Michael Bay Confirms 14 ‘Transformers’ Stories In Development

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Transformers director Michael Bay has confirmed that Paramount Pictures is currently developing a total of fourteen more stories set in the Transformers universe.

According to Yahoo! Movies, Bay made the announcement on Tuesday at London’s Cineworld IMAX during a preview event for the upcoming fifth installment of the franchise, Transformers: The Last Knight, which included the reveal of new footage from the film. Ahead of the new footage, the director teased the future of the franchise when he explained in a pre-recorded segment that the writer’s room assembled by the studio had begun to conceive of new stories for the franchise during the development of The Last Knight.

One of the fourteen stories is surely the Bumblebee spin-off the studio has announced. The spin-off will be helmed by Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight with a script penned by Christina Hodson (Shut In).

In addition to Hodson, the writers room also includes Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down), Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Tomb Raider), Lindsey Beer, Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Iron Man scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, Ant-Man scribes Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, as well as Zak Penn (Pacific Rim: Uprising), and Jeff Pinkner (Lost).

While Bay once again assured fans at the event that The Last Knight will be his last entry as director in the franchise, it seems the franchise will be continuing on for many years to come.

Bay’s final Transformers film continues the story with Mark Wahlberg’s Cade Yeager and the Dinobots introduced in Age of Extinction as it explores the mythology of how the Transformers were created. The new footage that was debuted featured the Arthurian prologue as well as scenes of Isabela Moner’s Izabella with the new Transformer Canopy. Wahlberg’s Yeager was also seen being taken away to Britain by Sir Anthony Hopkins’ Transformer Cogburn.

The director also announced that The Last Knight was shot natively in IMAX 3D with bespoke cameras.

The film also stars Stanley Tucci, Laura Haddock, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Santiago Cabrera, Jerrod Carmichael, Liam Garrigan, Peter Cullen and John Goodman. Here’s the official synopsis:

“The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock).

There comes a moment in everyone’s life when we are called upon to make a difference. In Transformers: The Last Knight, the hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours.”

Transformers: The Last Knight hits theaters June 23, 2017. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the Transformers franchise as we learn it.

Source: Yahoo! Movies

6 Theater-Worthy Movies To Look Forward To In April

AprilMarch has ended and Spring has begun which means we’re already in the summer movie season. The biggest hits of last month both financially and critically were Beauty and the Beast, Kong: Skull Island, and Logan. April offers us a smaller and more intimate slate of films, giving us a well-deserved breath of fresh air from last month’s loaded offerings. This month’s films will put many of our favorite stars in roles that are both unique and diverse, which might surprise you.

Let’s take a look at what you can expect to come out this month in chronological order. Hit Next to continue!
Going In Style

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It has been a while since we’ve gotten a solid heist film and Going In Style will hopefully change that with its unique spin on a classic genre. The main trio in the film consists of legendary actors Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Alin Arkin who plan to rob a bank after their pensions are lost. The film is directed by Zach Braff, best known for his work on Scrubs. Still need more convincing? The script was written by Theodore Melfi who previously wrote and directed St. Vincent, one of the most underrated comedies of this decade. Beyond that, he also wrote and directed the Oscar-nominated Hidden Figures. By the looks of the trailer, Going In Style looks to be a solid crowd pleasure that looks to be Point Break by the way of The Bucket List.

  • Going In Style hits theaters on April 7th
  • Directed by: Zach Braff
  • Starring: Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin, Matt Dillon, and Joey King
Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, three lifelong pals risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.

Colossal

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Probably the most unique and absurd film to come out this year, Colossal offers viewers a different spin on the classic Kaiju narrative. Instead of focusing on the humans dealing with the impacts of the monster, the film delves into the mind of someone who is controlling the Kaiju. Fusing the horrific with the comedic is nothing different for director Nacho Vigalondo, who previously directed Timecrimes, one of the most seminal films in the time-travel genre, as well as segments in The ABCs of Death and V/H/S: Viral. Furthermore, the film is being scored by Bear McCreary, who is best known for writing the music for The Walking Dead and last year’s 10 Cloverfield Lane, which had a vastly underrated and chilling score. Debuting last year at the Toronto International Film Festival and this year at the Sundance Film Festival, the film is being lauded by critics for its unique and strange approach to a familiar genre, use of a strong female character, and how it deals with addiction and one’s personal demons.

  • Colossal hits theaters on April 7th
  • Directed by: Nacho Vigalondo
  • Starring: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens, Simon Pegg, and Tim Blake Nelson.
Gloria is an out-of-work party girl who, after getting kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend, is forced to leave her life in New York and move back to her hometown. When news reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, South Korea, Gloria gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this far-off phenomenon. As events begin to spin out of control, Gloria must determine why her seemingly insignificant existence has such a colossal effect on the fate of the world.

