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Transformers' Bumblebee Spinoff Has a Director

The first spin-off film of the "Transformers" franchise spotlighting fan-favorite Autobot Bumblebee has just secured a director. According to Deadline, Travis Knight has signed on to helm the project for Paramount. Knight is coming off of the Oscar-nominated "Kubo And The Two Strings," a film that was nominated for both Best Animated Feature and Best Visual Effects.

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Paramount officially launched a writers' room to spin-off its main "Transformers" franchise -- this film will mark the first film to be developed from that very room, with Christina Hodson being credited as the writer. Michael Bay, who has directed the rest of the Transformers films thus far, will serve as a producer on the project, alongside Lorenzo Di Bonaventure and Steven Spielberg.

The Bumblebee film will mark the first live-action movie for Knight, who also worked on films such as "ParaNorman" and "Coraline" prior to making his directing debut with last year's "Kubo And The Two Strings."

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The Transformers franchise has proven to be a viable one for Paramount with the last four films amassing over an astonishing $3 billion at the worldwide box office. The fifth "Transformers" film, "Transformers: The Last Knight," was directed by Michael Bay and is set to hit theaters on June 23. The untitled "Bumblebee" spin-off is set for 2018.

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