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Hey everyone, Harry here... I'd like to clarify something here. I, Harry, am not Moriarty - and nearly every day of my life I thank my maker for this. Heh. As for me having some automatic hard-on for Michael Bay - this is partly true. I enjoy BAD BOYS, love ARMAGEDDON and THE ROCK, have a great deal of distaste for PEARL HARBOR - mainly because the film was so goddamn broad in trying to be everything to everyone - while ultimately succeeding in nothing but being pretty... and BAD BOYS 2 - I feel is one of the most wonderfully fascist evil fun flicks embracing right-wing paranoia and running with it. THE ISLAND could be fun as hell, love the cast - but personally I'm more interested in seeing what Singer ends up doing with LOGAN'S RUN. As for TRANSFORMERS - there are few directors that wallow in the joy of things going boom in quite the way that Michael does. Michael gets what sound an engine makes that turn ya on and makes ya drool cool. As for Moriarty not being a big Transformers geek... I think this is just more evidence that Moriarty was never a child. He has just always been a big old fuddy duddy, who loved THE IRON GIANT. Personally... I just want to see Optimus Prime in live action right now. TRANSFORMERS rule, but SHOGUN WARRIORS, GIGANTOR, G-FORCE and STARBLAZERS are kinda what I broke my teeth on... but TRANSFORMERS, it was the bright light of cool around the time Lucas was sucking my life out with DROIDS and EWOKS, where NBC went SMURF crazy - and I was left loving DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, SPIDER-MAN & HIS AMAZING FRIENDS, HE-MAN G.I.JOE and TRANSFORMERS. The last two had the best assortment of stories and characters... and most importantly the best toys. And most of the time, G.I. Joe characters interacted with my Transformers! We'll never get a franchise cross-over though... dammit! I had a dinner with Tom DeSanto down here in Austin right before this franchise was announced and he and Murphy definitely have the best interests in mind. And with Bay - maybe he'll get Stan Winston to build full-size robotic Transformers!!! Which one day will be sold on EBAY - and then you can try... try to out bid me on them! But you will fail, yes... yes, Optimus will be mine! Puny mortals!

Hi, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab...

I want to update the story. As I understand it, things are not confirmed. The original story I ran was partially correct. I want to emphasize, though... I think Michael Bay is a great choice. And I'm not Harry. I've been hard on Bay for some of his films in the past. Even so, I think there are about six guys in the business who can shoot a film this size, and even if you don't like Bay's story sense, he can shoot the shit out of a film like this. Fans overreacting against the choice strike me the same way they did when they chased him off SUPERMAN... they're missing the point. Who better to shoot hardcore Americana iconography than Bay? Look at ARMAGEDDON, for god's sakes. He would have been perfect for SUPERMAN.

And I think he'll be ideal for TRANSFORMERS. He'll make the robots sexy. And the script is in good hands. Since the very beginning of this, both DeSanto and Murphy have been very vocal about what fans can expect in terms of characters and general storylines, and it sounds like they're going to deal with the classic line-up that fans prefer. I'm not a TRANSFORMERS fan myself... I think I just missed them during the '80s for whatever reason... but I can respect the size of the fanbase. It's huge and it's hungry. They want a TRANSFORMERS movie. There is a whole generation of guys who cried when Optimus Prime died who will see this thing over and over and over, and kids will just plain like the robots. So, fingers crossed that things do come together the right way. Dreamworks isn't planning to lowball this thing, and the potential hiring of Bay should give fans hope that they're going to get the biggest, craziest TRANSFORMERS film they could hope for. Now, here's the original story, in which I was wrong entirely about Emmerich:

A little birdie at Dreamworks gave me a call today and just sang and sang and sang. Now, at first, I decided to be skeptical of anything the birdie said because of the date. April 1st, I just let the phone ring most times. But this is someone I’ve known for a while, someone who most assuredly works where they say they work, someone who has been listening in on some recent meetings in which it appears Dreamworks has narrowed the list of potential directors for TRANSFORMERS down to two names, both familiar to fanboys worldwide.

Roland Emmerich is evidently eager to do the film, but I hear he’s about to get shut out in favor of Michael Bay. If I was a betting man, I’d put my money on Bay. Word is that Dreamworks is mighty happy with THE ISLAND, and they want to reward Bay by handing over a franchise they see as a major priority at the studio. Tom DeSanto and Don Murphy are both attached to produce the film, and they’re currently supervising a rewrite of the John Rogers script by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who wrote THE ISLAND and who are best known for their work on ALIAS.

