'Transformers 6' Will Be a Bumblebee Spin-off Movie

'Transformers 6' Will Be a Bumblebee Spin-off Movie

Feb 17, 2016

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Last week we heard that a new Transformers movie will be arriving in theaters annually, starting next year and continuing through 2019, at least. The possibility of spin-off movies, however, was not mentioned in the announcement by franchise producer and distributor Paramount.

Now comes word that a previously-announced sequel is transforming into a spin-off movie. Transformers 6, set for release on June 8, 2018, will revolve around Autobot Bumblebee, according to THR. "“There are characters in the Transformers universe that can be and should be made into their own movies,” said Brad Grey, Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO. “We will make the first movie with Michael [Bay] and go right into a Bumblebee movie, which will be at a lower cost.”

By "first movie," Grey was referring to Transformers 5, which is scheduled for June 23, 2017. By "lower cost," though, we're not certain how much lower. Reportedly, filmmaker Michael Bay earns a share of the profits from the Transformers movies in addition to his director's fees, so hiring anyone else to helm the spin-off or other future installments would automatically be less expensive. But will fewer and less elaborate action scenes be featured, instead of Bay's trademark expansive battle sequences? Time will tell. 

As dedicated fans of the film series know, Bumblebee is a mute scout vehicle, using voice clips to communicate with humans and other Autobots. Bumblebee befriended Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) and became the young man's guardian, which fit with his brave and self-sacrificing personality.

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Obviously, Bumblebee can head in any number of directions for his spin-off movie, depending on what happens in Transformers 5. His voice, which was damaged in battle, could be restored, as it was at the end of the first movie. In any event, he'll need a new human sidekick to protect.

Spin-offs are a means of expanding movie franchises, though it remains to be seen how successful they will prove to be as they become more common. In recent years, we've seen The Bourne Legacy and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, as well as the Marvel and DC comic book adaptations that are or will be alternating between teamups and solo efforts. We've also seen animated spin-offs like Minions and Penguins of Madgascar and horror spin-offs that include Annabelle and Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones.

Even more spin-offs are in the planning stages, including an exension of the Fast and Furious universe. We'll be interested in seeing if the Transformers: Bumblebee movie finds favor with audiences when it emerges on June 8, 2018.

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