Screenwriter Ehren Kruger Talks TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, Developing a Version with a Different Director, Michael Bay, Hasbro, TRANSFORMERS 5, More

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With Transformers: Age of Extinction opening this weekend around the world, earlier today I landed an exclusive interview with screenwriter Ehren Kruger.  Having collaborated with director Michael Bay on the past three Transformers movies (Revenge of the FallenDark of the Moon, and the latest one), I was curious about their working relationship and how things have changed over the years.

During the interview Kruger talked about collaborating with Bay, expanding the Transformers mythology in Age of Extinction, if they’ve thought about where Transformers 5 will go and how they’re “laying the building blocks for some other stories we have in the back of our heads,” how his original pitch for Dark of the Moon involved Unicron, developing a less expensive version of Age of Extinction when they were unsure if Bay would be back, deleted scenes, their relationship with Hasbro, and more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Michael Bay Talks TRANSFORMERS AGE OF EXTINCTION, Expanding the Universe, Why He Doesn’t Use a 2nd Unit Director, TRANSFORMERS 5, and More

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I love talking to Michael Bay because he always says what he thinks and doesn’t hide behind media-trained answers.   While many vilify him no matter what he does, Bay has an original style and eye for framing that I think is unique and cool.  In addition, no matter what he’s done previously, he always manages to push the boundaries of technology and special effects to another level, like his latest movie, Transformers: Age of Extinction.  Loaded with almost non-stop action, a great new villain (Lockdown), Dinobots, and an ass-kicking Mark Wahlberg, Transformers 4 really is the beginning of a new chapter in the Transformers universe.  Also, Bay has peppered in a lot of interesting questions about the history of the Transformers and I’d imagine the next sequel (or sequels) will unravel the mysteries.  While Bay could have just done another Autobot vs Decepticon story and most fans would have been satisfied, I’m glad he pushed the franchise forward with new characters and questions.  I look forward to where it goes from here.

The other day, I landed a great video interview with Michael Bay the day after the world premiere in Hong Kong.  He talked about expanding the universe, the challenge of making a Transformers movie, what new film technology has excited him, using the Phantom camera on a cool action scene, why he doesn’t use a 2nd unit director, whether he’ll return for Transformers 5 and where the story might go, how he’s always wanted to make a movie about poaching, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Paramount’s Rob Moore Talks TRANSFORMERS 4, When We’re Likely to Get TRANSFORMERS 5, the Importance of International Box Office, and More

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While everyone likes to use the domestic box office when deciding if a movie is a flop or a hit, domestic box office is only a small piece of a very large pie.  Nowadays, Hollywood studios make their money internationally, with some movies making 70% (or more) of their final box office overseas.  This explains why more Hollywood movies are casting actors from around the world in key roles, and why the studios do global premieres like the one I attended last night in Hong Kong for Transformers: Age of Extinction.  Asia is a huge market with China’s box office getting bigger and bigger every year.  Most think it’s only a matter of time before China eclipses North America in terms of movie screens and box office revenue.

Shortly before the premiere started, I spoke to Rob Moore, Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures, on the red carpet.  He talked about the importance of international box office, how Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters made most of its money internationally, the challenge of making Transformers: Age of Extinction, when we’ll get Transformers 5 (most likely 2017 and not 2016), and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Paramount Announces Big 2016 with TRANSFORMERS 5, G.I. JOE 3, HANSEL & GRETEL 2, BEN-HUR, STAR TREK 3, and More

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I’m currently dreading the summer onslaught of 2015, but it looks like there will be no rest for the wicked as 2016 is already setting up for more blockbuster mayhem.  Having Captain America 3 and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice set for the same release date was already an ill-omen (although I wouldn’t be surprised if one of them moves), and running down the scheduled list of 2016 movies is already nerve-wracking.

Paramount has now stepped into remind us that they have plenty of films set for 2016 as well.  Looking ahead to the now-quaint summer 2014 they still have Transformers: Age of Extinction, Hercules, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  In 2015, they’re set to release The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Terminator: Genesis, a new Friday the 13th, and Mission: Impossible 5.  So what’s on tap for 2016?  Hit the jump for more.

