Back in January, we heard that there were two new Transformers movies in development, one of which would be a Bumblebee sequel of some sort while the other was rumoured to be based on Beast Wars, the late ’90s CG animated series and toy line. It certainly seemed like they were abandoning most of the plans that had been hatched by the Transformers writers room that had been assembled by Paramount and Hasbro a few years ago. At that time, the fifth Transformers movie (which became Transformers: The Last Knight) was going to be followed up by a fully animated feature film set on Cybertron but that project never seemed to get off the ground. But thanks to COVID-19, this week we are hearing that project is coming back in a big way and now has someone attached to direct. Hit the jump for more details.
According to Deadline, Oscar-winning director Josh Cooley (Toy Story 4) has been hired to direct a new animated Transformers movie for Hasbro and Paramount. The movie is a prequel that takes place on Cybertron and focuses on the relationship between Optimus Prime and Megatron. The script was written by Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari (Ant-Man and the Wasp), who are now in the process of doing some rewrites overseen by Cooley.
The animated feature seems to have come back to life partially because of the Coronavirus shutdown and the fact that animated features can continue production while maintaining social distancing. This will not be connected to the Bumblebee movie or the other live-action Transformers movies, both of which are still expected to continue as well. There is also a Transformers CG animated series coming to Netflix in the near future called Transformers: War for Cybertron. Are you excited to see a fully animated Transformers movie heading to theatres?