So go ahead... be skeptical. I would expect nothing less on this calendar date. But when they finish up with all the paperwork and the smoke clears, I’m sure it’ll be one of these two guys, and I’m leaning towards Bay as the winner. Let’s see what happens next week.

"Moriarty" out.

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  • April 2, 2005, 12:01 a.m. CST

    Let me be one of the first to cry BS!

    by Isidore

  • April 2, 2005, 12:02 a.m. CST

    More than meets the eye

    by DarthLebowski

    This movie can't possibly be any good with Michael Bay at the helm. There goes my fanboy dream of seeing Spike on the big screen....

  • April 2, 2005, 12:24 a.m. CST

    let it be true

    by Mr Brownstone

    let it be bay. and, uhm, if this is an aprils fools joke... yuk yuk.

  • April 2, 2005, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Michael Bay...

    by Mr_Sinister_31

    Hmmm...where have I heard this before...

  • April 2, 2005, 12:25 a.m. CST


    by Logo Lou

    If it is true (whether bay OR emmerich, but particularly bay) then their will be at least one less ticket sold for Transformers. Bay is a fucking loser.

  • April 2, 2005, 12:30 a.m. CST

    between Roland Emmerich and Michael Bay...

    by jonastheangel

    lets see, the guy who gave us the rock, and the bad boys movies, the bruce willis asteroid extravaganza, a forgettible war movie with ben affleck and some cool special effects or the guy that gave us id4 and godzilla. what a tough call. decent action movies or really shitty sci-fi movies. ild have to go with mr. bay, atleast then ild know the movie would have some cool action scenes and a light plot, as opposed to terrible plot, terrible dialog, and terrible action scenes. atleast uwe bowl-O'shit isnt directing it. thatld be like having john holmes ass rape my childhood.

  • April 2, 2005, 12:43 a.m. CST

    No one but 8-year olds and dipshit fanboys want to see a Transfo

    by Fletch F Fletch

    Seriously, you guys are homos. And all you anime fiends, too.

  • April 2, 2005, 12:46 a.m. CST

    Robots that turn into cars, planes and guns...

    by Gilkuliehe

    Don't tell me this ISN'T a great vehicle for Michael Bay's evolving sensibility.

  • April 2, 2005, 12:46 a.m. CST


    by pencil-man

    OK boys and gents, it's time we all decided our future. I want Transformers to be cool, and I will stop at nothing to have it happen, even if I have to make a bulldozed sequel. You need optimus, you need Megatron, but you need megatron to be a gun... huh??! Fix it this way... forgot, I'm stoned.

  • April 2, 2005, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Who cares?? They are both hacks..

    by Hoke Mosley

    "The Directors" with Roland Emmerich is one of the funniest TV shows ever, period. You can even see a light in his eyes when Van Damme appears onscreen.

  • April 2, 2005, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Robots that turn into other things.

    by Osmosis Jones

    This was a phenominally STUPID concept for a cartoon series. Yeah, I loved the show...when I was 12. No matter who directs a film version, it will stink. How is it possible that Megatron can be a 50-foot tall robot, but when he transforms into a gun, he's small enough to be held in a human's hand?

  • April 2, 2005, 1:03 a.m. CST

    I stopped caring about the Transformers 10 years ago

    by blackstormy

    teenage mutant ninja turtles on the other hand...

  • April 2, 2005, 1:16 a.m. CST

    Blackstormy- Megs ain't a gun. Fletch- Spielberg disagrees.

    by christonomist

    Spielberg's exec producing and apparently, from the meetings that have been reported, he's got more faith in this than you... big budget faith. But what does he know. And yeah, shrinking to a tiny gun was dumb. That's why they've changed it in the script. This has been well-known for about six months. Also, Tom DeSanto's producing, and he got the ball rolling on X-men. Some of us liked that too.

  • April 2, 2005, 2:18 a.m. CST

    "Michael Bay's evolving sensibility"

    by Logo Lou

    BWAHHH HAH HAH HAHA HAH !!!!!! From hack to washed up hack?!? Let's hope so!

  • April 2, 2005, 2:37 a.m. CST

    Ever since the cartoons looked less and less like the 80's origi

    by Monkey_King

    only rabid die-hard fanboys with dreams of a 'true' return-to-its-roots robot anime have cared about the current shows and toys. Honestly, when Megatron stopped being a gun is when this series jumped the sharkticon. ;) Japanese producers take note: Bring back the originals, not wannabes. Gaogaigar is by far the best transformer anime to come outta Japan in years since the Transformers.

