Transformers Bumblebee Spinoff Begins Director Search

Paramount Pictures is reportedly ready to roll out with its first "Transformers" spinoff, "Bumblebee," after receiving a script by Christina Hodson. According to Deadline, the studio is high on the screenplay and will soon send it out to potential directors for the 2018 film.

Formally announced in February, months after rumors first surfaced, the film was characterized by Hasbro as "the never-before-heard story of Bumblebee,” the fan-favorite yellow Autobot. Paramount has suggested the spinoff will be produced at a lower cost than the main "Transformers" movies.

Hodson, whose thriller "Shut In" opens this weekend, was a late addition to the brain trust formed last year by Paramount and Hasbro to develop new ideas for "Transformers" sequels, prequels and spinoff. Overseen by producer Akiva Goldsman, the writers room also includes Zak Penn (“Pacific Rim”), Jeff Pinkner (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “Fringe”), Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (“Iron Man”), Lindsey Beer ("Dig"), and Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari (“Ant-Man”).

The blockbuster action franchise continues June 23, 2017, with director Michael Bay's "Transformers: The Last Knight," starring Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Isabela Moner, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, John Turturro, Liam Garrigan  and Anthony Hopkins. "Bumblebee" is targeted for release on June 8, 2018.

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