‘Bumblee’ Movie: Director Chosen for ‘Transformers’ Spinoff

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The Transformers cinematic universe will be expanding with a Bumblebee movie.

Paramount Pictures and Michael Bay set up a writer’s room a while back to begin drawing up the expanding universe, and the first spinoff film to come to fruition will be Bumblebee, focusing on the yellow autobot that has appeared in all four of Bay’s Transformers outings.

Those that have been looking forward to seeing another filmmaker tackle a Transformers film are in luck. Deadline is reporting that Travis Knight, director of Kubo and the Two Strings, has signed up to direct the film, which comes with a screenplay by Shut In scribe Christina Hodson. Bay is producing the film alongside fellow franchise regulars Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo Di Bonaventura. The film is expected to open in 2018.

Knight is the President and CEO of stop-motion animation studio Laika, which was also behind The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman and Coraline. Kubo marked Knight’s feature directorial debut and was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Animated Feature & Best Visual Effects. Fun fact: Knight is also the son of Nike founder Phil Knight.

Bay’s fifth film in the franchise, Transformers: The Last Knight, will open in Australia on June 22 and hits the US on June 23.