Yahoo! Movies has posted new 30 second spots featuring some of the Autobots transforming.
Just as this news summary was getting put to bed, reader Tom Williams wrote in to point out an interview with voice actor Peter Cullen, amazed at being deferred to by director Michael Bay. “He’s a great director and I had no problems with him at all,” Cullen said. “He genuinely appeared to like my work. He never asked me to do anything, as a matter a fact he would say ‘would Prime do this?’ And I would say, ‘umm, maybe not,’ but you know the whole concept is different and very well could because here he is relating to human beings. In a live action scenario, he’s talking to a young kid Spike Witwicky and so he had to become more human and that was one of the elements I worked on to make him generally more human in a sense of relating to a human being, talking one on one with one and even trying a few dumb one liners like he would throw out one like ‘eBay’ and it’s just so foreign for Optimus to say some of those things. I didn’t meet anybody. I worked alone. I only worked with Michael Bay and his assistant and in the sound stages down at Sony and Paramount.” Watch out for spoilers, later on in the piece.
The series just won’t die — the trailer for the “Smallville” spin off has popped up on Google … but is it official, or a fan creation? Ah, who cares …
According to Variety, Warner Bros. has optioned the rights to the Frank Miller creation to adapt into a live-action feature. The film will be produced by Gianni Nunnari and Nick Wechsler, with Craig Flores executive producing. Nunnari and Flores, who are partners in Hollywood Gang, were producers on 300. Miller will be an executive producer as well. Expect green-screen shooting similar to what happened with “300.”
CBR’s own Andy Khouri talked to actor Topher Grace about playing Eddie Brock in the web spinning sequel.
Meanwhile, the official blog has been updated with video clips and more.
Screenwriter Zak Penn talked to Cinematical about what a spin-off film would look like. “I had been attached to direct one of the [X-Men] spin-offs,” Penn said. “In fact, I’m in discussions about that now. The original idea was to have me do a young X-Men spin-off, a spin-off of the young X-Men characters. But someone came up with a pretty interesting idea which I can’t discuss. I was pretty taken by it, as was the studio. I have to give him credit, it was this guy who worked with me named Mike Chamoy — he worked a lot with me on ‘X3.’ He came up with how to do a young X-Men movie which is not what you’d expect. We’ll see; I still have to talk to Fox, set the story down … and then it will take a year — maybe two years — to get together. Put it this way, if you agree to do one of the ‘X-Men’ movies, it could end up happening four or five years down the line. Which is fine with me; it’s just not my focus right now.”
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