Two New Transformers Movies Are Coming - And One Could Be Beast Wars
The good folks who brought us the Transformers franchise are reportedly working on two new films - and it looks as though one of them could be based on the popular Beast Wars spin-off.
They've come a long way since the original toy line was introduced in 1984. A hugely successful film franchise has seen director Michael Bay revitalise the brand - with a little help from stars like Shia LeBeouf and Megan Fox - after a bit of a lull, and now it looks as if we're going to get more.
Beast Wars was a spin-off cartoon series that saw the mysterious outer space robots transform into animal characters instead of machines. It ran between 1996-99 and spawned yet another successful toy line for the franchise.
Now, the series that gave us Transformers such as Optimus Primal, Cheetor, and Waspinator is set to hit the big screen, funded by Paramount.
According to a report from Deadline, the film is going to be written by James Vanderbilt, who brought us the scripts for films like Zodiac and Murder Mystery.
As for the second film, Deadline's Anthony D'Alessandro suggests it could be a sequel to the series' critically acclaimed Bumblebee movie from 2018.
Or, it could be a spin-off from that spin-off. Its also been reported that Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who has long been involved with the production of the Transformers franchise, wants to make a standalone Optimus Prime film, but we've got nothing to suggest that's the case.
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One thing we do know is that he's not necessarily on board with the Beast Wars idea, although - again - that doesn't mean it's not going to happen.
A while back, Bonaventura told ComicBook.com: "I don't get Beast Wars, but you know, thankfully I'm not the only vote on it.
"I've never quite understood, they kind of feel like incompatible to me - you have animals, robots, we're used to cars."
However, in the intervening time we've seen Transformers: The Last Knight introduce audiences to the Dinobots. That could allow for a potential segue into the Beast Wars universe, right?
Hey, we'll have to wait and see, won't we?
In effect, all we know is that there are going to be two more Transformers films, which has to be good news for fans of the films.
Bonaventura recently told Japanese outlet Cinema: "We are already working on two projects and both have scripts under development."
Let's just see what they turn out to be...
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