Paramount Pictures are developing two new Transformers films following the success of 2018’s Bumblebee, which took the franchise in a different direction compared to the Michael Bay films which preceded it.
According to Variety, the production company already has two script-writers on board for the project – James Vanderbilt and Joby Harold.
Vanderbilt, who most recently penned and produced Murder Mystery for Netflix and Adam Sandler last year, is alleged to be working on a Beast Wars adaptation.
Beast Wars is a Transformers spin off where the transforming robots turn into robotic animals including Cheetor (Cheetah), Optimus Primal (Gorilla), Rhinox (Rhinoceros).
Less is known about the Harold script, but allegedly one of the projects will be based in the universe semi-rebooted by Bumblebee – and could potentially lead to an Avengers-style crossover event where the Beast Transformers meet the regular Car Transformers for a showdown.
Bumblebee made over 400 million dollars from a 135 million budget, making it an outstanding success for Paramount – and it was a critical success to boot, earning some of the best reviews of the franchise.
Neither project has currently got a director attached, though the studio are apparently keen to press on with the films, so we expect more information to come out soon.
Variety also expects new cast to join both films with no returning characters.
More to come as it rolls out.
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