The G.I. Joe franchise at Paramount Pictures has been dormant for over five years, but the studio is looking to revamp it with a more focused spin-off that stars one of the most popular characters from the Hasbro toy line.
As we learned this past spring, Paramount is working on getting a G.I. Joe spin-off focusing on the stealthy black ninja commando known as Snake Eyes. Now they have a director lined up, with RED and The Time Traveler’s Wife helmer Robert Schwentke in early talks to get behind the camera. Read More »
The Transformers franchise from Paramount Pictures saw a great deal of box office success, but it certainly wasn’t something that most fans of the original animated series and Hasbro toys found themselves loving. A large part of that disconnect came from the designs of the Transformers themselves, which went more for industrial realism by having hundreds of moving parts rather than adhering to any previous designs that fans loved.
But that problem is about to be rectified in the upcoming Transformers spin-off Bumblebee. A new featurette from behind the scenes of the film focuses on the updated designs of the Transformers, which aren’t really updates, but throwbacks to the original animated series. Will that be enough to bring fans back to this franchise? Read More »
If we could have dancing Trolls and fighting LEGOs, why not singing UglyDolls? The line of plush dolls branded as weird, creepy-cute toys had no indication of any musical ability when they exploded in popularity in the mid-2000s, but here we are. But if you’re going to make UglyDolls into a musical, why not go all in, as STX did with the uber-talented voice cast including Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Janelle Monae, and Nick Jonas. See the UglyDolls trailer below.
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At one time, the Transformers movies were box office giants. However, as the sequels continued and Michael Bay got more and more careless with the universe of Autobots and Decepticons, fans lost interest and the most recent sequel was a huge disappointment at the box office. It sounds like Transformers fatigue is still in play, with the current long range box office tracking for the upcoming spin-off Bumblebee clocking in with what could be the lowest opening weekend in the entire franchise.
Find out the early word on the Bumblebee box office below. Read More »
Even though the fan presence for Transformers is high at San Diego Comic-Con, the Paramount Pictures film franchise mostly stayed away from the convention center itself when it comes to promoting its upcoming would-be blockbuster. But it sounds like the studio might have something to prove with their first Transformers spin-off focusing on Optimus Prime’s right-hand Autobot.
Bumblebee takes the titular yellow Autobot, who debuted in live-action in the first Transformers movie back in 2007, out on his own adventure. But this time, we flashback to the 1980s when he encountered a teenage girl named Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld) in a small California beach town, and he was just a beat-up old Volkswagen beetle. The first trailer for Bumblebee gave us some flares of The Iron Giant and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, so did the Bumblebee Comic-Con panel in Hall H get us anymore excited? Find out below. Read More »
One of the best things about The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is that we’ll be getting a whole new slew of LEGO sets featuring the characters, vehicles and settings from the movie. While they won’t all be worth picking up from the store, the first three that have been revealed from the animated sequel certainly like they’ll make solid additions to any LEGO fan’s collection. Read More »
Since plans for another sequel in the primary Transformers franchise appear to be more dead than Cybertron, it sounds like Paramount Pictures and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura are rethinking how they might keep Transformers alive on the big screen.
This winter will bring us Bumblebee (watch the teaser trailer here), a spin-off focusing on a solo adventure for the yellow Autobot as he meets a teenage girl in the 1980s, not unlike how he became acquainted with Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) in the first live-action Transformers movie from 2007. If all goes well with Bumblebee, we might get to see Autobot leader Optimus Prime get his own spin-off too. Read More »
Last week brought the first teaser trailer for the Transformers spin-off Bumblebee. The film focuses on the vocally-challenged, signature yellow Autobot who has been a cornerstone of the entire franchise right alongside Optimus Prime. Now, Bumblebee finds himself on his own in what is something of an origin story for the character as he goes on an adventure that happens decades before the first installment of the Transformers movies.
A new Bumblebee featurette has arrived with a focus on director Travis Knight, the man who has done wonders with stop-motion animation at LAIKA. After directing Kubo and the Two Strings and having his hand in LAIKA’s other projects such as Coraline and ParaNorman, Knight hopes to bring some of that mesmerizing storytelling to the Transformers universe. Read More »
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Before Bumblebee cruised around as a souped-up Chevrolet Camaro, the loyal Autobot hero took the form of a classic Volkswagen Beetle. And before he befriended Sam Witwicky, he was tight with a girl named Charlie Watson.
Paramount Pictures has unveiled a Bumblebee trailer that gives us a look at the studio’s first live-action Transformers spin-off movie, which is a prequel set in a Californian beach town in the 1980s. It’s also the first movie in this franchise that hasn’t been directed by Michael Bay. Check it out below. Read More »
The Hasbro Cinematic Universe continues to expand.
Paramount Pictures is developing a Snake Eyes spin-off movie about the classic G.I. Joe character, a silent ninja who has previously appeared in movies like G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Read More »