First there was “Back to the Future,” and then “The Matrix,” and then, more recently, “Pirates of the Caribbean,” where literally the last thing said on screen during the second film was a cliffhanging new plot point. If you’ve got a successful franchise, why not link the second and third movies, forcing audiences to wait upwards of a year for resolution?
Because it’s friggin “lame,” “Transformers” director Michael Bay insisted to us at the MTV Movie Awards, telling MTV News that the second go-round with Optimus Prime would be entirely self-contained.
“You know how those sequels they do the second one so you go see the third one? [“Transformers 2”] is it,” he said, indicating that “2” would be its own story free from the duel shackles of set-up or resolution. “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.”
If “Transformers” was all about introduction, then “Transformers 2” will be all about escalation, with reports that upwards of 20 robots will do battle in the blockbuster sequel. But for Bay, it’s not the number of robots present, but how they’ll be more fully and individually realized that has him excited, he said.
“The robots are going to surprise a lot of people because we go with a lot of different levels,” he teased.
Of course, that also applies to returning cast members, as well, who will now get a chance to go further with their characters than they did in the original. Shia LaBeouf will be in college (and taught by Rainn Wilson). But forget transforming robots or finals angst, Megan Fox smiled, the real transformation is yet to come.
“In this one I transform from a girl into a woman,” she laughed.
“Bay then zipped up to the chain-link gate in a golf cart as people screamed and chanted ”T-2! T-2!” He cheerfully invited everyone into a parking lot at Northampton Community College’s Fowler Family Southside Center, just a few hundred feet from two Apache helicopters.”
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Michael Bay feels vindicated.
Paramount Pictures is releasing his box office hit “Transformers” on Blu-ray Disc, nearly a year after the studio’s decision to issue the film in the rival HD DVD format triggered a tirade from the director.
“I’ve been waiting for ‘Transformers’ to be released on Blu-ray for a long time, and it was worth the wait,” Bay said. He called the September 2 release of the two-disc set “the complete high-definition package for fans.”
“It looks stunning and really allows you to engage with this movie in new ways,” Bay added. “Remember, I told everyone Blu-ray was best.”
He sure did. In August, when Paramount stunned the industry by announcing it was dropping its support for Blu-ray Disc and would release films only in HD DVD, “Transformers” was the flashpoint of the controversy. It was the biggest title the studio had in store for the fourth quarter, and a Blu-ray Disc edition had already been mastered and prepared for release.
On his Web site, Bay blasted Paramount’s decision to go HD DVD-only and threatened to take his sequel elsewhere.
“I want people to see my movies in the best formats possible,” he wrote. “For Paramount to deny people who have Blu-ray sucks! They are progressive by having two formats. No ‘Transformers 2’ for me.”
Bay backtracked, writing the next day that he “overreacted” and “might be back on” for the sequel. As it turns out, HD DVD was soon to be doomed when principal developer Toshiba threw in the towel February 19.
The Blu-ray edition of “Transformers” that Paramount is preparing will include extensive extras and special features, including a commentary from Bay and two documentaries about the film’s human and robotic stars. Segments include executive producer Steven Spielberg discussing his love for the franchise, and a detailed look at the casting process and real-world weapons provided by the military.
Bay said principal photography on “Transformers 2” is set to begin Monday.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Shooting begins today in Bethlehem, Pa. Good luck to Michael and the crew!
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) — “Transformers” is the winner of best movie at the 2008 MTV Movie Awards.
Last summer’s robots-in-disguise blockbuster took the top honor Sunday night. Megan Fox helped accept the award.
The ceremony was held at the Gibson Amphitheatre, only a couple of hundred yards uphill from the disastrous fire that ripped through the adjacent Universal Studios lot earlier in the day in Universal City, Calif.
Online voters chose winners for categories such as best kiss, best villain and best summer movie so far. Johnny Depp won twice, and got the biggest ovations of the night while shyly accepting best comedic performance and best villain awards.
Tom Cruise presented Adam Sandler with the Generation Award, the show’s highest honor.