Sitting down with Moviefone for an interview, director Travis Knight explains how Transformers: Bumblebee, which started off as a prequel, ended up with reboot elements; contradicting previous Transformers movies.
“Moviefone: What about the mythology the “Transformers” films had already established? This is the first time Bumblebee has been on earth and just one movie earlier we saw him killing Nazis in World War II. What was your thinking behind wiping the slate clean?
Travis Knight: Continuity is very important to me, as is being consistent. And so I did take a good hard look at the films that had been done in the past. And as we were thinking about this movie, I still wanted to move to be self-contained. I didn’t presuppose any familiarity with the films or the franchise. I wanted someone who wouldn’t know anything about the Transformers to be able to sit in the theater to watch this movie and have a good time and enjoy the movie, not knowing anything about the transformers. But that said, it was important to me that if we were living within this universe and this mythology that it be consistent. At some point we realized that we were essentially boxing ourselves into a corner — that we were, we were making choices that weren’t really in the best interest of the film if we were trying to kind of sit within the overall mythology of the franchise.
Once I talked through some of these things with the producers and with the folks at Paramount, at some point we made the decision that this was the story that we’re telling and we have to talk the best where we can. And if that means that we essentially are restarting the franchise and that means we’re rebooting these characters and they were taking aspects of the franchise and putting a different prism on it, then that’s what we had to do. And ultimately it was a liberating choice because then we weren’t cornered into these decisions based on what had come before. We could tell our own story. And that that was the aspect of that.”
Mr. Knight had to do what he thought was the best move to go forward, even if it meant rebooting certain elements. How it will impact future movies is up in the air right now. Perhaps, this discussion may go on until the next movie. But for the time being, it’s all up to viewers to decide where the movie will fit in.
With this interview, now you know… and knowing is half the battle.