Transformers Bumblebee 2018 Movie Looking for Director

Friday, November 11th, 2016 4:23pm CST

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Seibertronian board admin Burn has pointed us towards some fresh news about the 2018 Bumblebee movie planned by Paramount as part of the their shared universe with Transformers - and beyond, given the the recent trends: according to Deadline, the script for the spin-off exists, written by Christina Hodson (one of the many writers in the Goldmans Writers' Room), and the studio are currently looking for a director! Find out more below, and join the discussion in the Energon Pub.

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures is getting closer to liftoff on Bumblebee, the first spinoff of its billion dollar Transformers franchise, this one based on a popular character in the series. The studio finally has a script it’s sweet on, and will shortly go out to directors. This comes after Paramount and Michael Bay assembled a “writers room” constructed of his scribes who fleshed out the Hasbro universe. A late addition to that program, Christina Hodson, is the scribe who cracked the spinoff and turned in a script that will make it possible for Paramount to mount the film for 2018. Hodson was one of three female writers (Lindsey Beer and Geneva Robertson-Dworet were the others) who joined a group of male scribes in the writers room in summer 2015, as they set out to hatch ideas to expand the mythology of the universe. The next sequel, Transformers 5, is directed by Michael Bay and scripted by Ken Nolan and Iron Man scribes Art Marcum & Matt Holloway. It hits theaters June 23, 2017, while Bumblebee has been dated for June 8, 2018.

At a time when Hollywood is looking for voices beyond the male scribes that usually dominate the action space, the emergence of Hodson as the scripter of such a large scale film is very encouraging. The scribe, half Asian and raised in London, started as a development executive. Since transitioning to screenwriting four years ago, she has quickly become a sought after scribe for muscular, female-driven stories in traditionally male-dominated genres. Hodson has the Farren Blackburn-directed thriller Shut In, with Naomi Watts and Jacob Tremblay starring for EuropaCorp and Lava Bear, and the Denise DiNovi directed erotic thriller Unforgettable, with Rosario Dawson, Katherine Heigl, and Whitney Cummings starring for Warner Bros next year.

She has hit the Black List with scripts three different times since turning to writing four years ago. One of those, her spec The Eden Project, sold in a splashy deal to Sony and Material Pictures. She has scripted a reboot of The Fugitive for Warner Bros and producer Arnold Kopelson, and is writing for Warner Bros and DC Entertainment an untitled feature set in that DC universe. Hodson is also writing a female-centric action epic for Nina Jacobson at Fox 2000, and has just cracked television, adapting the Japanese crime novel Out as a potential series for AMC. Hodson is represented by CAA, Kaplan/Perrone Ent. and Ziffren Brittenham.

Credit(s): Deadline


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Re: Transformers Bumblebee 2018 Movie Looking for Director (1840614)
Posted by Kurona on November 11th, 2016 @ 4:28pm CST
So that's Bay definitely gone, then?

I wonder what's in the job description. "Must be able to fill a quota of at least 67 explosions per movie."
Re: Transformers Bumblebee 2018 Movie Looking for Director (1840627)
Posted by EvasionModeBumblebee on November 11th, 2016 @ 5:17pm CST
The Bumblebee Movie is looking for a director? :shock:

THIS IS MY CHANCE!
Re: Transformers Bumblebee 2018 Movie Looking for Director (1840645)
Posted by Sabrblade on November 11th, 2016 @ 7:58pm CST
The previous films had a director?

I kid, I kid. :P
Re: Transformers Bumblebee 2018 Movie Looking for Director (1840665)
Posted by DeathReviews on November 11th, 2016 @ 9:38pm CST
A Bumblebee spin-off set of films? Like the Bay movies already haven't all been mostly Bumblebee-centric?

Well I'll direct Bumblebee - to the EXIT! Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooah!
Re: Transformers Bumblebee 2018 Movie Looking for Director (1840668)
Posted by Sabrblade on November 11th, 2016 @ 9:49pm CST
DeathReviews wrote:A Bumblebee spin-off set of films?
No. Just one Bumblebee spinoff film is confirmed. Other spinoff films are open to be about other things.
Re: Transformers Bumblebee 2018 Movie Looking for Director (1840673)
Posted by Kurona on November 11th, 2016 @ 10:15pm CST
Sabrblade wrote:
DeathReviews wrote:A Bumblebee spin-off set of films?
No. Just one Bumblebee spinoff film is confirmed. Other spinoff films are open to be about other things.

Specifically, Optimus Prime, Megatron, and... wait, no, that's everyone else that's marketable.
Re: Transformers Bumblebee 2018 Movie Looking for Director (1840691)
Posted by Braker on November 11th, 2016 @ 11:07pm CST
God, if only I had some proper experience and a good résumé, I'd hound the hell out of them to be able to do this. I've always had a strong passion for writing, and I'm constantly coming up with new ideas. I'm even working on my own Transformers continuity right now. It would be heaven for me to get to make a real story with these characters, and take this continuity down a better path. I would seriously do anything for this. Maybe if I start working on a draft...? I know it's not plausible, and likely not to happen in a million years, but man this would be amazing to do.
Re: Transformers Bumblebee 2018 Movie Looking for Director (1840694)
Posted by Kurona on November 11th, 2016 @ 11:12pm CST
Braker wrote:God, if only I had some proper experience and a good résumé, I'd hound the hell out of them to be able to do this. I've always had a strong passion for writing, and I'm constantly coming up with new ideas. I'm even working on my own Transformers continuity right now. It would be heaven for me to get to make a real story with these characters, and take this continuity down a better path. I would seriously do anything for this. Maybe if I start working on a draft...? I know it's not plausible, and likely not to happen in a million years, but man this would be amazing to do.

