While it wasn't a huge surprise, Hasbro CEO and Transformers producer Brian Goldner revealed a few days ago that the toy company was in talks with director Michael Bay, producer Steven Spielberg, and Paramount Pictures about Transformers 4 (working title). This summer's Transformers: Dark of the Moon grossed over a billion dollars worldwide, and now a few new reports show what might be in store for future installments.
Bay has already claimed that he wants to direct the low-budget, dark comedy Pain & Gain next, which, at the very least, means that Hasbro and Paramount have to wait for Bay's services to become available. Should Bay return to the director's chair, he could be directing not one, but two Transformers sequels back-to-back. no Transporting the Transformers >> Posted 10.19.11 by Ryan
The nationwide debut of director Michael Bay's Transformers: Dark of the Moon is just one week away — the 2-D release is still June 29th, but Paramount will be releasing the movie one day early in 3-D and IMAX formats — and six new TV spots have been released, which offer tons of new footage of the transforming robots in action, including several sneak peeks at several never-before-seen robots. Written by Ehren Kruger, the story centers around the discovery of a Cybertronian (the Transformers' home planet) "ark" on the moon, which was first detected by the U.S. government back in the '60s, but kept a secret...even from the benevolent Autobots, who are supposed to be our allies in the war against the evil Decepticons. The race is on to get to the moon and stop the Decepticons from using the found technology to take over the world. can you spot all of the new robots in these 6 new tv spots? >> Posted 06.21.11 by BrentJS
The upcoming sequel Transformers: Dark of the Moon is director Michael Bay's third Transformers movie in a row since kick-starting the franchise with the first Transformers in 2007. 2009's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen fell flat with critics and audiences alike (though it still earned $402 million at the U.S. box office), and even Bay admitted that the sequel fell short of expectations and promised to do better with Dark of the Moon.
In a recent press event (via SlashFilm), Bay revealed that Dark of the Moon has "a lot of scenes you’ve never seen before."
Bay blows up chicago >> Posted 04.16.11 by Ryan
There’s a lot of action stuff that I’ve never done before that’s pretty cool. It’s like some agent said, "Bay’s a competitor." And what he meant by that is a lot of people on the third one will just check out and just get a paycheck. It’s like I’ve been working every day for two years, every single day, because I want to make up for the second one and I want to leave this franchise as best I can. I’ve had a great run, fun time doing it. So really, it was a fun shoot.
I didn’t want to say it’s bigger, because what I like about it is…And I’ve said this with [screenwriter] Ehren [Kruger]. We were talking about concept. We used the term "Black Hawk Down" in just that it’s a small group and you follow. And there’s no cavalry coming. It’s a standard thing in movies: cavalry comes. We tried to make the cavalry unable to come. And it’s more fun to watch our heroes in this epic ending just a small group, which makes the movie more intimate.
Scream 4 was supposed to mark the triumphant return of director Wes Craven and franchise creator and Scream and Scream 2 screenwriter Kevin Williamson, and that was true until last July, when Williamson left the production amidst rumors of script troubles, leaving Scream 3 screenwriter Ehren Kruger to pick up the sequel's rewrites.
At the time of the writer Craven's cryptic response was to announce on Twitter that "I have not been given control of the script." Earlier this month, Craven clarified his tweet, revealing earlier this month that there was a "bumpy period when things shifted over from Kevin to Ehren" and that the script was "ultimately controlled by what the studio wants."
More recently, Scream 4 cast members Hayden Panettiere and Emma Roberts discussed the script changes, with Roberts revealing that Kruger's changes were "nothing too crazy," and were mostly just dialogue changes.
Nevertheless, talk of the script handover and Williamson's departure from the movie just won't die. In an effort to kill the rumor-mongering, particularly that Williamson left in a huff, Craven again explained what exactly happened to Bloody-Disgusting. MORE >> Posted 04.01.11 by Ryan
Scream fans were thrilled to learn that director Wes Craven and franchise creator and Scream and Scream 2 screenwriter Kevin Williamson were coming back to direct and pen the fourth installment, Scream 4. Imagine the disappointment when, last July, amidst the sequel's production in Michigan, rumors of script troubles surfaced, claiming that Williamson had left and Scream 3 screenwriter Ehren Kruger had taken over rewriting the script.
Craven's response at the time was to tweet that he had "not been given control of the script," a message he recently reiterated, claiming that the script was "ultimately controlled by what the studio wants" and admitted there was a "bumpy period when things shifted over from Kevin to Ehren."
