3 Writers + 3 Months + 1 Hotel Room = Bayhem

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Worried that Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen may be a rushed, incoherent mess of a movie saved only by the spectacle of Michael Bay's philosophy that more explosions is never a bad thing? You may have reason to fear: the movie's writers have revealed the panic to finish the script.


Talking at this weekend's BotCon, screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman explained the unusual genesis of Revenge's story, which started two weeks before last year's WGA writers strike, when the two had to pound out a 20 page outline for the movie that would be used as a pre-production guideline while the strike was going on. Once the strike finished, months later?

When the strike ended in February, Mr. Kurtzman and Mr. Orci were asked to get moving, post haste, on a full script for a movie that was already barreling toward the screen. But they were also lined up to work on the new "Star Trek" movie for Paramount, and a couple of other films that were all colliding because of the strike. So they hooked up with Ehren Kruger, a writer whose credits include "The Ring" and "Scream 3."

For several months, said the writers, they were repeatedly locked in a hotel suite with Mr. Kruger, with whom they divided the work. Mr. Kurtzman and Mr. Orci wrote pages. Mr. Kruger wrote pages. They swapped. Mr. Bay dropped by once in a while to demand: "What are you guys doing?"


Yeah, that makes me feel much better about the story for this one. That said, I'd love to have been a fly on the wall of that hotel room, just to see the process...

Screenwriters Describe Post-Strike Scramble to Make "Transformers" Sequel [NYTimes]

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A truly baytastic movie has no need for a script.

Exhibit A: The Island - had obviously a script, bayhem-factor mediocre

Exhibit B: Bad Boys 2 - had obviously no script, bayhem-factor AAA