When asked about the news of a Transformers movie series reboot, Mr. Warden simply commented “Don’t believe what you hear, don’t worry“. While the news is somewhat reassuring to know for the Live Action Movie series fans, the Brand Manager did not elaborated on why Transformers 6 was removed from the Paramount-Hasbro slate and what happened to the planned June 2019 release date.
Update 1: Quoting what Bleeding Cool stated, fellow Transformers fansite TFU.INFO updated their Twitter feed with the following:
“Shocking that @bleedingcool got it wrong. Nice story with no attribution of the quote or context. Nothing I have from the Transformers interview session even comes close to this quote. #FryIsShocked”
Update 2: Again, thanks to TFU.INFO, we now have the exact quote from John Warden/Ben Montano. We wrote it down word-to-word; exactly as it was stated.
“Question: The recent announcement regarding the changes for the movies, changes for toyline plans, cancellation of the series?
Answer: The points that Brian made about the reboot of the film franchise after Bumblebee? For sure, our team is working closely with Paramount and Machinima regarding the next chapter and the product lines associated with that. No decision is made independently from film partners, so we are part of this conversation on what’s next and when should we deliver the next thing. Our attention right now is to focus on Bumblebee [The Movie]. I think the film has come along great. We’ve seen a lot of footage, cuts, takes. Toyline looks fantastic. I think there is a lot of directions we could take, post that. There are toy concepts we are working on. Nothing stops us. You guys saw downstairs, right? We have Cyberverse cranking. That’s coming out soon. We have Studio Series, we have Bumblebee film toyline, for Generations a new trilogy announced. Any shifts, we have to deal with it. Either pause or just charge head-on. This is one where we are going to collectively pause, sow for what’s the next best story is and then put a toyline around that. In no way that it distracts us.“
There you have it folks, directly from Hasbro at Toy Fair 2018. Thanks to the above statement, the comment made during Investor Preview Day 2018 and the associated slide which excludes Transformers 6 from the roadmap makes a lot of sense.
You guys can discuss your own interpretation of the actual statement made by Mr. Warden/Montano regarding the pause from the current movie series, and sound off on our ongoing thread.