Michael Bay and his crew are currently hard at work prepping up for Transformers 3, which should start shooting soon. Now there is new news that Industrial Light and Magic are working on updating the looks of both Optimus Prime and Bumblebee for the third Transformers film. ScifiWire recently interviewed Scott Benza, animation supervisor on the film and here's what he had to say,
Our two lead characters, Optimus and Bumblebee needed to be updated for the next chapter in the Transformers series. Bumblebee's matured a little bit so I would just say look for subtle changes to his physique that have him look more mature.
As for Optimus Prime the changes being made to him only hardcore fans will be able to point out. I guess they're more like easter-eggs than anything.
[Prime will have] little tiny things that maybe the average viewer isn't going to notice but probably the fanboys will. You actually will run into pieces that are maybe always in the way, and wouldn't it be nice if that part wasn't there? Maybe you make a shift in the shoulder, in the chest or what have you. So it might be proportioning, but it also might be for usability, so [the animators]' task could be easier, too.
We always want the robots to look cooler than they did the last time, so he's going to look a little more heroic, I would say.
It doesn't sound like the changes to main Autobot characters will be too drastic. Sure they'll be noticeable, but they won't be completely redesigned. It will be interesting to see what they did to these characters to give them these new mature and heroic looks. It was also confirmed that new robot characters are being developed for the film, but they obviously won't say who.
We can't say anything, but these are great big difficult movies, and it's a long haul for everybody. It's not easy stuff, so we're pretty pooped when we get done with a movie. We have a little rest time, and I know it's dumb, but some of these new ideas come along and you start to get excited again. Yes, some really great ideas for characters.
What new Autobot or Decepticon characters would you like to finally see up on the big screen? Rodimus Prime anyone?