Transformers update

OptimusPrime.jpgWith the story of the Alias writers off to keep busy on Mission: Impossible 3 for a while, Coming Soon has asked what will happen with Transformers of the two writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci:

“‘Transformers’ is very tricky, because it’s a movie based on a toy line,” Kurtzman told us, when asked about how hard it might be to turn the Hasbro toys into a feature film. “The first question you have to ask yourself is what’s the movie? We sat down with Steven Spielberg, and we said that the action scenes in this movie are a given, but he said that that it’s the story of a boy and his car and that he wants to bring back the old Amblin movies. It’s ‘Back to the Future’…If you start ‘Transformers’ with giant robots sitting in a spaceship flying through space, your movie is dead in the water. It’s all about keeping it at a human level, and seeing the amazing things that are going on through the eyes of the characters.”…

…”The staple characters: Optimus Prime, Megatron, Soundwave, Shockwave, Starscream, Jazz,” Kurtzman replied. “There’s going to be a lot of them. You’re going to have ten Transformers in that movie, and if that’s not enough, you can go see 2, 3, 4 or 5.”

“The meat and potatoes are going to be in there,” writing partner Robert Orci continued. “We’re just missing the premise for the sequels.”

They still believe that Michael Bay may be directing the movie, but they do have to hand in the script before he makes a final decision.

Wow there’s a lot of information there. Basically it looks like Transformers is looking superb so far. They aren’t not going to just focus on a CGI based robot movie, but centralise the story around the human aspect. Not to mention that they’re thinking about the whole ethos of Back to the Future in these movies.

Bay is still involved as far as the writers understand it, and the question is what would Bay make of the idea above, could he carry off successfully? Overall this sounds really promising with the characters, proposed storyline and the franchise idea, the question still stands though…is Bay still the best bet considering the direction? Frankly if they’re looking at a Back to the Future and a humanised feel I don’t see Bay pulling this off…he’s all robots and big bangs!

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