Paramount Taps Angel Manuel Soto to Helm New Transformers Movie

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Paramount Taps Angel Manuel Soto to Helm New Transformers Movie

Paramount taps Angel Manuel Soto to helm new Transformers movie

On the heels of landing the highly-coveted director’s chair of Warner Bros. and DC’s Blue Beetle feature project, Angel Manuel Soto is continuing to add new exciting projects to his dance card as Paramount has tapped him to helm a new Transformers film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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While plot details are currently unknown on the film, which is being penned by Marco Ramirez (The Twilight Zone, Orange is the New Black), sources report that the project is being developed as a story separate from the studio’s mainline film franchise that began in 2007. As the film is early in its development stage, with Paramount making a blind script commitment to the project, it’s also currently unknown who will produce the feature though word is that Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who has acted as producer on every Transformers film thus far, will be involved in some capacity.

The new film marks the latest project to be in development from Hasbro’s iconic IP, with last April bringing word that Toy Story 4 helmer Josh Cooley had signed on to direct an animated prequel set entirely on the planet of Cybertron with the working title Transformers One while last January saw the announcement that Joby Harold (Army of the Dead) had penned the script for a sequel to Bumblebee and November seeing Creed II‘s Steven Caple Jr. signing on to direct. In addition, Scream reboot scribe James Vanderbilt has penned the script for a Transformers: Beast Wars project and the studio has slated one of the projects for a June 24, 2022 release, though it’s currently unclear which project.

After working for years on FX’s Sons of Anarchy and Netflix’s Daredevil, Ramirez was able to make the leap from writer to co-showrunner and co-creator of The Defenders, the streaming platform’s team-up series featuring its Marvel characters at the time, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.

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Soto broke out with his teen drama Charm City Kings, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last year to rave reviews from critics and debuted on HBO Max this past October, and is now set to helm the DC Extended Universe debut of Blue Beetle at WB.

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