  • April 2, 2005, 2:54 a.m. CST

    When I first saw Transformers: the movie, it fucking rocked my a

    by Anlashok

    I know every song, every line, fucking every goddamn frame. It's what drove me into the fucking business in the first place. Never liked the new stuff though, and I really doubt they can create that kind of magic again.

  • April 2, 2005, 3:31 a.m. CST

    The only choices between these two directors says a lot about th

    by Kampbell-Kid

    ...lets sum up both of these directors... KABOOMMMM!!! WHOAA FUCK!!!! Personally, if I was left with a death choice for one of these two directors to bring back a after school cartoon classic. I'd rather see Bay do a GI Joe movie than Transformers. I'm sure Lady Jay could shag the prostate out of Sgt. Slaughter (Hulk Hogan).

  • April 2, 2005, 4:06 a.m. CST

    Yeah, Michael Bay is a lame choice

    by Heckles

    Because it's such serious subject matter. How about Spielberg? Or maybe a comedic version, is Woody Allen available? Damn fanboys are never happy. Shut the sass-holes, Michael Bay is a great choice.

  • and it'd be a crime if the "You've Got The Touch" song isn't at least in the credits. And Spike gets to say "shit" once in the theatrical print, but they'll change it for the DVD release. And Starscream is a whiny bitch. And at least a Dinobot cameo. Fuckin' Grimlock.

  • April 2, 2005, 6:31 a.m. CST

    As long as I can still see Orson Welles eating planets, they can

    by RealDoubleJ

    the new Transformers cartoons has a HUGE fanbase with kiddies today. I don't really think Dreamworks should cater for the fanboys because all we would want would be Transformers: The Movie redone in live action and anything less we'll bitch about anyway. I've got MY Transformers movie on DVD, so let's let some poor lil bugger have their own version to grow up with.

  • April 2, 2005, 8:24 a.m. CST

    It turns into a building? I don't get it.

    by Boris the Blade

    As I don't get the need to make this film.

  • April 2, 2005, 8:29 a.m. CST

    The First - Methinks.

    by Evil Chicken

    April first, that is. But just in case, it

  • April 2, 2005, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Mmmm... I love the reasoning of...

    by christonomist

    I'm not a part of that huge fanbase, so there's no reason to make that film... Even though the studio and Spielberg have done their homework and consider this to have massive franchise potential. Yeah, if I don't care, it's not worth it to the studio... Hmmm, indeed...

  • April 2, 2005, 8:57 a.m. CST

    "..lets sum up both of these directors... KABOOMMMM!!! WHOAA FUC

    by gigaloff

    Isn't that exactly what a transformers movie needs (okay maybe not the "fuck. Sounds a bit too Shinya Tskuamoto for me)?

  • April 2, 2005, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Transformers Script

    by Itchy

    Only way I care is if they have a nude Jennifer Love Hewitt who transforms into a nude spread-eagled Angelina Jolie.

  • April 2, 2005, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Citroen Advert.

    by Trevor Goodchild

    Do the Americans among us get the Citroen commercial on your tvs? I f you need convincing of how good it will look, this is a good place to start.

  • April 2, 2005, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Transformers? Damn, they should have done Robotech/Macross.

    by Babba-Booey

    Its too bad they don't do it the cel-shaded CG method like the new Appleseed movie, but use the old Sunbow/Marvel Productions character templates. Every time I visualize the look of Optimus Prime as a CG'd (or even Stan Winston-ized) Kenworth, it just doesn't work. And we won't even begin to touch on StarScream.

  • April 2, 2005, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Centurions next?

    by Trevor Goodchild

    Or perhaps a live action Ulysees 31. Or better yet Thundercats. Michael Clark Duncan is Panthro.

  • April 2, 2005, 11:19 a.m. CST


    by Fortunesfool

    He would make a better mask filmcause it had cars in it and we all know hom much Bay likes flipping over cars and shooting them from 10 different angles at once when 1 would have been sufficient...actually transformers has lots of cars too so that didnt make much sense..damn...anyway, Transformers..loved it as a kid but have to say...STOOPID idea for a movie...unless Pixar do it.

  • April 2, 2005, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Bay Should Be Down Uder Filming Superman

    by A-COD

    Relax Player Haters! Transformers is a movie about robots fighting, who better to make it than Bay who gets a fortune to make movies and is the king of blowing stuff up? Bay is no Paul WS Anderson. This movie will not be an efficient budget scifi pic made for 55 million. Having Bay means it will cost 155 million and every cent will be up on the screen. People, At the very least it will be violent.

