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Too long, too convoluted, too sentimental, and too ridiculous. Some will say those are its good points. Will they embrace the homoeroticism too? I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): mostly not a fan of the series
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
We are through the looking glass here, people. We have reached peak Hollywood. There is nothing negative anyone can say about Furious 7 (aka Fast & Furious 7) that cannot be taken as a positive. There is the “review-proof movie” that will gather a massive audience no matter what we egghead critics think of it, and then there’s the movie that is actually hardened against reviews like it’s coated in Teflon: scoffing just slides right off it.
I could say that this is the kind of movie in which, when someone says to a child who has just tossed a toy, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Transformers Films To Exist In Shared Universe. Paramount Pictures is looking to follow Marvel’s successful shared universe model by establishing their Transformers film franchise as the center of their own cinematic expanded universe titles. Paramount is currently negotiating with Akiva Goldsman to work with the franchise’s former director Michael Bay, executive [...]
Continue reading: Transformers: Films Set to Inhabit Marvel Style Shared Universe »
- Victor Stiff
Whether you loved or loathed the gang’s latest big-screen adventure, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 has been given the go-ahead by Paramount with a June, 2016 release date in mind. It’s not an overly surprising move, really, considering that the live-action flick pulled in box office receipts to the tune of $477 million last year. And so, with production set to get underway, there have been murmurings regarding the sequel’s title, which is said to drop the numeral in favor of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Half-Shell.
The speculative tidbit comes hand in hand with some casting news for the follow-up, with supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio (Gossip Girl and Entourage) joining the line-up as Will Arnett’s (who plays bumbling cameraman Vernon Fenwick) new-fangled love interest.
- Michael Briers
Since Marvel (and later Disney) struck success with their cinematic universe, all the other studios have been trying to leap on that bandwagon, with Sony spinning a Spider-Man web, Universal planning a monster-verse and the Mouse House itself crafting a galaxy of Star Wars movies. The latest arrival to the multi-film party is Paramount, which has Akiva Goldsman joining the team to oversee more Transformers films. According to Deadline, he’ll work with Transformers stalwarts Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura on setting up a writer’s room-style process that will hire scriptwriters to start developing potential new sequels and, because this is a thing that has to happen apparently these days, spin-offs. Bumblebee: Origins, anyone?It’s hardly surprising that Paramount would want to do this – for all their fluctuating quality levels, the Transformers franchise has been a robust box-office performer for the studio, with even last »
It is reported that the title of the sequel to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been announced.
Production is rumoured to start on the movie in New York next month with Megan Fox starring.
Comingsoon.net reports Los Angeles Clippers player J.J. Redick spoke about filming for the movie on Grantland's "The Lowe Post" podcast and stated it would be named Teenage Mutant NInja Turtles: Half Shell.
This is yet to be confirmed by the filmmakers, though.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is due for release June 2016. »
It was reported earlier in the week that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is set to start shooting in April. But production got underway on some early scenes this past week to take advantage of a basketball game between the La Clippers and the New York Knicks. While talking about his cameo in the sequel, La Clippers player J.J. Redick let it slip that the actual title of the movie is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Half Shell.
Half Shell has not been confirmed by anyone else associated with the film, and may only be a working title. J.J. Redick offered up the info during Grantland's "The Lowe Post" podcast. We have video from his appearance, with the reveal coming in at the 45 second mark. In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, Will Arnett's news cameraman Vern Fenwick takes his new girlfriend and supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio (playing herself »
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 has scored an interesting cameo. The sequel, which is being directed by Dave Green (Earth to Echo), will feature the Los Angeles Clipper NBA team, including players DeAndre Jordan, J.J. Redick, Matt Barnes, Austin Rivers, and Spencer Hawes. While shooting wasn't expected to start until April, Will Arnett was spotted at a recent Los Angeles Clippers vs. New York Knicks game shooting scenes for the sequel.
