It took me coming home from Comic-Con and finding a package containing a “More Giant F**king Robots are Coming” T-shirt to remind me that I hadn’t once mentioned the production of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen while I was in San Diego. Shame on me, I suppose.
Over in the hotbed of Transformers 2 scoops, also known as the Don Murphy message boards, screenwriter Roberto Orci may have given up a little dirt on when we might see a teaser trailer in theaters. In response to a question from another user, Orci said “maybe in front of EAGLE EYE… who knows.”
It would be logical for Paramount to put a Transformers trailer in front of Eagle Eye, as it helps to drive traffic to another one of their properties, instead of attaching it to a bigger non-Paramount release such as Quantum of Solace or Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The only question however, is whether or not there is any footage ready to go. My educated guess is that there will not be much in the way of giant robot footage this early in the production, but you never know. Take for example the trailers for both X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Tr2n that were shown this past weekend at Comic-Con. They were both filled with CGI shots and renderings of characters that we did not expect to see this early in the game.
The bottom line is that in the wake of these trailers as well as the teasers for Watchmen and Terminator Salvation, teasers are progressing to a point where they need to show more and more in order to be exciting. Many upcoming films have taken the road of showing more, rather than going in the direction of The Dark Knight and having the first teaser be a logo shot with dialog over it.
Will director Michael Bay show us the goods this early or will they show a logo? We may know soon enough, as Eagle Eye is scheduled to hit theaters on September 26.