Transformers Bumblebee Spin-off Will Be Set in the ’80s and Sort of Like The Iron Giant


With Transformers: The Last Knight hitting theatres this week, the press junkets have predictably resulted in a flood of new information about the upcoming Bumblebee spin-off, which will be the next Transformers movie to be released. In case you haven’t heard, it won’t be directed by Michael Bay but rather Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight and Hailee Steinfeld is in talks to be the film’s lead human. Now this week producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has come out and confirmed that the movie will deliver a heavy dose of ’80s pandering and (apparently) some actual emotions. Here’s what he had to say about the project:

“The objective of that movie is to develop more time with less robots in a way, and to go back to 1985 and go back to sort of the original heritage if you would of the Transformers. 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.

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. 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 plot is still being kept under wraps but we know that Hailee Steinfeld will play a tomboy who works an after school job as a mechanic. Clearly this is a movie about a girl and her car in the same way that Spielberg described the first Transformers movie as being about “a boy and his car.” Whether the ’80s setting will have any significance other than nostalgia remains to be seen. Bumblebee will hit theatres on June 8th, 2018 and the script was written by Christina Hodson (Shut In). Are you looking forward to this spin-off?

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  • Z

    “lead human”. Ha

  • Mace

    It would have been nice to see them go this route with the first Transformers movie. I don’t really care about this franchise anymore so, while I guess it is interesting they are choosing to do a period piece, I think it’s a little too late. I’m also curious how willing they are to commit to this concept. Will all the cars be old ones? Doesn’t General Motors have an overall deal with this franchise?

  • Guzo

    “You can’t compete with Michael – you’re gonna lose and make a good movie”