It has been a few days since our last Transformers 2 update, so lets get to it.

A description of a Transformers 2 video game leaked onto the web yesterday:

Transformers 2 video game plot

The key line is “A new transformation system gives you more detailed control as you can switch between Robot, Weapon, and Vehicle modes” Recently screenwriter Roberto Orci revealed that there will be Transformers that transform into weapons in the sequel. But could this mean that all of the Autobots and Decepticons will have a third weapon mode in the new film?

Custom Motorcycle

The photo above gives you an idea of what Arcee might look like in alt mode. Will Kenefick tells the Ventura County Star the he created six custom motorcycles (three hero bikes and three stunt bikes) for Transformers. This pretty much confirms that three motorcycles will combine to form Arcee. According to Kenefick, 2309 hours were put in and each bike cost over $40,000, with $10,000 spent on paint alone. I’ve herd the actual bikes feature the pink and black paintjob seen in the unused concept art from the original Transformers below.

IESB explains what exactly happened in the Jonah Hill situation. Apparently Jonah was offered the part, but walked out of Michael Bay’s office after reading 20-pages of the script. Apparently the character he was to play was Shia’s chubby sidekick named “Jonah”.

Transformers Teaser Trailer

And many people are wondering when we might possibly see the first teaser trailer. The mars rover teaser spot was released on June 29th, almost a year to the day of the release of the first film. Transformers 2 is scheduled to hit theaters on June 26th 2009, could that mean a new teaser trailer will hit by months end? Screenwriter Roberto Orci responded on Don Murphy’s message boards saying “Probably in fall — maybe late summer…” Eagle Eye, also starring Shia and produced by Speilberg, is the next big Dreamwork/Paramount release that fits in the same genre. If I had to guess, I would say the studio is shooting to release a trailer attached to Eagle Eye. But who knows…. I also can’t see Bay and company going to Comic Con in July empty handed.

The photo below above is our first look at Ramon Rodriguez who plays Leo in the sequel. He was spotted filming a scene at the Richmond Power Plant on Saturday with Megan Fox and Bumblebee. Is MEgan Fox on Ramon’s lap? Could this be confirmation that Sam (Shia) and Mikaela (Fox) are no longer an item in the second film? It would further explain the frat party scenes that Shia filmed opposite Isabel Lucas. Or maybe Leo is Mikaela’s brother?

And meanwhile, a scale model of an F-22 Raptor (Starscream) was spotted being unloaded from a trailer.

contributing sources: Movie Chronicles, neogaf, TLAB, filmonic, TFW2005

It has been a few days since our last Transformers 2 Update. On Wednesday, filming continued at Laurel Hill Cemetery, where both Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and that Chevy Beat concept car (not pictured) were spotted in alt mode. [tflive]

The crew has been busy shooting scenes at UPENN, which will double as Sam Witwicky’s (Shia LaBeouf) college. Kendall Whitehouse has more photos of them setting up on Flickr. Kevin Dunn, who plays Sam Witwicky’s father Ron was spotted by fadedsilverscreen with a visitor sticker on his chest. This is the first confirmation that he is featured in the sequel. Julie White who played Sam’s mother Judy Witwicky in the original film, was no where in sight.

A banner outside University of Pennsylvania’s fraternity Psi Upsilon (known as “The Castle”) advertises a frat party, which was filmed later that night.

One extra describes a scene that was shot to TFLive:

“Shia was sitting on a old wooden chair when this girl in a green short dress (who I thought was an extra) was dancing in front of him and kept leaning into him. That’s it for the scene I was in but there is a lot more to it.”

The girl in the green dress is actually Isabel Lucas, who is playing Sam’s college friend (or maybe more?) named Alice.

A sequence involving Bumblebee racing down the street doing peel outs and 180’s was also filmed on 32nd and Chestnut. Jszack caught some of it on camera.

Later that night they filmed a scene where Isabel Lucas storms away from Bumblebee (in alt mode) after saying something to Sam through the passenger’s side window, leaving Shia LaBoeuf to talk to (or possibly yell at?) the car. Not exactly sure how this fits into the scene, but they were squirting this glowing green goo on Lucas. Thanks to zacklur for the photos. And yes, that is Michael Bay directing Shia and Isabel in the photo below.

