James Vanderbilt, producer and screenwriter of 2022’s Scream, details what happened to his script for Transformers: Rise of the Beasts.
Yell writer James Vanderbilt reveals what happened to his version of the Transformers: Rise of the Beast scenario. Paramount Pictures Yell released over MLK weekend to positive reviews and $31.5 million in box office revenue which ultimately dethroned Spider-Man: No Coming Home. Meanwhile, the company’s next installment in the Transformers film franchise, The Rising of the Beastsis delayed to 2023, a year after its original release date of June 24, 2022. It will be the franchise’s first film since 2018 Bumblebee and serves immediately.
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts also aims to be the first film adaptation of the popular Beast Wars branch of the greatest Transformers franchise. It will deviate from the chronology of the Beast Wars animated series, set 300 years after 1984 Transformers saga, and will be set in Brooklyn in 1994. The film will follow Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback as Noah and Elena, respectively, as they encounter the Transforming factions of the Maximals, Predacons, and Terrorcons. Creed II director Steven Caple Jr. will helm the screenplay based on a story by Joby Harold.
Vanderbilt spoke to Screen Rant on his involvement in the scriptwriting process for Transformers: The Rising of the Beasts and why there were two scripts. When asked if he was working on the film, Vanderbilt said firmly, “No“, but this franchise producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura approached him first to present his vision for the project. When di Bonaventura informed Vanderbilt of his decision to hire Harold, Vanderbilt said: “eventually they decided that Joby’s was the next movie they wanted to do and I read it and he did a phenomenal job.Read the full quote below:
Exclusive: “No. So I know Lorenzo di Bonaventura, the producer of those movies, who’s wonderful and a friend and we were working on something else when he came to me and he said, ‘If you were going to do a Transformers movie, what are you doing?” And I kind of offered him this take. And he was like, “Oh, that sounds really cool.” So they hired me to write it, and he said, “Look, you know, we’re also hiring a guy called Joby Harold, who’s a wonderful writer to write a completely different version.” And I said, “Great!” I’m professional writers , and eventually they decided Joby’s was the next movie they wanted to do and I read and he did a phenomenal job they’re shooting and I talked to director Steven [Caple Jr.] a bit and Lorenzo, just because I’m friends with them and a fan, and I think that’s super cool. But yeah, Rise of the Beasts is going to be really fun, I think. But it’s not the Transformers that I wrote.”
Harold’s writing credits include King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, army of the deadand the next Obi Wan Kenobi miniseries, so his involvement should still adhere to the blockbuster action roots of the previous Transformers movies. The screenplay will also be inspired by the trip to Terminator 2: Judgment Daysomething Harold knows well given his army of the dead story. Whether Transformers: The Rising of the Beasts will attempt to capture the darker tone of T2 remains to be seen, but it’s an atmosphere that Vanderbilt is more experienced with after working on movies like darkness falls, Zodiacand Yell.
Although the public may never know what Vanderbilt Transformers looks like the big screen, Harold’s storyline will no doubt emphasize the explosive robot action that made the film franchise so successful in the first place. The decision to set Beast Wars characters from the first timeline may divide some fans, but it’s also a smart way to capitalize on the success of Bumblebee while introducing a fan-favorite storyline. If executed effectively, Caple Jr., Harold and Paramount can reignite interest in a Transformers film franchise that declined with the later Michael Bay films in Transformers: Rise of the Beasts.
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- Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (2022)Release date: June 24, 2022
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