Producer Roberto Orci Reveals New Details For Next TRANSFORMERS Animated Series
Roberto Orci confirms that he and Alex Kurtzman will be involved with The Hub's next Transformers animated series, which he calls "sort of a continuation" of the recently finished Prime rather than a full-on reboot. He also says that it'll be slightly more family friendly.
Speaking with IGN, Transformers: Prime executive producer Roberto Orci talks about The Hub's next animated series based on the franchise. The third and final season of Prime recently finished, but it appears that the next show will be a continuation of sorts. Orci confirms that he and Alex Kurtzman are back on board as producers, and while he's unsure of how exactly it's rooted in Prime's continuity, he says that it's not a reboot and that it's tonally different. Orci also states that the tone and character designs will be more family-friendly, but he assures that adults may be interested as well. Finally, he says that any cast members from the prior series (such as Peter Cullen and Frank Welker) aren't locked down yet, but there's a good chance that they eventually will be. Are you looking forward to seeing another Transformers animated series?
On Potential Involvement With The Next Transformers Series And How It Relates To Prime:
"No, we are involved in it. We talked about it with Hasbro, and we’re excited about it. It’s not really a reboot, it’s sort of a continuation of it [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 are discussing that very question [Is the new series in continuity with Transformers: Prime?] right now. 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."
On The Balance In Making It More Kid Friendly But Still Appealing To Adults:
"I would say that clever wit always makes it something more adult. I think the look of it, you may find, is more kid-friendly. But we certainly don’t intend to be any less entertaining or any less Transformers. But there is a little bit of truth to that. I won’t deny that also, yes, we’re trying to make sure that younger kids who really love Transformers aren’t put off by its intensity."
On Whether Any Prime Voice Cast Members Will Return:
"Yes. Assuming they say yes. If they will come back, it’s theirs!"
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