Bumblebee is now all ready to kick-start a whole new era of the Transformers franchise, and it seems like this may take a lot of interesting shapes.
In a very recent interview, the Bumblebee producer, Lorenzo di Bonaventura had been asked about the future of the Transformers films and whether a spinoff about Optimus Prime may come to pass.
“We hope so.” Di Bonaventura said.
“Optimus Prime is a tricky one, because he’s so wise and smart, that it’s hard to decide how you can create an emotional story.”
Bumblebee, which takes a much smaller approach to the battle between the Decepticons and Autobots has made a few fans theorize about an Optimus Prime movie. But even if this may not be in the cards as of now, it sounds like a larger film involving the beloved roster of characters is a definite possibility.
“Yeah, we’re also going to do a big Transformers movie as well,” Di Bonaventura said.
Di Bonaventura had also expressed a new sentiment previously, and he had hinted that the franchise is not being “rebooted”:
“Reboot, I always hate that word because, for one, I’m not sure I really understand what it means,” Di Bonaventura said.
“We are going to do another big Transformers movie. It is going to be different than the ones that we’ve done before.”
“It’s not like we look at the elements of what we did before and go, ‘Well, let’s not do this’ or ‘Let’s not do that,’” Di Bonaventura added.
“It’s more about how do you evolve the experience for the fans. Let the fan have a new experience. When we did the first movie, at first there was a lot of pushback that we weren’t doing it the way it was done before,” he had said.
“My feeling was always that if we’d done it, you would’ve gone, ‘Well, I’ve already seen it.’ So how do you evolve things forward is I think the hardest thing because you’ve got to retain why people love it, but at the same time if you give them the same experience, they’re going to be bored with it.”
“I think we’ve learned something in this movie about tone that I would think the next big Transformers movie is going to have,” Di Bonaventura said.
“It’s not like we’re going to copy it, but we’ve learned something. There’s more freedom than I think we originally thought in terms of what we can do.”
Bumblebee is now showing in theaters.