Transformers 2 Scribe Sets Record Straight

Talks strike prep, promises "more balanced" story.

by | July 21, 2008 | Comments

Now that the writers’ strike has ended, Transformers 2 cowriter Roberto Orci sets the record straight. Michael Bay told Rotten Tomatoes that he continued writing during the strike, but, as it turns out, that isn’t the whole truth.

“He just turned out treatment and transferred it to screenplay format. He picked a few characters from Hasbro and wrote what kind of things he needed in production, but he didn’t write a script. We were involved up until the strike, and then shortly thereafter. Of course, it’s a continuation of the first movie. It’s the characters that we selected from the first movie, in addition to some of the ones we wanted to see that we couldn’t put in the first one, and some of them were even in our original drafts.”

Set two years later, the sequel has no need to introduce the Transformers. “Yeah, the first movie was very much structured as a mystery, such that the Transformers are revealed at sort of the midpoint. This time, this is a different structure, it’s a different movie, it’s a different story. The Transformers are there from minute one, and that’s something that now we actually felt confident we could get away with, because we saw that it could work and that you could have these sentient robots and you’re happy when they’re onscreen.”

Still, there will be opportunities for intimate comedy scenes, like the backyard sequence from the original. “It’s still a continuation of these characters. Tonally, it’s similar, if you liked the first one, you’re still going to get that intimate story of who Sam is and what he’s doing, but if you’re a sci-fi fan, because we can start the movie much more Transformer-centric, it’s a more balanced story with higher stakes — as many sequels tend to be.”

Tag Cloud

Universal Country SDCC Infographic ABC Family Food Network Tumblr sitcom cooking police drama E! Rocky RT History Fall TV Sundance Comedy Drama Red Carpet what to watch cops Action The Arrangement Winter TV VICE TCA Pop Holidays war Super Bowl biography TV Land discovery TV Musical Summer Rom-Com Nominations Nat Geo Martial Arts FX American Society of Cinematographers social media MTV DirecTV TNT comiccon Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Awards Showtime Music Interview Podcast Animation diversity 24 frames Marathons Logo HBO Ghostbusters Ellie Kemper Tomatazos 2015 Sneak Peek historical drama Winners ABC Calendar Valentine's Day based on movie Premiere Dates LGBTQ Countdown Set visit GIFs MSNBC X-Men WGN Pirates First Look Opinion docudrama vampires PBS Warner Bros. period drama 2016 DC Universe cats Bravo Comic Book TLC Fantasy Certified Fresh Year in Review DC Comics binge thriller Spring TV Disney Emmys dramedy technology APB Oscars Box Office Biopics TCM Paramount adventure Musicals CBS Star Trek singing competition Disney Channel SundanceTV boxoffice Sci-Fi ITV Crackle Mary Tyler Moore BBC America aliens Best and Worst NYCC Mindy Kaling History Polls and Games Adult Swim political drama Election Extras supernatural President VH1 A&E cinemax psycho Trailer Trivia CNN BBC Kids & Family AMC Rock TIFF FOX Photos Watching Series composers crime Grammys Hulu OWN zombie Character Guide GLAAD YA Lifetime TCA 2017 El Rey Mystery Fox News Writers Guild of America TruTV Video Games talk show Reality Competition science fiction USA travel ESPN serial killer harry potter Horror TBS Masterpiece Cosplay GoT Dark Horse Comics CBS All Access Netflix Schedule transformers Teen Nickelodeon Cartoon Network IFC CMT Thanksgiving crime thriller Starz Esquire E3 NBC Reality Amazon Star Wars BET crime drama FXX Freeform Lionsgate politics 45 Toys Superheroes Syfy Comedy Central sports Marvel romance 007 PaleyFest The CW 2017