‘Bumblebee’ Sequel Officially In Development
Deadline stated that a ‘Bumblebee’ sequel is officially in development. This was in a report on the ‘Transformers’ film crossing $400 million worldwide. They also speculate it could be a Bumblebee/Optimus Prime buddy movie. However, this is simply a guess.
Paramount’s Bumblebee has made $401.3 million global. $113.9 million domestic and $287.4 million at the international box office through Saturday. Japan is the last market remaining and will start there on March 22.
The film, directed by Travis Knight and written by Christina Hodson, serves as both a soft reboot and origin story in the year 1987. The future of the franchise will most likely stick around in the 80’s for awhile, and avoid the canon of Michael Bay’s outings.
Also in development, a ‘Transformers’ animated movie, as well as, to quote Deadline:
“Future iterations of the overall ‘Transformers’ series that may introduce new characters and bring others along.”
Producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura about ‘Bumblebee’ and the direction they wanted to take:
“We had many objectives (including) to bring a new set of families into the series, and that succeeded; in the after markets that will continue to succeed in a big way. Part of our obligation was to bring people back who had left the franchise or never experienced it which worked well… We are finding our way. Our intention was we wanted to please the core fans but also bring a new audience.”
There are currently no other details on the ‘Bumblebee’ sequel. As for Travis Knight, he is heading back to Laika Animation, reportedly shutting down the rumor of directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.’ Christina Hodson’s next film ‘Birds of Prey’ is currently filming, and she is also tackling ‘Batgirl’ for Warner Bros. and DC.