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It seems a movie about the origins of Cybertron isn't the only potential "Transformers" spin-off in the works.
"As we go forward, we would imagine several more Transformers movies. Not just in the current lineage but also spinoffs and focusing on certain key characters that a beloved by the world over.
Many of you know Bumblebee; the yellow Camaro... formally known as a yellow Vw Bug and he is a beloved character by kids all over the world. We could see stories told around Bumblebee and other characters
We are in a process of building the brand equity around the Comic Book Business, our TV Business, our Digital Gaming Business and adding to that our new movie business of Transformers.
Last year was Transformers 4. »
- Garth Franklin
Well, here's a surprise. Some more images from the set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 have found their way online, and they give us our first look at Shredder's fan-favourite henchman... before they're turned into a humanoid warthog and rhino that is. As you can see, that's Gary Anthony Williams with a pink mohawk as Bebop, and engaging him in sure-to-be stimulating conversation is WWE superstar Sheamus (real name Stephen Farrelly) as Rocksteady. We also have better shots of Brian Tee as Shredder and Brittany Ishibashi as Karai. The sequel to last year's box office smash also stars Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Stephen Amell, Tyler Perry, and Laura Linney, and is currently shooting in New York. Tmnt 2 (working title "Half-Shell") will be directed by David Green and produced by Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form. The movie hits June 3rd, 2016. »
Paramount is beginning to reveal details about its ambitious plans to, ahem, transform its mega-grossing Transformers franchise into an expansive cinematic universe comprised not only of direct sequels to Transformers: Age of Extinction but all manner of prequels, sidequels and spinoffs as well. Speaking at the Global Consumer Conference 2015, Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner announced plans to push forward with stand-alone movies involving one Autobot that audiences have already grown attached to in the main series.
Referencing Paramount’s blossoming relationship with a writer’s room comprised of some of Hollywood’s most prolific scribes, Goldner stated that one current plan is to build a movie around Bumblebee, the yellow Autobot who communicates exclusively through audio clips via his car radio. The alien became best friends with Sam Witwicky (Shia Labeouf) in the first three movies and continued to forge strong bonds with humans in Age of Extinction, protecting the Yeager family from powerful enemies. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Following on from the news that Brittany Ishibashi (Bones) has signed on to play Karai in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, we’ve now got the first set photos of the actress as the villain along with her father the Shredder (played by The Wolverine’s Brian Tee) and the Foot Clan. All change from the first movie. Take a look via Coming Soon…
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is once again produced by Michael Bay, with David Green (Earth to Echo) directing returning stars Megan Fox (April O’Neill), Will Arnett (Vernon Fenwick), William Fichtner (Eric Sacks), Alan Ritchson (Raphael), Jeremy Howard (Donatello), Pete Ploszek (Leonardo) and Noel Fisher (Michelangelo), while new additions include Stephen Amell (Arrow) as Casey Jones, Tyler Perry (Gone Girl) as Baxter Stockman, Brian Tee (The Wolverine) as The Shredder, Gary Anthony Williams (Boston Legal) as Bebop and Alessandra Ambrosio (Casino Royale) and Laura Linney »
- Gary Collinson
Below you can get your first look at Brian Tee as our new Shredder (sans helmet), and Brittany Ishibashi as Karai as they prepare to shoot a scene for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2. In Tmnt lore, Karai is usually portrayed as either Shredder's daughter or granddaughter, but we're not sure if that'll be the case here as no mention was made of it in the first movie. There's also a snap of (presumably) a masked-up member of the Foot Clan. The sequel to last year's box office smash also stars Gary Anthony Williams, Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Stephen Amell, Tyler Perry, and Laura Linney, and is currently shooting in New York. Tmnt 2 (working title "Half-Shell") will be directed by David Green and produced by Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form. The movie hits June 3rd, 2016. »
It all began, or rather resumed, with Transformers. Michael Bay’s update of the robots in disguise showed there was serious money in films based on nostalgic toy properties; what was once the reserve of cheaply produced Saturday morning cartoons became a box office-dominating force. Since then we’ve got Battleship, G.I. Joe, The Lego Movie and Ouija, with many more on the horizon.
Play-Doh is already in pre-production, while this sort of realligned approach is probably being followed for the Tetris movie as well – it’s a video game, but comes with a similar dearth of plot. And now things have taken another step – Paramount Pictures and Hasbro are working on a Beyblade movie.
