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While I was never a big fan of the Transformers series (though I'll go to bat for the first one), I admit I was kind of optimistic about the idea of a Transformers "Writer's Room" with the likes of Steven DeKnight, Robert Kirkman, Zak Penn, Jeff Pinkner, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, Lindsey Beer, and Christina Hodson. Hell, even though it was headed by Batman & Robin screenwriter... Read More »
- Damion Damaske
Before the release of Transformers: The Last Knight, Paramount and Hasbro kind of made a big deal about the writers room they had assembled to plan out the future of the Transformers series. Led by Akiva Goldsman, the group included Steven DeKnight, Robert Kirkman, Zak Penn, Jeff Pinkner, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, Lindsey Beer, and Christina Hodson (all of whom have worked on big-name genre projects and/or created a very popular comic book series that is now one of the biggest shows on TV), and together they came up with the concept for the Bumblebee spinoff and—if you trust Michael Bay—14 potential sequels and spinoffs that would take place within the Transformers universe.
Now, though, the future of the Transformers series seems a little darker than it did just a few months ago. According to /Film, Goldsman is no longer involved in the Transformers movies, and producer »
- Sam Barsanti
Previous | Image 1 of 10 | NextMark Wahlberg is Cade in ‘Transformers: The Last Knight.’
Chicago – The Windy City became the “transforming” city on June 20th, 2017, as the major cast members and director Michael Bay walked the Red Carpet for the premiere of their new film “Transformers: The Last Knight.” The special Red Carpet event was on a barge on the Chicago River, behind the legendary Civic Opera House. Mark Wahlberg, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel and Laura Haddock were among the cast members that were there.
And HollywoodChicago.com photographer Joe Arce was also there, and captured these Exclusive Portraits of the cast as they walked the Red Carpet. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All photos © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com
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Chicago – “Transformers: The Last Knight” held its star-studded premiere in Chicago on June 20, 2017. On the red carpet, Adam Fendelman of HollywoodChicago.com interviewed writers Ken Nolan, Matt Holloway and Art Marcum about their writers’ room process.
Interview by: Adam Fendelman, Publisher
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Chicago – Knock me over with a feather kids, but I enjoyed “Transformers: The Last Knight.” Maybe it was in comparison to the others or maybe director Michael Bay has beaten me into submission, but this one had the right story elements and casting to make it work, with exceptions of course.
The two essential things that made the film more tolerable was Anthony Hopkins and Laura Haddock, two Brits who brought some performance parts that made me laugh in their earnestness – Sir Anthony was particularly bizarre. The story is tied into the Arthurian legend, and begins on a knights-of-the-round-table battlefield, and somehow that gave a bit more understanding to what was going on, which was decidedly lacking in previous films. The rest will be pretty familiar to the Transformers’ universe and fan base, which surprisingly I guess I’m in tune with… no thanks to director Michael Bay, who still could have cut a good 45 minutes out of the running time. But this is the very definition of the “summer movie,” no more nutritious than the oil-slathered popcorn and giant Coke, and decidedly critic proof.
The film begins in King Arthur’s time. We find out the source of Merlin (Stanley Tucci) the Magician’s wizardry, which is an Autobot, naturally. The power is contained in a magical staff, which only Merlin can control. Meanwhile, in the present day, Autobot Optimus Prime and the Transformers are barred from earth, and a special military task force has been formed to hunt them down.
But Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) still harbors some Transformers fugitives, and rescues a young girl Izabella (Isabela Moner) because of her sympathies to the crew. During the rescue he is given a talisman that is part of the Merlin staff, and with its power becomes “the last knight.” Cade is then brought to England by the mysterious Sir Edmund (Anthony Hopkins), who teams him up with Professor Viviane (Laura Haddock), a direct descendant of Merlin. They are the last best hope to sway the earth’s destiny, as the Transformers’ home planet, Cybertron, is hurling towards our planet with the intention to destroy.
“Transformers: The Last Knight” opens everywhere June 21st, in 3D and regular screenings. See local listings for 3D theaters and show times. Featuring Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, Stanley Tucci, Anthony Hopkins, Isabela Moner, Laura Haddock and John Tuturro. Screenplay by Art Marcum, Matt Holloway and Ken Nolan. Directed by Michael Bay. Rated “PG-13”
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Yes, that's zero stars you see up there. Every time Michael Bay directs another Transformers abomination (this is the fifth), the movies die a little. Mark Wahlberg has announced that The Last Knight will be his farewell to the Bay franchise. Quoth the actor: "I get my life back."
Ha! Now Wahlberg knows how sentient film critics feel every time they exit another Bay travesty. Transformers: The Last Knight is all kinds of awful. It's also the worst of the series to date, which is saying something. The year is only half over, »
“Transformers” might wish it were in better shape.
