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Transformers to be developed as Theme Park Mega-Attraction in Singapore

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Transformers, the blockbuster celebrated for its spectacular action sequences and special effects, will now be developed as a new theme park mega-attraction in a partnership between Universal Parks & Resorts, Hasbro and DreamWorks Pictures.

The attraction will fuse 3D-HD media, mega special effects and stunning robotics with a ride system that will transform perceptions of theme park experiences. The rides are scheduled to make their debuts first at Universal Studios Singapore and then at Universal Studios Hollywood, both prior to summer, 2011.

In Transformers, Earths humans are caught in the middle of an intergalactic war between the friendly Autobots and the evil Decepticons, which are able to change into a variety of objects, including cars, trucks, planes and other technological creations.

Tom Williams, Chairman and CEO, Universal Parks & Resorts, said, Transformers will be a jewel in our collection of world-class rides based on great movies. Were thrilled to be collaborating with Hasbro, DreamWorks, director Michael Bay and the films executive producer, Steven Spielberg, who has been responsible for so many of our signature rides and attractions.

Steven Spielberg serves as creative consultant to Universal Parks & Resorts and has worked closely with the company in the creation of some of the worlds most innovative theme park attractions. Those attractions include Jurassic Park the Ride, a featured attraction at UP&R parks in Orlando, Hollywood and Japan, the E.T. Adventure at Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Japan, and the War of the Worlds sets at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Tan Hee Teck, Chief Executive Officer of Resorts World at Sentosa, the mega resort that is home to Universal Studios Singapore, said, It is great that Asia will be the launch pad for the first Transformers attraction. Transformers was introduced to the United States in 1983 but traces its roots to Asia. Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and Megatron are familiar names to Asian audiences, who grew up with the robot toys and love the movie. When Transformers opens in Universal Studios Singapore in 2011, it will be the first of its kind in the world. We may see a surge of Transformers mania.

Director Michael Bay and Executive Producer Steve Spielberg presented Transformers in 2007. Transformers broke box office records on its way to gathering worldwide gross revenues of over $706 million the highest non-sequel gross of any movie in 2007 and three Academy Award nominations. The sequel, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, is scheduled to be released by Paramount Pictures in the United States on June 26, 2009.

Resorts World at Sentosa will showcase the exciting Universal Studios Singapore at the inaugural ITB Asia trade show at Suntec Singapore from today (22 October) to October 24. Its booth, which will feature a giant 5m-by-2m 3D architectural model, is located at Hall 602, J15.

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