What makes Beyblade a bit different is that unlike all the other subjects, this isn’t a Generation X property with a militant fanbase. The battling spinning tops were only created in 2001 – even »
- Alex Leadbeater
There’s long been rumblings of Paramount Pictures trying to turn the mega-successful Transformers series into a vast shared universe similar to Marvel’s immensely successful McU and it’s now looking like they’re following the comic giant in more ways than just basic concept.
Last week news broke that the writers team brought together to plot out the future of the franchise included Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man) and Zak Penn (The Avengers) and now Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, who worked on rewrites for Ant-Man, are on board. It makes sense to pick writers with a strong past turning questionable ideas (remember that Iron Man was far from a sure thing at the time) into fresh, entertaining films who also have the ability to juggle foreshadowing later entries and sneaking in throwaway references. Going so close to Marvel, however, could also seem like »
- Alex Leadbeater
It was revealed last week that several new writers had been hired by Paramount to expand out their Transformers franchise and universe, including sequels, prequels and spin-offs. Among the names were Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man), Zak Penn (Pacific Rim 2) and Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), and now we have two new names to add to the list.
Deadline are reporting that Ant-Man scribes (post-Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish, of course) Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari have been hired by the studio to start work in the Transformers Universe. According to the website, the duo will tackle a live-action prequel movie under the working title Transformers One, which will be set on Cybertron, the home planet of the Autobots and Decepticons.
“I’ve also heard that this might be an animated feature but that Barrer & Ferrari are also going to »
- Luke Owen
Paramount continues to add personnel to its planned Transformers cinematic universe, as it's recruited another pair of writers to join the assorted projects it has in the works.
The studio has opted for a writers' room approach to its next swathe of Transformers films, with Akiva Goldsman heading it up. Also on board are The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk), Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (Iron Man) and Jeff Pinkner (Lost).
The Akiva Goldsman-led Transformers writing room continues to assemble. In addition to other Marvel scribes like Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk), Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man 2) and Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), who signed on to pen new spin-offs and sequels in this now-extended universe, Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, production re-writers on Marvel's latest, Ant-Man, are also attached to pen a new movie. As far as what film they'll write, it's as unclear as which ones the other mentioned writers, plus "The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman, will lend their time towards. Although as details continue to emerge, reports speculate one film in this new series is not a sequel or a spin-off but rather a prequel with the working title Transformers One. It's said this one focuses on the planet Cybertron, the home planet of the Autobots and Decepticons before they arrived on Earth. »
- Will Ashton
Paramount Pictures has assembled its “writer’s room” for the future of the Transformers franchise, and now the first idea has slipped out. In the wake of Age of Extinction’s $1.1 billion gross, Paramount set Akiva Goldsman to put together a group of writers to hash out ideas for future sequels and spinoffs, then set the individual writers to pen the separate scripts. Today Deadline reports that Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari have joined the group, and one of the ideas they might be working on is a prequel called Transformers One, which is “more or less an origin story that takes place on Cybertron”. Barrer and Ferrari were set by Marvel Studios to do a final pass on the Ant-Man script, after Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish’s screenplay was rewritten by Adam McKay and Paul Rudd. They don’t have a final credit on the finished movie, but »
- Adam Chitwood
After spending a year over at Marvel rewriting Ant-Man to accommodate for Peyton Reed taking the reins from Edgar Wright, Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari have moved over to Paramount Pictures, where they’ve become the latest to join a Transformers brain trust being assembled by Akiva Goldsman. Deadline first reported their involvement and also made mention of one pitch that’s fast gathering steam over at the studio: an origin story set on Cybertron called Transformers One, that may be animated and land in between live-action installments.
Barrer and Ferrari join already-enlisted scribes Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Zak Penn (Pacific Rim 2, The Incredible Hulk), Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and duo Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man) in Goldsman’s writer’s room. The team is hard at work figuring out ideas for Transformers sequels, prequels and spinoffs in hopes of having nailed down the »
- Isaac Feldberg
You may have already seen the story about Michael Bay and the other Transformers producers tasking Akiva Goldsman with assembling a writing team to hash out more films and essentially construct a shared universe for different stories to work in. Deadline reports that Ant-Man writers Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari are joining the group. The pair, who completed an uncredited production re-write on the Marvel movie about the shrinking superhero (based on work that Adam McKay and Paul Rudd did to Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish’s original script), joins a team that already includes Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Iron Man co-writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, Lost/Fringe man Jeff Pinkner and The Incredible Hulk’s Zak Penn.And according to Deadline’s story, one of the big ideas being batted around is crafting an origin story for the Autobots and Decepticons that would explore their early days on Cybertron, »
Exclusive: Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari, who spent half a year doing the production rewriting on Marvel’s Ant-Man, have become the latest to join the writers room that Paramount Pictures and director Michael Bay have organized to hatch sequels, prequels and spinoffs on their billion-dollar Transformers franchise. I’m hearing that one of the ideas in the works has a working title of Transformers One and that it is more or less an origins story that takes place on… »
Deadline has revealed that Brittany Ishibashi (Bones) has signed on to play Karai – daughter of the Heroes in a Half-Shell’s arch-nemesis Shredder – in the currently in production Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2. She will take over the role from Minae Noji, who briefly appeared as the character in last year’s reboot.