  • April 2, 2005, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Bay is a GREAT choice. It is a cartoon about dramatic, giant ro

    by Darksider

    Also it's from a Japanese style of animation and Bay's crazy angles and movements will make up for the fact it's live action. Hell, just go watch Transformers The Movie again. That seems pretty close to Bay to me. Who else could handle all of that craziness? This could make a ton of cash if they use the original to 2005 line up and not the Beast Wars/new version bullshit. Star Wars is over. The next big Sci Fi franchise is out there waiting to fill the void.

  • April 2, 2005, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Why does Michael Bay get to keep on making movies?

    by Deep Cover

    I guess "Pearl Harbor" sucked just a little more than I missed you...

  • April 2, 2005, 1:28 p.m. CST

    God damn, this is some funny shit.

    by Skraggo

    I'm holding out for an Akiva Goldsman scripted "Rubik's Cube: The Movie."

  • April 2, 2005, 2:08 p.m. CST

    by Mr. Waturi

  • April 2, 2005, 2:15 p.m. CST

    From the guys that wrote "The Island?" That script sucks...

    by Mr. Waturi

    "The Island" is yet another watered-down boring Hollywood script. It will be impossible for Bay to turn it into more than a two-star film, if that.

  • April 2, 2005, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Ha! This is classic stuff...

    by BarrelRider

    They should do a movie with the Swoop/Icarus storyline from the comics - that would make a great movie!

  • April 2, 2005, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Am I missing something? A movie franchise based on a line of sh

    by Bob Parr

    Thanks be to the Lord that they are assigning Hackmaster 2000 Bay a film I have no desire or intention of ever seeing. This keeps him away from fucking up a script that might have some promise.

  • April 2, 2005, 3:19 p.m. CST

    I'm no Bay apologist, but...

    by one9deuce

    what is with all the negative comments? The dream choice for this would be James Cameron, but he just isn't going to be directing. So why not Bay? Truly we are talking about a property based on a children's cartoon based on a line of children's toys. I LOVE The Transformers, but I don't think the story is much more complex than The Island, Armageddon, or The Rock. Michael Bay will demand, and get, a huge budget. That is a plus my fellow talkbackers. A big plus. It will look great, sound great, and have great SFX. A lot of you think that Bay's movies are shallow, and that is true, but this will ultimately fall on the script. If that script has the characters right, the right tone, and is an interesting story, then we should get a good movie.

  • April 2, 2005, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Forget Megatron, I bet Soundwave turns into an iPod!

    by Funmazer

    Cause no kids have a CLUE what a 'boom box' is anymore. And note to Michael Bay: Have the Transformers transform in ONE SHOT (not 50 cuts) so we can appreciate the coolness of the CGI and design.

  • April 2, 2005, 3:27 p.m. CST

    What about Schumacher?

    by Vern

    As long as they're going for the worst living directors, gotta include him on the short list. p.s. what's transformers?

  • April 2, 2005, 4:15 p.m. CST

    tis true and sad indeed....

    by Quintus_Arrius

    ... The Pope is dead.

  • April 2, 2005, 4:37 p.m. CST


    by Babba-Booey

    Yah, 'cos we all now that Optimus Prime's grill has nipples and Jazz should have a GAYNORMOUS red codpiece...WORD UP!

  • April 2, 2005, 4:59 p.m. CST

    More on Schumacher

    by christonomist

    ...And all the Transformers could be neon! And they could ice skate!

  • April 2, 2005, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Why would an extreme A-list director outside of Spielberg or Cam

    by Terry_1978

    They'd think it was beneath them, to be very honest. So why not get a guy that has the budget and a love for these types of flicks?

  • April 2, 2005, 5:48 p.m. CST

    April Fools! I assume....

    by boomstick81

    Calm down people.

  • April 2, 2005, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Dont' think this is april fools

    by Dented Helmet

    Bay's been rumored to be directing this movie for some time.

  • April 2, 2005, 7:22 p.m. CST


    by Fugazi32

    And Unicron too!!!

  • Accually I'd rather have Emmirich. Come on, ID4 wasn't that bad. And before you give me any plot hole shiat we're talking about the f'n Transformers here. So basically any half way decent hack action director can handle this.

  • April 2, 2005, 8:16 p.m. CST

    just don't see a transformers movie as being a priority in life

    by devil0509

    They were kinda cool toys, but really, is this what we're sinking to in terms of the basis for major network franchises?