If anyone has any photos, videos, or set reports from Transformers 2, please e-mail us!

SAAB Aero-X

Rumor has it that the SAAB Aero-X concept car might appear in the film as the alt mode for Wheeljack. It’s worth noting that SAAB is a subsidiary of General Motors who supplied most of the cars in the first film. Wheeljack is the scientist and warrior of the Autobots, always inventing new weapons and gadgets. In past versions, Wheeljack’s alternative mode has included the 1973 Lancia Stratos Turbo, 1987 Porsche 962 and 2006 Ford Mustang. The character was originally part of the line-up pitched for the original film, but didn’t make the cut. The rumor has credible origins, and ties into a mention that Eric Geers, director of Communications fro SAAB, made in January at the North American International Auto Show. [transformerslive]

/Film reader PAK sent over word that e-mails have been sent to University of Pennsylvania employees warning them of the upcoming Transformers 2 shoot, which will feature Shia’s character at college. Here is an excerpt:

To the Penn Community:

DreamWorks Productions will be filming scenes for the upcoming movie “Transformers 2″ on Penn’s campus this week. The filming will take place in the Quad and both inside and outside the Psi Upsilon (Castle) fraternity on Locust Walk. Both Penn and DreamWorks staff will be on hand to help guide people around the area during filming in an effort to minimize any inconvenience.

Setup, filming, and set deconstruction are scheduled for the Quad from June 10 through June 12 and for the Castle fraternity from June 10 through June 15.

Meanwhile, Bay and company were filming yesterday in Italian Market in South Philadelphia. Powet.tv has a few uninteresting photos. John Tuturro, Shia Labeouf, and Megan Fox were all present. Tuturro was wearing a Butcher’s outfit (photographed right), and the sign on the shop read “Cuppucci & Simmons”, so one must assume that Simmons has become a butcher after the dissolution of Sector 7.

Another reader noted that the bookstore doors, which usually have huge Penn shields etched onto them were replaced with plain glass doors yesterday, so chances are they will also be shooting in that area.

Philly.com reports The Dairy Fields in Fairmount Park today are reserved for filming.

New Mexico’s Governor Bill Richardson announced that Transformers 2 has been prepping in Alamogordo since April and expects to begin filming “in the fall.” Its worth noting that the Holloman Air Force Base was used in the original film for the Blackout attack sequence.

Transformers 2: Does Fallen Get His Revenge?

Fallen

Since Hasbro announced the new name for the Transformers sequel a couple days back, fans have been trying to connect the title, Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen with the mythology presented in a 2002 comic book mini-series. Since the first rumblings I’ve just assumed that the character known as Fallen and the new film probably weren’t connected. I mean, if Michael Bay was at all interested in the established Transformers mythology, why choose this over the older and more established history? It’s like deciding to make a remake of Back to the Future where Biff’s friend with the 3D glasses is now the main antagonist.

So who is Fallen? He is one of the original thirteen Transformers created by Primus to help him defeat Unicron. According to the Transformers Wiki, Fallen turned against his siblings, his creator, and his universe.

“As Vector Prime was constructed to safeguard Space/Time, this robot’s function was to oversee the primal force of entropy, the aging and dissolution of order in this universe as presage to a new creation. However, this guardian of entropy became obsessed with the darker side of chaos and death, and in the black place these urges led him, the betrayer found a new god, more suited to his nature. He turned against Primus and became the Fallen. Now he is a being of power, darkness, and absolute dedication to Unicron. At the end of the first battle between the two Gods, for his treachery, the Fallen was sealed into extradimensional limbo along with his new master.”

Very little of the Fallen’s backstory is given in his actual fictional appearances. Even his altmode, which was designed to be a tank, never appeared in his fictional appearances. Basically, Fallen is rooted in Transformers mythology but his less than extensive background would give Bay and company a lot of wiggle room to play within. I’m still not sure what to think of this. But why not call the title Revenge of Fallen instead of Revenge of the Fallen? Or were they trying to go for a double meaning, kinda like how Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade use to work on two different levels?