Heading into the weekend, Paramount and Hasbro’s “Transformers: The Last Knight” looks to be the latest blockbuster to bank on overseas earnings. From domestic screens, it’s tracking to earn about $70 million during its five-day opening, which is the lowest opening for a “Transformers” movie since the 2007 film kicked off the modern franchise with $70.5 million. The reported production budget for this latest installment was $217 million.
The last “Transformers” movie, 2014’s “Age of Extinction,” opened with $100 million in North America. The four previous installments have accounted for over $1.3 billion domestically and over $3.7 billion globally.
‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Gets Extended Super Bowl Trailer (Watch)
“The Last Knight” could shape up similarly to “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” which opened to $63 million, or the lowest domestic opening for a “Pirates” movie since 2003’s “Curse of the Black Pearl. »
- Seth Kelley
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“Transformers: The Last Knight,” which opens on June 21, 2017 and is rated “PG-13,” also stars Josh Duhamel, Stanley Tucci, Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock, Isabela Moner, Santiago Cabrera, Jerrod Carmichael, Liam Garrigan, Martin McCreadie and Rob Witcomb from director Michael Bay and writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway.
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“Transformers: The Last Knight” shatters the core myths of the “Transformers” franchise and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war; Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past – in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth.
Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English lord (Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford professor (Laura Haddock). There comes a moment in everyone’s life when we are called upon to make a difference. In “Transformers: The Last Knight,” the hunted will become heroes and heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive: theirs or ours.
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Director Michael Bay has been saying repeatedly that he won't be directing Transformers 6, but many fans don't actually believe him, since he has made claims like that before. The director has stated in the past that he wouldn't direct Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Transformers: Age of Extinction, yet he ultimately came back to direct both films. While promoting Transformers: The Last Knight, which hits theaters on June 21, Michael Bay revealed once again that Transformers 5 will in fact be the last film he directs in the franchise. Here's what he had to say below.
"These movies that I've done, they are massive movies. They take a lot out of you. I've done it enough, and I've had a great time doing it. I'm going out with a bang on this one, and I feel like you gotta go out while you're ahead, you know. I think I've had a good run, »
As Paramount’s promotional campaign for The Last Knight begins to enter the homestretch, the Internet is currently awash with scintillating promos, eye-popping trailers, and genuinely intriguing featurettes designed to uncover the secret history of Transformers.
That journey through time, one that is poised to whisk viewers all the way back to King Arthur (Liam Garrigan) and the knights of the round table, was made possible by Paramount’s decision to form a writers room and, by effect, future-proof the Transformers series. What began as a tight-knit brain trust assembled by Akiva Goldsman soon expanded to include the likes of Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Zak Penn (Pacific Rim: Uprising), Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and Iron Man duo Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, leading to the creation of 14 story ideas peppered across the Transformers franchise. A Cybertron prequel movie and an historical epic have been floated in the past, »
- Michael Briers
With just a few weeks left until Transformers 5 hits theaters, director Michael Bay has released an explosive new TV spot for his action sequel. This 90-second spot may feature the most explosions ever contained in such a short amount of time, teasing that this may be the most action-packed Transformers movie in franchise history. We'll have to see if the movie itself lives up to this explosive TV spot when it hits theaters on June 21.
Director Michael Bay released this video on his personal Vimeo page earlier today. Transformers: The Last Knight, the fifth entry in the big screen franchise, shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. »
Author: Scott Davis
We are less than a month or so away from the anticipated release of Michael Bay’s latest installment in the juggernaut franchise that is Transformers with Transformers: The Last Knight. And today, some new nuggets of news on the film and indeed the future spin-off films have come to light.
First up is a casting tidbit – news from The Hollywood Reporter states that Pitch Perfect 2 star and pop superstar Hailee Steinfeld is officially on board the first spin-off from the series which is a film focusing on Bumblebee. THR reports that the actress will play a “tomboy who also holds a job as a mechanic after school.”
Travis Knight, who won a BAFTA for his brilliant animated film Kubo and the Two Strings, is helming the movie and will be the director’s first foray into live-action. Christina Hodson, screenwriter of both Unforgettable and Shut In, »
- Scott Davis
Just a few weeks ago, a Hasbro patent application gave fans their first look at the Bumblebee spin-off logo, and now we have word about the first cast member coming aboard. Actress Hailee Steinfeld has entered negotiations with Paramount to star in Bumblebee, with a deal close to being finalized. She will be directed by Laika founder Travis Knight, who will make his live-action directorial debut with this spin-off, following his true directing debut with last year's Kubo and the Two Strings.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Hailee Steinfeld will portray a young tomboy, who also holds a job as a mechanic after school. Producer Michael Bay confirmed in April that this project will be a Bumblebee prequel, which was also backed up by producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, although neither producer would reveal what specific time frame this movie is set in. Many have speculated that this movie will provide an origin story for Bumblebee, »
Paramount Pictures has released a new TV spot for Transformers: The Last Knight, which is set to hit theaters nationwide on June 21. This new video offers footage of iconic Transformers like Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, with Anthony Hopkins' character Sir Edmund Burton teasing the "secret history" of the Transformers. This action-adventure is shaping up to be one of the biggest movies of the year when it hits theaters next month.