  • April 2, 2005, 9:23 p.m. CST

    "chased him off Superman"? Come now, we're not THAT important!

    by Tall_Boy

    yeesh. new sith ads rule.

  • April 2, 2005, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Michael Bay's a Hack...

    by Zardoz

    a very successful hack, but a hack nonetheless. While I have seen most of his films, either on DVD or in the theater, I have only seen them ONCE. Because once was enough to convince me how awful and bombastic and overblown they are. He makes nice explosions, but that's all...

  • April 2, 2005, 11:30 p.m. CST

    johnnyjlawless: You're on the money! I was traumatized...

    by HappyHamster

    Thinking back when I forced my dad to take me to the theater to see this, I remember my mind being pretty numb during the first half hour or so. I'd imagine it was akin to the shock someone feels when they see their home go up in flames. There was no thought. Just numbness. But when they killed my second father (Optimus Prime) I was broken for weeks.

  • April 2, 2005, 11:36 p.m. CST

    "He'll make the robots sexy"

    by Bryan

    I don't know what that line meant but I thought it was worth quoting. Anyway, I'm not going to cry over Transformers being thrown away on Michael Bay - I liked them when I was a kid, but it's not like they mean anything to me now. Still, I think Moriarty is missing why it is such a shame to give this to Michael Bay. I've been anxious for somebody to do big robots in CGI for a long time - I'm surprised it hasn't yet been done much more than the one in Mars Attacks! and the bad ones in the first Power Rangers movie. Transformers is a concept that is silly but that could also be pretty cool if handled just right. It's like X-Men - it's likely to be bad, but has the potential to be really great if someone really smart and skilled has the chance. But it would need to be someone who was really smart and clever, who knew how to tell a story, had good taste (enough to know not to hold onto everything from the cartoon but also not to change things just for the sake of changing it) and who could somehow imbue these robots with some sort of humanity. Michael Bay doesn't even know how to imbue himself with humanity, let alone a talking truck. He has absolutely none of the talents required to pull off this long shot. Someone should tell him that because he's such a genius and only has so many years before he flips his lamborghini and ends it all, he needs to concentrate on his own original material. That way he'll stop remaking our favorite movies and ruining robot movies, so we can all just not watch his movies and live a peaceful, separate life over here on the light side.

  • April 2, 2005, 11:46 p.m. CST

    I'm 37 and I don't care about stupid Transformers

    by Rupee88

    It's for little kids.

  • April 3, 2005, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Just watch. Another studio will make a go-bots movie.

    by cherrycola

    Every year studios compete with one concept. Be it meteoroids hitting the earth or a race to mars...they'll find a way to make a damn go-bots movie to compete with transformers. And i'll be sure to miss BOTH.

  • Sorry Mori, that's just plain wrong. "The business" might believe that themselves, but it's defintely NOT true. Are you high? Using ARMAGEDDON, one of the WORST films EVER MADE, as a positive remark? Making the robots "sexy?" Chasing him off Superman? How about somebody who has made at least one good movie in his career directing Superman, or Transformers, instead of Bay. If Speilberg gives Bay the driver's seat, then you know he cares about Tranformers as a movie as he did the shitfests Casper and The Flintstones, which is ZERO.

  • April 3, 2005, 4:01 a.m. CST

    I never thought I'd do this...

    by jmn485

    Never thought I'd do this, but I'm about to live up to the cliche of TalkBackers as trash-talking internet tough guys who live in their parents' basement. But here I go: FUCK YOU, JOSEPH KAHN! What kind of juvenile, talentless hack has the Transformers movie as his dream project? The kind that loses out to Michael Bay. I don't even like Michael Bay, but I'd clean his sweaty sack with my tongue right now if I could because he made my dream come true. My dream of ruining that pretensious, arrogant, superficial fuck's dream. Joseph Kahn represents everything wrong with film. His glossy, one-dimensional directing style is totally anathema to my personal taste, thus he should be lynched. And I know you're reading this, you goddamn dork. I want you to slowly work your bullshit, style-over-substance direction in and out of your ass while you SUCK MY FUCKING DICK.

  • April 3, 2005, 5:59 a.m. CST

    "even if you don't like Bay's story sense"

    by moviemaniac-7

    What story sense? The guy is great in visuals, slo-mo dramatics and shit like that, but Story Sense? Wha ha. I must agree that Bay is a great choice as a director for these kind of movies. Let him direct this action summer blockbuster popcorn fun crap. Never was a Transformer fan really, but I liked the concept. I was more of a GI Joe guy. How's things on that movie going?