Early Transformers 2 Secrets Revealed

Want to find out more about the Transformers 2 scene Michael Bay is shooting at Bethlehem Steel? Or how about the shoot scheduled at the Smithsonian? We have all the details. As always, if you don’t want anything spoiled, skip it! And while I’m 95% sure this information is legit, there is always the chance that this could be leaked misinformation from Bay (although it doesn’t seem like it). But for your safety, treat everything below as rumor.

The opening of Transformers 2 takes place at a Steel Factory in Shanghai, China (filmed in Bethlehem, PA), where the Autobots, the British SAS (Matthew Marsden as “Graham” and Andrew Howard) and Captain Lennox’s Military team (Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson) are chasing after a Decepticon Audi RS8. Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox are not featured in the opening chase sequence.

The autobots include a pair of robots called The Twins, which join together to form an Ice Cream Truck (pictured right). An ice cream truck is a great disguise for a transformer as no one would suspect. I’m guessing that one of the twins is white and the other is pink (but this is just a guess). This appears the be the coolest new addition to the autobot line-up. There’s one sequence where the Twins are speeding down a Shanghai street and split apart around a group of chinese children in the street, which should be pretty cool looking. At another point the truck crashes and the Twins split in two and have a brotherly fight. Yes, it looks like the comic tone of the original film is back.

Also involved in the chase is a hot pink ninja style motorcycle with black highlights which turns into Arcee (toy pictured below), a go-cart named Wheels / Wheelbot and Stinger (possibly a Porsche). Lennox’s team meets up with Ironhide on a Shanghai Street. I’m not sure exactly what happens but it appears that the Deception R8 escapes. All in all it seems like a pretty bad ass chase sequence.

Acree

Acree concept

Arcee was originally going to be a member of the live-action movie’s Autobot cast, but was later replaced by Ironhide.

Arcee Scale Chart

The production has now moved to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum for a scene which takes place late into the film (I’m guessing about an hour into the film). Bumblebee and The Twins are left in the parking lot as Sam (Shia), Mikaela (Fox), Sam’s college roommate/friend Leo (a new supporting character played by The Wire’s Ramon Rodriguez), and Sector 7 Agent Simmons (John Turturro) distract the guards and sneak into the Smithsonian after hours. Simmons uses a radiation tracker (a call back to the first film) to find a SR-71 Blackbird in the museum.

Blackbird

Sam uses something called the “Splinter” (maybe a tiny piece of the alspark?) to activate the SR-71, which transforms into Jetfire. Jetfire as a Blackbird spy plane? Very Cool. For some reason he has a Decepticon logo, not sure why. Maybe he switched sides?

The involvement of a Constructicon Earth Mover pretty much confirms the rumor that the Constructicons and Devastator might appear in the film.

I’m sure we’ll learn more in the coming weeks as there is 80 more days of shooting to go. But so far what we do know has me very excited for Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen.

contributing source: tfw2005, Rejects

Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen

Transformers 2: Revenge of the FallenIt has been confirmed, the seqel to Transformers will be titled…

Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen

If you were trying to avoid spoiler, better not look at the title. I’ve seen a couple people complaining about it on other sites, but I actually quite like it. It’s very old school in a Revenge of the Jedi meets Empire Strikes Back type way. But enough about me…

What do you guys think of the new title?

Star TrekParamount is not only interested in another Star Trek sequel, but they are apparently trying to sign the contracts to bring the writers back for a follow-up

“I can give you a spoiler about the Studio’s state of mind (not about the movie itself). The spoiler is that they already want to lock us down to write the sequel,” co-writer Roberto Orci revealed to TrekMovie. “Take that as you will.

And by US, he means the entire team behind the new Star Trek film, including producer Damon Lindelof, executive producer Bryan Burk and director/producer JJ Abrams. But even Orci admits that no detailed discussions have yet to take place.

