TRANSFORMERS: New Live-Action Movie In The Works From THE DEFENDERS Showrunner And Angel Manuel Soto

TRANSFORMERS: New Live-Action Movie In The Works From THE DEFENDERS Showrunner And Angel Manuel Soto

Paramount is continuing to expand the Transformers franchise with the visions of new filmmakers, as The Defenders showrunner Marco Ramirez is teaming with Charm City Kings director Angel Manuel Soto...

By JoshWilding - Mar 27, 2021 07:03 AM EST
Filed Under: Transformers
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Paramount Pictures has made a "blind script commitment" to develop a new live-action Transformers movie from Marco Ramirez and Angel Manuel Soto. 

The latter directed Charm City Kings, while Ramirez served as showrunner on The Defenders. That crossover series was (mostly) well-received by comic book fans, and got a lot right about those characters. With that in mind, it feels like the Autobots and Decepticons are in safe hands here. 

Unfortunately, we have no plot details to share with you, as this untitled Transformers movie is in the very early stages of development. However, the trade reveals that "the project is being developed apart from the universe of the main line of Transformers films that Paramount has been making since 2007." 

Stephen Caple Jr.'s (Creed II) movie remains in development.

As for this one, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Don Murphy, and Tom DeSanto, producers on all previous Transformers movies, are expected to play the same role here. Paramount Pictures is clearly looking to expand on this IP, while no doubt hoping they find the same commercial success Bay's movies did in the process (critics hated them, but his series grossed billions). 

We'll hopefully have more to share on this one for you soon, but it's definitely refreshing to see Paramount turn to some diverse voices in order to tell more of these Transformers stories.

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Feralwookiee
Feralwookiee - 3/27/2021, 7:08 AM
I had to look up what a "blind script commitment" was, and that sounds like a risky financial proposition to me. Anyone have any info on how common this is in Hollowood?

Also, please stop making Transformers movies. 😝
Hulkh8liars
Hulkh8liars - 3/27/2021, 10:44 AM
@Feralwookiee - bumblebee was.a solid reboot. Sequel to that should be cool. But nobody wants more bay directed transformers
kylo0607
kylo0607 - 3/27/2021, 7:09 AM
Man, I still have PTSD from that god-awful 5th film.



tylerzero
tylerzero - 3/27/2021, 7:10 AM
As an 80's kid and Transformers fan, the novelty of the movies wore off for me after the 2007 film. The first several minutes of Bumblebee was the Transformers movie I always wanted.

Hope they can right the ship with this one.
Blergh
Blergh - 3/27/2021, 7:13 AM
So they're outright rebooting as it will exist outside of the Bay continuity. I'd have Bay make one final installment in his series first since that one did end on a cliffhanger if memory serves correct. Bring back as much of the old cast as possible in a climactic fight and then reboot.

Hate franchise reboots in the middle of ongoing storylines
Moriakum
Moriakum - 3/27/2021, 7:13 AM
#RestoreTheBayVerse
KWilly
KWilly - 3/27/2021, 7:17 AM


That's what... the 5th reboot in development for Transformers? Lol
santoanderson
santoanderson - 3/27/2021, 7:20 AM
I’m not gonna lie. I really, REALLY liked that first Bay Transformers movie. It’s a very flawed movie, but it came out at the right time, and had some pretty neat action sequences and VFX.

The sequels are trash, though. Revenge of the Fallen is unforgivably terrible. Dark of the Moon is a little better than ROTF, but it’s still Bay on cruise control. Age of Extinction is dumb (Marky Mark shouting “I’m an inventor!” for 2 and 1/2 hours) and super pandering to the Chinese box office. I never saw The Last Knight in theaters. It just looked even dumber than AOE. I watched half of it on FX, and turned it off.

Bumblebee was really great though. I guess it didn’t make much money though.
eagc1995
eagc1995 - 3/27/2021, 7:27 AM
@santoanderson - Yeah Bee was the lowest grossing film in the franchise, though it was only profitable for the fact it had a low budget compared to the previous films
Hulkh8liars
Hulkh8liars - 3/27/2021, 10:52 AM
@santoanderson - bumblebee made 450+ million. Between that and how cheap it was to make it made them more money than many of the other transformers. They announced that there will be a sequel starring bumblebee and optimus prime
GhostDog
GhostDog - 3/27/2021, 7:22 AM
Reboot and reboot again and...one more for good measure
TheManWithoutFear
TheManWithoutFear - 3/27/2021, 7:23 AM
The Defenders was utter garbage.
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