  • April 3, 2005, 6:33 a.m. CST

    why would you guys be excited about TRANSFORMERS? Im a geek and

    by Spacesheik

  • April 3, 2005, 8:56 a.m. CST

    "He'll make the robots sexy"

    by reignman79

    LOL! That's the funniest shit I've ever read. It's quite sad, but it's possible some transformer fanboys would masturbate to giant, sexy robots.

  • April 3, 2005, 8:59 a.m. CST

    mort, armegeddon was HORRIBLE

    by koie

    If there ever was a reason to ban michael bay from ever making movies the rest of his life, it is armegeddon, that movie was really bad. He will ruin the transformers.

  • April 3, 2005, 9:39 a.m. CST


    by Lord Bullingdon

    Michael Bay still shoots his films like music videos. Unlike the great action films, it's nearly impossible to tell what's going on in his big action set pieces, because they are simply cool looking shots, strung together montage-style with no sense of pacing, rhythm or spatial relations. Look at superior action/suspense movies like Jaws, Aliens, or Die Hard. These all have lulls, long stretches without action but solid exposition in which the audience anticipation builds. Bay doesn't employ anything like this. Everything to him is supposed to be filled with hyper-intensity, and after about a half hour of this, an audience becomes numb. To riff on a line from The Incredibles, when every scene is a spectacle, none of them are.

  • April 3, 2005, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Baby, baby, stick your head in gravy.

    by Boris the Blade

  • I don't know exactly what he would have done to service the property, but I have more faith in Bryan Singer than I do him. For one, Singer had a story he wanted to tell to begin with, which is probably (emphasis on probably) not the case with Bay. I'm not sure what brand of Americana he would bring to the table, but if it's machismo or star-gazing with a couple of shots of a waving flag (or cape), then I'm glad that our bitching spooked Warner Brothers (even though I held off on commenting at the time). Now who would have thought that ferrets fucking in a burlap sack could accomplish something like that?

  • April 3, 2005, 1:57 p.m. CST

    That being said...

    by Ribbons

    ...I can't imagine many more people eligible for directing 'Transformers.' It does have to be pretty grandiose and if anybody else has a better suggestion for who should (and would) helm the picture than Bay I'd like to hear it.

  • April 3, 2005, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Just say no

    by John Anderton

    to Transformers movie.

  • April 3, 2005, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Bay is a hack, yes, but the Transformers is no Shakespearean mas

    by MyNameDoesn'tFit

    Robots turn into things and fight each other. And they have silly names. That's about it, right?

  • April 3, 2005, 3:39 p.m. CST

    I love all these people trying to act so mature about this.

    by Black Jesus

    Transformers is good sci-fi. plain and simple. sure, the original cartoon was basically a commercial designed to sell toys to kids. but in the right hands it can be made into a rather mature sci-fi flick. what's the difference between this and something like x-men? why is this considered immature kid's stuff and other comic book movies arent? so get off your god damn soap boxes already and quit trying to act like you're soooooo mature because you "liked transformers... back when you were 10". you probably liked x-men and spiderman back when you were 10 too.

  • April 3, 2005, 3:49 p.m. CST


    by christonomist

    Ditto, Black J.

  • April 3, 2005, 4:13 p.m. CST

    I agree about Michael Bay

    by cockknocker

    The guy is a complete cunt, and every single movie he makes is a nail in the coffin of quality contemporary cinema.

  • April 3, 2005, 7:01 p.m. CST

    More Than Meets The Eye

    by AussieFan-07

    Man, This is Peakin right about now. The Transformer move was the shit. Who didn't get shivers when Optimus transforms in slo-mo before taking on Megatron whilst Stan Bush hits the roof with the opening strings of "You've got the touch" that is how you do it. Michael Bay is one hell of a choice and in my opinion a deserved one. No one does action like him. Great Choice, I hope they use him. Now if this whole Megatron / Scale / thing can be sorted out in a LOGICAL way, we can sit back and hope for a movie which 'MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE' !!!!!

  • April 3, 2005, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Yes, Transformers isn't King Lear or Citizen Kane: IT STILL SHOU

    by Logo Lou

    Bay shouldn't be working period. Yes, Tranformers is a slightly dusty from the 80's kiddie sci-fi franchise, and STILL it deserves better than Michael Bay. Just about EVERYTHING deserves better. Though if he wanted to remake the Garbage Pail Kids movie or Six Pack, fine...

