In a bid for a “Transformers” expanded universe, Paramount Pictures has tapped Akiva Goldsman to create a “writers’ room” for the franchise with director Michael Bay, executive producer Steven Spielberg and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Deadline reports.
Goldman, who won an Oscar for his screenplay for “A Beautiful Mind,” will likely oversee the writing process for a more cohesive universe involving multiple spinoffs of the core “Transformers” films. The studio appears to want to fast-track these sequels and spinoffs.
Just when it seemed like Saturday morning cartoons had gone the way of Cybertron, the Cartoon Network and Hasbro are giving us (and the machines) a reason to rise and shine with Transformers: Robots in Disguise. Centered on Bumblebee, the Autobot also known as a yellow muscle car, this fun new entry in the franchise inspired by Hasbro’s popular line of mighty morphin’ mobile changers has a more humorous vibe than previous incarnations such as Transformers: Prime or Beast Wars.
In this version, Optimus Prime puts ‘Bee in charge of protecting our planet when the troublemaking Transformers on the new team—including Dinobot fave Grimlock—find their metal, err, mettle tested by a crew of Decepticons, who wreak havoc on mankind after their prison ship crashes on Earth. Among the vocal cast is Glee‘s Darren Criss, Entourage‘s Constance Zimmer, Boy Meets World‘s Will Friedle, and the only person who should ever voice Optimus Prime, Peter Cullen.
Follow the link for the scheduling information, and for a preview clip of the new series.
This year marks the Tenth anniversary of IDW Publishing and Hasbro being in business together, a relationship that began in 2005 with the publication of IDW’s firstTRANSFORMERS title. To celebrate a decade of creativity, innovation, and success, the two companies are announcing the extension of their blockbuster relationship.
Once TRANSFORMERS was established as an immediate success, IDW expanded its comic line to include the Hasbro property G.I. JOE, then eventually the smash-hit MY LITTLE PONY and coming this March, JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS! IDW will also continue to publish the LITTLEST PET SHOP and DUNGEONS & DRAGONS comics. These titles have become perennial staples at IDW, and will continue to play key roles in IDW’s publishing slate going forward, in all existing formats, both print and digital. Fans of the line can expect much more of the quality products they’ve come to expect: Comics, Trade Paperbacks, Hardcovers, Micro Comic Fun Packs, IDW Limited collections, and more.
Follow the link to read the rest of the press release.
Mairghread Scott has some things to say about Windblade’s partipation in the upcoming “Combiner Wars” miniseries.
”Combiner Wars” is a six-issue event crossing over the books Transformers (written by John Barber) and Transformers: Windblade (written by me). “Combiner Wars” is also an epic, political and actual battle over the future of Cybertron as Starscream (ruler of the entire planet) tries to establish the largest empire Cybertron has ever seen – and pretty much everyone from Optimus to Ironhide tries to stop him.
Sarah Stone and Livio Ramondelli bring some really eye popping art that fans of Transformers are going to love and non-fans are going to be blown away by. A great jumping-on point for the series, we’ve tried to make “Combiner Wars” the sort of summer blockbuster that delivers on story as well as visuals. Secrets will be revealed! Giant robots will beat each other into the ground! If you’ve never given us a try before, now is the time.
Follow the link for the full interview. The Combiner Wars crossover begins in March.
The theme for Botcon 2015 has been revealed: Cybertron’s Most Wanted!
And the planet’s only hope.
Botcon 2015 will be held from June 18th – 21st at the Pheasant Run Resort, Chicago Illinois. Check the official Botcon site for reservation information. Further information will be available on Botcon’s official Twitter feed.
Takara-Tomy has posted a stop motion video of the forthcoming Masterpiece Ultra Magnus on their official YouTube channel. The short features Ultra Magnus alongside other Masterpiece figures to demonstrate the scale of the figure, and a transformation sequence that shows, among other things, that the cab is an integrated part of the larger figure and does not have to be removed during transformation.
The figure is expected to be available in late December.
Multiple Transformers sites are reporting that “Tiny Titans” figures will be available as a part of the “Robots in Disguse” toyline in 2015. These figures appear to be very similar to the now-defunct “Robot Heroes” line of non-transforming figures that were available in 2007 and 2008.
Made of PVC and standing only two inches high, these figures are posed in various action stances, and will likely have very little in the way of articulation. Retail price per figure is unknown at this time.
The Tiny Titans are expected to arrive at retail in early 2015.
The figure will be Deluxe Class, and will be available at retail in early 2015.
Combiner Wars features new versions of the classic Generation One gestalts Superion and Menasor, and is the result of Hasbro and IDW collaborating to have the toyline on store shelves while the storyline is explored in IDW’s ongoing Transformers series.