Paramount Pictures has tapped Travis Knight to direct its live-action Transformers spinoff Bumblebee, so goes a report.
It was only last year when Knight made his directorial debut last year with the twice-Oscar-nominated epic animated feature Kubo and the Two Strings that employed stop-motion and CG animation to dazzling effect.
Based on the popular line of toys from Hasbro, the film franchise was launched in 2007 with director Michael Bay’s Transformers followed by Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in 2009, Transformers: Dark of the Moon in 2011, and — the most recent installment — 2014’s Transformers: Age of Extinction, which earned more than $1 billion at the global box office.
Produced by Lorenzo Di Bonaventure, Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg from a script written by Christina Hodson, Bumblebee is slated for release on June 8, 2018.
The new spinoff that emerged from a writer’s room at Paramount led by Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman set up in order to expand the Transformers cinematic universe was first revealed at during an analyst presentation at the 2016 Toy Fair. Since then, the studio has announced that Michael Bay would return to direct Transformers: The Last Knight, which releases in theaters on June 23rd, but would not return for Transformers 6 (to be released on June 28, 2019).