It’s no secret that the Transformers franchise has struggled to impress moviegoers as of late, especially after its latest film The Last Knight was such a critical disappointment. But now it seems that the hope is to reignite interest in the franchise with a number of spinoff films beginning with Bumblebee, which will feature the fan favorite Autobot. The film is set to star Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena, and it seems we now have our first official image from the film.
The image features Steinfeld standing alongside Bumblebee in his iconic Volkswagen beetle form from the animated series.
The image which comes from Empire Magazine was also featured with an interview with the film’s director, Travis Knight. Knight commented on his take on the film in which he said:
“I wanted to approach this massive, expansive franchise and really focus in on a tiny corner of the canvas. Everything I’ve tried to do at Laika, searching for an artful blend of darkness and light, intensity and warmth, humour and heart, I wanted to bring to the Transformers franchise. At its core it’s just a beautiful love story between two broken souls who find each other and heal each other. I grew up loving those classic Spielbergian Amblin films. And we’re trying to evoke that kind of emotion in this movie, fusing a rich coming-of-age story with some sci-fi insanity.”
The film already sounds completely different from what we’ve seen before in the Transformers franchise and you can even get that sense from the image above.
Bumblebee releases December 2018
“On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.”