The Transformers started out as a cartoon created to promote a toy. Now they're transforming into another moneymaking property: a movie. Tinseltown favorite Steven Spielberg will produce a film directed by The Island's Michael Bay, and the release date has already been set: July 4, 2007.
The story of the transformers involves the heroic Autobots and their selfless leader, Optimus Prime, as they fight a never-ending battle against the evil Decepticons, who want to enslave mankind. The cartoon first aired in 1984 and has continued through various iterations. Currently, a new series, Transformers: Cybertron, airs on the Cartoon Network. Cybertron refers to the Transformers home world.Read more
This summer's record-breaking movie season was paced by several high-profile sequels--Spider-Man 3, Shrek the Third, The Bourne Ultimatum, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. But familiar faces also packed the box office with big-screen debuts. The Simpsons Movie and Transformers both started on the small screen in the 1980s before finally hitting theaters this summer.
Transformers was particularly impressive in bringing the cartoon featuring giant shape-shifting robots to life; the film has grossed almost $700 million worldwide.
And in a move that surprises no one, the two studios behind the film, Paramount and Dreamworks, see a potential hit franchise and have set a release date for Transformers 2 for June 26, 2009, reports Variety. However, given expected behind-the-scenes differences between the two studios involved in the unhappy union, the release date is a merely an approximation and not firm.
Director Michael Bay (Armageddon, Pearl Harbor) is ...Read more
One thing will be certain about the
movie: It'll have a
cool soundtrack. That's the hope of
Pharrell Willams, leader of the
Neptunes and executive producer of the
movie Voltron: Defender of the
Universe. In addition to producing
the film and its soundtrack, Pharell
will also write the score.
Voltron: Defender of the Universe, an animated show from the '80s, tells the story of five young space jockeys who travel into space to learn how to control one of five robot ships. Each episode, the five heroes combine their personal robots into one giant robot: Voltron. As Voltron, the five must work together to defeat the evil alien Drule Empire. So, not only was Voltron an exciting after-school event, but also it presented lessons on the importance of team building.
The Voltron movie is being produced by Mark Gordon, who produced the films The Day After Tomorrow ...Read more
Variety reports that the popular '80s cartoon, The Smurfs, is being prepped by Paramount pictures as a CG-animated feature. Paramount will release the film in 2008 to mark the 50th anniversary of The Smurfs. The feature will be made with Paramount partner Nickelodeon Movies, and the film companies are mulling over whether or not to plan the film as the first part of a trilogy.
The Smurfs first appeared in 1958 as a comic strip in Belgium. NBC launched the Saturday morning cartoon in 1981, firmly placing Belgium at the center of '80s pop culture. The animated show racked up 256 episodes and was translated into video games and toys.
The Smurfs joins a growing list of '80s cartoons, toys, and video games that are being translated into films, including the Michael Bay/Steven Spielberg production of The Transformers and the John Woo reimagining of He-Man.
In related news, there ...Read more
Australian newcomer Rachael Taylor and Prison Break star Amaury Nolasco have been cast in Transformers, the live-action adaptation of the 1980s Hasbro toy line of giant robots that morph into cars, trucks, planes, and ships.
Tyrese Gibson is in negotiations to join them in director Michael Bay's DreamWorks project. Already cast are Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Jon Voight, and Bernie Mac.
Taylor will play Maggie Marconi, a codebreaker at a think tank. Nolasco and Gibson are Army officers.
Transformers, which has a July 4, 2007, release date, is scheduled to start shooting this month in Los Angeles.
Taylor was in town only three weeks when she booked her role. She appeared in the feature Man-Thing and played Catherine Oxenberg in TV's Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure.
Nolasco is best known for playing Wentworth Miller's cellmate in Fox's cult hit Prison Break. He ...Read more
Transformers: The Movie, a film based on the 1980s cartoon about a line of robot toys, is moving slowly down the assembly line toward the showroom.
Variety reports that comedian Bernie Mac has signed up to portray a used-car salesman in the movie. The character, Bobby Bolivia, is responsible for selling a Transformer--a car that transforms into a giant robot--to the film's main character, Sam, played by Shia LeBeouf.
Once Sam makes the car's acquaintance, the battle for the fate of the universe begins, with the heroic Autobots attempting to defend Earth form the evil Decepticons.
Las Vegas star Josh Duhamel has also joined the cast as Lennox, one of a team of soldiers that also includes John Turturro and is led by Jon Voight. Micheal Clarke Duncan and Tyrese Gibson are also rumored to be close to signing up for roles in the film. Megan Fox and ...Read more
In the 1980s, the cartoon landscape was a boring mess, with toy knockoffs ruling the airwaves. Then, animator John Kricfalusi introduced the world to his surreal, satirical characters Ren Hoek, a bitter asthma-hound chihauhua who sounds like Peter Lorre, and Stimpson J. Cat, a fat, dumb feline who receives the brunt of Ren's wrath.
When Ren & Stimpy appeared on Nickelodeon, it was an instant smash. The series was ported over to MTV, where it became even more popular. Now, a brand-new DVD of unseen R&S episodes is being released, and you can check out some clips at John's blog. TV.com caught up with John K and chatted with him about corporate fear and the hundreds of R&S episodes you haven't seen. Happy happy joy joy!
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