Speaking with Zap2It, Scream 4 newcomers Hayden Panettiere and Emma Roberts spoke about the script changes, which seemingly caused little friction. what was changed? >> Posted 03.25.11 by Ryan
After a ten year break, Scream 4 will bring the Scream franchise back this April. But will Scream 4 be as satisfying as the first two movies, or be more like the disappointing Scream 3?
While Scream trilogy director Wes Craven is back at the helm, creator and Scream and Scream 2 screenwriter Kevin Williamson was replaced by Scream 3 screenwriter Ehren Kruger last July. At the time, Craven tweeted that he had "not been given control of the script", and in the recent issue of Total Film (via Scream-Trilogy.net), Craven discussed his tweet about the Scream 4 script. craven interested in more Screams >> Posted 03.14.11 by Ryan
Scream 4 is currently shooting in Michigan, where the movie is reportedly experiencing script issues. According to Zap2It, script changes are frustrating the cast, particularly Hayden Panettiere, who is "beyond frustrated with the changes" since her formerly "really sharp" role has been "dumbed down significantly." Lauren Graham, once attached to the movie, left after her role was reduced to almost nothing.
Accusing eyes would normally target Scream co-creator and Scream 4 screenwriter Kevin Williamson, however, the report indicates that Williamson has left the project, and Ehren Kruger, screenwriter for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is currently in charge of the script. Now the frustration makes sense. Cast trouble, script trouble, bloody trouble for Wes Craven? >> Posted 07.03.10 by Ryan
Only a month after director Michael Bay said that 3-D technology "might be a fad" and that it isn't suited for his "old school" style of filmmaking, Bay conceded that he was "testing" 3-D conversion on his first Transformers to see if it will be viable to release Transformers 3 in 3-D. Now, it appears that the Transformers, themselves, might be getting a makeover along with the movies in which they star.
In a recent interview with SciFiWire, Scott Benza, animation supervisor for Industrial Light & Magic, said that at least two of the featured robots will be getting upgrades in Transformers 3.
Our two lead characters, Optimus and Bumblebee, needed to be updated for the next chapter in the Transformers series. Bumblebee's matured a little bit, so I would just say look for subtle changes to his physique that have him look more mature.
Scott Farrar, the visual effects supervisor on Transformers 3, said that the changes to Optimus Prime will be more subtle.
[Prime will have] little tiny things that maybe the average viewer isn't going to notice but probably the fanboys will. You actually will run into pieces that are maybe always in the way, and wouldn't it be nice if that part wasn't there? Maybe you make a shift in the shoulder, in the chest or what have you. So it might be proportioning, but it also might be for usability, so [the animators]' task could be easier, too.
Farrar also offered the first update on the progress of Ehren Kruger's script for Transformers 3.
There's an outline and most of the script is done. It hasn't been released to us completely because they want to keep that under wraps, but we certainly know enough. Michael turns over sections of the script, and then the art department is full steam ahead right now, the L.A. art department. We also have an ILM art department working on this at the same time. So we take their 2-D work and start turning it into 3-D models, because we like to get a jump-start on this. Any model that looks like it could start, we want to get going, because it'll take us 30 weeks to build it. Posted 03.04.10 by BrentJS
It's officially full steam ahead on the as-yet-untitled third Transformers movie. Director Michael Bay announced on his personal website that he recently went location scouting.
Busy scouting - Chicago, Detroit, and Washington D.C. for Transformers last week. Things are going well. The script is feeling very different from the other two.
Only days ago, Bay said that Transformers 3 will be more about "character" and less about explosions, a statement that seems to agree with his new blog post about the script "feeling very different."
Ehren Kruger, who assisted with the script for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, was hired to write Transformers 3, and the fan site TFormers claims to have an early draft of his screenplay. The "leaked script" once again features Sam Witwicky, the character played by Shia LaBeouf, though only Megan Fox's return has beenconfirmed so far. Posted 01.28.10 by BrentJS
Director Michael Bay's movies are known for their bombastic, over-the-top pyrotechnics and hyper-kinetic action, typically accompanied by a raucous soundtrack. In fact, his latest, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, while an incredible success at the box office, only scored 20% on the aggregate review site RottenTomatoes, which summed up the movie as "a noisy, underplotted, and overlong special effects extravaganza that lacks a human touch."
Apparently, Bay, who initially said that he wanted to take a break from Transformers, has taken some of the criticism to heart. In an interview with the L.A. Times, Bay said that Transformers 3 won't feature as many robots or explosions as the previous two movies.
It gets much more into the robot character. The last time you kind of met a few of the robots; this time you're gonna get a much cooler landscape.
The screenwriting duo of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will not be back for the third installment, instead passing the script duties over to Ehren Kruger, who helped write the script for Revenge of the Fallen. Posted 01.25.10 by BrentJS