Our good friend Frosty over at Collider — who if I haven’t mentioned this already, is probably one of the hardest working men in Hollywood — got a chance to talk, at length with director Michael Bay about Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen last night on the red carpet for Friday the 13th, which Bay produced. And as even Bay says in the interview, this is the longest interview that he’s done to this point about his Transformers sequel. But before he gets into talking about the movie, we are able to see the negotiations take place for Bay to purchase Collider and “revolutionize” it. We are not sure what that means, but if I had to guess — I would say that something awesome is in store. But all kidding aside, Bay did talk a little bit about the film he is currently editing. Below are some highlights:
- Bay shot 3 scenes in IMAX. As he explains, seeing Optimus Prime fight in IMAX is going to be something special.
- The robots “will have much more personality.” In the first film they were “just trying to crack it” and see what they could accomplish. But in the second go ’round, we will be taken on the ride with the robots and really see them come to life.
- “Fans wanted it darker. We made it darker.” – ’nuff said.
- The current running time is 2 hours and 20 min., but Bay still has 13 weeks of editing to do, so that will likely go down over the course of some cuts.
- Bay could see himself doing a third movie, assuming the second film does well. But he does want to take a year off from Transformers before he would want to jump back in.
As an unwavering fan of all things Bay, I am very excited about all of this. Bigger, better, more robots, more awesome — that is exactly what I am looking for this summer. You can watch the full interview with Michael Bay below — and I would recommend it, as its a pretty funny spot considering the generally dry nature of red carpet interviews. Also, not for nothing but I did confirm yesterday with sources close to the studio that a Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen trailer will be running in front of Friday the 13th this weekend.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen hits theaters June 26, 2009.