Paramount Might Be Planning to Release TRANSFORMERS 5 in 2017

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The fourth Transformers movie, Transformers: Age of Extinction, isn’t due out until June 27th, but it won’t be the last one in the franchise.  No sequels have officially been announced, but no one at Paramount is going to say, “You know what, guys?  I think the Transformers movies have had a good run here.  Let’s go out on top.  We need to give this franchise the dignity and respect it deserves, let it lay low, and really take the time to develop a good, strong story.”

The studio hasn’t revealed future plans for the series, but we could be seeing the fifth installment in 2017.  According to TFW2005, Hasbro, the company behind the Transformers toys and a partner in the movies, has released promo material with “Q2 2017” alongside a Transformers 5 placeholder logo.  2017 could even be on the late side since there was only a two-year gap between the first three movies (2007, 2009, 2011, respectively).  Why wait three years for more exploding space robots when you could have them in two?  Hit the jump to check out Hasbro’s promo image, which teases a Transformers 5 release date.

TOP 5: TRANSFORMERS 4 and 5, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, THE THREE MUSKETEERS Interviews, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, William Monahan on SIN CITY 2 and More

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I’m writing to you this week in full “World Series Mode.” While there are plenty of things going on around the Midwest this time of year (homemade haunted houses are always a welcomed annual treat), a majority of my focus is on trying to will my beloved Cardinals to Fall Classic glory. Combine that with the fact that Batman: Arkham City is consistently calling my name and it’s a wonder that I’m even writing this right now. Hold on, what’s that, Arkham City? Okay, okay…I’ll be there in a second…

…In this week’s installment, you’ll find talk of Transformers 4 and Transformers 5 shooting back-to-back with Jason Statham potentially starring, a six-minute prologue for The Dark Knight Rises being attached to Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol‘s IMAX release, interviews with director Paul W.S. Anderson and the cast of The Three Musketeers, David Fincher and Rooney Mara talking about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and William Monahan discussing projects including London Boulevard, The Departed sequel, Sin City 2 and more. Hit the jump for a brief recap and link to each.

Michael Bay Denies Involvement with TRANSFORMERS 4 and 5; Hopes to Shoot PAIN AND GAIN Next

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Just a couple days ago, it was reported that Paramount was in discussions with producer Steven Spielberg and director Michael Bay to return for Transformers 4 and 5 which they are considering shooting back-to-back. The news was a little strange, as Bay had previously declared that Transformers: Dark of the Moon would be his last outing with the robot franchise (Shia LaBeouf said he was done as well). Now Bay is setting the record straight, as he confirms on the Shoot for the Edit message boards (via Tformers) that he’s not involved with the next two Transformers films at all:

“I am currently not talking to Paramount on T4 and T5 despite reports. I’m looking at a lot of possibilities coming my way right now weighing options. Most likely going to be doing the low budget Pain and Gain, a true story crime thriller. It’s a very quick shoot and quite funny. Also just finishing the 3 disc set of the Transformer trilogy.”

Pain and Gain is, of course, the low budget passion project that Bay has been itching to take on for quite some time now. So folks can rest easy that another director will be given the keys to the billion-dollar toy franchise, and we’ll be seeing a new iteration of Transformers within the next few years (possibly starring Jason Statham?).

TRANSFORMERS 4 and 5 to Shoot Back-to-Back; Jason Statham May Star

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In a down economy, everyone is looking for unique ways to save a few million dollars. When you have a billion dollar franchise like Hasbro’s Transformers, every million counts. Noting the rising costs of special effects, advanced planning for marketing tie-ins and laborious contract negations, Paramount is considering shooting the fourth and fifth installments back-to-back. Hasbro CEO announced at the company’s third quarter earnings conference that they were actively discussing this strategy with Paramount, director Michael Bay and producer Steven Spielberg. With Shia LaBeouf not returning, this frees up some room for a new face of the franchise…perhaps, Jason Statham?

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