Reboot as an action comedy series

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  1. Toad84

    Toad84 Well-Known Member

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    Now hear me out...

    The Transformers brand could work as an action comedy series. Think along the lines of Tropic Thunder, Red, Spy, Pineapple Express, Smokin Aces, etc.

    And I am not talking Michael Bay's version of humor. Think back to the scene at the airport in Red with John Malkovich. Situational, smart comedy.

    This combined with over the top action.

    But smart humor and big action and buddy cop type situations.

    You could still have your stoic (Optimus Prime) and menacing (Megatron) straight men playing off of everyone else.

    This would also allow, if not necessitate, more interaction between the Transformers themselves as well as their human friends.

    I would also reboot GI Joe this way along with Jem and the Holograms in the style of Pitch Perfect and have them all exist simultaneously (e.g. say after Transformers 2 Jazz becomes bodyguard to Jem and Soundwave occasions plays their music; the Joe's and Autobots have to team up against the Decepticons and Cobra; Thundercracker voiced by someone like Dax Shepherd takes cues from his IDW portrayel and becomes a friendly neutral obsessed with Earth culture and you see him in the background just having fun living his best life while getting on people's nerves).

    I think the movies redone in this manner is the best way to do it moving forward.
     
  2. decepticon seeker

    decepticon seeker Sixshot

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    The tone of the movies was never a problem.The movies just need to be well written and I don’t want it to be a comedy or like mcu that ruins all intense scenes with lame jokes.
     
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  3. Jochimus

    Jochimus Some days you just can't get rid of a bomb!

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    Eh, I'd say a TF movie should be pretty much your typical classic-style, old-school popcorn flick in tone...meaning no lighter than "A New Hope" (which still gave us Kentucky Fried Owen & Beru, torture robots, the first of many severed limbs to come, the hero being attacked by Garbage Disposal Jaws and the Right Kindly Old Man getting shanked with a laser sword) or "Back To The Future" (Part I, in which ITS Right Kindly Old Man gets blown away by terrorists, the villain steps in on the Hero's plan to white-knight his own dad to his own mom in order to NOT vanish from existence, and when it's all right down to the wire everything that could possibly go wrong with that sketchy-^$$ electrical hookup the Right Kindly Not-So-Old Man's got set up in front of the courthouse pretty much does)...

    ...then again, it also doesn't need to be any darker than "The Empire Strikes Back" (in which the legit funniest character in the movie is the villain just by BEING a villain, while one of the comedy reliefs is eaten alive by Swamp Planet Jaws and the other is blasted to pieces) and "Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan" (which embellishes its brain-eating sandworms, horribly-disfiguring on-screen deaths, and the single most heartbreaking moment in all of Trekdom - at least that doesn't involve JJ Abrams or Alex Kurtzman in any way - with the epic ham-&-cheese combo of Montalban and his glorious pecs, and what is inarguably the single greatest line of dialogue ever uttered by the awesomeness that is...Shatner!!!).
     
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  4. TheSoundwave

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    I'd love that, provided they could do it well. I think the Guardians of the Galaxy movies are great example of action comedy movies. They do a great job balancing the two genres, and they also remember to have an emotional core. I also think those are arguably the greatest blockbusters of the past decade (especially the first). I'd love Transformers movies like that. Transformers has always had a strong comedy aspect, so I think action/comedy movies would really suit the brand.
     
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  5. electronic456

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    I can get behind this genre.
     
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  6. Gordon_4

    Gordon_4 The Big Engine

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    Okay, hear me out: we back a dump truck full of money up to Eddie Murphy's house and we get him to play like Axel Foley in every way that's good but in such a way that its legally distinct and we team him up with Streetwise, or Prowl or Longarm. Gonna do Buddy Cop, lets go full hog.
     
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    KFGatri Madman with a Blue Box

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    Police Academy but with Transformers. Hot Rod as Mahoney, Jazz as Jones, Grimlock as Hightower. Roadbuster as Tackleberry. And Optimus Prime as Lassard.
     
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    Just get James Cameron.
     
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    I was under the impression that the franchise -already was- action comedy?
     
  10. John TheDestroyer

    John TheDestroyer Cognitive ability of a rock

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    I think James Gunn would be a great pick as a Transformers writer and/or director. But if I remember correctly, he's said on one of his Instagram Q/A's before that he has no interest in the franchise, and he only does stuff that catches his interest
     
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  11. TheSoundwave

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    I'm in complete agreement. I think it's unlikely he'd do a Transformers movie, but I think he'd be a great pick.
     
  12. Revoticus

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    I prefer action adventure with comedy thrown in at appropriate moments.
     
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    I'm tiring of these comical version of Baywatch and Jump Street, the answer would be no.
     
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    The movies are more action adventure movies with some comedy to break the tension. Action comedy has a different sort of beat. An easy contrast is thus: Die Hard and Beverly Hills Cop. Both have funny scenes, but only one of them was designed to BE funny.
     
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  15. TheWarPathGuy

    TheWarPathGuy "I'm Bart Simpson, who the hell are you?"

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    I think if was something like the GOTG movies, although less surreal and silly, we could of struck gold. Although I am a little tired of the action-comedy we see so much nowadays after Marvel influenced the direction of big budget action movies.
     
  16. Beastwarsfan95

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    Heat of battle really isn’t the time to crack lame jokes or stupid puns.
     
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    pretty sure transformers has never actually been funny besides that mystery of convoy thing so no
     
  18. Gordon_4

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    Do yourself a favour and go watch Black Hawk Down and Dog Soldiers. Its fairly common for humour to be both a defence mechanism against stress AND a method of reassurance and there's some scenes in those movies that demonstrate that pretty well. They're also both really good films so even if you find yourself disagreeing you're not exactly gonna lose.
     
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  19. Magnus Leader

    Magnus Leader Young Optimus Prime is the Best Optimus Prime.

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    Seriously though, if any director other than Bay had helmed the initial films, and if they had taken more inspiration from DreamWorks' animated line-up of movies, we could have genuinely gotten a good trilogy of live-action Transformers films.

    TF 1 could have been on the level of Prince of Egypt with Optimus like Moses and Megatron like Rameses.

    ROTF could have been like Kung Fu Panda 2, with Optimus being like Po discovering that his lineage has been slaughtered by the Shen-like Fallen.

    DOTM could have been a better version of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, with Optimus as a Hiccup-like character trying to protect the community that he loves against external threats such as the Grimmel-like Megatron (or Starscream, if you wanted Megatron to stay dead after the 2007 film) leading what's left of the Decepticons.

    Those two films are an example of humour being blended well with drama and action, however.

    Then you look at crap like DuckTales (2017), or Ben 10: Omniverse and see just how crappy dramatic stories are when they prioritize comedy over everything else.