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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment. You can follow him on Twitter @MajorSpoilers and tell him your darkest secrets...


  1. Here’s my guess.
    The script is done or nearly done
    Shooting only takes 90 to 120 days max
    Returning actors lowers the delay in casting
    Unless the company is seriously redesigning the transformers, little work needs to be done to rebuild robots, meaning post production can be done in about a year (or less)
    So – my guess is it will be done just in time for the premiere.

  2. Actually cost of production could stay the same or go up. Because of the rush to get the flick started to avoid the Writers Guild strike the costs will jump. Also all the stars in the film that will return will get a significant boost in pay. Wouldn’t surprise me if LaPoof jumps at least 5 million in pay for the sequel. Add in the fact that the action will need to be bigger, badder, better, and you are looking at a budget at around $175 – $200 million, or about 25% more than the first. Of course the return is expected to be higher as well as the franchise has now been proven and there is even greater merchandising opportunities.

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