We finally know what the next step is for the Transformers franchise. And it is big.
Today, director Steven Caple Jr., producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and stars Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback held a virtual event announcing that the seventh Transformers the cinema will be Transformers: Rise of the Beasts and yes, as they say, it is an adaptation of Beast wars. Caple Jr. is best known for Creed 2, while Ramos is best known for his roles in Hamilton and In the heights, and Fishback is best known for Judas and the Black Messiah and Project power. Fishback plays Elena, an artifact researcher who works in a museum. Ramos is Noah, a former father figure of his little brother who is gifted with electronics. Here is the treatment of the title:
The film is set in 1994, which places it in the timeline between Bumblebee and the Michael Bay films, both Rise of the Beasts. In terms of size and scope, the producer promised Rise of the Beasts will have a show more akin to that of Bay’s previous films, but hopefully with the heart of Bumblebee. The main locations are Brooklyn, New York and Peru, where they shoot Machu Picchu. Ramos and Fishback are both from Brooklyn, so they were thrilled the movie was set there and, very authentically in New York City, both don’t have driver’s licenses and had to get them for this movie. . (Ramos also grew up Beast wars fan and said he threw the script across the room when he realized that’s what this movie was doing.)
But what about robots? Well, there will be Autobots. There will be a few Decepticons. And it is inspired by Beast wars, there will be Maximals, Predacons and even Terrorcons. However, the robot’s main character will indeed be Optimus Prime, voiced by Peter Cullen, with a new hybrid look, inspired by both the Bay movies and the iconic “G1” style of the character from the original. Transformers cartoon .. Bumblebee will be back, but this time it will transform into an all-terrain Camaro. Mirage will join the Autobots, transforming into a Porsche 911, and Arcee will join the team as a Ducati. Nightbird is also a new addition, and she transforms into the Nissan GTR.
Megatron isn’t this movie’s main villain, however (and it’s unclear if he’s there at all). The main villain is Scourge, the leader of the Terrorcons. He loves killing the Transformers and keeps their insignia as a memento. Regarding the Beast wars characters, three have been revealed: Airazor, who transforms into a peregrine falcon, Rhinox, a rhino, and Optimus Primal, the leader of the Maximals. He’s a giant gorilla, a kind of King Kong of Transformers. Others will certainly arrive soon.
Transformers as a franchise has been around since the mid-80s, when it established itself as a toy line and soon, as an animated series. His first animated film was released in 1986, but things really took off in 2007 when director Michael Bay made the first live-action movie. This film spawned five direct sequels, which combined grossed several billion dollars. The quality quickly fell though, and despite the fact that Paramount a soft pivot on the franchise with 2018 is far superior Bumblebee, the audience was put off by the franchise and did not show up. It was at this time that a large number of writers were hired to present and develop various ideas in the franchise and, after many rumors, false starts and more, this is the most significant development to date.
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is currently filming and will be released on June 24, 2022.
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