Deadline is exclusively reporting that Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight will helm Paramount’s first Transformers spinoff film Bumblebee.
While not much is known about the premise of the Bumblebee film, the script has been penned by Christina Hodson who was one of those that was in a writers room at Paramount, coming up with ideas on how to expand the mythology of the Transformers cinematic universe back in the summer of 2015.
Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg will serve as Producers on the Bumblebee film. Travis Knight made his directorial debut with last years Kubo and the Two Strings, which makes Bumblebee his live-action directorial debut. Knight, the son of Nike founder Phil Knight, is also president and CEO of Laika. Based out of Portland, the animation house was founded about 11 years ago and has made films, besides Kubo and the Two Strings – The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman and Coraline.
Normally I’d be rejecting the idea of anything to do with a Transformers cinematic universe at this point but I would be interested to see what a new director could do with the live-action Transformers world, even if it is a spinoff.