'Transformers' Producer Compares the 'Bumblebee' Spinoff To 'The Iron Giant'

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 - 7:03PM
Transformers
Tuesday, 20 June 2017 - 7:03PM
'Transformers' Producer Compares the 'Bumblebee' Spinoff To 'The Iron Giant'
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Hey, so, there's a new Transformers movie in the works (try to contain your excitement), and not the current two hour explosion fest that's being pushed by Paramount. The Last Knight isn't even out yet, but already everyone's talking about the Bumblebee movie. Woo.

Except, as easy as it is to feel apathetic about the entire Transformers franchise by this point, there does actually seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel. Michael Bay is done with the franchise (supposedly), and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura told Collider that this time, with Bumblebee, we're finally getting something a little more original:

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"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. And 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."
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This is great news. After five movies, we are definitely ready for something different, and definitely don't want to see someone try to be a poor man's Michael Bay. Grabbing Travis Knight for this movie is an incredibly smart move. While not exactly a household name, Knight directed one of the biggest unsung masterpieces of last year, Kubo and the Two Strings, which uses stop-motion animation and Japanese folklore to tell a wonderfully compelling story.

There's every chance that, given Bumblebee - who'll be appearing without the horrendously bloated cast of side characters that Michael Bay's developed over the years - will actually manage to revitalize this ailing franchise.

As if things didn't sound good enough already, Lorenzo di Bonaventura went on to compare Knight's view of the Bumblebee movie with one of the most beloved robot cartoons of all time, 1999's The Iron Giant:

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"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."
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Getting the chance to see a Transformer - a single hero all by himself - bond with a human being in a small, contained movie that doesn't all hinge on an enormous over-the-top CGI battle about the end of the world? That's what this franchise has needed since around the time Megan Fox departed.

While nobody was crying out for more Transformers movies, these plans for Bumblebee actually sound like they might breathe some new life into a series that even many diehards have begun to lose patience with. Now if Travis Knight can just make Bumblebee an actual Volkswagen Beetle this time, this could well be the perfect Transformers movie. 

Bumblebee is scheduled to come out sometime in 2018.
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