Michael Bay Talks Transformers Sequel, IMAX Cut

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Hoping for a Transformers 2? According to Michael Bay, it'll either happen right away...or not for quite awhile. Back to Article

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Goosemagnetic

Mike Gainer

Transformers sucked. End of story.

Sep 19 - 11:10 PM

Azlam Orlandu

Azlam Orlandu

Transformers needs a good sequel to wash the **** taste out of my mouth caused by the first one.

Sep 20 - 12:28 AM

Ash Talon

Matt Gren

Transformers was a terrible movie. In fact, I think it's downright insulting. The fact that anyone could enjoy it and not admit it's actually terrible is amazing. It's a sign of our society's downfall.

Transformers made money despite Michael Bay's involvement. I'll say it again...anyone could have directed Transformers with the budget Bay had and the movie would have made money. Bay only succeeded in cementing that he has no ability to create interesting characters.

And he CANNOT DIRECT ACTION. I can never tell what's going on during his action scenes. Putting a camera low and shooting everything in slow-motion close-up is not good action. I wish people would move past the brainwashing of believing Bay can direct action. Of course, it's all tied into his inability to actually tell a story effectively.

Bay Decriers (or as we like to refer to ourselves, "honest people") repeatedly slam Bay for not developing likable characters and therefore creating unengaging films. In Transformers, he seems he thought he would try to silence the pundits. He spends a lot of time "trying" to make us care about Shia's character. Unfortunately, there is nothing to care about. Shia is just a horny teen with no real redeemable qualities. He just exists. Shia tries his best to squeeze blood out of stone, but he has no material to work with. Granted, Bay didn't write the script but he certainly could have had it rewritten to make Shia someone we wanted to care about. On the other hand, there is absolutely no attempt to develop the Transformers themselves as characters.

BTW, I walked out of this piece of trash when Bumblebee peed on John Turturro. Granted Turturro deserved it for giving such a lousy performance, but it was at this point that I realized Michael Bay was really just trying to insult the audience. He must hate humanity. It's the only excuse I can think of for the movie.

Sep 20 - 02:04 AM

Puzzledman

Vic puzzledman

I just don't understand why people hate transformers so much.
What exactly were people expecting from a film about giant robots kicking seven bells out of each other.
Alot of the humour was childish but guess what. It's a kids film.
Any one who was into the cartoon in the Eighties and nineties was going to watch the film anyway and they needed to get a new audience hooked on the toys. So they had Sh*t like robots p*ssing on dogs and banging into lamp posts.
There was more than enough stuff in it to keep you guys entertained as well.
If you want plot and sophistication watch Atonement.
The same people who moan about Transformers being Stupid were having a go at Hulk a couple of years ago for trying to be more than just a big green dude banging into buildings.
they'll make another one. It'll be the same mix of kick *** action and robots tripping over there own feet.
You'll hate it, but you'll still go to the cimema to watch it, then buy it on video.

Sep 20 - 02:14 AM

dreamworks21

Sean Collins-Smith

since when are kids movies rated pg13 and feature robotic scorpions impaling people?

Sep 20 - 09:05 AM

Puzzledman

Vic puzzledman

I just don't understand why people hate transformers so much.
What exactly were people expecting from a film about giant robots kicking seven bells out of each other.
Alot of the humour was childish but guess what. It's a kids film.
Any one who was into the cartoon in the Eighties and nineties was going to watch the film anyway and they needed to get a new audience hooked on the toys. So they had Sh*t like robots p*ssing on dogs and banging into lamp posts.
There was more than enough stuff in it to keep you guys entertained as well.
If you want plot and sophistication watch Atonement.
The same people who moan about Transformers being Stupid were having a go at Hulk a couple of years ago for trying to be more than just a big green dude banging into buildings.
they'll make another one. It'll be the same mix of kick *** action and robots tripping over there own feet.
You'll hate it, but you'll still go to the cimema to watch it, then buy it on video.

Sep 20 - 02:24 AM

dreamworks21

Sean Collins-Smith

since when are kids movies rated pg13 and feature robotic scorpions impaling people?

