With director Michael Bay officially departing from the Transformers chair following five feature films in the franchise, Paramount are looking to the expansion of Cybertron with Bumblebee – the forthcoming spinoff movie for the popular Autobot – and today the studio have secured their director.
Travis Knight, the helmer of Oscar-nomianted and BAFTA-winning Kubo and the Two Strings, will handle duties, making Bumblebee his first-ever live-action picture. Knight serves as the CEO of Laika Animation; the production house behind Kubo, Coraline, and ParaNorman. This release will be very different to the framework he is used to overseeing, but given his ability to render visually outstanding projects, with beautiful character design, and tonal narratives, audiences can expect plentiful surprises from his Transformers outing.
Knight will be working from a screenplay from Christina Hodson, whilst Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Michael Bay, and Steven Spielberg are producing with Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis. The film is scheduled for a 2018 theatrical release. Bay’s final feature in the franchise – Transformers: The Last Knight – opens in IMAX 3D across UK cinemas on 23rd June.