Transformers: The Last Knight will delve into the untold history between humans and the titular robots, but it won’t be the only film in the franchise to explore the past. Last week, an article in Empire Magazine stated that the upcoming Bumblebee spinoff would be set in the 1980s and would be tonally different from previous entries in the live-action film series. Now, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has confirmed that the spinoff will be take place in 1985 and compared the film to the critically acclaimed animated movie The Iron Giant in an interview with Collider.
di Bonaventura confirmed the 1980s setting while discussing the goals for the upcoming spinoff:
“I know we’re doing a spinoff first in the Bumblebee movie, and that is a very distinctive departure from what you’ve been seeing so far… The objective of that movie is to develop more time with less robots in a way, and to go back to 1985 and go back to sort of the original heritage if you would of the Transformers. G1.”
di Bonaventura also explained why he compares the Bumblebee spinoff to the much beloved animated film The Iron Giant:
“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.”
Considering The Iron Giant is regarded by many, myself included, to be one of the greatest animated films ever produced, it is somewhat reassuring to see the creative team behind the spinoff striving towards making a similar film.
Expected to begin production next month, the untitled Bumblebee spin-off is targeting a 2018 release with Hailee Steinfeld in talks to join the project. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the Transformers franchise!
2017 Summer Movie Preview: What To Look Out For
What do aliens, robots, superheroes, pirates, genetically-modified apes, and Will Ferrell all have in common? All of them will be visiting theaters this summer, most as perennials of the blockbusters sphere. There’s a cavalcade of riches this summer, with new offerings from both DC and Marvel, new (and in some cases, final) installments in long-running franchises, and a couple newcomers testing the waters for future sequels. Even some non-theatrical films get in on the fun, like Netflix’s War Machine starring Brad Pitt.
Here are over 20 films worth seeing over the next four months. Click Next to start!