The Transformers franchise has been one hell of a roller coaster ride. Michael Bay’s first Transformers movie that hit the big screen in 2007, took the world by storm. It grossed over $ 700 million at the box office and also garnered positive reviews. It was also the most breathtaking movie I had seen in theaters when I was 14. However, everything went downhill from there. While Bay is consequent Transformers movies continued to smash it at the global box office (especially in China), they floundered in terms of quality.
Bay amplified her Bayisms leading to a bunch of messy, convoluted, and somewhat absurd films sprinkled with racist jokes and bouncy boobs. After four films, even casual audiences decided they had had enough. Transformers: The Last Knight cost Paramount Studio nearly $ 100 million in losses.
The studio then decides to regroup and start over, which gives birth Bumblebee, which is arguably the second best live-action Transformers movie to date. While the film was a huge critical success and also grossed over $ 467 million worldwide, it may not have grossed as much as Paramount might have hoped.
Could this be why it looks like Paramount is trying to figure out what to do with the franchise again? According to Variety, Paramount Pictures is looking to revamp the Transformers franchise in a huge way and is currently developing two separate scripts, one by James Vanderbilt (Murder Mystery) and one by Joby Harold (John wick 3). The details behind the two scripts are still unclear and no directors have yet been attached to the projects. Sources also tell Variety that the projects will most likely feature new distributions.
I desperately hope Paramount decides to continue where Bumblebee leave behind. The movie was legit and felt like it was part of an old school anime series. Let’s not hope, however, as it once again looks like the studio is going to reboot the franchise.