Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Transformers: Robots In Disguise Season 1 DVD Set Announced

Shout! Factory has announced they are releasing Transformers: Robots in Disguise Season 1 on 4 disc DVD set on May 10th. No word if there will be a Blu-ray release but doubtful as Shout! Factory tends to focus on DVDs for most of their releases including all the previous Transformers cartoons. The retail price is $29.93 with $5 off if pre-ordered from the company directory. Likely it will also be available on Amazon and few other retailers too. As for when Robots in Disguise season 2 will start, still no word on when except sometime in the next few months.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Transformers 5 Filming to Begin In May

According to My Entertainment World, Transformers 5 will begin principle photography sometime in May. Not sure really sure about the accuracy of the site's info but that date is pretty predictable considering the last three films all started filming in late April or mid May the year before intended release date of the movie and continued filming through the summer at a variety of locations. So in this case the plan is probably start filming from May to August or September and then post production through to May or June 2017.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Hasbro Signs Deal for Transformers Attraction in China

Deadline is reporting that Hasbro has signed a deal with China's DMG Entertainment for "Transformers Live" attraction in an unspecified city in China by 2017. One of the executives involved said "Transformers Live will be a cross between an action-adventure spectacle, a theme park attraction and a theatrical show. Fans will experience intense action, beautiful visual moments, an emotionally engaging story, lots of humor and rousing music." Disney, Dreamworks Animation and Universal are all planning to open theme parks in China over the next few years so things like this will probably continue with Hasbro and other Hollywood franchises, especially since China is estimated to surpass the United States in box office revenue by 2017.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Transformers 5 Returning to Chicago

In a radio interview with WGN to promote his latest film 13 Hours, Transformers 5 director Michael Bay indicated that Transformers 5 would film in Chicago once again. He did not indicate the scale of the filming so it could just be a brief week or two shoot (like Age of Extinction) or for a majority of the film (Dark of the Moon). If Bay sticks to his same general schedule as previous films then principle photography will crank up sometime in April or May. (via TFW2005)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Michael Bay Comments on Transformers Writers Room

In an interview with Collider for 13 Hours, Michael Bay briefly commented on the Transformers Writers Room. As far as giving any info on Transformers 5 he said "I can't tease shit. I am going to be like J.J. Abrams". Important part below, TF stuff starts at the 7:27 point in the video below.
Collider: They are aiming to do a lot more. They had these story groups. Where people came in. What can you tease people about where you want to take your last installment of the franchise and maybe anything you can reveal from those story meetings that really resonated with you.
Bay: They did a really good job of going back in time and connecting things in history and how it relates. Different spin-offs. They are a very talented group of writers. They came up with a lot of clever ideas. Steven [Spielberg] and I are going to break out some smaller ones to do. I guess this will be my last one.

Collider: You have said that before.
Bay: Yeah, I know. That is all they want to do is this franchise. That is all they want to do. I had to beg to get to get to make [13 Hours].
All he really did was confirm what we already knew - that the Writers Room generated multiple story ideas that Hasbro, Paramount, etc are considering. Michael Bay, regardless if Transformers 5 is the last TF film he directs, is likely contractually locked in for Executive Producer credit for all future Transformers films which means he has input on at least some of the decisions for the franchise's future.
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