See Also: Krang set to feature in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is once again produced by Michael Bay, with David Green (Earth to Echo) directing. Returning to the cast are Megan Fox (April O’Neill), Will Arnett (Vernon Fenwick), William Fichtner (Eric Sacks), Alan Ritchson (Raphael), Jeremy Howard (Donatello), Pete Ploszek (Leonardo) and Noel Fisher (Michelangelo), while new additions include Stephen Amell (Arrow) as Casey Jones, Tyler Perry (Gone Girl) as Baxter Stockman, Brian Tee (The Wolverine) as The Shredder, Gary Anthony Williams (Boston Legal) as Bebop and Alessandra Ambrosio (Casino Royale »
- Gary Collinson
Thanks to the massive success of the Marvel movies, every franchise now wants their own "Marvel-style universe" - including "Transformers," which is assembling a "writers room" to plot their next steps.
Deadline reports that "Ant-Man" writers Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari have joined a team headed by Akiva Goldsman and including "Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirman" and "Lost" writer Jeff Pinkner. And it seems the first idea to come out of the brain trust is for a prequel set on Cybertron.
The goal of the writers room is to prep a movie to be ready when Michael Bay finishes filming the Benghazi drama "13 Hours." It's an interesting idea to assemble a TV-style team like this, to brainstorm future sequels, prequels, spinoffs, or even reboots.
"Transformers One" would be an origin story about the robots, good and evil. It could be an animated film or live-action. A prequel could be a merchandising bonanza for Hasbro, »
- Kelly Woo
The only thing more fun than watching a movie like "Armageddon" is making fun of it later. It's even better when Ben Affleck is doing the dissing, so props to Screen Junkies for including the actor's commentary in the new "Armageddon" Honest Trailer.
"Gear up for the best film about drilling into an asteroid and nuking it since the one that came out two months earlier," the trailer begins, giving a nod to "Deep Impact." "And let yourself enjoy this guilty pleasure that's the movie equivalent of Taco Bell. Looks Ok on the surface, but for the love of God, don't think too hard about what's inside." Just sit back enjoy a movie where everyone is always yelling, the clock is always ticking, Michael Bay works at Nasa, and "everything that can go boom will go boom," including the title of the movie itself. Oh, and don't forget that "space dementia" is a thing. »
- Gina Carbone
Director: Brad Peyton.
Running Time: 114 minutes
Synopsis: After a devastating earthquake hits California, a Los Angeles Fire Department rescue-helicopter pilot (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) and his ex-wife (Carla Gugino) attempt to leave Los Angeles and head to San Francisco to find and rescue their daughter (Alexandra Daddario).
San Andreas joins a long list of disaster movies that have been hurtled our way over the past few years; from the heights of Irwin Allen’s epics of the 1960s and 1970s (see The Towering Inferno, Earthquake, The Poseidon Adventure), to the more recent CGI affairs, most of which were thrown at the screen by German director Roland Emmerich (2012, The Day After Tomorrow). While most of those movies relied on high-octane effects and a multitude of characters led by one or two big name stars, »
- Paul Heath
With the natural disaster thriller San Andreas on the way to theaters this weekend (watch the latest trailer here), there’s no better time to take a look at another film that threatened humanity on a massive scale. Armageddon had plenty of mass destruction on Earth before sending a team of oil drillers and astronauts to […]
- Ethan Anderton
In a brilliant new Funny or Die short, Autobots and Decepticons are seen invading - and violently smashing up - some of the most recognised film scenes in history.
"You got The Touch!" 9 bits of Transformers: The Movie trivia
The entertaining mashup clips include everything from the moment the Titanic hits an iceberg - or in this case, gets thrown across a city - to interrupting Forrest Gump's first encounter with Jenny.
There's even a little appearance from director Michael Bay at the end, who claims the Autobots are always doing good, despite what it might look like. »
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