The Transformers movies have always been a bit of a mixed bag. For every critical darling like the one of 2018 Bumblebee there is something like Transformers: Revenge Where Transformers: The Last Knight, but it looks like the franchise that debuted with Michael Bay’s 2007 box office will have new life in the form of several upcoming and exciting films in the very near future.
With the next film in the saga already with a release date (although we don’t know much about the nature of the film) slated for summer 2022 and a computer-generated adaptation of the 90s animated series. Beast wars in the works, the dark days of the franchise’s past could very well be behind us, although we don’t know exactly what’s going on with the Bumblebee following. That being said, let’s dive into the next step for the Transformers saga…
Untitled Transformers Movie – June 24, 2022
The next opus of the Transformers The franchise will land in theaters on June 24, 2022, but what exactly that movie is remains to be seen. The date, announced by Deadline In May 2020, adaptations of the Hasbro toy line and ’80s animated series will continue, but that’s about all that has been confirmed at this point. There are, however, a few films that could end up taking that place in what is set to be a hectic year for theaters.
One possibility is the mysterious project that Creed 2 coxswain Steven Caple Jr. was considered to return in November 2020 when Deadline reported that the aspiring director was close to a deal with Paramount Pictures to continue the franchise in one form or another. Details of this film have yet to be revealed, but it will be based on a script by King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword writer Joby Harold, who just happens to be one of the developing two. This movie would even have its first star now that Hamilton‘s Anthony Ramos is in final negotiations for a leading role.
The other possibility could be a follow-up to the very popular Bumblebee, But more on that later.
Angel Manuel Soto / Marco Ramirez Transformers Standalone Film – TBD (Pre-production)
There is a completely separate Transformers film in preparation at Paramount with the still untitled standalone film to be directed by Angel Manuel Soto (Kings of the charming city) based on a storyline developed by Marco Ramirez, who co-created the Netflix Marvel superhero crossover The defenders and was a screenwriter on six episodes of daredevil before that.
This mysterious second Transformers film, which by Hollywood journalist would be “developed independently” from other films in the franchise, although no further details have been revealed at this time. It’s hard to say exactly when more will be revealed on the still-untitled standalone film, but expect to see plenty of bot-on-bot action as the Autobots take on their evil counterparts, the Decepticons.
Beast Wars Movie – TBD (Pre-production)
The Transformers derivative series, Beast wars, was introduced in the mid-1990s and told the story of the descendants of the Autobots (called Maximals in the series) and Decpticons (Predacons in the CGI series), making it quite a stunning television in its day. A quarter of a century later, the 1996 series (which ran for 52 episodes before having its own spin-off, Beast Machines) will finally get a proper film adaptation at some point in the not-so-distant future.
Back in January 2020, Deadline reported on the creation of a derivative film based on the Beast wars property, one that would be developed by James Vanderbilt (Murder Mystery). One of the most fascinating aspects of this story, besides the fact that Optimus Primal, Cheetor, Rhinox, Megatron and the rest of the Mad Animal-Based Transformers are finally getting their day, is the fact that Vanderbilt reportedly worked on the film since April 2019. Details are still unclear at this time, but hopefully more will be revealed as the Transformers franchise continues to gain momentum.
Animated Transformers Prequel – TBD (Post-Production)
Everyone loves a good origin story, right? Well, Transformers fans will catch on soon enough when the prequel animated film exploring the origins of the never-ending battle between the Autobots and Decepticons on the planet Cybertron releases at some point in the future. Announced around the same time most of the next Transformers movies have been teased, this animated movie is put together by Paramount Animation and Hasbro’s eOne with some big heavyweights involved.
By April 2020 Deadline report, the powers that be have appealed Toy story 4 Director Josh Cooley to helm the as-yet-untitled film Transformers prequel with Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, who wrote Ant-Man and the Wasp tapped to write the script. Not much is known about the project at this time, other than the fact that it will feature the relationship between Optimus Prime and Megatron and possibly what happened between the two on Cybertron before they all left. both for Earth.
Another bumblebee movie? – To be determined
We haven’t seen Bumblebee’s latest one yet, especially after all the praise and movie-goer dollars that Autobot’s origin story racked up at the box office in 2018, but the way the character is treated to. the future remains one of the biggest mysteries with the whole Transformers franchise at this point. In 2019 Hollywood journalist noted that producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has previously stated that a sequel is in development, but whether that means the character will appear in the 2022 film or something completely different is not yet known.
Hell, even John Cena, who was honestly one of the best parts of Travis Knight Bumblebee previously told CinemaBlend that he would be ready to reprise his character of Jack Burns in a sequel if Paramount Pictures ever called. And for Knight, well, he said he already had a few ideas in mind when asked about it a few years ago.
Hasbro Cinematic Universe planned – TBD
For several years, there has been talk of a Hasbro cinematic universe, which would serve as a bridge to connect properties like GI Joe and Transformers similar to how Marvel has been doing things with the MCU since 2008 Iron Man. And while there hasn’t been much officially said about the possibility of the two iconic toy lines and movie franchises sharing a screen, this would be a great time to start working on a way to bring them together. the two behemoths of pop culture, especially with the 2022 Transformers movie and to come GI Joe restart along the way.
There’s still plenty of time before the Autobots roll out with more theatrical releases, but there are a ton of big 2021 movie premiere dates to get you excited about while you wait.