  • April 3, 2005, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Oops. I made a mistake.

    by Ribbons

    Moriarty said "they" in his article, not "you." Apologies are in order: sorry, Moriarty, for writing a prickly post in the name of people you didn't directly address. ************ Logo Lou: that's all well and good, I suppose, but then the question is who should (and would -- key word) direct 'Transformers?'

  • April 3, 2005, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Give it to Danny Boyle

    by SnowMann

  • April 4, 2005, 1:03 a.m. CST


    by Black Jesus

    The megatron size issue has been sorted out. It is confirmed that he will be a tank... which personally I think is much better anyway. I've been a transformers fan since the early 80's and even then I thought it was stupid for him to change into a gun that some other transformer has to hold.

  • April 4, 2005, 2:23 a.m. CST

    Bay is fine for Transformers

    by The Founder

    I don't have any complaints, hope bay gets the job.

  • April 4, 2005, 3:30 a.m. CST

    I assume everyone has seen the Citroen C4 ad?

    by mulberry

  • April 4, 2005, 4:32 a.m. CST

    Michael Gay can

    by CuervoJones

  • April 4, 2005, 5:43 a.m. CST

    Citron ad

    by Gheorghe Zamfir

    Holy shit!

  • April 4, 2005, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Videos of Live Action Transformers

    by Squashua

    VW - SUMMARY: A new white Beetle transforms Jazz-style, then pulls out a gun and uses the hood as a shield. An Autobot symbol makes an appearance. Citroen - SUMMARY: A Citroen transforms (Alternator-style) and swiftly dances around to music. Copy Machine - SUMMARY: A lady uses the wrong paper in a copy machine that angrily transforms for the kill. Mini Cooper - SUMMARY: A Mini Cooper has been turned into a giant robot and these are videos of the test runs. Nike Shoe and Sally V8 - SUMMARY: A German design company made a sneaker transform into a robot, and also has a sexy muscle car do the same! Scion - SUMMARY: A Scion transforms into a jaguar. This link goes to the company that made the commercial, but the movie links are broken. 3D Transformers - SUMMARY: Digital 3-D models of transformations of classic characters.

  • April 4, 2005, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Bay is an evil twisted genius and I ...

    by Lost Skeleton

    love every minute of his flicks...and Bay would have been perfect for Superman!

  • April 4, 2005, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Okay, so Megatron's a gun...

    by Childe Roland

    ...but what the heck is Soundwave going to be? He was easily one of the coolest transformers, what with his little army of cassette tape robots. But I think a twenty-foot tall tape deck might make some folks suspicious.

  • April 4, 2005, 11:15 a.m. CST

    R.C.'s opinion: In the history of cinematic sculptors, Bay's a

    by R.C. the "Wise"

    At least the action scenes will be top-notch! With ILM helming the effects, it should be the BIG film next year. Now all they need is to cast Tom Hanks as Optimus, but since it's Bay, it'll probably be Nic Cage or Bruce Willis.

  • April 4, 2005, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Michael Bay is pretty good.

    by riskebiz

    People give him a hard time, and it's beyond me. At worst his films are great looking popcorn entertainment. Pearl Harbor is nowhere near the travesty everyone makes it out to be. I enjoyed it and still do. Bay is not a joke. He's only a joke to rabid fanboys who like bashing him like they like bashing Ben Affleck and Paul WS Anderson. Talk about a bunch of lemmings.

  • April 4, 2005, 2:35 p.m. CST

    I heard Uwe Boll is directing a Go Bots film!!

