Transformers: The Last Knight is currently out in theaters. Although the film is not getting rave reviews, fans are still anxious to see where the franchise will move next. Transformers will go forward with a spin-off film focusing on a younger Bumblebee and looks to be a more emotional story than its predecessors. Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura spoke about where the film could go, and why the studio is taking the franchise back in the timeline.
In a recent interview with Collider Bonaventura spoke about what direction the Bumblebee spin-off is shooting for, and how it will set a more emotional tone than the other Transformer films that came before it:
The objective of that movie is to develop more time with less robots, and to go back to 1985 and to go back to the original heritage, if you would, of the Transformers, G1. So, it has a very distinct idea in it, and whatever is going to happen with the chemistry is what’s going to happen. But it really is a young female lead opposite of Bumblebee, and I think that Optimus is going to be jealous that Bumblebee has his own movie.
There are less Transformers, dramatically less…We hired, purposely, Travis Knight who’s a very distinct filmmaker. You can’t compete with Michael [Bay], you’re going to lose. Also, the audience wants something different all the time, let’s keep them interested. So, they’re going to get a very emotional, complex story. A very tight story, in terms of its location, in terms of its storytelling. In fact it reminds me a little bit of The Iron Giant when I did that movie at Warner Brothers. It just reminds me a little bit of that, where that it feels contained, but it doesn’t feel small.
This could be a great step for the franchise. After the dismal numbers that The Last Knight is producing, it appears that the writers’ room held last year was not entirely successful. Fans can only hope that without Bay, Transformers might see better films. Director Michael Bay has yet to leave the franchise, but stated a few times that The Last Knight is his last TF movie.