The Transformers the franchise is not as strong as it was over a decade ago. While the 2018 spin-off Bumblebee was arguably the most critically-acclaimed entry in the film series, it also didn’t make the biggest noise at the box office, and for the last year, it wasn’t clear what would be the next step for the disguised robots on the big filter.
Well, it looks like Paramount Pictures finally has a plan on how to go about it. It has been revealed that the studio is developing two ‘simultaneous storylines’, one of which is written by The Amazing Spider-Man‘s James Vanderbilt and the other by Army of the deadis Joby Harold.
Although details on these two scripts are being kept under wraps, Varietysources say one of them could be located in the Bumblebee the universe, while the other would “reorganize” the Transformers series of films “with a greater whole and a greater feeling of production.” Deadline Also reports that the story James Vanderbilt discusses is said to be based on spinoff Beast wars. Neither project has a director attached yet, and they would both likely feature brand new casts.
The Variety report also mentions how these scripts provide an opportunity to “build multiple storylines within the franchise,” so it’s entirely possible that they could both see the light of day. However, since these two Transformers the projects seem to fit into distinct continuities, nor would i be surprised if only one of them ends up moving forward. If so, it will be interesting to see which creative path Paramount decides to follow.
On the one hand, since Bumblebee has been so well received, you can be sure there will be plenty of people who will be interested in seeing what happens next to this incarnation of the eponymous character. Additionally, it also allows Hailee Steinfeld to potentially reprise her role as Charlie Watson, who befriended Bumblebee when he landed on Earth in 1987.
On the other hand, taking the path of redesign with Transformers offers the opportunity for a whole new beginning. It had already been said that Paramount was interested in the reboot Transformers, and while that was debunked days later, resetting the continuity and delivering new versions of Autobots, Decepticons, and everyone else in their realm would provide some distance from previous films. Or, if the Beast wars mythos is indeed explored, we can simply follow robots that turn into animals instead of vehicles.
Either way, it’s clear Paramount is keen on keeping the Transformers, which makes sense. While the studio has plenty of other properties that have franchise potential, like GI Joe, Power Rangers, and various Valiant characters, Transformers are still arguably the most popular of the bunch, so it’s just a matter of finding the right creative talent to make sure the franchise can get back on track.
At CinemaBlend, we’ll be sure to provide you with important updates on the rest of the Transformers series of films. In the meantime, browse our 2020 release schedule to find out which movies hit theaters later this year.