It’s previously been reported that main cast have options for two additional films, which is standard practice with any potential franchise contract now-a-days. I think it will all depend on next Summer’s opening weekend. Based on the production time-lines of Paramount’s other recent sequels, Transformers and Iron Man, its safe to speculate that a Trek sequel, if greenlit, could hit theaters as early as Summer 2011.

Transformers 2 Fan PosterAnd speaking of Transformers, Michael Bay insists that Transformers 2 will be completely self contained. The sequel will not serve as a teaser for a third film – like Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest or The Matrix Reloaded.

“You know how those sequels they do the second one so you go see the third one? Transformers 2 is it,” Bay told MTV. “First one was just introducing, setting up stuff, so we can go a lot farther. Let’s just say [this] is not a lame sequel.” … “The robots are going to surprise a lot of people because we go with a lot of different levels.”

But that also doesn’t mean that audience demand won’t lead to a third film (actually, I’m pretty sure it might).

Disclaimer: Before you ask, the Transformers 2 teaser poster is a fan creation.

Transformers

Transformers 2 screenwriter Roberto Orci has made an interesting comment on Don Murphy’s message board:

“I’d love and think we could almost barely manage ten on each side, with some front and center and others as more supporting.”

Translation: There will be almost 20 Transforming Robots in disguise in the upcoming Michael Bay sequel!

Despite reassuring comments from Bay himself, fans have been worried that the sequel would be more human focused than the original. But I’m not quite sure packing the film with 20 Transformers is a step in the right direction. The biggest fan criticism of the first film was that not enough time was spent with the Transformers as personalities. And now with almost 20 of them on the big screen, alongside the bevy of human characters, who knows if the sequel will be any different. On the other hand, this could mean more big robot action sequences, which is always cool.

Also this just in… /Film Reader Jason X sent this in [SPOILER WARNING]:

“My girlfriend works at Eastern State Penitentiary in the Fairmount area of Philadelphia. It was used as a prison from 1829 until 1971, and is now a historical site and museum. Anyway, at the prison today producers for Transformers 2 were on site with scale models of Megatron, Optimus Prime and Star Scream and were scouting filming locations in cell block 1 and the prison kitchen. Just thought I’d let people know that filming should begin here soon.”

So looks like we can expect a big giant robot jailbreak.

Transformers 2 Logo

The neighbors of the Transformers 2 Bethlehem Steel movie set have gotten a letter from the location manager warning them of, among other things, “large scale pyrotechnics”. Yes that’s right folks… As expected, Michael Bay will be blowing more shit up in the Transformers sequel, beginning next week (Not that anyone was expecting anything less…). You can complain all you want about Michael Bay, but one thing you can’t deny is that he knows how to blow shit up (see the awesome highlight video from last year). Thanks for /Film reader Ironhide for e-mailing us a scan of the letter, which also gives us a look at the film’s in-production logo. Simple but very cool. Phone numbers have been blurred to protect the production team from prank calls. Click below to enlarge.

Transformers 2 letter

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Jazz Returns in Transformers 2

Jazz Transformers Movie

Autobot Jazz will make a return in Michael Bay‘s Transformers 2. TFW2005 has confirmed that the silver/gray customized hardtop Pontiac Solstice GXP vehicle prop arrived on the set of the Transformers sequel early Friday. A second tipster also spotted Darius McCrary, the voice of Jazz from the original film, also on set.

For those who might not remember, Jazz played a large role in the final battle, providing cover to a disabled Bumblebee, despite being outnumbered three to one. Jazz was later viciously torn in half by Megatron on top of tall building. His death was mourned by Prime and the remaining Autobots, but it was never revealed what Optimus did with the remains. In the mobile phone Transformers game, Jazz was brought back by Ratchet using the last piece of the Allspark. McCrary hinted at the film’s Los Angeles premiere that the character might return for a sequel, but Michael Bay later stated on his official website that Jazz will remain dead:

“No Jazz is dead,” Bay wrote. “We have way more cool robots to come.”

Bay later stated admitted that he has and plans to intentionally leak false information about the sequel. With this latest development, I think we just found the first official lie. Or could the prop car and McCrary set appearance of the  be part of Bay’s plan to leak false information to fan websites?