With the film now on release the director Steven Caple was asked about the deleted Transformers Rise of the Beast alternate ending and how the ending that they did use came in to being especially with so many Sonic references taking audiences along a different path.
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”The Sonic thing is hilarious. I haven’t gotten that one yet. So, in the beginning, I got the script, and I started developing Noah’s [Anthony Ramos] storyline. If you remember from the film, he was having trouble getting a job, and part of the reason was because of his military background. So, by the end of the film, I thought it would be interesting if he actually does get a job and his brother’s healthcare gets taken care of. But I wanted it to be a military organization and/or the government, and when doing so, the idea of Sector Seven and these other operations just didn’t really have enough weight.
And then I thought about this comic book series that was done a while ago . It was a four-issue limited edition, and it was a crossover between G.I. Joe and Transformers. And so I presented it to Lorenzo [di Bonaventura] first, the producer, and then [producer] Mark Vahradian. So those guys were the first ones to hear my pitch. I had already pitched a whole film to the studio, but this was new. And so I just saw the sparkle in Lorenzo’s eyes. He was really excited about it. He was like, “This could be crazy. This is good. I dig this.” He’s heard about it before, but never tried it. And he was like, “Maybe you don’t pitch it to the studio. Maybe you just write it in the script and go for it. Let them read your draft of the film and see how they react.” And that’s what we did.
And then the studio reacted positively, and they were just like, “Well, how do we do this? How do we make this happen?” Paramount didn’t know there was a crossover graphic novel, but Hasbro did. And so it just took time. It took almost two years to go through the whole system and talk to everybody and get a feel. I had to talk to all the producers and let them know the vision or direction I was going in. I didn’t know all of it at the moment when I had first pitched it or when they first read it, but throughout the process of making this movie, it started to get deeper and deeper. So I knew a little bit more of the direction I wanted to go in with the Joes, but the studio was on board since the beginning. It just took a while to get all the parties on board and settled”
As for the deleted ending he said…..
There were a few things I learned, but one major one was that after 2020, people definitely wanted happier endings. I wanted to do something more uplifting, but I also had a darker version of this film. There was a version of the film where Prime went up into space. I think you guys are gonna see this in the deleted cuts, too, but when he actually destroyed the [Transwarp] Key, he got sucked up into the portal and ended up with Unicron. And then there was also a moment where Mirage didn’t come back. So I personally thought that movie was good; we were still getting pretty good ratings around that, but something was missing. And when I realized there wasn’t an applause or a cheer at the victory, it just felt a little down. So we wanted to see the heroes win: Optimus Prime, Noah, Elena. And so I went back and made sure that we had these victories throughout because it just felt a little sad. And overall, you find out what jokes land and what jokes don’t. It’s always tough because it’s a different crowd each time. Some people laugh at the Marky Mark joke, but then some people don’t. So you never know with the audience, but for a movie that’s going to be seen all over the world, I wanted there to be something for everybody. So we just kept that idea alive throughout, and the test screenings really helped with that.
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source: Hollywood Reporter