Are you ready for a new Transformers animated movie? If the answer is yes…get ready for a new film could be hitting theaters in 2017. According to Deadline, Akiva Goldsman has walked away with a concrete blueprint to write a Transformers sequel for Mark Wahlberg to star in for Michael Bay to direct, with production starting in June. Ant-Man scribes Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari will head off and write an animated feature, an origin story that focuses on Cybertron, the planet from which the good and bad Transformer. This could be good news because the feature films directed by Michael Bay have received poor reviews but has been a hit at the box office in terms of cash the movies have made for the studio and Hasbro. The feature films had more focus on the human characters and not the actual Transformers. (Click Deadline link for more info)
The 1986 United States animated version of the feature film was based on the animated TV series by the same name, was released in North America on August 8, 1986 and in the UK on December 5, 1986. The film was directed by Nelson Shin, who produced the original Transformers television series, and features the voices of Eric Idle, Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, Casey Kasem, Robert Stack, Lionel Stander, John Moschitta, Jr., Peter Cullen and Frank Welker. It also marked the final roles for both Orson Welles, who died the year before its release, and Scatman Crothers, who died months after its release. (Wikipedia)
The 1986 film story takes place in 2005, 20 years after the events of the TV series’ second season and serves to bridge into the third season. I’m not sure how good the new animated film will or could be without most of the original creators on board. You definitely need to be a true Transformers fan to explore this universe to get it right. There is no officially release date but reports state it could be released shortly after the live actions Transformers 5 film in 2017. This new film will be mostly set on Cybertron so the potential is there to do something great with the material. I also felt the 1986 film needed a sequel so the new film can pick up after the 1986 film, something like a reboot of sorts. My key concern for the new animated film is the animation work. Will it look as clean and sleek as the 1986 film in terms of style and design. The longevity of the 1986 film is truly a measuring stick for the new film. Plus, the new film will need a equally engaging story to be on par with the 1986 film. Can it deliver? I guess we will have to wait and see!
“Until all are one!”