TRANSFORMERS Spinoffs Plan Trips to Ancient Rome and the 1980s
Two of Paramount’s planned Transformers spinoffs would take the robots in disguise to ancient Rome and the 1980s, according to an Empire Magazine article obtained by Transformers fan-site Transformer World 2005.
According to the report, in-house discussions could have one of the 14 planned series installments — yes, 14 — could take place in Ancient Rome, with the Bumblebee spinoff taking place in the 1980s, making it a prequel of sorts to the first Transformers, which arrived in 2007. Academy Award nominee Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) will star, with Bumblebee marking director Travis Knight’s (Kobu and the Two Strings) first-ever live-action production.
“This movie is really something special,” Steinfeld told BBC, confirming her involvement. “It has a great storyline and this character that I play, who you will soon meet, is really special. So I’m very excited for people to see it.”
Michael Bay, director of all five Transformers films thus far, revealed to MTV in April that 14 Transformers movies are in development with a dedicated writers room comprised of Akiva Goldsman (I Am Legend), Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down), Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Hibernation), Christina Hodson (Shut In), Lindsey Beer (Barbie), Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari (Ant-Man), Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (Iron Man), Zak Penn (Ready Player One), and Jeff Pinker (The Amazing Spider-Man 2).
Transformers: The Last Knight hits theaters June 21st, while Bumblebee is planned for a June 8th, 2018 release.