Transformers franchise are enjoying screenings of the newest film installment, Transformers: The Last Knight, the writing teams have turned their attention towards the upcoming Bumblebee Movie.
The Last Knight may be the final ‘hurrah’ for director Michael Bay, but the Transformers franchise will still continue to live on. Currently there are over 14 movies in the writing and development stages; with the Bumblebee movie being the first of the 14 to be confirmed, with a release date of June 8, 2018.
The movie will be directed by Kubo and the Two Strings director, Travis Knight. According to Transformers franchise producer, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, the storyline of the movie will hold up and even draw comparisons to another beloved and critically acclaimed robot movie: The Iron Giant.
In an interview with Collider, Bonaventura, Producer of all the Transformers films dished out details on the Bumblebee movie. Bonaventura compared the Bumblebee film’s 1980s setting to the ’90s setting of The Iron Giant, saying that it’s a simple story with very few extraneous Transformers that draws on its innocent nostalgic setting.
“There are dramatically less Transformers. We hired purposefully Travis Knight, who is a very distinct filmmaker. You can’t compete with Michael, you’re gonna lose. And also I think the audience wants something different all the time, let’s keep them interested. They’re gonna get a very emotionally complex story, a very tight story in terms of its location and in terms of its storytelling. In fact it reminds me a little bit of ‘Iron Giant’ years ago when I did that movie at Warner Bros. It just reminds me a little bit of that where it was very contained and yet it didn’t feel small.”
The Iron Giant is a 1999 animated classic that touched the hearts of both children and adults around the world, so we can more than likely expect a very emotional and moving movie about our favorite yellow Autobot.
Bonaventura also confirmed that the Transformers Bumblebee spin-off will have a female lead, which will lend to a different, less hyper-masculine tone than Bay’s Transformers movies.
“So it has a very distinct idea in it, and then whatever is gonna happen with the chemistry is what’s gonna happen, but it really is a young female lead opposite Bumblebee, and I think Optimus is gonna be jealous that Bumblebee has his own movie.”
Production for the Bumblebee movie will begin in July, and is set for release on June 8, 2018.
Sources: Collider, Slash Film