A new Transformers movie is in development from Angel Manuel Soto. The director is committed to developing a new feature based on the famous Hasbro brand with Marco Ramirez, the showrunner of the Marvel TV series The Defenders, writing the screenplay.
Details on the project are being kept under wraps, but it is being developed separately from the universe of the main Transformers films that Paramount Pictures has been making since 2007.
The film is in the initial stages of development and it is not yet clear who will produce it. It is believed that Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Don Murphy and Tom DeSanto – who served as producers on the previous films – must be involved.
A decision was made last year to revamp the Transformers franchise by having two concurrent scripts in development – one written by James Vanderbilt and another by Joby Harold.
Creed director Steven Caple Jr. is set to direct a new movie while Toy Story 4 filmmaker Josh Cooley will also direct an animated Transformers prequel.
Harold’s screenplay was chosen as the basis for the next film in the franchise and he completed his final touches on the screenplay.
The origin story will take place on the planet Cybertron, the planet from which the living robots come.
The plot should focus on the relationship between Optimus Prime and Megatron, the future rulers of arch enemies the Autobots and Decepticons.
The project is separate from the live-action Transformers series and the Bumblebee spin-off and will exist outside of the franchise timeline.
It had been suggested that studios were more likely to focus on animated films amid the coronavirus pandemic, as it is easier to make an animated film as production can be completed while observing distancing social. (SVB / BAN / DMC)
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