Bumblebee Stars In Sixth 'Transformers' Film In 2018

Bumblebee Stars In Sixth 'Transformers' Film In 2018

By Robert Dougherty Feb 15, 2016 12:00 PM

Transformers 5 will continue the regular Transformers movie storyline, such as it is. But the franchise's new and gigantic writer's room allows them to make spinoffs, prequels and any other kind of movie, and the first of those will be a spinoff in 2018 starring Bumblebee.

Paramount had announced on Feb. 12 that Transformers 5, 6 and 7 would be released in June 2017, 2018 and 2019. Yet later that day, Hasbro's Tom Warner told investors that the 2018 isn't actually Transformers 6, but rather a film centered on Bumblebee before Transformers 6 comes out in June 2019.

Bumblebee was really the original Autobot of the series, since it all really started with Shia LaBeouf's Sam buying him and triggering the arrival of his friends. The bond between boy and car endured into Revenge of the Fallen and Dark of the Moon, yet Bumblebee and the series in general moved away from LaBeouf and attached themselves to Mark Wahlberg and his family in Age of Extinction and next year's Transformers 5.

Since this whole franchise wouldn't be possible without Bumblebee, perhaps the spinoff will be a prequel to show how he ended up in that used car lot and got separated from Optimus and the others in the first place. If not, perhaps the events of Transformers 5 will lead into the spinoff and connect the dots to Transformers 6.

Either way, Bumblebee will have some giant competition on his hands, since his film has the same release date as Godzilla 2. Given that Paramount also scheduled Transformers 5 on the same date as Wonder Woman, it seems to have declared some sort of war on Warner Brothers' summer franchises.

Yet Bumblebee's film has a better chance to be different, since it will be the first Transformers film without Optimus as the lead Autobot, and likely the first one not directed by Michael Bay. Whether that really makes a difference in the sixth and far from last Transformers film will be seen on June 8, 2018.

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