy properties (such as getting hold of the Power Rangers license) and of course Transformers. Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner said "We’re actively developing live action and animated films, and have dated several under this new agreement. We’re excited about this year’s Transformers: Bumblebee, as we work with the new Paramount team to reset the future direction of Transformers. We’ll be partially financing the production of these films, and Bumblebee is the first under the new agreement."

In the long term what that means was not revealed but in the short term it means that Transformers 6 is no longer in the works for what was going to be a 2019 release. In the short term Hasbro is planning a China exclusive animated series in 2019 called "Nesha and the Transformers" while western countries will get "Transformers: Cyberverse" cartoon and toy line that will likely replace the "Transformer: Generations" line that was represented by the Prime Trilogy of toys.

On to the speculating. I am going to go ahead and take "reset" to essentially mean "reboot." In short, the "Bay-verse" will end with Bumblebee: The Movie. The Transformers Writers Room of scripts have probably been trash canned too since they were mostly devised with the Bay-verse in mind. While not saying it, likely the next Transformers movie will not come until 2021 at the earliest to provide breathing room for that "reset" in consumer minds. Any new movies will likely ignore the Bay-verse. For reference, see the various Spider-Man reboots. When the deal between Hasbro and Paramount was renewed, it apparently gave the toy company greater control and say over the movies but since we have not yet seen a movie with Hasbro in greater control of the creative process, we have little to go on for what the result will look like in movie form. All we really have is the various cartoons and IDW comic books from the last decade or so to go by. Those results vary wildly depending on franchise and target audience but the Transformers cartoons over the last few years have hit the "all ages" note fairly well.

Friday, February 09, 2018

Two Making of Transformers Props Videos

Sadly the movie news front remains quiet. In the meantime here are two videos from "I Like To Make Stuff" that are Transformers centric. The first is large version of Optimus Prime's gun while the second is a large version of the Matrix of Leadership. (via TFormers)

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Honest Trailer for Transformers: The Last Knight

Oddly late in its arrival, Screen Junkies has finally posted their Honest Trailer for Transformers: The Last Knight. As is the norm for this series, it a humorous but no holds bar take on the film so if a fan of the film will likely not like the below video.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Transformers: The Last Knight Receives Multiple Razzie Nominations

In what has unfortunately become a tradition for the franchise, Transformers: The Last Knight "won" multiple nominations for The 38th Annual Golden Raspberry Awards. The awards are an anti-Oscar as it "rewards" the worst movies of the year with the nominations announced the day before the Oscar nominations (aka "the best" movies of the year). Pretty much the entire lead adult cast, writers and Michael Bay scored nominations but on the bright side the movie has some strong competition with Fifty Shades Darker, The Mummy, Baywatch, Mother and others also getting multiple nominations. While I was not a fan of the film, there were worst films that should have taken its place like The Book of Henry and The Snowman. The winner will be revealed the night before the Oscar ceremony on March 3rd.

Worst Picture
The Emoji Movie
Transformers: The Last Knight
Fifty Shades Darker
The Mummy

Poisonous Performance by an Actor
Tom Cruise, The Mummy
Jamie Dornan, Fifty Shades Darker
Mark Wahlberg, Daddy’s Home 2 and Transformers: The Last Knight
Johnny Depp, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Zac Efron, Baywatch

Worst Supporting Actor
Javier Bardem, Mother! and Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Russell Crowe, The Mummy
Josh Duhamel, Transformers: The Last Knight
Mel Gibson, Daddy’s Home 2
Anthony Hopkins, Collide and Transformers: The Last Knight

Worst Supporting Actress
Kim Basinger, Fifty Shades Darker
Sofia Boutella, The Mummy
Laura Haddock, Transformers: The Last Knight
Goldie Hawn, Snatched
Susan Sarandon, A Bad Moms Christmas

Worst Onscreen Combo
Any Combination of Two Characters, Two Sex Toys or Two Sexual Positions, Fifty Shades Darker
Any Combination of Two Humans, Two Robots or Two Explosions, Transformers: The Last Knight
Any Two Obnoxious Emojis, The Emoji Movie
Johnny Depp and His Worn Out Drunk Routine, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Tyler Perry and Either the Ratty Old Dress or Worn Out Wig, Boo! 2: A Madea Halloween

Worst Remake, Ripoff or Sequel
Boo! 2: A Madea Halloween
Fifty Shades Darker
The Mummy
Transformers: The Last Knight

Worst Director

Darren Aronofsky, Mother!
Michael Bay, Transformers: The Last Knight
James Foley, Fifty Shades Darker
Alex Kurtzman, The Mummy
Anthony Leonidis, The Emoji Movie

Worst Screenplay
The Emoji Movie
Fifty Shades Darker
The Mummy
Transformers: The Last Knight
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