Creed II Director Steven Caple Jr. Set to Helm Next Transformers Film
According to Deadline, Creed II director Steven Caple Jr. is set to direct the next big screen installment of Transformers. No details were given about the plot, though the assumption is that the film is expected to pick up the story threads established in 2018’s “soft reboot” Bumblebee.
Filming details were not disclosed, though The Hollywood Reporter notes that the studio is eyeing a release date of June 24, 2022.
This will be the latest entry in the long-running series that has collectively grossed over $4 billion at the box office dating back to Michael Bay’s original 2007 hit. Since that time, audiences have enjoyed (or endured, depending on your point of view) five sequels, including two soft reboots in 2014’s Transformers: Age of Extinction and the aforementioned Bumblebee, the latter of which was directed by Travis Knight.
Bumblebee starred Hailee Steinfeld and received positive reviews from critics but ultimately grossed a so-so (for this franchise) $468 million worldwide. Apparently, after Bumblebee, Paramount and Hasbro set up a writer’s room to determine which direction to take the franchise. Two scripts floated to the top: a Beastwars spinoff by James Vanderbilt and a follow up to Bumblebee penned by Joby Harold; and obviously the latter took the cake.
Directed by Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings), Bumblebee stars Hailee Steinfeld (Edge of Seventeen), Pamela Adlon (Better Things), John Cena (Daddy’s Home 2), Stephen Schneider (Comedy Central’s Broad City), Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Jason Drucker (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul), Kenneth Choi (American Crime Story), Ricardo Hoyos (Degrassi: Next Class), Abby Quinn (Landline), Rachel Crow (Deidra & Laney Rob a Train), and Grace Dzienny (Zoo). Angela Bassett (Black Panther) will voice the cherry-red Plymouth Satellite Decepticon called Shatter, with Justin Theroux (The Spy Who Dumped Me) voicing Dropkick, the Decepticon who transforms into a blue AMC Javelin.
On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee (Dylan O’ Brien) 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.
The film is produced by Transformers franchise veterans Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Michael Bay, along with executive producers Steven Spielberg, Brian Goldner, and Mark Vahradian. Chris Brigham (Argo, Inception) also executive produces. The screenplay is written by Christina Hodson (Unforgettable).
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