With the latest incarnation of the perennial ‘Transformers’ animated property wrapped up, executive producer Roberto Orci went on the record to discuss the next animated iteration for the franchise.
In an interview with IGN, Orci was quick to clarify that the new series isn’t a cold reboot, but rather a more kid-friendly continuation of ‘Transformers Prime.’
“It’s not really a reboot, it’s sort of a continuation of [Transformers Prime] in a tonally different form. We want to make sure we’re servicing the right audiences. We got to do a very adult version of Transformers that you just saw in this cartoon, a very sophisticated one, and we also want to make sure we don’t leave other kids behind, who love Transformers too and don’t want to be as scared as Transformers Prime could make you, that kind of thing. So we’re going to have a good parallel series that is connected, but it’s a little more friendly to the family… We’re trying to make sure that younger kids who really love Transformers aren’t put off by its intensity.”
While the series may be turning toward being more “kid-friendly’, Orci does plan on trying to keep the continuity of the show intact:
“I’d love to have as much continuity as possible, and that’s part of what’s been fun about being a part of the Transformers universe since we jumped on the movies. It’s trying to take all the research and all the things that they have — giant bibles and binders of Transformers iterations. So we always tried to thread the needle as best we could of taking their best, favorite stories and kind of putting them in some order that was consistent. That’s always our goal. The degree of success will be up to the audience.”
And will Peter Cullen and Frank Welker be reprising their roles as Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, respectively? “Yes. Assuming they say yes. If they will come back, it’s theirs!”
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