Given that the first three films in franchise have already raked in billions—yes, that last word is with a B and an S—of dollars worldwide, nothing we say here will have much impact on whether or not audiences show up for Michael Bay’s latest giant robot adventure, Transformers: Age of Extinction. The crowds will most certainly be there for the fourth installment. The one thing that we could say to hype things up, however, is that the Dino-bots finally show up for some fun, and are featured, among others, in this new collection of character posters. Bay also confirmed some speculation about the future of the franchise, as well as his potential involvement.
Transformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth installment of Michael Bay’s lucrative giant robot franchise, doesn’t even open until the end of June, but that doesn’t mean that Paramount and Hasbro aren’t going to go ahead and pencil-in another one. That makes sense, the previous three movies have netted the studio and toy manufacturer multiple billions of dollars, and we all know Age of Extinction will earn a pretty penny, too. Whatever the fifth chapter winds up being called, it is tentatively slated to open in 2017. When you’re basically printing your own money, you can plan this far in advance.
Nothing is official, but according to a leaked promotional schedule, it certainly looks like there are plans for Transformers 5 to drop in the second quarter three years from now. Everything else on this picture appears pretty accurate—the first trailer for Age of Extinction hit in the first quarter, the movie will actually open in quarter three, and the Blu-ray and DVD will most likely be on the shelves just in time for the holiday season at the end of the year.
Do you guys remember the trend of string or orchestral tributes to music artists, with rock bands getting the bulk of the attention? I loved that stuff — and am equally interested in this Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star series of lullaby tributes — and it is a solid basis for my adoration of the video seen above, in which Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble AJCW performs 43 cartoon themes that cross the decades, from the xylophone hijinks of Looney Tunes to the magical flute of Adventure Time. (It’s actually 47 if you count the doubled-up bits.) If I can get comfortable with this entire thing as a ringtone, I’m pretty sure my journey through this life will have been for a reason.
With CinemaCon well underway and all the major movie studios and theater chains in Las Vegas to showoff their latest and greatest, Paramount Pictures has definitely put Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Transformers: Age of Extinction. Paramount screened footage of the next Transformers film for press and exhibitors during CinemaCon and io9’s Meredith Woerner supplied a pretty entertaining rundown of they saw.
Warning: At least one major spoiler for Age of Extinction below!
We get an introduction to Mark Wahlberg’s character, Cade Yaeger. He’s an inventor and single father, tasked with raising his leggy teenage daughter Tessa (Nicola Peltz) after the loss of her mother. The footage is described as “the most Michael Bay-iest movie ever.” This is a good thing if you’re a fan of his work (like I am), but if you’re not, it’s not likely this movie will convert you. Apparently Tessa is some sort of computer whiz and programmer, which I’m sure will come into play later on in the movie. The footage screened also shed some light on why the U.S. Government wants to hunt down all of the remaining Transformers after the events of Dark of the Moon. Woerner writes:
Believe it or not, there has been some version of Transformers on TV since 1984. Beginning with Transformers: Generation 1, the franchise has expanded outward through Generation 2, Beast Wars, The Unicron Trilogy, and Transformers: Prime. While I was a huge fan of the original cartoon and toy line, Transformers has fallen out of my favor over the past 30 years. It wasn’t until Michael Bay released the first Transformers movie that I found myself once again interested in Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Megatron. Now the Transformers are headed back to the small screen one more time.
The new Transformers animated series is headed for the cable network The Hub. While the show has yet to receive an official title, it will be a direct continuation of Transformers Prime, which ended its three-year run with The Fall of Cybertron in 2012. It will continue on with the adventures of Bumblebee as the new leader of the Autobots.
With three Michael Bay Transformers movies already in our rearview, and another, this summer’s Age of Extinction, looming on the horizon, we’ve already seen just about every vehicle imaginable turn into a giant robot at one time or another. While the act of shape shifting in and of itself is pretty damn cool, you have to wonder what it would look like if some of our favorite cinematic automobiles just so happened to be Transformers. And if you’ve thought of it, odds are that someone out in the wide, wild world of the Internet has probably thought of it, too. In this case, someone has, and that person happens to be a way, way better artist than I am, and the result is pretty damn sweet.
Artist Darren Rawlings has taken it upon himself to imagine iconic cars, trucks, buses, and what have you, as if they could also morph into big ass robots from space. This collection of awesome images definitely runs parallel to my tastes and predilections. It’s impossible not to look at these and get giddy thinking about all my favorite childhood properties, which almost all represented here. About the only ones not part of this collection are Airwolf and the Batmobile. The best part of these pictures is that they look like they could be characters from the actual animated Transformers series of our youth.