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– by Nick Doll

The Transformers franchise may never actually end. Transformers: The Last Knight, which has seen its domestic theatrical run nearly come to a complete close, only made $128.8 million domestically, down from the fourth chapter’s $245 million, and Dark of the Moon‘s $352 million. In olden days, this would spell disaster for a blockbuster franchise, but due to growing global markets where Transformers has had insane success, there will be no shortage of Transformers films in the coming years. In fact, Transformers is becoming a proper movie universe like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, DC Extended Universe, and Dark Universe, with the next film set to be the spinoff titled Bumblebee.

Today, in a press release, Paramount Pictures announced a new release date, new cast members, and a synopsis for the first of the spinoff films following Michael Bay’s departure from directing the series — as he promised. Production started today, with Bumblebee now set to come out December 21, 2018. This puts its release date the same day as Aquaman, so we’ll see which studio, if either, will blink first and swap their film for another weekend, or even the Thanksgiving Holiday instead.