Screenwriters Confirm Soundwave in Transformers 2!
With Transformers 2 slated to start shooting within the next few weeks, we're finally starting to see a few details trickle out. The latest news to hit comes from two sources: screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci as well as actor Tyrese Gibson. Unfortunately, Tyrese doesn't say too much, but Kurtzman and Orci do reveal some exciting news for hardcore Transformers fans. When asked if there was a character they just had to feature in the sequel, they gave an answer I know most fans will love: Soundwave! Not only that, but apparently Ravage will show up, too! Kurtzman and Orci speak further on how this second one builds and Tyrese also chimes in on how Michael Bay is planning to take this to the next level.
The bit about Soundwave comes from IGN, where they have a brief interview with Kurtzman and Orci on both Transformers 2 and J.J. Abrams' upcoming Star Trek. "You know, we had Ravage in an early draft of the first movie and Soundwave, and we couldn't do it right and I think this time hopefully we'll have the ability to do it." That definitely means Soundwave will show up, but in what capacity - well we'll have to wait until June 26th, 2009 to see. As for more veiled hype, Roberto Orci speaks on how they've built upon the first Transformers - both for fans of the original cartoon and toys and for fans of the movie.
"We want to follow some of our lead characters which we thought were so successful. Shia's character; where is he two years later? His girlfriend, where is she two years later? But for fans, I guess I'll address this more for the fans, because I think if you didn't know Transformers at all and you came in and you liked the first movie, you'll like the second one."
"However, some of the die hard fans, which we were a member of that group, felt, well, maybe it's a little light. Maybe it wasn't science fictiony enough. And I think the second one will deliver on a true Transformers story. You know, the first one, we had a limited budget for what it was. Every second of Transformer time is a million dollars or whatever the heck it is, so this time, because we were able to prove through the whole thing that it's a viable live-action movie, we have a little more freedom this time to actually learn about the Transformers, see them, hear them. It's a better balance between the humans and the Transformers."
If you need some clarification on who Soundwave is, then we'll be glad to give it to you. Soundwave is a Transformer whose allegiances lie with the Decepticons. He transformers into a cassette player and has the ability to detect and jam radio transmissions as well as the ability to monitor electrical impulses within brain circuitry. In his robotic mode, the cassette compartment is located in his chest and stores many smaller cassette robots - smaller spy robots that are also powerful enemies. He is easily one of the biggest fan favorites alongside of Optimus Prime and Megatron.
Over at ComingSoon, they spoke briefly with Tyrese Gibson, who starred in the first film as Tech Sergeant Epps. He confirms that he will return and elaborates not only on how his character will evolve, but how Michael Bay is trying to step up above-and-beyond the first one.
"Well, I can't spill any of the beans though that was a smooth transition. But I just talked to Shia [LaBeouf] and left Jon Voight [a message] about fifteen minutes ago. I'm excited. Michael Bay is really going to try and up the ante on round two and take it to a whole other level. I can't go into any detail, but it's going to be some real one-of-a-kind things going on in this movie that no one has ever visually seen in their life. Michael Bay is really fired up and trying to outdo what he did on the first round and I'm just honored to be a part of it."
Remarkably, there haven't been any major announcements regarding Transformers 2 yet besides the basics. A complete cast hasn't been confirmed, nor a real plot revealed. I'm curious to see more announcements this summer, because right now I'm much more hyped for Iron Man 2 than I am Transformers 2. I mentioned in my review when comparing the two, that Iron Man definitely kicks Transformers ass. I only hope Michael Bay saw Iron Man too and is thinking of ways to top that movie. At least we can look forward to Soundwave - he's a promising addition that will definitely bring some mayhem to the Decepticons.
Reader Feedback - 15 Comments
Just a few days ago I was talking with one of my friends about how amazing Transformers 2 will be. And we both agreed on one thing. If Soundwave was in it, it would be one of the greatest cartoon/comic based movies in the history of the world. Now that this news is confirmed I will be calling him now to tell him the great news. THANK YOU ALEX!
Movieraider321 on May 19, 2008
What's fascinating about Soundwave, apart from being Megatron's best friend, is they tried to put him in the film twice, and it resulted in the characters Blackout and Frenzy. I'm excited to see his role in the sequel, along with his flipside Starscream.
Chris on May 19, 2008
this makes me a very happy geek, now all we need is Shockwave and Thundercracker
The Delightful Deviant on May 19, 2008
check your grammar in the last paragraph
Andrew Wickliffe on May 19, 2008
This movie will still suck major ass!!!
REAL6 on May 19, 2008
Best news I have heard all day. I am so freaking excited right now.. I Soundwave is one of my favorite Transformers, But i am a little worried. I really do hope they do Soundwave right tho. I mean in the original cartoon he was a cassette player so that won't work so well translated into the big screen.. I think they could do well if they had him Transform into one of those sound Surveillance armored trcuks and have his menions be part of him like the radar dish or what have you. I really just hope they don't fuck him up liek they did Scorpinoc... ahh
CSpuppydog on May 19, 2008
I can't belive this pice-of-shit movie got a sequel.
TN on May 19, 2008
7oo millions dollars thats why it got a sequel numb nuts and many more hopefully
jono on May 19, 2008
Is it any surprise this movie got a sequel? What movies won't get a sequel right now? I just hope they actually make it more than just a popcorn flick like the first one was. I am really exciting for 2018...for Transformers 10! Beast Warz! Lolz! (sarcasm). I hope to god Hollywood stops pooping out sequels to every movie. Yes you can make money on sequels, but you can also make money selling crack..
Kyle A. K. on May 19, 2008
Slider on May 19, 2008
im really looking forward to this follow up, i dont really care to much for Soundwave but its good to hear that there adding more robots and getting everything ready for filming.
Curtis on May 19, 2008
Iron Man was good the first time, the second time not so much. Transformers was good the first 5 times. Transformers 2 will definitely be better than Iron Man.
Kail on May 19, 2008
DO NOT compare a brilliant mastrpiece like Iron Man with whatever crap Michael Bay pulls out of his ass! Transformers was BAD the first time, there wont be a second time... period
bltzie on May 20, 2008
Iron man was over-rated. Good but not great.
AK on May 20, 2008
where the hell did bltzie come from, there will be transformers 2 and it'll be one of the best action movies ever, i dont think Iron Man deserves any comparison, leave Iron Man to its own and Transformers to its own... numb nut!
j.d. on May 20, 2008
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