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Transformers Revenge of The Fallen

Thursday, August 28, 2008

"TRaNsFoRMeRs WRiTeRs TaLK SHia’s INJuRY, SaY FiRsT FiLM WaS ‘TiP OF THe ICeBeRG’"...

Don’t worry, say “Transformers” scribes Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman - everything you loved about the movie and more will be in the sequel, which they claim has an even better story. “You want to make a different movie, not just a repeat,” Orci said. “It’s a different kind of film that the last one. It’s not a disaster [movie] paradigm.”

What he means is that “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” won’t have multiple storylines told from different points of view all converging in one place for the climax. Instead, expect a different kind of narrative with a different emotional centerpiece. “A boy and his car was really the emotional thrust of the first movie,” Kurtzman said, “and we felt at the time that that made it a unique way into the story. We knew we couldn’t do the sequel until we had something as equally compelling for it.”

Part of that involves Shia LeBeouf’s character Sam going to college - and getting injured along the way (although not exactly as the actor did in real life). “We didn’t have to reshoot anything,” Orci said, “but we put [an injury] in there. We wanted to make sure that we put it in so he could be protected, because he’s running around a lot and bashing into things, and he needed something to hold it like a sling [after his hand surgery]. So we wrote it into the script to explain it away.”

Orci and Kurtzman won’t explain away the story itself - they want to keep that a mystery, even if they say the movie itself won’t be this time. “The first movie was about the mystery,” Orci said. “I think there’s an expectation that there will be a deeper mythology where the Transformers came from,” Kurtzman said. “The key is not to get so mired in the mythology that it can’t propel the movie forward. We just touched the tip of the iceberg.” - MTV MoVieS BLoG