With Transformers: The Last Knight now out in theaters in most places around the world, Paramount and director Travis Knight are almost ready to turn their attention to the Bumblebee spinoff. The film, which is set to be released next June, is expected to start filming in August.
“It’s the story of a 17-, 18-year-old girl who, through a series of events, she and Bumblebee find each other, and they make each other whole,” he told EW regarding the upcoming spinoff. “Bumblebee’s a very loving character. He’s got a lot of heart, so of course the idyllic life of these two is interrupted by the evil Decepticons. And how are they going to be able to deal with the problem without Optimus and without everybody else?”
Di Bonaventura went on to tell Screen Rant that the movie will definitely be smaller than the typical Transformers film, but it will still have some big moments.
“It’s a more intimate movie,” he said. “It’s a little bit like Iron Giant which I worked on many years ago. It’s a smaller story but it’s still about these larger issues, the same sort of titanic clashes occur.”
Of course, since the movie will be a prequel to the five Transformers movies and since it will be taking place in the year 1985, fans might question any possibility of a certain vehicle becoming Bumblebee’s alternate mode. Di Bonaventura made sure to tease that possibility when talking to EW.
“You might even see a VW Bug,” he said. “You never know.”