Spielberg Loves Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:24 pm,

Michael Bay posted a message on his official forums late last night to update us on the status of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. He says that he sat down with another big shot director to screen the movie and get some thoughts, and he gave us some info on the next trailer.

Bay invited Steven Spielberg to be one of the first outsiders (outsider with financial stake mind you) to watch the Transformers sequel and it sounds like it was quite a positive experience for them both. In Bay’s forum message, he discusses Spielberg’s reaction:

“Steven Spielberg sat next to me in a big 100 person theater at Sony today. There were 98 empty seats. The lights came up after we just watched my cut of Revenge of the Fallen. He turned to me and said ‘It’s awesome.’”

“He felt this movie was better then the first – and probably my best, who knows – at this point in a movie you start to lose your objectivity. I just hope the fans like it. I’m going to start putting it in front of audiences in a few weeks – no you are not invited, yet.”

Bay continued on to discuss how stressful and busy it is for the people involved with post-production as the timer runs down leading up to the film’s release.

“We have 60 days left. Let me tell you it will be a race to finish. It’s 12 at night and we are still working here in the edit room. Everyone at ILM and DD are killing themselves right now, they are doing a stellar job on the effects. We also just finished our trailer which is coming out with Wolverine. Talk to you soon.”

So, we can expect the next full length trailer to be revealed in just over two weeks, as X-Men Origins: Wolverine debuts May 1st to kick off this summer season.

This news excites me – while I enjoyed the first film, it had too many major weaknesses – I hope this one corrects those (or at least most of them) and gives us more of what we really want, and less of what we really don’t want.

What does Spielberg’s praise mean for you?

Stay tuned for more Transformers 2 news, Screen Rant will up updates and the new trailer as they come.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen opens June 24, 2009.

Source: Michael Bay

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  1. Is this a good thing, or a bad thing? If he had his Indy 4 hat on, it’s doomed.

  2. Great point Psyko,

    But I wonder how many of the Indy 4 issues were due to Lucas and Ford?

  3. Well, he is not going to say that it is stank now is he with the film opening soon?

  4. Very true. Evidently, those two have some pretty interesting brainstorming sessions where they really feed off of each other. I can see how they could let that get out of hand, while writing the movie, but they still had to look at the final outcome and see something they liked. No good excuse for that failure.

  5. @SK-47

    No, they probably wouldn’t do that, but they could pretend nothing ever happened. ;)

  6. I think that The Rock was probably his best film. If it’s anything near that i’ll be pleased. Needless to say, i’ll be going in expecting to turn my brain off within the first few minutes. Here’s to hoping he proves me wrong!

  7. Nice try Michael Bay, big name director who happens to also be the Executive Producer, good one! You’re still cool to me though.

    Now, if he got some one, say, Ridley Scott, Martin Campbell, or even Chris Columbus and screened it for them, a complete outsider, then I will totally buy it to an extent.

  8. @Sk
    He probably did, and they thought it sucked. 1 out of 4 is good for Bay. :-)

  9. Has to be taken with a grain of salt. He has financial interests at stake and would say this about any Bay movie or one where he is involved with.

  10. if Steven thought it had problems they would not have told anyone about this screening. he would told bay to get back to the editing room asap.

  11. It’s true, although “awesome” is different than good or decent, and if he truly felt different, Spielberg would say different to Bay and Bay wouldn’t be posting about it for all of us to see.

    I just hope Spielberg’s got good judgment on this – as brought up above, Indy 4 was a mess and if this is not an improvement over the first Transformers, then the reputation of Spielberg and the blame for Indy 4 would become worrisome.

  12. Still not interested.

    Two words, Sector 7.

  13. spielberg’s praise doesnt really mean anything ot me, i mean even he didnt praise it im still going to see this flick

  14. seriously outside of john turdurro, i thought the first one wasn’t awful. i think people really forget that the cartoon (and even the comic) were really terrible most of the time. The original movie was just to shill new toys on us stupid kids (ok so i still love my junkeons), but people seem to remember this and Joe as some kind of Holy Grails of kids shows.

