Even though Bumblebee has only been a modest success in North America, the latest Transformers movie has quietly become a hit at the international box office.
Now, Paramount Pictures is reportedly planning a sequel to the well-reviewed Transformers film.
According to a new report in Deadline, Paramount is already in early development on a Bumblebee sequel that could see Bumblebee team up with Optimus Prime, the iconic Transformers leader, in one of several upcoming Transformers movies. The report also claims that an animated Transformers film and other "iterations of the overall Transformers series" that could bring new characters into the cinematic franchise.
While Bumblebee stars Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena and director Travis Knight have all publicly expressed interest in returning for a sequel, there's no word on whether or not they would return for the prospective sequel.
As of this writing, Bumblebee has made an estimated $412.3 million at the worldwide box office. Since the film is still performing well around the world and won't be released in Japan until March, 22, that total could still grow considerably before its theatrical run ends.
While Bumblebee still hasn't grossed the $605 million that Transformers: The Last Knight grossed in 2017, Bob Bakish, the CEO of Viacom, Paramount's parent company, has already said that Bumblebee has been "solidly profitable."
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, and is in theaters now.