Bumblebee Mixing Up Transformers Formula to Save the Franchise

When Michael Bay's first Transformers film hit theaters back in 2007, it proved to be a box office smash and helped launch a long-standing movie franchise consisting of five films, including last year's Transformers: The Last Knight. However, throughout the years, the franchise has lost steam at the box office. Now, Transformers: Bumblebee is hoping to be the risk the franchise needs to right-itself.

In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura talked about the franchise's future and how Bumblebee is a risk that will hopefully pay off. After all, while the Michael Bay franchise has seemingly come to an end, di Bonaventura reassures that there are still plenty of stories left to tell starring our favorite Robots in Disguise.

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The decision to make Bumblebee after the failed The Last Knight came about as a way to try and make something new in the hopes of starting anew. It's something that many may view as a risk, however, as di Bonaventura explains, everything can be viewed as a risk. "It’s one of those things where there is no simple answer. You’re taking a risk no matter what you do when you make a big expensive movie, so why not change the formula completely and really hang in there?"

Whether or not Bumblebee pays off in the long run remains to be seen, however, it's clear that di Bonaventura and Paramount have a lot of hope riding on the film. And with a new direction for the franchise, perhaps the move will ultimately pay off.

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Directed by Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings) from a script by Christina Hodson, Bumblebee stars Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Pamela Adlon, Jason Drucker, Abby Quinn, Rachel Crow, Ricardo Hoyos and Gracie Dzienny. The film arrives Dec. 21.

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