  15. @ sammon1013,

    I agree.

    None of the shows were good except the 3-D Beast Wars series, it was just a cool concept for kids (like me at the time). But if you go back and watch the cartoon or the current Animated series, it’s pretty awful and the movie, despite it’s issues, is a huge step up and actually watchable amongst the mainstream.

  16. Its just amazing the hatred for TF and Michael Bay, who actually kind of gave it a realistic feel, I mean how else are you supposed to establish that giant robots could come to earth and stay “Robots in Disguise”? I thought Sam was a huge step up from Spike, or god forbid Daniel. My only complaint was Jazz getting ripped in half, which was just kind of an eh moment. He established the idea that the TFs were actually another race, and I never got the hatred of giving them a human sense of humor. Who says aliens don’t get dick and fart jokes?

  17. i hope for him:he produces this movie!

  18. @sammon1013

    I don’t base my dislike of the first one on any comparison to what came before in the Transformers universe. I just HATED the stupid humor and the way it was intercut with serious dramatic and battle scenes. It was like Bay took two completely separate films and edited them into one.

    Oh, and the action sequences where I couldn’t tell what the heck was going on.

    BEST part of the film: The first 15 minutes or so out in the desert.

    Vic

  19. unfortunately when you have to do something for johnny mainstream (i’m a pretentious ass most of the time) dick and fart jokes win over developing character, symbolism or allusion, or anything else that a good indie flick would give us (Bourne and the two latest bonds can get thrown into that as well). I agree on the action sequences for the most part, except throwing bumblebee on a tow truck and letting him blow the crap out of stuff, genius idea, his relationship with Sam actually did come across well for me, as you actually feel the characters sadness and desperation both when his legs get blown off and when Sector 7 captures him. And i love the collateral damage displayed on the robots.

  20. @ Vic,

    That intro and those scenes you mention at the beginning, definitely the strongest part of the film.

    Let’s all hope for more of that in the second.

  21. He didn’t like this film he just likes how much money it will make. Transformers is a crap franchise.

  22. good one jerk. how long did it take you to come up with that?

  23. Oh yah, I’m sure Spielberg would have turned to him and said “man, this is just as crappy as the first one.” Yep, I see that happening… Of course he’s going to say it’s awesome.

  24. Now when someone like Ridley Scott watches a part of a movie like he did Avatar and actually proclaim that he will spend the extra money to shoot his next big movie the same way, then he’s putting his money where his mouth is and you know it actually means something…

  25. I don’t think you guys are getting what’s really going on here.Bay wanted to make sure that this movie was exceptable to Spielberg because Bay knows that Spielberg is the “Don Corleone” of Hollywood.

    Regardless of anyone’s opinion of Indy 4,or whatever other movie that you think is bad from Spielberg,he is almost without argument THE greatest director in the history of American Cinema,and his resume proves that.Not only that,he’s probably one of the top 3 most powerful and influential people in Hollywood.

    So Bay going to Spielberg,IMO, is probably more of a symbolic gesture of getting his blessing from Hollywood’s Godfather.

  26. Longshanks, Spielberg is involved with the film… :-)

    Spielberg could have said, “That was awesome,,,, popcorn. ,,,,Oh the film, it needs work Mickey,,”

    Who’s knows that really happened in there Spielberg could have been drinking ? We’ll never know the real story,,,

  27. I’m glad that people who didn’t hate the first one are actually posting on here now. It was getting lonely.

    We can’t read too much into Bay’s comments on this – it’s a heresay testimonial from someone who benefits from the movie’s success. It would have been much more interesting if Bay said Spielberg’s comment was “this is gonna blow Terminator 4 outta the water” – but instead we got a boring description of a pat on the back. yawn

  28. @790,I don’t think that I implied the Spielberg wasn’t involved with the movie.

    @Panda,a lot of Hollywood filmmakers don’t like to bad mouth even if they know that something is crap.Maybe because they are friends or who knows why,but it would be a exciting if people in Hollywood actually gave you a genuine opinion instead of canned remarks.

  29. No disrespect,,,

    Bada Bing.

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