After Transformers: The Last Knight hits theaters later this summer, Michael Bay and his squad of screenwriters will turn their attention toward building a shared universe based on Hasbro's long-running toy line of Robots In Disguise.
The first spinoff film in the universe is steadily gaining steam as the Bumblebee solo movie is set to begin production this year.
Bumblebee's script by Christina Hodson is set to be adapted by Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight, and Bay recently revealed the story to be a prequel during a conversation with MTV at CinemaCon. Maybe we'll learn how the Transformer found his way in that dealership where he was found by Shia LaBeouf's character in the first film.
Production for Bumblebee is set to begin in earnest in July, according to MyEntertainmentWorld.
Although Bay has shared his intention to step away from the franchise after the release of The Last Knight, the production process for this latest Transformers film included gathering together a writers room so that they could build a mythology and create a broader universe for the franchise, one that would allow spinoffs between the main entry films.
And now that they have 14 different stories developed, Bay has gone on to say that he might not be done with the series—in fact, he wants to direct one of the spinoff movies.
Bumblebee's development was conducted in conjunction with The Last Knight, so expect the fifth installment in the Transformers franchise to set up the prequel and other possible spinoffs as well.
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Transformers: The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Haddock).
The cast of Transformers: The Last Knight features Mark Wahlberg (Planet of the Apes) as Cade Yeager, Isabela Moner (100 Things To Do Before High School) as Izabella, Josh Duhamel (Life as We Know It) as Lieutenant Colonel William Lennox, John Turturro (The Big Lebowski) as Seymour Simmons, and Tyrese Gibson (Furious 7) as Robert Epps, as well as Jerrod Carmichael (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising), Anthony Hopkins (Thor: The Dark World). The voice cast includes Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime and John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane) as Hound.
[h/t] Omega Underground