Will Arnett was joined by recent cast addition Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio. She will play herself, serving as a new love interest for Will Arnett's news cameraman Vern Fenwick. It isn't known if production has officially started, or if the crew was just taking advantage of the game for scenes needed. It also hasn't been mentioned if any of the New York Knicks will participate, since the movie is being filmed in and around New York City. It »
Despite not being loved by critics, the "Transformers" franchise has been very lucrative, with the last two films grossing over $1 billion worldwide each. This is why Paramount Pictures has decided to expand the universe to include a bunch more sequels and spin-offs. Deadline is reporting that the studio hired Akiva Goldsman to work with director Michael Bay, executive producer Steven Spielberg and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura to organize a "writer's room" to come up with ideas for future films. Even though Goldsman is an Oscar-winning writer of "A Beautiful Mind" and many other films, it seems that he won't actually write any scripts. Instead, he will take on an oversight role to select writers and guide the movies they'll write. This strategy has become more and more common in Hollywood. 20th Century Fox has done this for the next three "Avatar" films, and Disney has done this for its superhero »
Following four epic instalments from director Michael Bay, you’d think Paramount Pictures would be exhausted over the Transformers movie franchise. Yet it seems the studio are keener than ever to press ahead with the announcement of a strategy for the future.
Not only is Bay eyeing a fifth film (after he’s finished latest effort 13 Hours) but the studio has brought in screenwriter Akiva Goldsman to oversee a hub of scribblers – the thinking behind this “writers’ room” being to develop further sequels and spin-offs, creating a parallel with other lucrative multi-chapter series, notably Star Wars.
The brand’s key talents – Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura – are on hand to assist Goldsman with the task of keeping this saga of reconfigured robots fresh. Age Of Extinction star Mark Wahlberg is expected to return, having previously signed a contract for two more chunks of mechanized mayhem.
Toy giant Hasbro, »
- Steve Palace
Transformers: Age of Extinction leads 2015 Razzie nominations
Goldsman is currently in talks with Bay about how sequels and spinoffs from the Transformers series can be developed, Deadline reports.
Bay directed the first four films with Spielberg acting as executive producer.
They will work with Goldsman and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura to develop the next stage of the franchise and brainstorm spinoffs.
It comes as other studios expand their 'universes' including original innovator Marvel and Disney following the acquisition of Star Wars.
The likes of Fox, DC Comics and Warner Bros are also looking at spinoff options to their rights. »
Having topped the worldwide box office chart in 2014 with Transformers: Age of Extinction, it looks like Paramount Pictures is keen on expanding its output for the Robots in Disguise, with Deadline revealing that the studio has launched a “writer’s room” for a multi-part Transformers sequel and spin-off films, a la Disney’s plans for Star Wars.
According to the site, Akiva Goldsman is in talks to work with Michael Bay, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura and executive producer Steven Spielberg to generate ideas for the Hasbro franchise, which has so far generated over $3.7 billion with its first four movies.
Are you excited about the prospect of a shared Transformers movie universe, and what kind of spin-off movies would you like to see? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…
- Gary Collinson
With Transformers: Age Of Extinction being the highest grossing film on the planet in 2014, it's unsurprising that Paramount is already pressing ahead with plans for Transformers 5. It's unclear yet whether Michael Bay will return to direct that one, given that he's currently working on drama 13 Hours (although he slotted Pain & Gain in between the last two Transformers movies). But whether he does or doesn't, you can expect lots more Transformers in the years ahead.
That's because - yes! - plans are afoot for a Transformers movie universe, with a series of spin-off films being planned.
Some days you're a step ahead, some days you're a step behind. I've been chasing this Akiva Goldsman/"Transformers" story for a few weeks, but couldn't second-source it. Now Deadline's reporting that the story is in fact happening. One of the reasons I was extra-careful was because it is the sort of story that sounds like someone making a joke about the way the industry works right now. "Akiva Goldsman has been hired to supervise the development of three back-to-back 'Transformers' sequels for Michael Bay" is what I heard first, and my response was, "Shut up and stop making horrible jokes." The thing is, this is the near-future of how they'll be handling these giant franchise films. You want to know the real truth of why the Russos are rapidly becoming Marvel's favorite filmmakers? Because they are trained to work in the TV model already, which is what blockbuster filmmaking is becoming. »
- Drew McWeeny
One look at the vast phalanx of comic book superhero films, genre novel adaptations and other chapter-centric properties is all the proof needed that we are in the midst of the tentpole era of the movie industry. In a move that certainly cements this idea, it is being reported that Paramount Pictures has big plans for the future of its Transformers franchise in the form of multi-part sequel films to the already-enduring series of movies. Yeah, that’s right, the cinematic world is not quite done with the frenetic, destructive, product-placing world in which Autobots and Decepticons turn our cities into their personal Thunderdome. According to a scoop by Deadline, producer, Akiva Goldsman has been tasked with facilitating some meetings with producers of the Transformers franchise such as Steven Spielberg, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and the sultan of cinematic ‘splosions and ultimate franchise guru, himself, Michael Bay. The purpose »
The bot world is getting bigger. Paramount, Michael Bay and Lorenzo di Bonaventura are enlisting Akiva Goldsman to help the studio develop ideas and a team to work on future Transformers spin-offs and sequels, a source tells THR. The move signals that the studio is looking towards making their Hasbro toy-inspired franchise into a universe in the same vein as Marvel's Avengers, Universal's monster universe (which will kick off with The Mummy in 2016) and Warner Bros.' DC comics superhero universe. Paramount had no comment. Bay has directed all four of the Transformers films, which have earned
- Rebecca Ford
In what’s becoming a prevalent trend nowadays, it’s not enough for a movie to just be. For studios to eye up a pre-existing property, a popular kids toy or heck, even an original spec script for development, there has to be the possibility for sequels and spinoffs. If the concept doesn’t allude to a possible future instalment, or a time hop for a quickie origin tale, then it seems as if that idea won’t get past the preliminary stages of studios’ rigorous filmmaking process.
