'Bumblebee' movie has been officially confirmed to reboot Transformers franchise
Bumblebee has been the latest film in the Transformers franchise. The film directed by Travis Knight released on December 21 and gained acclaim for taking the franchise in a new direction. Now, further good news awaits, as Hasbro, on which Transformers is based, has officially confirmed that the Bumblebee movie is a reboot of the franchise. Read all about this exciting news here.
Although the film was initially slated to be a prequel or spin-off from Michael Bay's Transformers movies, many fans wondered if it was not a quiet reboot of the entire franchise. Their doubts seem to have been settled by Hasbro at the New York Toy Fair 2019, when it was confirmed that Bumblebee was 'a new storytelling universe'.
Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, the franchise producer, had already dropped hints saying there would be more films going forward, owing to the critical and commercial success of Bumblebee. Bonaventura said about the franchise, "We had many objectives [including] to bring a new set of families into the series, and that succeeded; in the after markets that will continue to succeed in a big way".
Bonaventura outlined the reboot's aim, saying, "Part of our obligation was to bring people back who had left the franchise or never experienced it which worked well...Our intention was we wanted to please the core fans but also bring a new audience".
Now that the reboot has been confirmed, the franchise might make a movie on Optimus Prime, the leader of the Autobots, as Bonaventura has said. Thankfully the new direction of the franchise seems to eschew Bay's over the top action and violence and sensibly focuses on Transformers adjusting to life on earth. Here's hoping the reboot is more successful than the original franchise.