Transformers live action movie?


Code Monkey
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There have been rumors circulating around years about a live action Transformers movie but more often than not it was just fan's wishful thinking. I was surprised then to see this blurb on Sci Fi Wire....
Steven Spielberg told SCI FI Wire that he's intent on producing a Transformers film: "It's happening," he said in an interview, adding, "We'll announce the director in three weeks."


Creative Writer
wow! that's going to be pretty difficult considering the size of the models. i could understand a puppet type film, terrahawks style, the amount of money they will have to sink into total film cgi effects would be incredible

now this cartoon i want to see made into a live action film, although it didn't have the following back when i used to cherish each epiosde i caught. another toy i asked my parents to get me for xmas as a kid and they didn't :(





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PAWTUCKET, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 11, 2003--Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS) announced today that it entered into an agreement with the highly successful producers Tom DeSanto (X-Men and X2: X-Men United) and Don Murphy (currently producing 20th Century Fox's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) for a full length, live action movie based on Hasbro's enormously popular TRANSFORMERS brand.
"We're thrilled to have entered into an agreement with the very talented and accomplished Don Murphy and Tom DeSanto," said Brian Goldner, President of Hasbro's U.S. toys group. "TRANSFORMERS is a natural for the big screen, and both Tom and Don have the track record and skill to bring to life a TRANSFORMERS movie that will be action-packed and flawlessly executed."
LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- The shape-shifting "Transformer" robots from the 1980s may soon be using 20-something nostalgia to fuel a Hollywood movie.
The Hasbro toy company has teamed with the production company Angry Films to create a live-action version of the popular cartoon series that ran from 1984 to 1987, about a group of alien robots who disguise themselves on Earth as common vehicles.

"The basic thing is that if you've been going to the comic-book festivals and seeing all that stuff, the '80s kind of came back last year in a huge way," Angry Films producer Don Murphy said.
Based on original lineup
The story of "The Transformers" centers on a war between two mechanized armies -- the heroic Autobots, led by the red tractor-trailer Optimus Prime, and the evil Decepticons, ruled by the gigantic silver gun Megatron. Seeking new sources of energy, both factions crash-land on Earth.

Although the "Transformers" toys have changed over the years -- from animal shapes to the current series of futuristic machines -- Murphy said the movie would be based on the original lineup.

The 1980s Hasbro toys, which the cartoon helped turn into a money-machine for the company, have recently been reissued by the original Japanese manufacturer, Takara Co. A recent comic book based on "The Transformers" and a DVD of the original cartoon series have also become best sellers.

Murphy and his producing partner, Tom DeSanto, whose credits include "X-Men" and "X2: X-Men United" are still in the early stages of the "Transformers" movie. The project has not yet settled at a studio and no potential release date has been set.
Title: The Transformers
Log Line: An intergalactic war between two races of robots (the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons) comes to Earth, and the future of humanity inevitably hangs in the balance.
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Buyer: Angry Films
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Genre: Action-Adventure
Logged: 6/11/03
More: To be based on the Hasbro toy line. Tom DeSanto and Angry Film's Don Murphy to produce. DeSanto is working on the treatment, but will hire a screenwriter shortly.

MORE: The good news about the Transformers movie is it'll be based on the comic book more than the cartoon. Or so producer Tom DeSanto tells us. DeSanto, the guy who created the story and defended the mythology on X-Men and exec produced X2, jumped into Transformers for his next franchise.

But as a comic-loving fellow, he admitted it was the Marvel comics line, not the after-school cartoon, that got him interested in the big car-turning-into-robots series.

We don't know much else about this, other than DeSanto will be joined by comic-book producer Don Murphy, who helped bring us League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and From Hell. But is that a good thing?

07/21/03 DeSanto Talks Transformers

Tom DeSanto葉he X2 producer who is also producing a proposed live-action Transformers movie葉old SCI FI Wire that the film will make use of both computer and practical effects for the signature machines and will be based primarily on the original 1980s lineup. "We're working on the storyline for Transformers, and we're hopefully going to set that up," DeSanto said in an interview at Comic-Con International over the weekend. "We're going to start going out to studios."

DeSanto also said that he and producing partner Don Murphy are close to hiring a director. "We've been talking with several now," he said. "But we have a big guy next week." He declined to comment on a report on IGN FilmForce that quoted Murphy saying that the candidates include Michael Bay, Robert Zemeckis and Joseph Kahn.

The movie will go "back to sort of the roots" of the franchise, DeSanto said. "But if there's something great that ends up from a later storyline, it's the same principle as X-Men: Don't try to follow continuity, but get to the heart and the soul of what made it work."

As for the effects, DeSanto said, "I think relying 100 percent on CGI would be a mistake. But, you know, you need CGI. ... You will believe that an 18-wheeler will transform."
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From Angry Films

Transformers' rolling out in live-action pic
By Chris Gardner

"The Transformers" -- the ever-morphing Hasbro toy line introduced in the mid-1980s that has gone on to spawn comic books, multiple television series and an animated feature -- are being prepped to change shape again, this time into stars of the big screen.
Angry Films topper Don Murphy (whose next film is "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen") and writer-producer Tom DeSanto ("X-Men" and "X2: X-Men United") have teamed to produce a feature-length, live-action movie based on the popular brand.