Bearing all that in mind, the cinematic landscape is currently shifting further and further towards an all-encompassing “movieverse.” Marvel and DC cornered the comic book ‘verses, Sony is ramping up their Ghostbusters ‘verse, and Disney is doing the same with Star Wars. Now, Paramount is set to expand one of their most-profitable franchises – Transformers – into a fully-blown cinematic universe.
Michael Bay, who »
- Gem Seddon
We've known for awhile that more Transformers sequels were on the way, especially since Mark Wahlberg is signed for multiple movies, and Transformers: Age of Extinction was meant to be the start of a new trilogy. But now it sounds like Paramount may have even grander plans for the toy-based franchise. Deadline reveals that the studio is in talks with Akiva Goldsman to shepherd a multi-part sequel to continue the Transformers franchise, as well as potential spin-offs based on Hasbro's toyline. Basically, Paramount seems anxious to create their own Marvel-esque universe for the Transformers. More below! Goldsman would work with director Michael Bay, executive producer Steven Spielberg and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura to organize a writer's room or brain trust to hatch ideas for the franchise to expand and continue. And while Goldsman has written several screenplays himself, including the Oscar-winning A Beautiful Mind, it doesn't sound like he'll write and of these movies himself. »
- Ethan Anderton
Paramount Pictures is in negotiations with writer-director-producer Akiva Goldsman to help develop new Transformers movies alongside franchise director Michael Bay. Deadline reports that Paramount's approach is similar to what director James Cameron did with his Avatar sequels, forming a "writers room" of sorts that will come up with ideas to develop a new multi-part sequel and spinoff movies. Akiva Goldsman isn't expected to write any of these movies himself, but he will find new writers to craft the scripts based on his ideas for the franchise.
The site also reports that Michael Bay would like to have Transformers 5 ready to start production once he wraps on his Benghazi thriller 13 Hours. It has long been believed that last year's Transformers: Age of Extinction, which was the only movie last year to cross $1 billion worldwide, was the last Transformers he planned on directing, but it seems he'll be on board to helm Transformers 5 as well. »
Deadline reports Goldsman would not be writing but assembling and overseeing a “writers room” to hatch an idea for how to tackle a two-part sequel in the film’s franchise in addition to potential spinoffs. Goldsman would likely join Bay, di Bonaventura and Steven Spielberg as a producer.
It’s unknown whether Bay will return to directing duties for any new installments. He is currently in pre-production on his Benghazi thriller “13 Hours.”
The franchise is a huge priority for the studio with the most recent film, “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” crossing the $1 billion worldwide box officer marker last year, making it the third film in the franchise to pass that milestone.
- Justin Kroll
Well this is an interesting turn of events. Despite the fact that they’ve almost all been critically panned, the Transformers movies make money. They make a lot of money. Transformers: Age of Extinction alone grossed nearly $1.1 billion, so whether people want them or not, there will be more Transformers movies. The question, then, has been what form will the continuation of the franchise take? After Transformers: Dark of the Moon, director Michael Bay famously planned to hand the franchise off to a new filmmaker who could semi-reboot the series. He subsequently changed his mind and came back to helm Age of Extinction himself, resulting in pretty much the same movie we’ve been watching for four films in a row now, only with more Mark Wahlberg and less Shia Labeouf. Bay previously said he'd be handing Transformers 5 off to another filmmaker, and he subsequently opted to move forward »
- Adam Chitwood
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