In the original Transformers animated series, Bumblebee took the form of a classic yellow Volkswagon Bug, but when the series was brought to live-action in 2007, director Michael Bay opted to have the character appear as a Chevrolet Camaro instead (though the film did feature a nice nod to the character’s original appearance). However, there’s a chance fans might actually get to finally see Bumblebee in his classic VW Bug form soon, according to Transformers franchise producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura.
In a recent interview with ComicBook.com promoting Transformers: The Last Knight, Lorenzo di Bonaventura teased the possibility of the classic Bumblebee appearing in the character’s upcoming prequel spinoff, which will be set in the ’80s. Here’s what he said:
“You never know. We are doing a 1985 Bumblebee movie, so there’s, you know, a possibility you might just see that.”
Production on the untitled Bumblebee spin-off is expected to begin next month with a planned 2018 release. Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight is attached to helm the film from a script by Christina Hodson (Shut In, Unforgettable). Hailee Steinfeld is currently in talks to star in the film.
Directed by Michael Bay, Transformers: The Last Knight stars Mark Wahlberg, Isabela Moner, Stanley Tucci, Laura Haddock, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Santiago Cabrera, Jerrod Carmichael, Liam Garrigan, Peter Cullen and John Goodman.
“The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock).
“There comes a moment in everyone’s life when we are called upon to make a difference. In Transformers: The Last Knight, the hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours.”
Transformers: The Last Knight hits theaters on June 21, 2017.
Saturday Morning Cartoons That Could Make Successful Movies
If the Smurfs or Transformers movies have taught us anything, old Saturday morning cartoons are the new grade-A meat for the movie studios. Cartoons can be turned into animated movies, just look at the success of the Spongebob Squarepants movies, but they can also make successful live-action adaptations. Well, with Power Rangers coming out soon, an idea so silly it might as well have been a Saturday morning cartoon it’s time for studio execs to take a look at some of these hidden classics. There’s clearly a lot of money to be made adapting beloved children franchises.
I want to point out a key word to all of you guys in case you get mad at my list. I don’t necessarily know if all of these cartoons could make good movies, but I’m pretty sure they could turn a profit and be considered successful. Some of these can be enjoyable and they’re ones you might not necessarily expect. If I forgot about your favorite Saturday morning cartoon, head to the comment section and let me know!
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