Fans of the “Transformers” franchise can get a first-look at Hailee Steinfeld and BUMBLEBEE from the upcoming spin-off. Fans will have to wait another year before the film hits theaters, the spin-off is currently scheduled to release in December 2018.
While on the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. The movie picks up when Charlie revives him, and she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug. The film was produced by “TRANSFORMERS” franchise veterans Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Michael Bay, along with executive producers Steven Spielberg, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian. Chris Brigham (“ARGO,” “INCEPTION”) will also executive produce. The screenplay was written by Christina Hodson (“UNFORGETTABLE”).
The film itself was directed by Travis Knight (“KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS,” “CORALINE”), the film stars Hailee Steinfeld (“EDGE OF SEVENTEEN”), Pamela Adlon (“BETTER THINGS,””LOUIE”), John Cena (“DADDY’S HOME 2,” “TRAINWRECK”), Stephen Schneider (Comedy Central’s “BROAD CITY”), Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (“SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING”), Jason Drucker (“DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL”), Kenneth Choi (“AMERICAN CRIME STORY”), Ricardo Hoyos (“DEGRASSI: NEXT CLASS”), Abby Quinn (“LANDLINE,” “THE SISTERHOOD OF THE NIGHT”), Rachel Crow (“DEIDRA & LANEY ROB A TRAIN”), and Grace Dzienny (“ZOO”).
Paramount has been raking in the money with the Transformers franchise since 2007. The first film in the franchise grossed $319M domestically before reaching $709M globally. The sequel did even better, grossing $402M domestically, and over $836M worldwide. The third film in the series was the first to break $1B worldwide, and “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” finished its theatrical run with a $1.12B gross. “Transformers: Age of Extinction” also hit the $1B mark, but failed to keep the upward trend going. The film maxed at $1.1B worldwide, just short of an all-time high for the franchise. “Bumblebee” will have to hit $1.3B to take the lead, we will see how well it does when Paramount Pictures releases the film in 2018.