    by Fart_Master_Flex


  • April 4, 2005, 4 p.m. CST

    u guys are FOS

    by slkboxrman

  • April 4, 2005, 4:15 p.m. CST

    u guys are FOS

    by slkboxrman

    this is funny... armageddon was one of the most awesome movies ever made.. and so was id4. but preferably id like michael bay to direct..he has better flair for action and thats what a transformers movie needs, action. emmerich is mainly a blow everythng up movie kind of guy. you guys talking about plot holes and this and that just make me laugh. dont we goto the movies to enjoy them..seems with all these younger people and even some of the older ones now think that they know what good dialogue is and what constitutes a good plot...sometimes u just want to goto a movie and see stuff blow up and not think about the dialogue and whether that really was bruce willis doing that stunt and not a stunt double..cuz we all know the stunt doubles never look like the actor.....and all you guys that throw out your age like its a banner ..... "im 37, i only watched transformers when i was a kid, im a MAN now goddamit" ....u guys will be the first ones in line next year when it premieres, probably disquised so you're masculinity isnt harmed... ill be out there, no disguise, no shame....because i grew up on this and gi joe and one can tell me that its silly to feel like a kid again....i went to jim carreys GRINCH movie and goddamint i felt like a lil kid all over again when they did the whole part at the end with xmas still coming to whoville.. got goosebumps...and thats what i hope happens when i realize the dream of seeing gen 1 on the silver screen and it not being a cartoon... ill go see gi-joe also if it looks decent.. im just glad the producers arent gonna jerk off the fan base by making a sub-par movie just to make a movie.. sounds like this willl be faithfully produced and the fact that spielberg is a trans-fan just makes me even more optimistic....yes hes a fan and hes how old u dorks that say ,... ohhh im 37 i cant go see this, ill have to cut off my penis or beat my girlfriend".... hes like 60 sumthin...he knows where his penis is.... hes not ashamed... u young guys mock transformers but made gundam wing popular...that is the lamest cartoon out there...and mostly most of the cartoons that poor children have to watch these days are watered down bs... we all miss the old bugs bunny cartoons with elmer fudd running around with a 12 gauge shotgun blasting daffys head off... those are cartoons, not pokemon and the like.... transformers will make at least 200 mil in the US alone....especially if they nail the animations and characters.....and megatron will be a gun. not a tank... get off ur armada bs.. that was horrible

  • April 4, 2005, 5:36 p.m. CST

    I agree with you slkboxrman, except

    by Black Jesus

    Megatron will NOT be a gun, but rather a Tank. This is not a rumor or speculation, it is 100% confirmed by Don Murphy himself. So that's that.

  • April 4, 2005, 6:47 p.m. CST

    grimlock doesn't like michael bay

    by Ikaruga

    Transformers needs to be a movie aimed at teenagers. Michael Bay makes movies for poorly-adjusted 20 yr olds. Transformers has never been any different than a Spider-man, X-men, or Batman story, but you can't make a movie about transforming robots and expect adults to enjoy it. So how could Bay possibly make such a movie?

  • April 4, 2005, 7:35 p.m. CST

    No No, it should be, "Me Grimlock no like Michael Bay!!"

    by JarJarIsVader

    Ahhhh, gotta love that retarded Dino-Bot.

  • April 4, 2005, 8:36 p.m. CST

    What's the hub-bub, bub?

    by Movietool

    I absolutely love the Transformers. All I want is to see what it would really look like to have thirty-foot robots kicking the crap out of each other on the streets of some poor unsuspecting city. If any director in the universe can give me this, it's Michael Bay. Look, a really spectacular plot would be a bonus - but to get a really good plot you're going to have to completely re-write the backstory of the Transformers, and the twelve-year-old in me wants none of that. This movie really needs be no deeper than say, Independence Day. Full of holes in the plot? Hell yes. Does it matter? Hell, no. Give me shoulder-mounted rockets, acid-pellet bullets (hello, Prowl), and a scene at the end where Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen) screams "MEG-A-TRON!" and I'll be happy.

  • April 5, 2005, 3:07 a.m. CST

    TF score

    by BV

    If Bay's directing...I hope that means Trevor Rabin will be scoring. I've said he was the ideal composer for the film for years. Looks like I might actually be right.

  • April 5, 2005, 7:19 p.m. CST



    I think most people have issues with Pearl Harbour because of its playing down of a REAL war story to facilitate a love story. Still, as it was the love story was done well. Bad Boys was great stuff, funny. Transformers needs that comical element somewhat. Bad Boys 2 had its moments but nothing like the first. The action was big but NOTHING like we're expecting from a Transformers movie. Just dont go too crazy with the human/love element. Dont desaturate the raw emotions of Optimus Prime for a love story between Spike and Carly. WE WANT TO SEE THE TRANSFORMERS CARE, JOKE, LAUGH,..and of course PISSED OFF. Don't half step, do it right. Yeah you can mature some things but don't expect that the audience wouldn't understand an advanced alien race having the ability to change size by condensing its matter. I understood this when I watched the cartoon. Why wouldn't an adult watching the movie today. Respect their technology. We want to see amazing technology, these are a highly advanced alien race, don't take that away from the mythology. This is far beyond Star Trek the Next Generation. Technology and evolution are the same thing for this species' 9 MILLION YEAR LONG WAR. Thats a long time to evolve passed humans. A LONG TIME. Don't forget each character had its own special abilities. Use the TECH SPECS as a BIBLE. The tech specs were the foundation of both comic AND cartoon. Know that the cartoon fans make up a larger portion of your audience than the comic fans but still give nods to the comic. Most of all,.. DONT **** IT UP.