Did Steven Spielberg say Transformers is coming to Universal Orlando?
Written by Robert Niles
Steven Spielberg spoke with the Orlando Sentinel's film critic over the weekend and insinuated that Transformers could be coming to Universal Orlando soon:Tweet
“I always like to hear that people are still coming to the attractions we already have in the park. I know everybody’s going to Harry Potter right now. But we think Transformers is going to pretty amazing. We’ve been working on that for about three years now. It should be ready soon. I don’t have an announcement, yet, but it should be coming there soon,” Spielberg said.
Transformers under construction at Universal Studios Hollywood
At first read, I wondered if Spielberg could be conflating his Universal Studios theme parks. Universal's been developing Transformers rides at its Hollywood and Singapore theme parks for the past three years or so. There's been no word yet on an Orlando version of the simulator ride, nor has Universal Orlando teased any indication that word might be forthcoming.
But if Spielberg means what he said, and Transformers is coming to Orlando, where would it be?
It might be tempting to see this as a replacement for Spider-Man, given the similarities in their ride systems. But Spider-Man's getting an expensive new facelift next year. And the building profile for Transformers is very different than Spider-Man's. Transformers is a vertical attraction that needs a tall building, though its footprint is relatively smaller for such a major attraction.
Thematically, Transformers would not fit in any of the existing Islands of Adventure. So I'd be inclined to guess it would go into Universal Studios
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