It's one of the most closely-guarded secrets in Hollywood, and one that the hundreds of thousands of attendees at Comic-Con would probably kill to uncover … what, exactly, is Michael Bay's plan for his bombastic follow-up "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen?"
Now, thanks to the team at IDW Publishing, we're a little bit closer to finding out. The company has announced a five-part prequel miniseries entitled "Transformers: Destiny" that's set to bridge the gap between the 2007 blockbuster and its Summer '09 sequel. And if it's any indication, "Transformers 2” is going to be one interesting ride.
"[We're going to] expand on the 'Reign of Starscream' story that we're doing and tie everything in to what this next movie is going to be," explained writer Chris Mowry, who partners on the book with artist Alex Milne. "The next movie starts out with just tons of action and there's obviously going to be a lot of questions, so we’re hoping to answer some of those beforehand."
At the end of "Transformers," audiences were treated to a grand speech from Optimus Prime issuing the call for his off-world Autobots to head to Earth. We also saw Starscream blast into space after the defeat of his leader Megatron. So where did he go? Mowry's "Reign of Starscream" miniseries -- currently on shelves -- answers that question and leads directly into "Destiny."
"'Reign of Starscream' starts right at the very end of that big last action sequence in Mission City. Starscream realizes that Frenzy, the little portable jump drive had accessed all the information the humans had about the All Spark, so he gets this idea of, 'If I could get all the information that's stored within Frenzy's body, I might be able to rebuild the All Spark back on Cybertron and therefore everyone will think I’m this great leader.' His motivations are more for the species. He's definitely at odds with what Prime and Megatron have been doing. He thinks that they've both been consumed with greed, for their own selfish reasons, but as he finds out, his plans start to fall through as he’s kind of becoming overwhelmed with the same greed that they had."
Whereas "Reign of Starscream" expanded on the first film, "Destiny" will establish much of the second before fans are introduced to an increasingly complex storyline with multiple new robots. "We're definitely taking every character that we can from the sequel," said Mowry. “So you’ll see some Sector 7 involvement and what really happened to them. The same thing with some of the new characters, we’ll explain how they get to Earth. Because like I said, people will be wondering ‘Hey, where did that guy come from?’”
While Mowry has yet to have direct contact with "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, he has worked closely with Hasbro to keep his story in continuity, as well as to ensure he's not stepping on the film’s plotlines. "We had this really ambitious script done where there were a lot of fan-favorites in there. [But] some of them are going to be making an appearance in the second movie so they asked us not to use those, which is understandable."
One of those fan-favorite characters is Soundwave, who finds himselves recruited for the sequel. But the character who gets the biggest transformation (pun intended) is Starscream himself. "He's not the backstabbing, visual G1-type character," Mowry revealed. "He's more of like a military guy. So in 'Destiny' we’re going to see a lot more involvement with [the backgrounds of] Prime and Megatron, [as well as] Cybertron's history and how that affects the present day. It all centers around the plot of the sequel which I obviously can’t get into. It'll be explained but you'll see a lot more expansion of their characters and their motivations and their destinies, if you will."
"Transformers: Destiny" will roll out in December.
So are you going to pick up "Destiny" ahead of seeing "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"? Are you psyched for the sequel? Let us know below.