Peter Cullen Talks TRANSFORMERS PRIME Finale And Returning For TRANSFORMERS 4
Confirming that he'll be back as Optimus Prime in the next Transformers movie from Michael Bay, voice actor Peter Cullen also talks about the finale of The Hub's Transformers: Prime and shares his thoughts on how the franchise has lasted this long.
Speaking with IGN at the premiere of Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters (the third and final season of The Hub's successful animated series), Peter "Optimus Prime" Cullen talks about the finale of the show, saying that he doesn't see it as a "big" finale for the story. "I don’t think there’s ever going to be a big finale. I think, as all series go, it’s always a transformation – there’s a good word! – into another environment. But it’s pretty much like man going to the moon, you know? "Well, that was one season, but now we’re going to Mars! Now there’s a whole new adventure there!" Who knows? I think it’s just as exciting to be wondering where it’s going to go next, you know?" He also confirms that he will be reprising the role of the Autobot leader for director Michael Bay's Transformers 4, and that he'll likely begin work on it late spring. "I just know that I’m going to be part of it and I’m very happy about that and I’m looking forward to getting into production. I think that is sometime in the late spring and for a 2013 premiere. So Michael Bay has an awful lot of time to do his magic." The fourquel currently stars Mark Wahlberg and Jack Reynor, and will begin production in May for a June 27th, 2014 release.
Finally, Cullen shares his thoughts on what caused the Transformers franchise has lasted nearly 30 years and still keep it going, saying that he doesn't see it going away anytime soon and that he hopes it'll continue for another 30 years. "Some very brilliant, genius people, years ago, conceived this idea that drilled a great space into youthful imagination and it has stayed alive all these years because it is something that had never been done before... Certainly for a kid to play with a toy that became a character that he could relate to, one way or the other, whether mischievous or whether good or whatever – all of the characters took some form of popularity, to one person or another. But the ability for a franchise to pick up on that so many years ago and to keep it alive, I think is a blessing and I don’t see it ever failing or going anywhere. It’s a wonderful franchise that Hasbro came up with and The Hub network is doing a wonderful job of displaying that along with Discovery, so it’s just a great opportunity and I hope it keeps up for another 30 years!" For IGN's full interview with Cullen, click the source link below. Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters premieres on The Hub March 22nd.
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