Sep 20 - 09:05 AM

dreamworks21

Sean Collins-Smith

and also, im with the people that said the action was too confusing - they spend no time letting you know which robots are which, and then they throw them into confusing fighting scenes in which you wonder who is beating the crap out of what.

Sep 20 - 09:07 AM

Uradik Smoke

J-red FF

I have defended Transformers as much as i possibly can but i still feel the need to reply to the comments about not knowing which robots were which when they were fighting and during the action ...
If you couldnt tell which were which then you are an idiot and were not paying attention and you have no right to bash the movie if you were honestly that dense , perhaps that is why the movie sucked for you .

I will agree that the acting was suspect ( Except Shia i thought he nailed it) I admit there was alot of cheap and corny jokes and some scenes that were so unecessary ( The entire robots in the backard ). I admit there was to much human plot and not enough Robot a$$ kicking and development of the bots as characters.So yes the movie was flawed but it still had enough of eye candy and amazing scenes to make it worth while for anyone who as a kid and wondered what it would be like if Transformers were real ...

But never once did i not know who was who , How could you not figure it out ??? There were several long scenes where only the Autobots were together !!! And scenes where it is obvious who is the evil villian Transformers . The names alone should have allowed even 10 year old kids to know who was fighting who .How could you not put 2 and 2 together and remember which 5 were the good guys and the ones they were attacking were the bad guys , SERIOUSLY ...

Why anyone expected this movie to be anything but what it was is beyond me , This movie had to hit half a dozen different target audiences to assure that it was entertaining and profitable without totally destroying the Mythos of Transformers that all of us children of the 80's grew up with . If you think it was so horrible you write a Transformers script and you cast the movie and see how much better you can do ...

Sep 20 - 10:43 AM

TheInnkeeper

Scott Seals

I am all for a sequel. Sure, it wasn't the best thing in the world... but it succeeded to do what it wanted to do, and it did it wonderfully!

Sep 20 - 10:21 AM

Uradik Smoke

J-red FF

I have defended Transformers as much as i possibly can but i still feel the need to reply to the comments about not knowing which robots were which when they were fighting and during the action ...
If you couldnt tell which were which then you are an idiot and were not paying attention and you have no right to bash the movie if you were honestly that dense , perhaps that is why the movie sucked for you .

I will agree that the acting was suspect ( Except Shia i thought he nailed it) I admit there was alot of cheap and corny jokes and some scenes that were so unecessary ( The entire robots in the backard ). I admit there was to much human plot and not enough Robot a$$ kicking and development of the bots as characters.So yes the movie was flawed but it still had enough of eye candy and amazing scenes to make it worth while for anyone who as a kid and wondered what it would be like if Transformers were real ...

But never once did i not know who was who , How could you not figure it out ??? There were several long scenes where only the Autobots were together !!! And scenes where it is obvious who is the evil villian Transformers . The names alone should have allowed even 10 year old kids to know who was fighting who .How could you not put 2 and 2 together and remember which 5 were the good guys and the ones they were attacking were the bad guys , SERIOUSLY ...

Why anyone expected this movie to be anything but what it was is beyond me , This movie had to hit half a dozen different target audiences to assure that it was entertaining and profitable without totally destroying the Mythos of Transformers that all of us children of the 80's grew up with . If you think it was so horrible you write a Transformers script and you cast the movie and see how much better you can do ...

Sep 20 - 10:43 AM

punktuate

Justin Montello

the movie ruled hands down Bay has to come back with some Dinobots

Sep 20 - 12:30 PM

harrismonkey

chris harris

Even in Bay's not so talented hands a sequel could easily be better than this go around (meaning I was disapointed, especially with the fights). Bay's done better than this. The only people who really shined here were ILM. (and maybe Shea)

There's plenty more material and characters to work with. It made a s*** load of money. I see no reason not to do a sequel.

