UPDATED: The extended Super Bowl spot that’s playing during the game tonight is now online. Watch it after the jump. Our original story follows below.
As has become customary with every blockbuster summer, there are plenty of sequels on the way. One of them will be Transformers: The Last Knight, the next chapter in the franchise based on the best-selling Hasbro toy property. This will be the first sequel that was developed as part of an extensive writers room planning the future of the Transformers franchise for the rest of the decade and beyond, and some new footage has just arrived.
The Super Bowl will viewed by millions who are right in the demographic that Paramount Pictures is hoping to get into theaters this summer for Transformers: The Last Knight, so it should come as no surprise that the studio will have a Super Bowl spot for the sequel playing during the game. For those who don’t give a damn about the game and don’t want to wait around for it, the Transformers The Last Knight Super Bowl spot has just been released online. Read More »
For years now, Michael Bay has threatened/teased that each new Transformers sequel he directs could be his last. But here we are with Transformers: The Last Knight arriving this summer, his fifth film in the toy franchise. However, this time rather than offhandedly mentioning that this might be his last round with the robots in disguise, Michael Bay took the time to write a letter to fans on his official website. So it sounds like Michael Bay leaving Transformers may truly become a reality. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
When Donald Trump was somehow elected President of the United States of America, many people around the world took solace in knowing that this turn of events would probably inspire some pretty fascinating art before everyone got killed in the fires of a nuclear holocaust. However, I think it’s pretty safe to say that none of us expected Michael Bay to wade into this particular pond. But here he is: the director of The Rock, Armageddon, and the Transformers movies is producing Little America, a science fiction movie set in a dystopia where a “Donald Trump-like President” has sent the United States spiraling into bankruptcy.
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The G.I. Joe franchise makes money, but it doesn’t make Michael Bay money. While we’ll see Transformers number five this summer, we continue to wait for a G.I. Joe 3, which may have been delayed due to scheduling. Director D.J. Caruso was attached to direct the film, but he moved on to make xXx: Return of Xander Cage. When Caruso was developing the Hasbro film, he had it end with the G.I. Joe and Transformers universes meeting.
Below, learn why Paramount didn’t go for the G.I. Joe Transformers crossover.
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The first trailer for Transformers: The Last Knight arrived one week ago, along with our coverage from a set visit that happened over the summer up in Michigan (find out what we learned right here). However, last week was chock full of a bunch of stuff, including the teaser trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, first trailer for The Mummy, the first trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming, and the first trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes. So we thought maybe we should swing around to Transformers to try and assess exactly what the hell is going on in that first trailer.
One of the big questions following the trailer’s debut is why Optimus Prime and Bumblebee were fighting (and some theories have been proposed), but there’s much more to dive into in this trailer breakdown, and we’re trying to make sense of it all in our Transformers The Last Knight trailer breakdown after the jump. Read More »
After watching the first trailer for Transformers: The Last Knight earlier this week, you probably have a lot of questions about what’s going on. Hell, I was on the set of the movie this past summer and know some things Paramount Pictures wouldn’t let us talk about and I still don’t really know what’s going on. But perhaps the biggest question from the trailer is why is Optimus Prime fighting Bumblebee?
Well, it just so happens that an explanation might lie in the mythology of the Transformers, but to discuss the possible explanations would dive into spoiler territory, so we’ll leave that for after the jump. Read More »
We’ve already run through all the new story details and character information from Transformers: The Last Knight in the first part of our report from our visit to the sequel’s set last summer. But that doesn’t convey just what it’s like to be on the set of a movie directed by Michael Bay. The man is known for getting worked up on set and working fast and frenetically, and he demands the best out of his cast and crew, so much that it even sparks them to become more innovative to satisfy his work speed. This is truly something to behold when it’s all happening in front of you. As one of the crew members said, “It’s the Super Bowl every day.”
In the second part of our Transformers The Last Knight set visit report, we discuss what it’s like to watch Michael Bay at work, complete with insight from his crew members that are always kept on their toes while completing 90 setups a day, and some details on the huge action sequences we’re going to see play out in theaters next summer, including some with flares of Braveheart and Saving Private Ryan. Read More »
Even though Paramount Pictures has made it possible for Transformers to come to life on the big screen, it’s safe to assume we’ll never see alien robots that can transform into vehicles standing in front of us. However, we’ll get the next best thing thanks to the magic of new virtual reality technology.
While we were on the set of Transformers: The Last Knight (check out our set visit report right here) with a group of press up in Michigan this past summer, director Michael Bay revealed that he’s working on a Transformers VR project with IMAX and Industrial Light & Magic. So now the explosive action of Michael Bay and Transformers will be in your face closer than ever before.
Find out more about the Transformers VR project after the jump. Read More »
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There are plenty of movie lovers out there who just don’t like the movies of Michael Bay. But no matter how ridiculous the action is in his movies, or how silly the story may be, you can’t deny that he is one of the most proficient and efficient directors working today. All of the stories you hear about how crazy this man is on movie sets are true. But it’s because of his demand for excellency that the cast and crew respect him, working intensely to ensure that the production is moving quickly and efficiently.
Some might find Michael Bay’s intensity unnecessary and over the top, but it’s his raw, unbridled passion for filmmaking, albeit in his own unique style, that has resulted in one of the most impressively run film sets I have ever seen. In fact, pushing his crew to do such hard, fast work has resulted in one particular innovation that is essentially Michael Bay’s secret weapon to shooting a mega visual effects blockbuster like Transformers: The Last Knight in such a speedy, productive fashion, and it’s not the Bayhem camera that we’ve talked about before.
Find out what Michael Bay’s secret weapon is after the jump. Read More »
Even though the Transformers franchise brings in some big-name talent to star in each and every movie, it’s the Transformers themselves and the insane action involving them that people are coming to see. Seeing the Transformers come to life on the big screen wouldn’t be possible without the impressive visual effects work done by countless people behind the scenes. And when you’re talking about a movie from a large-scale director like Michael Bay, we’re getting a movie where almost every single shot has visual effects in it.
In fact, director Michael Bay revealed on a visit to the set of Transformers: The Last Knight that the visual effects of the Transformers franchise are so complex that they have broken the computers of Industrial Light & Magic (ILM). Find out how Transformers visual effects break ILM computers after the jump. Read More »