Transformers 5 officially in pre-production

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Cheers to Alex Yu from TheRaginNation for pointing this out to me, I missed it upon its official announcement like many others. By the way; if you’re a Transformers fan you need to follow this guy’s stuff. He’s a hardcore, passionate Transformers fan and he goes in-depth into every aspect of the franchise especially when it comes to updates on the upcoming movies.

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So: at toy fair a few weeks ago the announcement that Transformers 5 has been green-lit. Not much was really announced. Actually, all that was announced was that Hasbro’s CEO Brian Goldner confirmed the movie is in pre-production.

My only two requests are:

  1. Hire a screenwriter this time
  2. Don’t bring back Michael Bay

Listen. I’m not saying Ehren Kruger is a bad screenwriter, I’m just saying he wrote the lesser of the Transformers movies.

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First off I want to state that I’m not one of those people who blindly hates Michael Bay, in fact I don’t hate him at all.

But here’s the thing; He didn’t want to come back for Transformers 3 but he did, he didn’t want to come back for Transformers 4 but he did, both due to large sums of money (and probably some other requirements like making Pain and Gain) from Paramount Pictures. The point is; if he doesn’t actually want to do be doing the movie he’s not going to put his heart and soul into it and it just won’t end up being as good as it could be.

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Give it to Doug Liman, director behind; The Bourne Identity, Jumper, Edge of Tomorrow. Seems like a choice a little out of left field, but take a closer look at the above movies. The man understands action and at the same time he knows how to handle character progression, something lacking from the Transformers franchise. While I don’t think the Transformers franchise is an area Liman would actually be interested in, it’d be cool to see his take on it.

And yeah; I get that the Transformers movies are basically 2 hour long toy/car commercials, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a good movie out of it.

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Transformers 5 officially in pre-production

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