Illustration for article titled The Bumblebee Spinoff Movie Just Got an Exciting Director

Did you see this year’s Kubo and the Two Strings? How about the other films made by stop-motion animation company Laika, like Coraline, Paranorman, and Boxtrolls? Did you like them? If the answers are “yes,” get excited. The head of that company, Travis Knight, is making a Transformers movie.

It’s the Bumblebee spinoff movie, to be exact. The film already has a tentative 2018 release date and a screenplay that was developed in tandem with the writer’s room that came up with Transformers: The Last Knight. Knight will now direct, making his live-action debut.

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Kubo was Knight’s directorial debut, but as the head of Laika, he was a huge part of all that company’s other films as well. He has a great eye and a real knack for emotional stories, so it’ll be interesting to see how that translates not just to the live-action realm, but also to a film series that’s as effects-driven as Transformers.

As for what the film will be about, last year on the set of Transformers: The Last Knight, prodcuer Lorenzo DiBonaventura offered just a hint.

“It’s Bumblebee’s story,” he explained. “I don’t think you’ll see a lot more [Transformers] in it. We’ll see as it evolves.”

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Entertainment Reporter for io9/Gizmodo

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