The Writers Strike is Officially Over, but no need to wait for Paramount/DreamWorks to hire a screenwriter to draft out a treatment for Transformers 2, because Michael Bay has already done the work himself.
“I’ve been writing Transformers 2. We’ve got our characters all designed. I always write all my scripts, my movies anyway so at least I’ve got something to give the writers. It’s like a template. We have a really good outline so I worked on that,” Bay told Rotten Tomatoes. “We had to because I want to make my date. I’m not going to let the strike take me down.”
“When you do your first movie, you break the back of it. Now we can have a lot more fun. We can actually make the depth of these characters more fun and a lot more interesting characters. To see actually what you can achieve visually, you never know. When you go into a movie, you never know visually. I think I’ve got a lot of fun, interesting, funny characters.”
A lot of people around the web are slamming Bay, saying that he’s not a writer and should stick to directing. I disagree. Bay is a great visual storyteller, and with him involved at the core story level, we’re sure to get a film with a lot more cinematic storytelling built in (instead of just the traditional action tentpole sequences). I could very well be wrong, but let’s wait and see.
Transformers 2 is tentatively scheduled to hit theaters on June 26th 2009.