Jim Sorenson has made a PDF of a draft for Transformers: The Movie (dated 4/27/1985) available for download. Disciples of Boltax I apologize if this isn't "newsworthy" seeing as how it concerns a film made before I was born, but AFAIK this is the first time this script has been released to the public. Some of the details did seem a bit familiar from sources such as the Wiki and the DVD commentary, but many of the details were completely new to me. The hard copy itself will also be available for auction. This is a fascinating read, I just blew through all 200 pages. Highlights: -Unicron is truly a planet, with an atmosphere and geological features. We are introduced to a strange presence that commands the planet "Unicron" but is itself known as "Ingestor." When he finally reveals his ability to transform the planet itself into his body, Ingestor is described radically differently, with mechanical analogues of very "organic" seeming features such as hair, bones, and a stomach. -Several different versions of the opening shuttle sequence are included in this draft. Interestingly, they all have Prowl getting gunned down by Scavenger, as in this finished product. In fact, despite the overall different nature of this draft, a lot of specific scenes were borrowed from it, explaining cryptic character appearances in the final film such as Shrapnel's on Junkion. -This has been reported before, but the overall level of violence and "gore" is a tick higher. There are some differences in who's alive and who's dead at the end of the film, some of which surprised me quite a bit. -The concept of "Life Sparks" is absolutely essential to the film, which is interesting considering it was clearly set aside and not dusted off for years. -There is no Matrix. This makes the story seem a lot more random and disjointed, and the Matrix concept was clearly borrowed from the comics in order to help the movie hang together better. Something I wouldn't have guessed. -There is an Autobot combiner who we've never heard of before who fights Devastator! The "Ani-Bots" don't talk, but they kick serious ass. They actually are described a LOT like Predaking, but with one difference (buffalo instead of bull) and their combined form is clearly a "dragon." -There is a rather compelling, if minor, subplot where the Decepticons take over Earth and Blaster leads a resistance movement against them. -Some of the characters are noticeably different. Hot Rod is much more immature in the beginning. Springer is more clearly the second-in-command. Oddly, he seems very powerful in this draft but is not a triple-changer. -This draft is 200 pages long...much too long to film. While this results in some cool extra detail, much of the time is wasted with inexplicable scenes like the Dinobots getting outsmarted by a Quintesson. -If you thought Daniel sucked before, he's insufferable here. Spike is never mentioned so his presence is totally inexplicable. And his exosuit makes him easily as powerful as any Autobot. -The end battle is just really awful and slapsticky, for the most part. "How can they defeat Ingestor in 20 pages? They'll make him slap himself around a bit!" -There seem to be a lot fewer Decepticon deaths, oddly, but some of them are singled out for a lot of punishment, Thundercracker in particular. Oh, and Dirge and Astrotrain have comparatively huge roles. Most of Dirge's part in the script was outright replaced by Starscream in the final film...a vast improvement. -One area in which this draft is FAR superior is clarifying Hot Rod's role in the death of Optimus. If a little of this material had been maintained, the "Hot Rod sucks" movement would probably be a lot smaller.