At a recent UK convention, the original draft of the script for Transformers: the Movie was uncovered and oh boy, is it something else entirely. If you want to see the panel itself, you can head over here to view it. But as you can expect, I have a few thoughts.
-That font for the movie title was awful. I am really glad it was changed.
-Ultra Magnus was just Magnus at first and didn’t become Ultra until Optimus Prime’s Matrix spirit merged with him. I actually really like that idea.
-Megatron being dead and his restless spirit being drawn to Unicron makes a lot more sense to me.
-Daniel wasn’t Spike’s kid and had a bigger role in the story. What.
-Snakes are a train! Rails the Autobot snake?! Hell yeah, this definitely should have happened!
-The original Sweeps are incredibly creepy and I am very glad that the designs were changed because HOLY FUCK THEY WERE NIGHTMARE FUEL.
-Unicron being the name of the planet and his robot mode being known as The Entity was weird. Glad they decided to go with Unicron all around.
-Cybertron is destroyed outright. The Autobots are defeated and have to go into hiding. This was frigging bleak, man.
-The Junkions original designs. I…WHAT?!
-Granix. That dude was freaking amaze-balls. I kinda feel cheated about how his character was rewritten in the final draft.
-Daniel takes out Galvatron and Unicron. What.
-Lots of different characters and most of the newer ones wouldn’t survive. Hasbro changed that, however.
-Arcee’s design didn’t change much.
-Optimus Prime in a jar. That is all.
-The early Quintessons were terrifying. We should have had those guys in the final cut.
It’s a lot to take in, honestly. There are always changes and revisions to scripts such as these but this hardly looks like the movie we all know. It’s radically different. Some of those original ideas were great but others were just…odd, to put it gently.
Makes for an interesting “what might have been”, I will admit. I also want Rails something fierce; make it happen, Hasbro!