– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Like it or not, Paramount is doubling down on the Transformers franchise. film fans may dislike the movies with a hot passion, but there’s no doubt that they make huge bank at the box office. As has frequently been reported by us here at LRM, the studio went so far as to create a writers’ room to help ensure the series’ longevity. In this room that consisted of top tier talent, they went on to outline potential future stories for the franchise, and among these films was a spinoff for one of the most popular Autobots, Bumblebee.

This Bumblebee spinoff was first announced back in February of last year, and has Shut In and Unforgettable writer Christina Hodson attached to the script. On deck to helm the flick is Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight, making his live-action debut. The film is slated for a June 2018, and as such, if they want to make that date, production needs to begin fairly soon.

A new entry from My Entertainment World has the film slated for a mid-July 2017 shoot date, which is just north of three months away. While this seems fairly soon, it does seem like quite the tight schedule. In recent years, studios have gotten away with starting to shoot films roughly 12-15 months from its release date. Should this mid-July production start date be accurate, this gives them less than 11 months from start to finish.

This gives us a few options in terms of how this applies to the film. First is the obvious one: this is a bogus report. However, given My Entertainment World’s decent track record, we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt on this one. Second is that Paramount will push the release date back. It’s happened plenty before, sowho knows? The third option revolves around the content of the film. Considering this is a spinoff for a single Autobot, it’s very possible that the visual effects required will be much lighter than your average film. As such, perhaps the general 12-15 month rule need not apply in this case.

Will Paramount be taking a real risk here and making a much more low-key spinoff film that focuses more on character than action and plot? Given the writers’ room they set up, we can’t rule it out. 

The Bumblebee Transformers spinoff is set to hit theaters on June 8, 2018.

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SOURCE: My Entertainment World

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.