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MTV Geek are reporting rumour that having recently bought LucasFilm to add to their portfolio including Marvel and Pixar, that Disney are in talks to aquire Hasbro Inc. MTV Geek claim to have been told that "these are still just discussions at this point, but serious enough that something could be announced at any time and create ripples throughout the entertainment industry. The Lucasfilm acquisition has been reported as taking as few as 6 months to complete. On the other hand, Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger has until 2015 on his current contract, and he waited about 3 years in between the acquisitions of Marvel and Lucasfilm, so we may be without firm news on this for some time."
If this rumour does turn out to be true it's affects will be far reaching indeed as it is likely to signal the end of both The Hub (A Hasbro - Discovery joint venture) as well as the relationship between Hasbro and Paramount for the live-action franchise for both Transformers and G.I-Joe, when the current agreements expire. Remember, Paramount had the Iron Man rights originally.
SlashFilm has joined in on the discussion and agrees with us regarding this pointing out that "If the deal follows the LucasFilm model, those rights [the live action movies for Transformers and G.I. Joe] would likely stay with that company, at least until some kind of contract runs out.". The also make mention to the fact that Universal had controlling rights to a collection of Hasbro Inc properties including Clue (Cludeo), Ouija, Stretch Armstrong and Battleship, but famously dropped most of them and only released Battleship. Wirth Disney owning their own studios, this would no longer be an issue for Hasbro, Disney could just churn out movies of all of their IPs at will.
Hasbro Inc stock has also seen a recent rise.
Stay tuned as there is likely to be much more on this story over the coming days, weeks and months
Paramount Pictures have begun casting for the new lead roles in Transformers 4 which is currently being referrered to simply as the "Untitiled Transformers Sequel" by studio representatives. Filming for Transformers 4 will begin in April / May 2013 with an aim for a June 27th 2014 release. The casting call being published over on acting-auditions.org.
The casting call asks for a lead female role (18 or over) who can play "high-school senior age" as well as a male who will play her on screen boyfriend who is a Texas race car driver in his early 20s.
The screen play is once again by Ehren Kruger (Revenge of the Fallen and Dark of the Moon).
For those of you still looking for some Transformers: Dark of the Moon figures you may be pleased to hear that the UK high street retailer, The Entertainer, is currently stocking the deluxe class figures for the reduced price of £6.50 including Darksteel, the recolour of DOTM Sideswipe.
Our thanks go out to Duckstar for letting us know via Twitter and for sending through the following image.
Glen Moreshower has been quoted talking about nto only Transformers 4 but also Transformers 5. This follows on Michael Bays' comments about handing over the reigns after Transformers 4, using that to set up a new story arc.
Last weekend at the Con X KC in Kansas City, Missouri, actor Glenn Morshower, who has appeared in all three films so far, talked about the continuation of the series. According to Morshower, who provides an introduction to the brand new "Transformers 3D" ride at Universal Studions, Bay and producer Steven Spielberg are not only working on 'Transformers 4', but more than likely 'Transformers 5' as well.
"After I did the opening ceremonies for the ride, Steven Spielberg walked up to me and chatted and said 'You know we've got you set to do the fourth one and probably the fifth one on the heels of that," said on how he was approached about the new sequels. "So, I guess in December we are on our way to making 4 and 5."
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.
Two days ago Snakas posted a news post on the upcoming Transformers pin badges which are being released in Japan in November 2012. The pins will be released in blind packets and have two themes, the Generation One show from the 1980s and the live action Michael Bay Transformers movies from Paramount Pictures. Below is the full line up:
Generation One Anime series
1.?????? ????? ?????- Red Cybertron/Autobot Emblem.
2.???????????????? - Purple Destron/Decepticon Emblem.
3.?????? ????? - Cybertron / Autobot Emblem.
4.????? ????? - Destron / Decepticon Emblem.
5.?????? ??????????????? - Beast Wars Cybertron (Maximal) Emblem
6.????? ??????????????? - Beast Wars Destron (Predacon)
7.???????? ??????? - Quintesson emblem
8.?????????? ??????? - The emblem of the Earth Defence Core (EDC)
9.????????? ????????? - Western Transformers logo
10.????????? ????????????? - Japanese Transformers logo
11???? ???????- Convoy (Optimus Prime) in truck mode from the front.
12.???????????????? - Meister (Jazz) chest / bonnet / hood piece.
13??????????????? - Alert (Red Alert) chest piece.
14.???????????? ???? - Bumble (Bumblebee) in Cybertronian vehicle form
15.????????????????? ???? - Thundercracker in Cybertronian vehicle form
16.????? - The Matrix of Leadership (Creation Matrix)
17 to 19 - These are being kept a secret
Live Action Transformers Movie Series
1.?????? ??????????? - A silver Cybertron / Autobot emblem.
2.???????? ??????????? - A Silver Destron / Decepticon emblem.
3.?????? ??????????????? - A red and silver Autobot emblem.
4.???????? ??????????????? - A red and silver Decepticon symbol.
5.???????? ????? ?????? - Barricades Police emblem.
6.?????? ????? ??????? - Ratchet's search and rescue emblem.
7.N.E.S.T.??????????????????? - The primary N.E.S.T emblem.
8.N.E.S.T.??????????????????????? - The N.E.S.T emblem from Transformers: Revenge (of the Fallen).
9.N.E.S.T.????? - The N.E.S.T vehicle emblem.
10.????7??????? - The primary Section 7 emblem.
11.????7?????????????????? - The Sector 7 Tactital Patch as worn by Agent Simmons
13 - 15 are secret pins
The pins will be release on the 30th November priced at 420 yen.
Transformers 4 has been officially confirmed
Paramount Pictures has now issued a press release officially announcing Michael Bay's involvement:
Paramount Pictures announced today that director Michael Bay has signed a two-picture deal with the studio, which will commence this spring with the filming of Pain and Gain, and will be followed by the next installment in the hit Transformers franchise.
Based on a true story, Pain and Gain follows a group of bodybuilders who engaged in a campaign of kidnapping, extortion and murder in Florida. First told in an article from the Miami New Times, Pain and Gain, will be directed by Bay and will star Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Expected to begin production in early spring, the movie's producers include Bay, Donald De Line and Ian Bryce.
Following Pain and Gain, Bay will bring audiences a new take on the Transformers franchise as he begins production on the fourth installment in the hit series of movies based on the best-selling Hasbro toyline. The third, and most recent installment of the franchise, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Is the fourth highest global grossing film of all time with 1.124 billion dollars of worldwide box office success. Directed by Bay, the movie will re-unite the filmmaking team from the hit franchise, including producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Don Murphy, Tom DeSanto and Ian Bryce; and executive producers Steven Spielberg, Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian. Paramount Pictures will release the film on June 29th, 2014.
"Michael has been working on PAIN AND GAIN for a number of years but has patiently waited for the perfect casting to trigger a start," said Adam Goodman, President of Paramount's Film Group. "Clearly his patience has paid off as we couldn't be more excited about this combo. His passion for this project is just awesome."