‘Bumblebee’ Spin-Off Film Will Take a Smaller Approach

By February 16, 2016
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After confirming Michael Bay as the returning director for Transformers 5, and recently announcing the release dates for three more films in the Transformers franchise – it looks like Paramount is ready to begin diversifying one of their most profitable properties. Although after four critically-panned previous installments, I’m not entirely sure what it will take to make me care about this series again.

While recently speaking with THR though, Paramount CEO Brad Grey commented on the upcoming films, and hinted that the 2018 Bumblebee spin-off film, which will focus entirely on the beloved autobot, may be taking a smaller, more cost-efficent approach than the previous films in the franchise have.

Check out his comments below:

“There are characters in the Transformers universe that can be and should be made into their own movies. We will make the first movie with Michael and go right into a Bumblebee movie, which will be at a lower cost.”

Now, Transformers 5 will apparently be the last film directed by Bay in the franchise, although I feel like we’ve heard that one before. But moving on from his over-stylistic and frankly, lazy, approach to the films could be the first step to getting this franchise back on track quality-wise. After creating an entire writer’s room with some of Hollywood’s most-skilled screenwriters last year as well, headed by Akiva Goldsman, and intended to create new ideas for future installments and spin-offs, working on some less-formulaic and more creative stories for these films could help their quality immensely as well.

There’s no word on who will be tasked with writing the official screenplay for the Bumblebee film as of yet, or who will direct it, but I’m just going to hope that the studio brings on some more talented people behind-the-scenes than they’ve gotten away with in the previous films. Although, all four of the films have done extremely well monetarily for the studio, so it’s possible that not much will change moving forwards. At this point, who knows?

The Bumblebee spin-off film is set for release on June 8th, 2018.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable