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Huffington Post have recently held an interview with Transformers Director Michael Bay regarding why he choose to return to the franchise, whether Peter Cullen would remain the voie of Optimus Prime and whether the 4th live action movie would ignore the previous 3 and indeed be a reboot or whether it would continue within the same universe. Below you will find an extract from the interview, which you can find in full here.
Why do you want to do it? I was under the impression that you were done after "Transformers 3"?
I thought I was done. Then the ride came out [at Universal Studios Hollywood] and the two-and-a-half-hour lines. And then you're thinking, Oh my God, someone's going to take this over. And you start doing a lot of soul-searching. Like, OK, I'm about to do a little movie, "Pain & Gain" ... and the studio says they want to restart the franchise. And someone could come in here and screw it up, you know? So I'm thinking that if I do this last one, we set it on a new footing, we change a lot of things -- but we keep the history of the three in place. But we broaden it so it can be set up and be carried on -- it would have a better chance for survival, I guess. You know?
So with the plot of "Transformers 4," it's not like the other three movies didn't happen? It's not a reboot?
No. We're basically taking from the history of where it was -- or where we left it in Chicago. And we're going to carry it on from there.
I spoke to Peter Cullen at Comic Con earlier this year. He said he doesn't know if he's going to be back as the voice of Optimus Prime or not. He'll be back, right?
Of course! Of course.
Advertising Age has had a chance to sit down with Hasbro concerning their venture with the Discovery Channel called The Hub to discuss many of the shows.† The main news from the article is the annoucment that Peter Cullen will return to a Transformers animated series in the form of Transformers Prime, set to start on the 10th October (10/10/10).
Some of the Hub's most high-profile shows will be updated versions of
well-known Hasbro programs from the 1980s, including "G.I. Joe,"
"Transformers" and "My Little Pony." The latter is being re-imagined
for young girls by "Powerpuff Girls" creator Lauren Faust, while the
new "Transformers Prime" will feature the voice of Peter Cullen, the
original voice of Optimus Prime from the animated series as well as the
Michael Bay-directed feature films. Additionally, "Transformers"
feature screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci will act as
showrunners. "G.I. Joe Renegades" will spotlight the Joes on the lam
from government forces and the agents of Cobra, a storyline that echoes
the recent feature film released by Paramount last summer.
Although little information is known regarding ≠Transformers Prime≠ some are speculating that the show will either be a prequal to the live action Transformers movies, set in the same universe or an "alternative take" on the Movie verse whilst others point to IDW comic series.
In an interview with the Reading Eagle, Transformers veteran voice actor, Peter Cullen, the voice of Optimus Prime, Ironhide and others in Generation One and Optimus Prime in the live action Transformers, talks about his work on Transformers over the years as well as his other projects.
In terms of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Peter comments that his voice recording sessions have already begun. "I worked with Michael a few weeks ago and we did
some of the opening dialogue, the opening speech and then a couple of scenes
with Shia LaBeouf. Shia wasn't there, of course. I just worked from the
script.". When asked about the story to the second of three Transformers movies, Peter replied "They're very secretive
about the story, I only know the lines I've read, and I'm not allowed
to disclose any of those. But the amount of success that 'Transformers' had on a
financial level is providing a lot more screen time for Optimus Prime. It's very
expensive to do all these robot characters because of the 10,000 moving
parts. Thankfully we were a hit, so there's 'Transformers 2' and maybe
'Transformers 3.' I think 'Transformers 2' is going to be an incredible,
incredible picture. I can see the excitement in the faces of the people
involved, and it generates quite a bit of excitement in me too."
In an interview exclusively with Sci-Fi Wire
this morning, Peter Cullen, voice of Optimus Prime in the original animated series, the live action Transformers Movie and Transformers The Game, gave praise to Michael Bay as well as confirming that he recorded three times as much dialog as Optimus Prime will have in the final cut. Here are some quotes.
"Michael Bay is a character unto himself, and he was a cast all
When going on to speak about Michael Bay, "He could play all the roles when we
were recording this together
." "Unlike the animated series, when we were all in a room together
recording together, for this movie it was just Michael and [me], and it
was rather fun," Cullen said. "He knew all about the characters and had
a great knowledge of them all. There were only a few times when he
would ask, 'Would Optimus say this?' But that was just at the
beginning. He was very well-versed in the world of the Transformers.
"Michael Bay and I never conflicted in the interpretation of the
character, nothing at that level. I was comfortable with everything he
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