Transformers Origin Story Heads to Netflix
More than meets the eye
Paramount Pictures’ “Bumblebee” lit up the box office this year with a $21.6M opening debut, making $458M in theaters across the world. Directed by Travis Knight, the film basically saved the franchise on the big screen, and now an animated-series is coming to Netflix in 2020 to share in the success.
It was confirmed this week that Netflix and Hasbro have partnered with Rooster Teeth to bring “War For Cybertron” to Netflix members around the world. The updated original series will offer a new animated style that Netflix claims “presents the Transformers like you’ve never seen them before.”
Rooster Teeth will produce the original series for Netflix and Polygon Pictures will serve as the animation studio.
Transformers veteran FJ DeSanto (Transformers: Titans Return, Transformers: Power of the Primes) will serve as showrunner on the series with several contributing writers, including George Krstic (Megas XLR), Gavin Hignight (Transformers: Cyberverse), and Brandon Easton (Agent Carter, Transformers: Rescue Bots).
“In this Transformers origin story, we will explore the expansive universe of Cybertron in a way that audiences have never seen before – to the delight of both existing fans and those coming to the franchise for the first time,” said John Derderian, Director of Anime for Netflix. “The Transformers brand is a global phenomenon and we are thrilled to partner with Hasbro, Rooster Teeth and Polygon to bring this exciting new series to our members around the world on Netflix.”
“We’re thrilled to work with Rooster Teeth’s new premium studio division to bring an all-new Transformers fan-oriented series to Netflix,” said Tom Warner, Senior Vice President for the Transformers franchise for Hasbro. “Transformers has a rich history of great storytelling and War for Cybertron is an exciting new chapter in the Transformers Universe.”
While Netflix has given us a release window, we will have to wait a little longer to get a teaser-trailer that showcases the new animation.