It looks like the Transformers film franchise will roll forward despite this summer’s poor performance of Transformers: The Last Knight in theaters. The next film installment for the franchise will be the new Bumblebee movie. Today, Paramount Pictures confirmed that principal photography has begun for the project, and the film will be released in December of next year (2018).
Travis Knight, director of Kubo and the Two Strings, is helming the film. However, it was also announced by Paramount that WWE Superstar, John Cena, is set to co-star in the film, which will be headlined by Haileen Steinfeld. The film will also feature Pamela Adlon, Stephen Schneider, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Jason Drucker, Kenneth Choi, Ricardo Hoyos, Abby Quinn and Rachel Crow for the cast. It will be shot entirely on location in California, including Southern and Northern California. Here’s the official synopsis released by Paramount:
On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee 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.
Well the good news is, despite how bad Michael Bay’s Transformers movies are, at least Bumblebee will be a yellow Volkswagen Beetle again. It was an element Bay was never OK with, hence turning Bumblebee into a Camaro for the 2007 live-action movie; a move that was controversial with fans at the times and didn’t sit well with many.
Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the project. Franchise veteran Lorenzo di Bonaventura produces the film alongside Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian. Travis Knight will direct from a script by Christina Hodson. Bumblebee arrives in theaters on December 21, 2018. That release date puts the film a week after the animated Spider-Man movie, and it’s currently set to drop on the same day as Aquaman. A few days later, Disney will release Mary Poppins Returns. So, it will be a very competitive weekend.