There is no denying that Michael Bay’s Transformers movies have been huge box office hits and very profitable for the studios (Paramount) even though some of them had mixed reviews. The last two movies itself brought in a billion dollars each at the worldwide box office which has caused the studio to bring in new projects for the future.
The Transformers: The Last Knight expanded Transformers cinematic universe but couldn’t recreate the magic of the first two movies. But Michael Bay’s recent installment laid solid groundwork for the future installments of the franchise. It explored the story of Autobots and Decepticons during the medieval times, while the upcoming two spinoffs will be taking place in two different eras, one in the 1980s and the other exploring the events of Transformers during ancient Roman times.
Well, ‘The Last knight’ confirmed that Bumblebee was still on earth when Anthony Hopkins’ character was a little boy, which makes it about 70 years at least.
So, it will be really interesting that a little bit of Bumblebee’s history is explored in his own movie in flashbacks or something, which will tell the audience that what has the character been doing all this time on earth.
The first spinoff will be directed by “Kubo and The Two Strings” Helmer Travis Knight and the script is written by Christina Hodson. It will be the first off-shoot from Transformers universe. The movie will be set up in the 1980s era, making it a prequel to the current series. The Bumblebee spinoff “will feature considerably fewer Transformers, concentrating on the big, yellow star and likely pitching a little younger, tonally.”
The production of the movie has wrapped and star Hailee Steinfeld took to social media and unveiled the logo of the movie which captures the 80’s spirit of the project.
One can see Bumblebee returning to his 1980’s Volkswagen Beetle form and captured the feel of “Iron giant”. This is not a final logo and could be revised before the movie is released.
For now, Paramount studios have announced that principal photography has already begun on the movie and the shooting of the movie will take place entirely in California. The movie has brought in new stars as it has begun production and it has signed John Cena in the lead role.
Moreover, Peter Cullen (the guy who voices Optimus Prime in live-action movies) confirmed that he will appear in Bumblebee spin-off and that he is not the only Autobot in the movie.
The studios have also given out some plot details. The story is set in the year 1987, where Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.
Other than John Cena, the film stars Hailee Steinfeld (Edge of Seventeen), Stephen Schneider (Comedy Central’s Broad City), Jorge Lendeborg Jr. Spider-Man: Homecoming), Jason Drucker (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul), Ricardo Hoyos (Degrassi: The Next Class), Abby Quinn (Landline, The Sisterhood of the Knight), Rachel Crow (Deidra and Laney Rob a Train), and Grace Dzienny (Zoo).
It really makes sense that a director who has a lot of experience in taking on films for younger audiences is going to handle this fan-favorite project. The “Empire Magazine” also stated that the film will focus on a different demographic and will target the audience that buys the action-figures.
The total focus of the film would be on Bumblebee and he will get a proper screen-time this time without having to compete with other transformers for that. Following this, the second spinoff according to “Empire Magazine” will take place in ancient Rome. It is really fascinating to know that Paramount is exploring many new possibilities and opportunities for the Transformers Universe. This signals that Paramount is interested in exploring different eras with the alien robots at the center of the story.
Bumblebee’ also now has a release date of December 21, 2018, the same as ‘Aquaman’. But do check out Last Knight before you go see Bumblebee spin-off.
Here’s the official synopsis of Last Knight:
“The Last Knight destroys the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and completely changes the definition of what it means to be a hero.The Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock). There comes a moment in everyone’s life when we are called upon to make a difference. In Transformers: The Last Knight, the hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours”.