Here’s the full interview:
IGN: Transformers Prime just ended. They’ve already said there will, of course, be another iteration of Transformers coming. Will you and Alex be involved in that, or do you guys have too much going on right now?
Orci: 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.
IGN: Story-wise, though, as far as continuity is concerned, will Transformers Prime’s events have happened in the new show?
Orci: We are discussing that very question 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.
IGN: I don’t know if you’ve heard of cynical people on the Internet, but they do exist. You know that some adult fans will say, “Oh, they’re going to make it a total kid thing now. It’s going to just be for kids!” What would you say to that, as far as the balance you’re looking to strike?
Orci: 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.
IGN: Will it have the same voice cast, including Peter Cullen and Frank Welker?
Orci: Yes. Assuming they say yes. If they will come back, it’s theirs!
I hope they say yes. I will keep track of this and keep you informed.
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