Transformers: The Last Knight, the fifth entry in the big screen franchise, shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English »
A new trademark application from Hasbro has revealed the first official logo for the upcoming Bumblebee spin-off, which will continue the Transformers franchise in theaters next summer. The logo application was approved this weekend, and this is most likely just an early version of this logo, since there is no color scheme quite yet. This logo was described on the application as a "stylized design of a bee," which will be used for "toy action figures, toy vehicles and toy robots convertible into other visual toy form".
Tfw 2005 unveiled the logo over the weekend, although it isn't ultimately clear when we may see this logo in its official form quite yet. While no cast members have been announced, Travis Knight, who made his directorial debut with Kubo and the Two Strings last year, has signed on to direct this Bumblebee adventure, from a script by Christina Hodson (Gotham City Sirens). Michael Bay, »
Last week during CinemaCon, Transformers: The Last Knight director Michael Bay teased that there are 14 more Transformers movies that Paramount is planning, which were developed through the massive writers room the studio put together. After Transformers: The Last Knight hits theaters, the next project coming out will be the studio's Bumblebee spin-off, which has been slated for release on June 8, 2018, with Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings) set to direct. Michael Bay, who will be producing all of these spin-offs, recently confirmed that this Bumblebee movie will be a prequel, with another report claiming that filming will begin in July.
MTV caught up with Michael Bay during CinemaCon, where he reiterated his previous statement that there have been 14 Tranformers movies already written. When asked specifically about the Bumblebee spin-off, the producer wouldn't shed too much light on the story, but he did confirm it will be a prequel, and »
Last weekend, Paramount debuted a new Transformers: The Last Knight trailer at the Kids' Choice Awards, but for fans who want even more new footage, an extended version of this trailer has just arrived. Actress Isabela Moner debuted this footage on social media, while revealing that, if you want to see this footage on the big screen, it will be attached to prints of Beauty and the Beast, which opens with sneak preview screenings tonight. This new trailer also reveals that the iconic Megatron is back, while shedding new light on Isabela Moner's character, Izabella.
Isabela Moner took to Facebook today to unveil this trailer, which reveals how her character has been living among these robots, ever since her "world fell apart." We also see that Mark Wahlberg's Cade Yeager has taken her under his wing, and made her a part of his family. We also see footage »
The Transformers franchise whilst being a multi-million dollar franchise, has had its up and downs (mostly downs) when it comes to critics and audience response. Pair that with the way people have been trolling certain other franchises, remakes and reboots over the last couple of years, and its not surprising that a director would maybe feel the need to reassure the fans of what is coming.
Director Michael Bay has done just that before the upcoming release of the latest installment. Here is what he had to say to the fans:
I’ve been living in this franchise for over 10 years now. For Transformers: The Last Knight, we put together a writers’ room designed to greatly expand our mythology, integrating our films in a whole new way. Every movie will interlink.
It was a huge task to expand mythology from the beginning of the world throughout history. We had a »
- Kevin Haldon
Simon Brew Jun 12, 2017
To go with the many final trailers, a new poster has been released for the incoming Transformers: The Last Knight...
The wheels of the Transformers publicity machine keep turning, and the latest material to be spat out is this brand new poster for the movie...
And a week before that, we got this one, that we though was the last trailer...
Here's the earlier trailer that we thought was the final trailer too...
And a recent poster...
The previous trailer for Transformers: The Last Knight arrived last month. Here it is, along with a bunch of promo videos from the film...
It would be remiss of »
Say what you will about previous instalments of the franchise, but Transformers: The Last Knight is looking pretty damn cool. That's evident from the full Super Bowl TV spot for the movie which you can see below, and it features a lot of great shots, including the apparent demise of Dinobot Grimlock! Set to be released on June 23rd this year, Transformers: The Last Knight will feature the return of Mark Wahlberg as Cade Yeager as well as new roles for Isabela Moner and Jerrod Carmichael. With Bay back in the director’s chair, the screenplay for the movie was written by Iron Man's Art Marcum and Matt Holloway along with Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down). Plot details are currently being kept under wraps, but this new TV spot does at least offer some insight into what we should expect from the movie! What do you think of this latest »
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