Transformers 'Bumblebee' Movie will be Helmed by 'Kubo' Director

Friday, 03 March 2017 - 8:55PM
Transformers
Friday, 03 March 2017 - 8:55PM
Transformers 'Bumblebee' Movie will be Helmed by 'Kubo' Director
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While Transformers director Michael Bay has declared he'll be leaving the franchise after Transformers: The Last Knight, the movie series is far from over. Because following The Last Knight will be a spinoff film about Autobot mainstay Bumblebee, with a new director from the Oscar-nominated Kubo and the Two Strings.

According to Deadline, Travis Knight is being brought onboard by Paramount Pictures to direct Bumblebee as next year's potential summer blockbuster (okay, next year's likely summer blockbuster). Knight is the CEO of stop-motion animation studio Laika (Coraline, The Boxtrolls, Paranorman), and hasn't directed any other films except for Laika's recent Kubo.

But seeing as Kubo and the Two Strings was nominated for two Oscars, Best Animated Feature Film and Best Visual Effects, it makes sense that Paramount would have some faith in Knight. Worth noting is that Kubo is one of only two animated Best Visual Effects nominees ever, the other being The Nightmare Before Christmas

Like other prominent robots in disguise such as Optimus Prime and Megatron, Bumblebee has appeared pretty consistently throughout the Transformers series, starting with Shia LeBeouf's surprisingly alive yellow Camaro in the original 2007 film. While there's room for debate over how relatable a giant CGI robot can truly be, Bumblebee was the machine who first connected LeBeouf to the world of Transformers, making him a popular character. No details on his solo film's story have been revealed yet.

Bay's departure from the franchise is either wonderful or tragic, depending on how much you liked the films already. While his previous film, Transformers: Age of Extinction, was critically savaged and bestowed with several Razzies (including "Worst Director" for Bay), the movie also made 1.104 billion dollars worldwide, making it the highest grossing film of 2014. Bay's The Last Knight may see a similar reception, but Knight could easily create something different if he brings along some charm from Kubo and the Two Strings.

Transformers: The Last Knight will come out June 23, 2017, while Bumblebee is scheduled for a year later, on June 8, 2018.

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