Reports came in yesterday that the Transformers franchise was set for a hard reboot after the Bumblebee film. The evidence suggesting this included the fact that the upcoming 6th Transformers film had been taken off the release slate by Paramount Pictures. In addition, no live action projects for the franchise have been listed up until 2021. But this brand manager seems unmoved by it all.
When asked about a potential reboot of the Transformers franchise, the brand manager at Toy Fair New York seemed not to think it was happening:
“Don’t believe what you hear, don’t worry.”
It is worth noting, however, that the brand manager’s statement was not an outright denial. It’s very possible that he was restricted by corporate red tape and was unable to comment further on the matter. It’s also possible that the people behind the film do not want word to get out that a reboot is happening, given that it may effect the ticket sales of the upcoming Bumblebee solo film.
The Transformers film franchise has had somewhat of bumpy history. It has a record of being savaged by critics and longtime fans of the franchise but usually bring in huge box office numbers. That was until the release of Transformers: The Last Knight which only grossed a little over $600 million worldwide on a $217 million budget. Comparing it to it’s predecessor, which grossed over a billion dollars on a $210 million dollar budget, shows that the franchise has quickly gone into a bit of a slump with audiences so a reboot just might be what the doctor ordered. In any case, we won’t know until an official announcement comes.
Here is a plot synopsis for the upcoming film:
“On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee 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.”
Directed by Travis Knight, the film stars Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr. Jason Drucker, Abby Quinn, Rachel Crow, Ricardo Hoyos, and Gracie Dzienny.
Bumblebee will be released in theaters on December 21, 2018.
Source: Bleeding Cool
5 Reasons Michael Bay Is The Perfect Director For DC’s ‘Lobo’
One of the most “in development hell” movies from DC has been Lobo. In fall of 2009, Guy Ritchie was attached to the project, but he left in early 2010 to work on other films. Two years later, Brad Peyton was reportedly going to write and direct the film with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson starring as the titular character. However, Johnson was soon after announced as Black Adam. Jason Fuchs had been named the screenwriter in spring of 2016 but there still wasn’t a solid director rumored or announced until a few weeks ago when Michael Bay was revealed to be in talks for the project.
Bay has to be one of the most polarizing directors in the last 25 years and I think the criticisms are valid. You’ve got films like The Rock, Armageddon, Bad Boys and Transformers on one side but then you’ve got some questionable choices in those same franchises as well. But Lobo is something that might be a little different and not the typical Michael Bay experience so there are reasons why this movie might actually work with him at the helm.
Hit Next to check out five reasons Michael Bay is the perfect director for DC’s Lobo!