I’m completely ashamed of the fact that I have been sitting on a story about Transformers 2, but it is true. What we didn’t tell you (although it appears that everyone else has) is that Michael Bay has already written an outline for the upcoming production. A few days ago Bay spoke to Rotten Tomatoes:
“I’ve been writing Transformers 2,” said Bay. “We’ve got our characters all designed. I always write all my scripts, my movies anyway so at least I’ve got something to give the writers. It’s like a template. We have a really good outline so I worked on that.” It might be a tad unorthodox, but Bay has high pressure demands. “We had to because I want to make my date. I’m not going to let the strike take me down.”
So in Michael’s mind, the movie is probably already done. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if he hasn’t already started blowing shit up in his back yard, just for the sake of practice. But what about Shia LaBeouf, the unequivocal star of the first Transformers? Empire caught up with LaBeouf on his tour de promotion for the upcoming Indiana Jones film and threatened to kick him in the shins if he didn’t dish some details:
“I know of a few things I have to work on for the next one,” said LaBeouf. “I’ve seen pre-vizes of the action scenes and I just saw Michael yesterday. It’s going to be bad-ass. We’re not making another one unless it is, and Mike is definitely not resting on his laurels — he’s doing insane shit again. And the pre-vizes that I’ve seen… it’s just massive. If the first one was any indicator of how massive massive can be, this is going to blow that out of the water. It’s insane. Mike’s mind was just kind of made for this — it’s amazing. There’s going to be a lot more characterisation with the robots, which I’m excited about. I was a fan of Transformers before the movie came out. And there’s going to be a lot of action…That goes unsaid, I guess”.
LaBeouf also went on to divulge that Transformers 2 would also have “new robots on both sides. I can say that the war isn’t over… It’s hard to do interviews when you’re not allowed to talk about the movies. It’s like I give two or three things away and then I get reprimanded for it. It’s never fun to get reprimanded by these people”.
Suffice it to say that we are ok with Shia getting reprimanded by Bay and Co., who will now begin some serious work on the follow up to last year’s most impressive summer blockbuster. Now that the strike has come and gone, writers Ehren Kruger, Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman can take what Michael Bay has written, add some dialog, a hammy plot and then translate his “special effects” into some sort of “story”.
And thank all that is holy for that, otherwise we’d have to suffer through “ideas” like this:
Transformers 2 will begin shooting in the next few months. It is scheduled for release on June 26, 2009.