Sep 20 - 12:35 PM

minderbinder

anonymous anonymous

Artistically, it doesn't need a sequel. But from a financial standpoint, they'd be stupid not to do it.

I went into it with the lowest possible expectations, and was still very disappointed. All I wanted was a bunch of robots fighting and blowing stuff up. A brainless popcorn action movie. That part of the movie was fine, but what killed it was an extra hour of horrible, pointless, lame attempts at comedy and romance that nobody cares about. I have no clue what they were thinking, it was a waste of time to shoot that stuff and for us to watch it.

It would have been a much better movie if they would have cut all the dialogue and human interaction scenes to the absolute bare minimum and just left what was needed to connect the scenes of mindless robot destruction. 90 minutes with no fat instead of a flabby bloated 150 minutes.

All the non-robot stuff was so painful to sit through it totally ruined the movie.


And I love that it's being defended with "You people are stupid!" Hilarious and appropriate.

Sep 20 - 01:07 PM

dreamworks21

Sean Collins-Smith

Don't give me that "you could TOTALLY tell who the robots were" crap. First of all, the evil ones didn't even come onto the planet until like 90 minutes into the thing (and no, that annoying one that turns into radios and magically walks around crowded runways doesn't count as an evil one). And its like wow, lets keep Megatron locked up until the last 30 minutes of the film. That would be AWESOME (oh wait, they did it, and it SUCKED.)

All I wanted out of this was intense, imaginative action. Bryan Singer did it impressively with X-Men 2. Now maybe Michael Bay will do what Singer did - improve upon the first one ten-fold. But his track record with sequels (read: Bad Boys 2) isn't that great.

The ONLY scene in this catastro-f**k that was worth anything was the bridge sequence. Everything else - peeing robots, masturbation jokes with mommy, hiding in the garden, the rapping robot - sucked. And stop trying to pretend like it didnt.

Sep 20 - 01:58 PM

Uradik Smoke

J-red FF

But i could TOTALLY tell which were the AutoBots and Which were Decepticons , yup as hard as it is to believe i knew right from the beginning who was who and who was on which side . All the Autobots had original names from the Cartoon !!! How could you not figure it out exactly ??? WHAT MOVIE DID YOU WATCH !!! The first scene of the movie was Blackout ( helicopter and a Decepticon AKA Bad Guy ) messing up the army base , which was then followed by Scorpinok and not to mention Barricade ( Police Car another Decepticon) was the second one to show up and Transform ... SO HOW ABOUT YOU DO SOME RESEARCH , PAY ATTENTION and then maybe , just maybe you will be able to figure out which robot is which and which side they are on ...

I already have admitted that i didnt like the campy cartoonish crap and the movie would have been 30 mins shorter and a lot better for me a true fan of the mythology and history of the Transformers . I also understand that movie making is a business , and in busineed you want to make profit and as much as you can , HENCE THE CORNY JOKES , THE KID SCENES and EVERYTHING ELSE CAMPY . They had to make this fit for a wide audience and many demographics , so i took the bad with the good and enjoyed it for what it was ...

Sep 24 - 02:39 PM

Enigma

Craig Mottram

Transformers was one of the most entertaining films that I've ever seen. It was great fun and had some "wow" moments. The big question I find myself asking was, how much of this success is down to the producer Spielberg? I have doubts that Bay would have been able to create such an exciting film without the seasoned Director looking over his shoulder. It did have its Spielberg moments e.g. Optimus transforming.

I see a lot of people complaining about the story and character development, I think most of these people are just veteran Bay haters. Everyones entitled to an opinion as long as its constructive and not just "fk off bay".

A sequel would be great, maybe get Spielberg to direct the next one himself. As they're robots, cutting off a few more limbs shouldn't raise the Guidance Certificate. It would be nice to see more of Cybertron leading upto the power struggle. I'd like to see the aircraft carrier transforming, Tidal Wave (from the game). Maybe have a change of scenery and film the start of the film in Russia or somewhere. Transforming MiGs attacking a russian military outpost, with Starscream leading them. The stories are endless.

