Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman recently spoke with SCI FI Wire to discuss what’s coming up with the new story, what robots we may see in it and the possibility of getting Leonard Nimoy to voice a character. Here are a few excerpts:
Talk about the process of deciding what robots to keep, what robots to add. There are so many of these characters that you have to pick from. How do you winnow them down, how do you add the new ones, integrate them?
Orci: Well, the easier one, obviously, is the fact that we inherit certain ones from the previous movie and from the fact that Prime and Bumblebee are kind of the two front-and-center relationships. … In terms of villains, it was again going back to all the source material. … We got a bunch of the comics again, we got a bunch of the old cartoons, and just started looking for kind of the most elemental bad guy that kind of jumped off the material, and we found one in the Fallen.
And you’ve got to bring Megatron back.
Orci: Exactly. But part of it, too, was because of the oddity of the strike, what happened before the strike is that Alex and I and Ehren wrote up kind of a 20-page treatment of … kind of, basically, the moves of the movie. And so many of the robots were selected there. But then many of them were also selected during the strike while we couldn’t do anything, as a matter of necessity, by Hasbro and by [director] Michael Bay for some of the action sequences. They literally had to start designing somebody. And they were prohibited by the law from calling us and saying, “Who should that other somebody be?” So it was a mixture of the characters that we had in our treatment and some of the characters that were designed specifically for the movie for production.
And here’s what Orci had to say about the possibility of Nimoy voicing a character in the film:
And you, Bob, were quoted as saying you were trying to get Leonard Nimoy to do the Fallen?
Orci: He originally was the voice in the animated movie, and at one of the conventions, Alex and I actually spoke to him about it, and he’s like, “Yeah, I’d be open to that.” But it’ll be Michael’s decision.
Have you talked with Michael about that?
Orci Oh, sure. … He’s like, “Hmm.” And we’re like, “You know you’re cousins, right?” [Nimoy's wife is Michael Bay's cousin.]
There was also some talk about Frank Welker, the original voice of Megatron, and whether he’d actually end up in the movie after all?
Orci: Exactly, and I think they’re in the middle of hashing that out. We’ll see who we get.
Read the entire interview over at SCI FI Wire.