Variety reports Hailee Steinfeld is currently in talks with Paramount Pictures to join the first ever Transformers spinoff, Bumblebee.
Plot details are still under wraps but Michael Bay has confirmed that the film is a prequel which will focus solely on Bumblebee himself. Kubo and the Two Strings director and CEO of Laika Studios Travis Knight is set to direct the project from a script penned by Christina Hodson (Shut In). The film is expected to begin production next month.
UPDATE: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Steinfeld will play will play a tomboy who also holds a job as a mechanic after school.
While Bay himself will exit the franchise as director after his upcoming fifth installment to the franchise, Transformers: The Last Knight, the studio will be expanding and continuing the franchise for years to come. The studio has a total of fourteen stories set in the Transformers universe in development, including the Bumblebee spinoff.
Transformers: The Last Knight producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura confirmed in December that the fifth installment will help to set up the Bumblebee spinoff which was developed while The Last Knight was in production. Bay has also confirmed that The Last Knight will include easter eggs teasing different things to come.
Di Bonaventura will return to produce Bumblebee with Bay and Steven Spielberg as well as Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis. As of this moment, the film does not yet have a release date but Paramount is targeting a release sometime during 2018.
Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the Transformers franchise as we learn it.
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!