Deadline is reporting that the Bumblebee spinoff film, which is slated for a June 8, 2018 release date, has a director: Travis Knight. The only film Knight has directed to this point is the stop-motion animated feature, Kubo and the Two Strings, but the film was extremely well reviewed by audiences and critics alike with a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It was also nominated for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Achievement in Visual Effects at this year’s Academy Awards.
Knight’s other credits include being the lead animator for The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman and Coraline. He is also the president and CEO of the animation company Laika.
This will mark the first live-action Transformers film without Michael Bay in the director’s chair. Bay recently wrote a letter discussing the possibility of Transformers: The Last Knight being his last time as a director in the franchise, but nothing has been finalized yet.
Christina Hodson, who wrote the script for 2016’s Shut In, was previously named as the writer of the upcoming spinoff, while Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay will be returning as producers.