How was your weekend? What did you do on Saturday? That’s cool. Oh, me? Oh, I was on the set of a little movie called Transformers, meeting with the cast and crew, and watching them shoot part of the final sequence of the film. Wanna know more? Ok, here’s more.
I’m standing in the middle of a street in downtown Los Angeles, where a city block has been sectioned off to shoot a part of the climax of the film. Surrounding me are Bumblebee (a 2007 Camaro), Jazz (a Pontiac Solstice) , Ratchet (a souped up ambulance), and Ironhide (a GMC 4X4), in their pre-transformed state, as well as a bunch of military personnel from Sector 7, riding strange black military vehicles and reacting to the green smoke in the air.
“This smoke stinks like s**t,” says Director Michael Bay, apologetically.
The scene is like a carefully orchestrated disaster, with massive amounts of extras and pieces of the film unit working on different things all over the place. There are piles of crushed asphalt with overturned cars on them. It’s mayhem. Here a taxi, doing a stunt peel out, there a hydraulically-lifted Furby truck.
“We’re gonna burn a lot of Furbys,” Bay says later.
Earlier in the day, I got the chance to sit down with producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Don Murphy, Tom De Santo and Ian Bryce, all very excited about the project. These people know a lot about Transformers, and they know what you’re thinking. There has obviously been a lot of care paid to whether or not fans of the original Transformers will be fans of the movie. Also, though, they’re concerned with getting people who have never seen a moment of the original series to be interested in the film. It’s a delicate dance, they admit, and they are concerned with the response of the fanboys, but urge you to wait until the trailers come out (over the holiday season) before you start bashing the film.
I can tell you this. The voices have not yet been cast, other than Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime. There is some consideration being given to Frank Welker as the voice of Megatron. And, oh yeah…there’s a pretty good chance that Megatron is going to be a plane. It kind of slipped out a couple of times during the day.
What else is there to know? Besides the fact that there’s already some talk of a sequel, and that the focus of that sequel might have a lot to do with the appearance of Soundwave, I can’t tell you a whole lot.
What I can tell you is that, as we draw closer to the film’s July 4th, 2007 release, there will be interviews with the producers, Michael Bay, and the cast. TheFeed has you covered for all the Transformers news you need. Trust it.