The Transformers franchise is an interesting monster. At the release of the first film, many considered it a fun popcorn flick with stunning visual effects. Its subsequent sequels were dragged through the mud critically despite the hefty profit Paramount was making. That being said, it seems they finally decided that a new direction should be taken.
Enter Travis Knight to helm their Bumblebee spin-off feature. The head of LAIKA studios has proven himself with his last directorial effort in Kubo and the Two Strings, which currently holds a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes. Just today, a December 21, 2018 release date was announced along with some very interesting casting. John Cena himself will be joining Hailee Steinfeld, Pamela Aldon, Stephen Schenider, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Jason Drucker, Kenneth Choi, Ricardo Hoyos, Abby Quinn, Rachel Crow, and Grace Dzienny. As principle photography starts today, an official synopsis was packaged with the rest of these updates.
On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (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.
This news raises a question that cannot be ignored. Is this date a smart play? Bumblebee will not be the only film with mass appeal in that timeframe. WB/DC's Aquaman will be dropping that same day, and the week after will see Disney's Mary Poppins Returns. Yes, the third and fourth Michael Bay pictures have each made over $1 billion in box office, but the majority of that was from overseas. Also, take into account that The Last Knight has only made about $569 million in its 6 weeks which is low for this franchise. We'll have to wait and see if people are still open to another Transformers even without Bay in the drivers seat.
Are you willing to see another Transformers under a new director? What are its box office chances? Will John Cena's theme music play whenever he walks onscreen? Let us know down below. Stay frosty!