Bumblebee Comic-Con

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 »

Bumblebee Decepticons

Bumblebee is being sold as a sweet coming of age story of a teen girl mechanic and a cute yellow car/alien, but make no mistake: the first Transformers spin-off has its fair share of action and conflict. Wherever there’s an Autobot, you know a Decepticon isn’t far behind, and now we have a new image of two of the film’s three robotic baddies sprinting across an open field in all their glory.

Check out the two Bumblebee Decepticons in the photo below. Read More »

Bumblebee Featurette

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 »

Bumblebee Trailer

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 »

Laika's next film

Laika, the animation studio behind Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, and their most recent movie Kubo and the Two Strings, has teamed up with Megan Ellison‘s Annapurna Pictures for their untitled fifth film, currently being referred to as “Film Five.” Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, and Zach Galifianakis will star, and ParaNorman director Chris Butler is at the helm. Read more about Laika’s next film below. Read More »

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Bumblebee Transformers photo

Update: A new high resolution version of the image has been released and we’ve added it below.

There’s a section in the song “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” that describes everyone dancing “in the new old-fashioned way,” and now the upcoming Bumblebee Transformers spin-off movie is putting its own spin on the concept of something being new and old-fashioned at the same time. A fresh photo from the film has emerged that showcases the title Autobot hero in his old-fashioned form as a yellow Volkswagen Beetle…but it’s also new, because we haven’t seen that character as anything other than a Camaro in a live-action Transformers movie yet. (Just go with me on this.)

Take a look at the new photo below, which also includes another look at the film’s human star, played by Hailee Steinfeld.
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optimus prime bumblebee

Transformers: The Last Knight, the latest in Michael Bay‘s monstrous Transformers franchise, may be one of the worst-reviewed films of 2017, but you can’t keep those Autobots down. Bumblebee, the first in a probably endless series of Transformers spin-offs, is currently in production. And it looks like a familiar character is following Bumblebee into the spin-off: Optimus Prime will be bringing his big, bulky body along for the ride. See the details involving the Optimus Prime Bumblebee spin-off news below.

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Hailee Steinfeld in Bumblebee

Production is now underway on the next installment of the Transformers, but it’s going to be much different from the movies we’ve been seeing from director Michael Bay for the past decade. After launching in 2007, the Transformers film franchise has grown to be a convoluted mess of too many stories interspersed with huge, explosive action sequences. Thankfully, it sounds like the spin-off prequel Bumblebee will be heading in a different direction.

Not only will Bumblebee take place in 1987, but the film is said to be in the same vein as The Iron Giant, with significantly fewer Transformers. Taking the role of the teenager who encounters our heroic Autobot is Hailee Steinfeld, and the Pitch Perfect 2 actress has just posted a first look at her character that is pure 1980s rock. Get your first look at Hailee Steinfeld in Bumblebee below Read More »

‘Bumblebee’ Movie Will Take Place in the 1980s

Transformers Bumblebee movie setting 1980s

An old rumor is confirmed: the first Transformers spinoff, Bumblebee, will take place when the original animated series was airing, the 1980s. Director Travis Knight‘s (Kubo and the Two Strings) prequel won’t be as busy or as large as Michael Bay‘s Transformers movies, either. A few new details have come out about the film, which will star Hailee Steinfeld (Edge of Seventeen).

Below, learn more about the Bumblebee movie setting.

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Bumblebee Transformers

We’ve already explored how director Michael Bay can’t seem to quit the Transformers franchise, and we know Paramount certainly doesn’t have any plans to give up on one of its most consistent moneymakers. Bay himself says there are 14 more movies in development, and the filmmaker recently confirmed that the upcoming Bumblebee spinoff will be a prequel. But where and when will it take place? Join us as we explore the possibilities of a Bumblebee prequel.
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