The animated series Transformers: Prime concluded its three-season run just a few weeks ago, but there is already a new animated Transformers program in the works. Roberto Orci recently confirmed that he and Alex Kurtzman are executive producing this untitled series, and offered information on how this follows the Transformers: Prime story, which is more family-friendly.
"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."
When asked if the events of Transformers: Prime will be brought over to the new series, Roberto Orci had this to say.
"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."
The executive producer also addressed concerns that this series would be strictly for kids.
"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."
While it isn't known when production will begin, or when the series will air, he also said that he would love to have voice actors Peter Cullen and Frank Welker to come back.
"Assuming they say yes. If they will come back, it's theirs!"
Stay tuned for more official details about this follow-up series to Transformers: Prime.