Paramount's 'Transformers' Plans May Include Bumblebee Spinoff

Even as fans are still digesting the rumor about a potential "Transformers" prequel set on Cybertron, Hasbro's chief executive has hinted at a possible spinoff starring Bumblebee.

Speaking today at the Citi Global Consumer Conference in New York City, Hasbro President and CEO Brian Goldner addressed Paramount Pictures' plans for a Transformers cinematic universe.

"As we go forward, we would imagine several more 'Transformers' movies, not just in the current lineage but also spinoffs and focusing on certain key characters that are beloved by the world over," the fan site TFW2005 quotes him as saying. "Many of you know Bumblebee, the yellow Camaro, formally known as a yellow VW Bug, and he is a beloved character by kids all over the world. We could see stories told around Bumblebee and other characters."

While that's far from concrete, it suggests a Bumblebee movie is at least being discussed by Hasbro, which reportedly originated the idea for the Cybertron origin story. And, as Goldner indicated, the yellow Autobot remains a fan favorite, so a spinoff seems an obvious choice considering the scope of Paramount's plans.

Directed by Michael Bay, the first four “Transformers” movies have grossed more than $3.7 billion worldwide.

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