Travis Knight's solo Bumblebee spinoff film may not have lit the box-office on fire, but it was still a successful, critically-acclaimed movie whose positive reception was enough to warrant a sequel.
The 1980s-set film was a departure from the usual live-action Transformers fare: it was character driven, it featured less explosions and there were a lot less Autobots and Decepticons fighting for screen time. While this is an approach that garnered the movie much of its praise, the film's as-yet untitled sequel may fall more in line with Michael Bay's explosive Transformers movie series.
"I know the next Transformer, our attempt anyway, is to sort of do a fusion of Bumblebee and the Bay movies, " producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura said in an interview with Collider. "A little more Bayhem. And a little bit more of the character falling in love within the emotional dynamic of the movie. One of the things I want to do—and I hope we pull it off—is, we did it with Bumblebee because he’s so cute and he’s so accessible, but he can’t talk. I think the more human we can make these characters, the more people are going to like them."
As such, the untitled Bumblebee sequel will likely feature a mix of the heart and emotion of Travis Knight's film with the over-the-top action that has become a staple of Bay's Transformers films. Over the weekend, di Bonaventura also revealed that not only was a Bumblebee sequel in the works, but that a sequel to 2017's Transformers: The Last Knight -- the lowest-grossing of all of Bay's Transformers films -- was also in development.
He went on to reveal that the Bumblebee sequel is likely to feature a team-up with fan-favorite Autobot leader Optimus Prime. "We are thinking of films where Optimus Prime and Bumblebee will be the buddies," the producer said, "but when Optimus and Bumblebee are the movies of the protagonists … how human beings get involved in their drama In the first place, the size is different between human beings and theirs …. It’s a worrying point."
Directed by Travis Knight 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. Bumblee arrives on digital platforms March 19 and Blu-ray April 2.