The Transformers films continue to be huge boons for the Box Office, and Transformers: The Last Knight will likely be no different. Despite the success, many still revere the original Transformers: Animated Movie as the best interpretation of the property, along with the various comic book series. The good news for fans is that the studio holds both in high regard, and they are utilizing both for The Last Knight.
In fact, Producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura recently spoke about the studio's philosophy as part of a recent set visit (via ScreenRant).
"It’s in continuity with the mythology. Our deep dive into Cybertron will have some continuity to that. There is a – I won’t say a relationship – but I’ll say it’s touching on relatively the same time period. In that sense, there’s a direct relationship. We’re not trying to affect the animated movie, and the animated movie is not trying to mimic or take from us. It’s just we’re taking from the same general area. What the animated movie will do that is different from us is, we’re dealing more with the consequences, and they’re dealing a little more with the origin story, at the moment of consequence. It ends sort of at the moment where the consequences are quite easy. We’re picking it up probably there. It’s not quite as clean as I’m suggesting, but I hadn’t really thought about it. That is probably the clearest way to delineate them."
It's good to know that the writers and producers are looking to some of the source material for not just characters they can modernize, but for actual beloved story elements in years past. As to whether that will make The Last Knight more accepted than it's previous sequels among the fandom remains to be seen, but it is a step in the right direction.
Transformers: The Last Knight is directed by Michael bay, and stars Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Isabela Moner, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, John Turturro, Liam Garrigan, Jerrod Carmichael, Mitch Pileggi, Laura Haddock, Santiago Cabrera, and Anthony Hopkins.
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Transformers: The Last Knight is set for release June 23, 2017.