Roberto Orci's Answers to Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Questions
Have any questions to ask screenwriter Roberto Orci? He's been answering numerous fan questions about Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen on the forums at TFW2005 and has provided some interesting responses, most of which should make a lot of Transformers fans anxious to see the sequel quite excited (including me!). Not only does he mention that it will be a darker film and still rated PG-13, as expected, but they do have a bigger budget which allowed for an upgrade, there are a couple of things that didn't make it into the first movie that will be in this second one, and the plot for this one will follow two parallel stories rather than three individual themes like the first. Read on for some more details on Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen from Orci's extensive answers.
First, to settle any rumors about Shia LaBeouf's injured hand, Orci says they did go on set to rewrite some of the script to account for his injury, "but more because we want to make sure Shia's hand is protected for the remainder of the shoot." And as for progress on top of the first movie and using ideas that they originally came up with then, Orci explains that "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." And as for the budget on this one? "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."
Moving on to themes and inspiration, Orci explains that in this sequel, "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." I know I smiled when he made that reference, even though it is quite accurate. As for inspirations, this is also very exciting to hear. Orci says their inspirations for this sequel were Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Terminator 2. "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."
The last of Orci's answers that I wanted to feature addressed differences between the two movies.
"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."
Roberto Orci is one of my favorite screenwriters because he cares so much about the fans and is so connected with the community. I'm glad that he's answering these questions and addressing concerns, although it's still his own movie (that he wrote with Alex Kurtzman and Ehren Kruger), but I think this is important to the success of the film. A lot of what he says is also quite exciting, including his inspirations. I just hope a lot of those movies provided the right kind of inspiration and the film isn't overly funny, but I am now even more excited to see where Orci and Kurtzman and Kruger took this. Head over to TFW2005 to ask him more questions or check out an enormous amount of answers that Orci has already written. And just know that we've got about 9 more months until we finally see Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen!