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Orci & Kurtzman Talk Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen March 31, 2009 5:05 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in DreamWorks, Movies, News, Paramount Pictures.
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transformersrevengeofthefallen-031709Transformers: 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.


Transformers’ Megan Fox on the Cover of Empire March 25, 2009 3:06 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in DreamWorks, Movies, Paramount.
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meganfoxempirecover-032509Megan Fox (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) is featured on the cover of the new issue of Empire Magazine. The issue hits stores on Thursday, March 26th.  Click the image above to head on over to Empire for more on what’s covered in the issue.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen hits theaters on June 24, 2009.

Transformers 3 Set for July 1, 2011 But Michael Bay Unhappy About Date + Thor Changing Dates Again March 17, 2009 7:01 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in DreamWorks, Marvel, Movies, News, Paramount, Release Dates.
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transformersrevengeofthefallen-031709Last night Paramount/DreamWorks announced a July 1, 2011 release date for Transformers 3.  But apparently they forgot to inform director Michael Bay who isn’t so pleased with the early release.  Bay wrote the following post on his official message boards:

Wait a minute! I said I was taking off a year from Transformers. Paramount made a mistake in dating Transformers 3 – they asked me on the phone – I said yes to July 4 – but for 2012 – whoops! Not 2011!!! That would mean I would have to start prep in September. No way. My brain needs a break from fighting robots.

Paramount/DreamWorks say they wanted to get ahead of the competition in announcing an early release date, but honestly, what’s the deal with setting dates so early?

In other news, Paramount, on behalf of Marvel, is moving up the release of Thor from June 16, 2011 to May 20, 2011. (Paramount is the distributor of the film, while Marvel Entertainment is producing and financing.)

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen hits theaters on June 24, 2009.

DreamWorks Chooses Disney for Distribution February 10, 2009 6:14 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in DreamWorks, Movies, News, Walt Disney.
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dreamworkslogo-021009The Walt Disney Stuidos has agreed to enter into an exclusive long-term distribution arrangement with DreamWorks Studios.  Under the agreement, Disney will handle distribution and marketing for approximately six DreamWorks films each year.  The first film is expected to hit theaters in 2010.

DreamWorks was more recently aligned with Paramount.  Universal Pictures was another possible partner, but the two studios decided not to partner about a week ago.

The full press release follows below the fold. (more…)