Apparently, That Transformers Spinoff Is Still Happening

Image: Paramount and Dreamworks
Image: Paramount and Dreamworks

Paramount, like every other studio in existence, wants more than franchises. It wants universes, which allow them to make stories with a popular name attached but that don’t need to be tied to continuity and stars. Paramount’s betting on Transformers.

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This project has been in the works for awhile, with Paramount assembling a writers’ room full of people with the directive of finding more Transformers stories to tell. Bumblebee is the studio’s choice for the first foray outside the main Transformers series of films.

Deadline reports that Paramount has a script from Christina Hodson (who was just announced as the person writing Warner Bros.’ Harley Quinn and Bird of Prey spinoff), and is now looking for a director to hit the June 8, 2018 release date they’ve already picked.

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Meanwhile, the fifth Michael Bay Transformers movie is coming in 2017. Like Star Wars and Marvel and DC, it seems like we’re going to get a Transformers movie every year.

Katharine is the former managing editor of io9.

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DISCUSSION

Paramount: We need a property that can make lots of movies from and tell lots of different stories from the point of view of many different characters all in a shared universe.

Well hmmmmmm let me think for a second here. What does Paramount have that could possible fit. Maybe this magical property could involve some sort of Journey through space that spans multiple time periods and from the point of view of different and diverse cast.

Ah well I guess I just can’t seem to think of anything Paramount has the movie rights too that fits.....