Autobot, Bumblebee is on a mission… all by himself.
We heard rumors of a spin-off being made for the Transformers franchise and that it would feature the beloved Bumblebee. On November 11, 2016, Deadline reported that Paramount Pictures was moving forward with the project despite having a June 8, 2018 release date, but was pushed back. It was also revealed that Christina Hodson will be a part of the “writers room” to write the script for the spin-off. On board with Hodson, is director Travis Knight. This will mark the first Transformers movie that isn’t directed by, Michael Bay, which could take a different tone for the franchise as a whole.
The most recent Transformers movie, Transformers: The Last Knight generally didn’t perform too well as many didn’t like the repetitive nature of the films with little development in characters. With that being said, Paramount and Hasbro have stated they wanted to reboot the entire franchise, but the trailer suggests otherwise as it looks to be connected to the events of the movies prior. However, the new movie definitely delivers a different tone and direction for the franchise.
The Bumblebee movie is simply a story of how Bumblebee became the hero depicted in the prior films. Despite the synopsis provides us with a look at what Bumblebee is doing in the year 1987, there’s a Decepticon present in the trailer so there’s no doubt a conflict will arise with the humans and Decepticons. We also get a broader look into the plot and purpose of Bumblebee in the synopsis.
On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.
The film is produced by Transformers franchise veterans Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Micahel Bay. They’re also joined by Steven Spielberg, Brian Goldner, and Mark Vahardian. Chris Brigham will also serve as an executive producer. Aforementioned, Travis Knight is set to direct and written by Christina Hodson, the film stars Hailee Steinfeld, Pamela Adlon, John Cena, Stephen Schneider, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Jason Drucker, Kenneth Choi, Ricardo Hoyos, Abby Quinn, Rachel Crow, and Grace Dzienny
Bumblebee will be released in the United States on December 21, 2018.