The Lost City of Z

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Premiering at last year’s New York Film Festival, The Lost City of Z has gotten stellar reviews from critics due to its use of traditional storytelling, powerful visuals, and engrossing stories. This comes as no surprise as the film is directed by James Gray, one of the most underrated and unique voices in filmmaking at the moment. He previously directed dramas such as We Own The Night and The Immigrant, which both showcased his slow, methodical, and traditional style. A further vote of confidence comes from Amazon Studios, which obtained the U.S rights to the film. Beyond, the film has an impressive and well-rounded cast, with highlights including Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland. While all eyes may shine on our newest Spider-man, we shouldn’t ignore the strides Pattinson has been making as an actor. Long gone are the days of Twilight, as the actor has matured and provided great roles in The Rover and Maps to the Stars. What’s most interesting is the execution of the film, which boasts both drama and adventure. Instead of opting to go the larger than life route, Gray has chosen to focus on the characters and make them serve the story, not the other way around.

  • The Lost City of Z hits theaters on April 14th
  • Directed by: James Gray
  • Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland, and Ian McDiarmid
At the dawn of the 20th century, British explorer Percy Fawcett journeys into the Amazon, where he discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment, which views indigenous populations as savages, the determined Fawcett, supported by his devoted wife, son, and aide-de-camp, returns to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case.
The Fate of the Furious 
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It’s been well over a decade since the original The Fast and the Furious launched into theaters and our hearts. While the narrative of the series may have changed from street racing to full-on heists and spy capers, the franchise is more popular than ever, amassing over $3 billion. The latest installment in the franchise is looking to change things up a bit by pitting family-man Dominic Toretto against, well, his family. Apart from the crazy stunts and ridiculous set-pieces, we’re most excited to see Charlize Theron join the cast and see how she shakes up the dynamic of the crew. Another new addition to the film is director F. Gary Gray who previously directed Mad Max: Fury Road. Another new addition to the film is director F. Gary Gray who previously directed The Italian Job and Straight Outta Compton. While official reviews aren’t out yet, the film was shown in its entirety at CinemaCon and has received a considerable amount of praise. Positive reactions bode well for the franchise as this film will be launching a new trilogy.
  • The Fate of the Furious hits theaters on April 14th
  • Directed by: F. Gary Gray
  • Starring: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Charlize Theron, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges (Ludacris), and Kurt Russell

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon, Brian and Mia have retired from the game, and the rest of the crew has been exonerated, the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom back into a world of crime that he can’t seem to escape, the crew will face trials that will test them as never before.

Gifted

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A Marvel combination unlike any other, Gifted is directed by Marc Webb and stars Chris Evans. If you don’t remember, Webb’s debut was the critically acclaimed romantic-comedy 500 Days of Summer. After his successful debut, Webb was roped in to direct Sony’s Spider-Man reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man. After mixed reception both it and its sequel, the character ended up in the MCU and Webb has now returned to his roots in the indie genre. We’re excited to see Webb going back to what he does best and we’re expecting a solid performance from Chris Evans, who has been spending most of his time lately playing Captain America. As much as we adore Steve Rogers, Evans’ performances have become a known quantity, with exceptions being his role in Snowpiercer. While the premise of the film sounds pretty generic, its stellar cast will likely build it up more and add more levity to it.

  • Gifted hits theaters on April 21st
  • Directed by: Marc Webb
  • Starring: Chris Evans, Lindsay Duncan, Jenny Slate, Octavia Spencer, and Mckenna Grace
Frank Adler is a single man raising a child prodigy – his spirited young niece Mary – in a coastal town in Florida. Frank’s plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the 7-year-old’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank’s formidable mother, Evelyn, whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary.

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Our final film for this month is the Ben Wheatley-directed Free Fire, a film that boasts an interesting premise and an even more talented cast. Wheatley has previously directed a segment in The ABCs of Death and last year’s highly-acclaimed dystopian thriller High-Rise (which if you haven’t seen, do yourself a favor and check it out). Premiering at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, the film was acquired by A24, a known leader in the indie film industry. Since its premiere late last fall, the film has received great reviews from critics who praised its visuals, action sequences, and tremendous cast. We’re mostly excited to see the action play out but we would be lying if we weren’t excited for Sharlto Copley’s performance in the film. One of the most absurd and genre-friendly stars of our time, Copley always manages to turn in a great performance, even if the film is a dud (we’re looking at you Oldboy).

  • Free Fire hits theaters on April 21st
  • Directed by: Ben Wheatley
  • Starring: Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, and Cillian Murphy

Justine brokers a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen and a gang led by Vernon and Ord, who intend to sell them a stash of guns. But when shots fire during the handover, complete pandemonium ensues, with everyone at the scene suddenly thrust into a heart-stopping game of survival.

What are the movies that will get you to the theater this month? Let us know in the comments!

Michael Mistroff

Michael Mistroff

Michael Mistroff is a Film/TV fan with a passion for Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and Stranger Things.

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