We’ve known for a while now that Paramount has been planning to follow Disney and Marvel’s lead by expanding their Transformers franchise into a connected universe of movies complete with spin-offs and standalone films outside of the main continuity. We’ve also been hearing that Transformers: The Last Knight will (probably) be the last time that Michael Bay sits in the director’s chair for a Transformers movie. Now this week they have officially announced who will be the first director to follow up Michael Bay’s work on the series and it is an interesting choice: Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight. Hit the jump for the full scoop.
According to Deadline, Travis Knight will direct the live-action Transformers spin-off Bumblebee for Paramount Pictures. The movie will obviously focus on the fan favourite Autobot Bumblebee, although it is unclear if it will be a prequel or in any way connected to the storyline of the other Transformers movies. The screenplay was written by Christina Hodson (Shut In) with Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg all acting as producers.
Knight is best known for directing the Oscar-nominated animated film Kubo and the Two Strings, but he is also the president and CEO of the studio behind it, Laika. On the surface he may seem like an unexpected choice for a blockbuster of this magnitude, but considering the amount of CG animation work required for a Transformers movie, it makes sense. The action sequences in Kubo were pretty fantastic as well. However, it does seem to fly in the face of Knight’s own recent statement that he had no interest in “franchises and brands, redos, remakes, sequels and prequels.” What do you think, is this good news or bad news?