Friday, January 28, 2005

Optimus Prime kills a man in a bar fight. Just to watch him die.

Enough with the begging. Here's a spoiler-free update on where the movie is.

I've turned in a draft. We had a meeting yesterday (hence the light blogging) with all the producers. All are in a good mood over where the first draft landed. I was particularly pleased that Tom DeSanto, who has always been the guy riding the "Transformers are full characters" wagon, is happy with where we wound up in these early days.

All have questions which need answering, and will be answered in what is acceptably called a "producer's pass" which is really the "free-because-my-guild-has-no-stones-and-why-didn't-we strike" pass. Then, we'll continue to tweak as we meet with directors. OR, I'll be fired, and you'll have to hump over to Dean Georgaris or Ferris & Brancato's blog. Then I can finally get rip-roaring drunk over Global Frequency not being picked up.

Security is brutally tight on this flick, and there's no way I'm violating my friendly relationship with the fine Dreamworks folks, who are actually my favorite execs in the industry. I think it does no harm to say:

-- Name your favorites. They're in there.
-- Big. Robot. Fights. Robot vs. Robot (mano a mano). Robots vs. Robots (plural, havoc) Humans vs. Robots. Robots vs. cybernetically enhanced rabbits. Cybernetically enhanced rabbits vs. butler ninjas. Butler ... oh, wait, sorry, different project. But most of that's true.
-- No cute kid sidekicks.

Now go away again.

P.S. -- Oh, and Don was yanking your chain about the Soundwave/Blender thing. He's a vaccuum cleaner. A sexy, sexy vaccuum cleaner.

27 comments:

Kevin Church said...

NO SPIKE AND SPARKPLUG?!?!?!?!?!?

*sob*

Good luck anyway.

You fuck.

Rogers said...

Did I say that? I said no "cute" kid sidekicks. Nothing about drunken, surly paint-huffing kid sidekicks.

Damn, I've let slip too much.

1031 said...

I never liked Spike and Sparkplug to begin with, so, you know, yay!

But now I'm more interested in this cybernetically enhanced rabbits vs. butler ninjas thing. That, my friend, has "franchise" written all over it.

Anonymous said...

Nobody's picking up Global Frequency?

Cockbiting fucktards, all of them!

Stan said...

Sounds good to me, and I'm glad Tom sees the Tf's as REAL characters because there's a danger it could turn into a disaster flick otherwise.

TRUKK NOT MUNKKY!!!

caseyko74 said...

Just please tell me there is a Robot vs Tentacle beast fight with obligatory "tentacle doing bad things to a robot's exhaust" sequence.

Yes, I am a sick, sick man, but sometimes you just have to watch a robot get violated by a tentacle beast to feel alive.

Dak said...

John, I have no worries about this movie script being in your hands. Anyone who comes up with a reference to Evil Dead ("Good, bad, I'm the one with the word processor"), and "Cybernetically enhanced rabbits vs. butler ninjas" on the fly has to be *THE* man for the job. One question for you, and no, I'm not asking for spoilers. Is this movie being approached as a serious take on the Transformers, replete with some well placed humerous moments, or is it being looked at as a Comedy film in it's entirety? I think most if not all fans of The Transformers from G1 through til now would agree when I say, I hope that you consider it the former, as opposed to the latter.

Angelophile said...

Soundwave is a vacuum cleaner?

Well that sucks.

...

Aww, c'mon, SOMEONE had to say it first.

Morgan said...

Ah, there was a time when robot ninja bulters would have made even a romantic comedy bearable. Julia Roberts, form the torso! Meg Ryan, form the head! Combine to form Trite-o-tron!


-LoserBroadside

Rogers said...

Is this movie being approached as a serious take on the Transformers, replete with some well placed humerous moments, or is it being looked at as a Comedy film in it's entirety?Serious. One of the quotes from the meeting was: "We need even more ... awe. More serious 'hot damn I am looking up at a giant space robot' awe."

ItsWalky said...

Well, yeah, but is there Donny Finkleberg? That's what all the hep cats are jonesing fer.

Angelophile said...

Exactly how DO you go about writing awe anyway?

ItsWalky said...

1 EXT. SOUTHWESTERN DESERT

There is a desert. There is lots of awe.

DONNY FINKLEBERG
Lookit all that awe! There sure
is a lotta awe here!

Angelophile said...

Or maybe it could just be set in the best little awe house in Texas?

ItsWalky said...

Naw, too far. We all know this film will be shot in some Awellywood soundstage.

Anonymous said...

Little Timmy - "Holy shit, dad! Giant space robots!"
Timmy's Dad - "Coooooooooooooooooooool."
Timmy's Dad's Meek Coworker - *craps himself*

Or you could do a shot of little Timmy looking out the car window, with the window reflecting a giant robot leaping over a row of townhouses and striding over the car. At midpoint in the stride, the camera pans up to follow Timmy's gaze (giant robot upskirt shot!) and pulls up and away from the car to follow the robot across the subdivision.

Low-angle shots, with lens flare. Cameras shaking with the impact of the giant robot feet. People doing the standstill, jaw-dropped awe of a Superman sighting, not the running and screaming of a Godzilla. At least, no running and screaming until Starscream puts a burst through an office building and the debris starts to fall down onto their faces.

Jetfire breezing by and dwarfing an airplane. Or going up to the very brink of space, transforming, and battling Starscream with the arc of the Earth behind them. Laser blasts and everything, with shifting camera showing the blackness of space and the terminator and ooooooooooooooo shiny.

Brendocon said...

"-- Name your favorites. They're in there."

Yay! Flywheels: The Movie. It's what the world's been waiting for. In a Stone Roses styleeeee...

Anonymous said...

Any possible way to post spoilerfree info on fatal frame? Or is that asking for too much? ^_^;;;

-Laurean
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Rogers said...

Exactly how DO you go about writing awe anyway?It's a macro in Movie Magic Screenwriter. Alt+F4. Be careful, though because pathos is Alt+F5.

Karl said...

No wonder why MegaMaid had so much sucking power. It was Soundwave the whole time.

Invector said...

I like you, John Rogers. Only as a friend though. I fear God's wrath and any other extent of me liking you would be weird. You don't have to consider me your friend if you don't want to, but you already knew that.

I think all my comments are coming in far too late.

Anonymous said...

Huge hopes for this. Gotta be a good translation like Xman but better. Can't show them walking, too difficult. Gotta have Ravage and Soundwave's voice must be INDENTICAL to the cartoon. Careful with the music tho, the cartoon movie was offensive with the lame guitar-rock... gimme the simple cartoon scores. I'm taking this way too serious, I need to get a grip. Could be the best movie ever, could easily be the worst.

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