Ah, but this is purely a directorial role; not a writing role. In a lot of movies' cases one can be both Director and Writer - and arguably a movie can turn out better that way because it can fit that person's vision more - but in this case it's just directorial.
Re: Transformers Bumblebee 2018 Movie Looking for Director (1840767)
Posted by Braker on November 12th, 2016 @ 4:17pm CST
Kurona wrote:
Braker wrote:God, if only I had some proper experience and a good résumé, I'd hound the hell out of them to be able to do this. I've always had a strong passion for writing, and I'm constantly coming up with new ideas. I'm even working on my own Transformers continuity right now. It would be heaven for me to get to make a real story with these characters, and take this continuity down a better path. I would seriously do anything for this. Maybe if I start working on a draft...? I know it's not plausible, and likely not to happen in a million years, but man this would be amazing to do.

Ah, but this is purely a directorial role; not a writing role. In a lot of movies' cases one can be both Director and Writer - and arguably a movie can turn out better that way because it can fit that person's vision more - but in this case it's just directorial.

Ah. True. Oh well...
Re: Transformers Bumblebee 2018 Movie Looking for Director (1840883)
Posted by Microraptor on November 13th, 2016 @ 9:42am CST
Honestly? Bay was the best part of the creative team. But hey, at least we have an actual writer!
Re: Transformers Bumblebee 2018 Movie Looking for Director (1841088)
Posted by Kyleor on November 14th, 2016 @ 11:21am CST
Please no Paul Feig or Jon M Chu. Please.
Re: Transformers Bumblebee 2018 Movie Looking for Director (1862940)
Posted by BumbIebee on February 25th, 2017 @ 4:43pm CST
Fairly excited, we should be expecting a rather unique direction with this one! :BOT:
Re: Transformers Bumblebee 2018 Movie Looking for Director (1864035)
Posted by SlyTF1 on March 2nd, 2017 @ 10:28pm CST
Seems they found a director. Kubo was alright, but nothing I'll ever watch again.

http://deadline.com/2017/03/bumblebee-m ... 202034882/
Re: Transformers Bumblebee 2018 Movie Looking for Director (1864040)
Posted by Deadput on March 2nd, 2017 @ 10:49pm CST
So uh Kevin is the first Knight to make a Transformers movie? lol
Re: Transformers Bumblebee 2018 Movie Looking for Director (1864051)
Posted by Va'al on March 3rd, 2017 @ 1:57am CST
SlyTF1 wrote:Seems they found a director. Kubo was alright, but nothing I'll ever watch again.


You shut your mouth. *cries again over Kubo*
Re: Transformers Bumblebee 2018 Movie Looking for Director (1864053)
Posted by Va'al on March 3rd, 2017 @ 2:01am CST
Fellow Seibertronian EvasionModeBumblebee has sent us a link to a new Deadline article, confirming the appointment of the director for the Paramount 2018 Bumblebee spin-off movie, which may or may not follow from the upcoming Transformers: The Last Knight movie!

The name is Travis Knight, which some of you might recognise from the excellent Laika stop-motion film Kubo and the Two Strings - but you can find out more below; give it a read, and let us know what you think in the Energon Pub.

Bumblebee, the first spinoff of the Transformers franchise based on a popular character in the series, just landed as director Travis Knight, the helmer of the Oscar-nominated stop-motion animated success Kubo And The Two Strings. That film was Knight’s directing debut. Bumblebee would mark his first live-action film.

This time, Knight will be taking on a very different project, a big-budget 2018 tentpole for the studio. The screenplay, which emerged from Transformers director and Paramount’s writers room project, is from Christina Hodson. Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg are producing with Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis.

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 since then has created high-quality and beautifully created features including The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman and Coraline. Along with Kubo, Boxtrolls was also nominated for an Oscar.
Re: Transformers Bumblebee 2018 Movie Looking for Director (1864056)
Posted by ToaLeePrime on March 3rd, 2017 @ 2:50am CST
Bloody hell, a movie that isn't directed by Micheal bay?! Perhaps he was serious this time :shock:
Re: Transformers Bumblebee 2018 Movie Looking for Director (1864057)
Posted by Decepticon Stryker on March 3rd, 2017 @ 2:57am CST
ToaLeePrime wrote:Bloody hell, a movie that isn't directed by Micheal bay?! Perhaps he was serious this time :shock:

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Re: Transformers Bumblebee 2018 Movie Looking for Director (1864065)
Posted by BumbIebee on March 3rd, 2017 @ 5:43am CST
Have new-found hope for this one! :D
Re: Transformers Bumblebee 2018 Movie Looking for Director (1864067)
Posted by EvasionModeBumblebee on March 3rd, 2017 @ 6:15am CST
As much as I've enjoyed the previous films, I'm looking forwards to see what another director can do. Not only that, but it's all about Bumblebee! I can't wait for this! :D

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