I entered Scalzi’s SciFi Writing Contest over at AMC, Option 9:
9. Stung by the reviews of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen that describe the flick as being utterly without any redeeming qualities, director Michael Bay declares that the next Transformers movie will have a story and script based on one of the plays of William Shakespeare. In no more than two paragraphs, write a synopsis of that movie, using any Shakespeare play you like. NOTE: No fair using Titus Andronicus.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S MACHINE (2013): Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox return in Michael Bay’s latest installment in the Transformer series. Sam Witwicky (LeBeouf) and Mikaela Banes (Fox) have split up. Mikaela is about to get married to Max McNabber (Simon Pegg), while Sam is about to propose to Elaine D’Lessoin (Malin Akerman), who used to be his girlfriend – until Elaine accidentally betrayed Max, a scientist who had discovered how to use a fragment of the AllSpark to interface a human brain with a machine.
After Optimus Prime’s (Peter Cullen) AI is accidentally exchanged with the mind of Agent Reggie Simmons (John Turturro),* Megatron (Hugo Weaving) and Starscream (Charlie Adler) are free to wreck havoc on the humans. However, a mysterious female robot, Nightbird (Sigourney Weaver) attacks Megatron, accusing him of betraying her – Nightbird is the result of a human-Decepticon experiment abandoned by Megatron. Starscream tricks Nightbird into blaming Optimus Prime while simultaneously attempting to transfer Megatron’s AI into Agent Simmon’s body, destroying Optimus Prime’s mind. Nightbird traps Optimus Prime (with Agent Simmons’ body). It’s up to Sam, Max, Mikaela, and Elaine to resolve their differences, discover how to return Optimus Prime and Agent Simmons to their own bodies, and trick Megatron and Nightbird before Megatron can take over Optimus Prime’s brain and destroy them all.**
*I.e., an ass.
**I almost want to see this now. And of course the resolution will include a fake-death scene. O Pyramis!
[Insert snickering to self.]