Robert Orci talks Transformers 2
Transformers screenwriter Robert Orci has been talking about the sequel, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. He is answering questions on a fan forum, and has covered topics such as Shia LaBeouf's injury and the difference between the two films.
I never used to watch Transformers when I was younger, but I did enjoy the first film. From what Robert Orci says it was only the beginning.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is currently filming, and Robert Orci is answering questions on TFW 2005, through First Showing.net. He talked about the slight change they have had to make to the script, to explain Shia LaBeouf's hand injury. He then talked about the difference in budget between the first and second films:
there were a a couple things we couldn't do [in Transformers due to] budget, but also because they seemed too 'out there' to the studio. Some of those things we get to do in the second movie. After we see it, I'll point out which...Yes we do get a bit more dough. Expect an upgrade. And we also know better what we can do this time to maximize the mighty buck. And we have the secret weapon that is [producer] Ian Bryce.
Sounds they are upping the ante in the sequel, and are being given the money to do so. As for themes, it is partly about Sam dealing with life away from home at college.
...one of the themes is about the responsibilities you face when being away from home - reflected by Sam going to college and by the fact that the Transformers themselves, are of course, far from Cybertron....We were emulating the style of movie from the old Amblin days, like Back to the Future and Gremlins, which if you watch today are still very funny. Also, the cartoon itself was quite funny. Also, comedy makes things more accessible to a larger audience.
I don't really have the cartoons to refer back to, but I did like the humour of the first so more of that works for me. Orci also talked about the pressure of making the second one, and what it is that makes it so difficult.
The first movie is all about the mystery and reveal of the Transformers as a concept and a species, which means we had to hide them a lot in the first hour. In the second movie, now that everyone believes in the universe, we can jump right into the world of the Transformers… The hardest aspect is that you lose the element of surprise. We got away with a lot in the first movies because for a long time, no one thought it would work, or that it was just a silly cartoon, and simply proving that wrong is all we had to do. The first movie was meant to be somewhat of a mystery. For the sequel, we need an entirely different structure and paradigm for the movie, and we can't rely on it being the first.
So it doesn't sound like they are resting on their laurels. Not having a long vested interest in Transformers I pretty much watched the first film with fresh eyes. Apart from some parts which were aimed at kids a bit too much, I enjoyed it. And it sounds like they are taking it further in the sequel.
Are you a die-hard Transformers fan? Is Robert Orci saying all the right things? Or did the first one disappoint?