Production has just begun on the Transformers prequel Bumblebee. The '80s-set spin-off will shoot entirely in California and focus on the zippy yellow car and its relationship with high school senior Charlie (Academy Award nominee Hailee Steinfeld).
Though the latest Transformers film – The Last Knight – fell short at the box office, Paramount and Hasbro are forging ahead with the next phase of films based on the popular toys and animated series.
Travis Knight, director of the animated Kubo and the Two Strings, makes the leap to live-action filmmaking. Christina Hodson, who wrote the thrillers Shut In and Unforgettable, will handle the script. The cast also includes Emmy nominee Pamela Adlon (Better Things) and John Cena (Trainwreck).
The film is slated to open December 21, 2018.