FURY

Sep 20 - 02:28 PM

slickfritz781

zack fritz

I pissed all over the front of my pants earlier today because I didnt pull my zipper down far enough. I expected it to be the worst thing Id encounter all day but I think this takes the urinal cake.

I walked out of the first one more dissapointed with a movie than Ive ever been in my life. What really did it was every single person I came into contact with telling me that it was so good it changed they're lives.

Someone before said this movie's success was an indicator of the downfall of society. Couldnt agree more. It even grabbed hold of some of my closest friends. When we start talking about movies and I suggest something, all I hear is, "fritz isnt picking the movie, he didnt love transformers!"

go ahead. make your sequel. make your millions. Hopefully in the long run some of that income will be used to make a film not intended for my 5th grade self

Sep 20 - 09:38 PM

JediJones

Eric S

It's hard to think of any recent movie that deserves a sequel more than Transformers. It's a movie based on a saga that's so vast, it's been told in almost 250 episodes over 4 cartoon series as well as a large number of comic books. It's based on a toy line that has existed for over 20 years and has put out new characters, designs, and concepts almost continuously over that time. One live-action Transformers movie seems minutely small compared to the whole mass of entertainment and media that comprises the Transformers franchise.

If Transformers doesn't deserve a sequel, what does? Movies like Die Hard, Bourne, Rush Hour, and Indiana Jones get multiple sequels despite doing not much more than basically repeating the original movie, some better than others. Even series like Harry Potter and Pirates seem to be stretching the same material too thin after a while. Transformers is on the level of Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Spider-Man, and The Simpsons in terms of having a huge universe of characters and ideas to draw upon. The first movie barely seemed to scratch the surface of everything that's out there.

Of course, the obvious answer to this is that this was a $300-million movie. Almost every original movie that makes that much money and can feasibly have a sequel gets a sequel. I'm sure the next chapter in the saga will have a lot more money put into it than a mere $150 million and in financial terms it will most definitely be worth it. There is at the very least a trilogy to come out of this franchise, if not more chapters. Personally I hope sequels are not structured as a trilogy, but as ongoing chapters in a serial that could continue on indefinitely.

Sep 21 - 01:54 PM

slickfritz781

zack fritz

The only way Michael Bay can redeem himself is if he takes the 150-million dollar budget and builds a real life transformer. One capable of providing children with valuable life's lessons, similar to optimus primes' heartwarming speeches.

Sep 21 - 03:17 PM

Uradik Smoke

J-red FF

But i could TOTALLY tell which were the AutoBots and Which were Decepticons , yup as hard as it is to believe i knew right from the beginning who was who and who was on which side . All the Autobots had original names from the Cartoon !!! How could you not figure it out exactly ??? WHAT MOVIE DID YOU WATCH !!! The first scene of the movie was Blackout ( helicopter and a Decepticon AKA Bad Guy ) messing up the army base , which was then followed by Scorpinok and not to mention Barricade ( Police Car another Decepticon) was the second one to show up and Transform ... SO HOW ABOUT YOU DO SOME RESEARCH , PAY ATTENTION and then maybe , just maybe you will be able to figure out which robot is which and which side they are on ...

I already have admitted that i didnt like the campy cartoonish crap and the movie would have been 30 mins shorter and a lot better for me a true fan of the mythology and history of the Transformers . I also understand that movie making is a business , and in busineed you want to make profit and as much as you can , HENCE THE CORNY JOKES , THE KID SCENES and EVERYTHING ELSE CAMPY . They had to make this fit for a wide audience and many demographics , so i took the bad with the good and enjoyed it for what it was ...

Sep 24 - 02:39 PM

jeanpaul

solomon sassoon

TRANFORMERS 2?

Bring it on!!!

All the THREE concieted indivudual stupids who didn't like the (first) movie--- can go watch some "artsy" flick or something--- while the remaining MAJORITY who love the Transformers and love Bay's brilliantly executed take on them --- will fill the theaters even MORE when TRANSFORMERS 2 comes out.

Sep 25 - 07:26 AM

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