2018’s Bumblebee was the first live-action Transformers movie not directed by Michael Bay, following a quintology of films that were critically reviled but extremely successful commercially. Perhaps not surprisingly, Travis Knight’s film was the first Transformers movie to earn almost unanimous positive reviews and yet it was also the lowest grossing installment to date by over $200 million. The result seemed to confound Paramount, who sat on the franchise for the next year while they decided what to do with it. Despite talk of building a Transformers shared universe on the big screen or even a shared universe among Hasbro toy properties, those plans seem to have been abandoned. This week we are hearing that two new Transformers movies are in the works with a couple of screenwriters being hired to develop them in parallel. Hit the jump to find out what we know.
According to THR, Paramount and Hasbro have hired two screenwriters to develop two separate Transformers projects. Those screenwriters are Joby Harold (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword) who most recently worked on Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead and James Vanderbilt (Zodiac, The Amazing Spider-Man) who wrote the Adam Sandler / Jennifer Aniston comedy Murder Mystery. The two movies do not appear to be connected as the goal is to “build out multiple arcs and to also expand the Transformers universe.”
Deadline has since reported that one of the movies will be set in the Bumblebee universe while the other will be based on the late ’90s animated series and toy line Beast Wars, which focused on two opposing factions from Cybertron crash landing on a prehistoric Earth and taking the form of animals. Transformers fans of a certain age might perk up at that idea although it is admittedly a pretty goofy concept (or at least, goofier than Transformers G1) and may not translate well to a live-action setting. It is unclear what happened to the new CG animated Transformers movie that was in development a couple of years ago but there is a new animated series coming to Netflix this year called War For Cybertron. What would you like to see in a new Transformers movie?