Which directors were considered before MBay?

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  1. QLRformer

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    I hear that a whole lot of directors were considered before Michael Bay got the director's chair for TRANSFORMERS. Does anyone know which directors were in consideration?
     
  2. Hot Shot.

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    As far as I know, none. They said there were, but I suspect it was a bunch of smoke to justify settling for Michael Bay.
     
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    I can't even imagine how a Zemeckis Transformers would have turned out...
     
  6. TylerMirage

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    Honestly, I'd say probably really good. Heck, even post 2000's "I'll do CGI motion capture for everything-Zemeckis" would've probably been good. Pre 2000's would've been spectacular (dependant of course on numerous factors). On paper, he is probably one of my first choices to direct a Transformers movie. The man has proven that he can handle a large all-star cast, he can tell engaging stories, more than handle special and visual effects, have great and reasonable comedy and much more. Of course, we can't know exactly what his version would turn out like, but since these "What if director...?"-threads are always speculation, that's all we can do: speculate. And Zemeckis has brought some pretty convincing evidence to the table, if you ask me.

    Plus, of course, Christopher Lloyd as Wheeljack. :D 
     
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    Joseph Kahn tried pitching a live-action TF movie to Sony Pictures around the same time they were prepping production on the first Spider-Man. They lost interest and Murphy/DeSanto tried pitching it to other studios such as New Line and DreamWorks.
     
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    Can't disagree with anything here.
     
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    It's hard to say exactly who they seriously looked at to the direct the movies before Micheal Bay. Studios can be rather tight lipped sometimes with crazy legal worries so they aren't officially going to say too much. Rumors can also move between enough sources that a false rumor can seem real after a while.
     
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    According to Nelson over at Bay's website Roland Emmerich came pretty close. I, too, wonder what Robert Zemeckis would have done.
     
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    I heard they had Tim Burton all lined up but they dropped him after they saw the pictures of Optimus in black leather with scissors for hands.
     
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    Considering how Emmerich loves destroying the planet, I think we would have had Unicron make an appearance.
     
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    he is one did godzilla 1998 movie
     
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    Tom Hanks would hvae a role and therefore These films would have been critically aclaimed. Forest Gump is one of my all-time favourite movies.
     
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    Oh... that's right.
    No... no Emmerich
     
  16. TylerMirage

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    Yeah, Unicron is pretty much a guarantee with Emmerich at the helm. Or at least epic wide-scale battles that involve Decepticons ships emerging from the Earth's crust (after being buried there or something) and causing massive earthquakes and tidal waves. Giant armies just toppling skyscrapers like it was nothing and a weapon that causes more earthquakes. Or something. :lol 
     
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    Come to think of it, 2012 had much more epic carnage than TF3.

    Emmerich might be more than capable after all.
     
  18. TylerMirage

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    I can see the large-scale action and destruction topping Bay (but things like smaller action sequences, battles between characters, car chases, etc. wouldn't be as good), but I think that Emmerich would treat the Transformers as "props" even more than Michael Bay did. And for some, that's saying A LOT. But hey, I could be wrong.
     
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    Emmerich as director would have been terrible

    He doesn't know how to handle a beloved franchise correctly (No i am clearly not still upset at how Godzilla 1998 turned out), i can only imagine what he would have done to Transformers
     
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    Actually... I think I'd like to see Tim Burton's version of the Transformers. There would be plenty of action on Cybetron, Megatron and Starscream would be accurately portrayed, especially the backstabbing maniacal menace that Starscream is. The humans would have been handled with less humor, and there were be no annoying parents! No potty humor. Much more action and adventure...

    The more I think about it, the more I think we really missed out on a something amazing.
     

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