BWTF's Top Ten Choices to direct "Transformers 5" (Page 2)

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BWTF's Top Ten Choices to direct "Transformers 5" (Page 2)

6. Peter Jackson
Peter JacksonA world of fantastic creatures? Tons of CG work? Compelling characters? These are all things that director Peter Jackson is more than familiar with via his work on the "Lord of the Rings" series. Of course, those exact same statements can be made about the "Transformers" universe. Jackson is excellent at getting you attached to characters and developing some fantastic action sequences that keep you on the edge of your seat. He would need to be careful with dominating the narrative a bit (King Kong was excessively long according to many) but other than that I would love to see him take a shot at our favorite robots in disguise.

Films to watch: Lord of the Rings Trilogy, King Kong

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7. J.J. Abrams
JJ AbramsAbrams has a television background in shows like Alias and Lost which dealt with action and intricate plots. When he took to film he made his mark with first a Mission Impossible film and then later the surprise hit of 2009: Star Trek. The franchise from the 60's had been lying fallow for many years and Abrams' vision finally made "Star Trek" as a brand viable once again. He has a distinct sense of style (though I too share the aversion many folks have to his love for lense flares) and he did a good job of taking a franchise he himself admitted he didn't "get" and managed to rework it for a whole new generation and audience. Admittedly his second entry into the franchise Into Darkness wasn't quite as successful, but I still think he has the chops from both a story and visual standpoint to do something really interesting with the "Transformers" franchise.

Films to watch: Star Trek (2009), Super 8

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8. Joss Whedon
Joss WhedonAmong geeks, Joss Whedon is a legendary name. With shows like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel" to his name, his geek cred is definitely secure. While those shows primarily dealt with horror as a genre, his showing in the amazingly successful The Avengers film showed he can handle big action while weaving together several characters into one cohesive narrative. This is critical in a "Transformers" film to keep characters from getting lost in the mix. In Avengers you knew who everyone was and something that made them distinctive. In Age of Extinction, the Dinobots didn't speak or even get named on screen. Whedon can also work in humor and big action on top of all this, making him an ideal (and geeky) choice for a "Transformers" film.

Films to watch: Serenity, The Avengers

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9. Neill Blomkamp
Neill BlomkampI admit, Blomkamp is a rather unconventional choice. He is best known in the scifi community for the film Distric 9 which blended a scifi premise with social commentary. His follow up was Elysium which attempted to create the same combination of commentary and scifi cation (though I personally think it was less successful). There's a certain dystopian grittiness that Blomkamp excels in portraying and he has shown that he can create a compelling action sequence (though not quite on the scale of other directors on this list). Blomkamp's main contribution would focus around adding a cerebral take to the "Transformers" on film and perhaps a different aesthetic than we've seen so far.

Films to watch: District 9, Elysium

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10. Gareth Edwards
Gareth EdwardsEdwards is a relative newcomer to the directing game. The biggest film he has had to date is Godzilla, and the title character only appeared in less than 15 minutes of the film. But oh what amazing 15 minutes those were! Edwards did a great job respecting the legacy of the Godzilla character while breathing new life into him for a new era. I have no doubt he would be able to do the same for the "Transformers" brand. Indeed, Edwards impressed someone enough that he has been given directorial duties on an upcoming Star Wars film! That said, the Transformers themselves would have to appear much more than 15 minutes on screen to make a successful film, but I think he has the chops (and respect of source material) to pull it off.

Films to watch: Godzilla (2014)

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