The day after the world premiere of Transformers: Age of Extinction in Hong Kong, I landed an awesome extended video interview with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. Since the franchise launched in 2007, he’s produced all the films along with projects like G.I. Joe, Red, Side Effects,Stardust, and many more. While we already posted what he had to say about Joe Carnahan’s Five Against a Bullet, G.I. Joe 3, David S. Goyer’s The Breach, the possibility of a Transformers/G.I. Joe crossover movie, and the Dead Rising digital series, it’s finally time for what he had to say about making Age of Extinction.
During the interview he talked about how the story came together for the film, how and why they finally brought in the dinobots, the way they work with Hasbro, how breaking the story led to introducing a new kind of character to the Transformers movie mythology, where the film could go in future sequels, how adding a legitimate action star in Mark Wahlberg changed the dynamic of the human component of the story, and more. Hit the jump to watch and make sure to see Transformers: Age of Extinction in IMAX 3D if you have the option. The film will take up the full IMAX frame about 60% of the time and the 3D is great.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura:
- They centered the story on the “age of extinction” early in the process. The details around that premise, including dinobots, evolved from there.
- 2:20 – Buenaventura admires how the folks from Hasbro remain diehard fans of the property.
- 3:50 – Talks about how breaking the story led to introducing a new kind of character to the Transformers movie mythology.
- 5:10 – Talk about where the story could go from here in possible sequels.
- 7:00 – Adding a legitimate action star in Wahlberg changes the dynamic of the human component of the story.