Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Live-Action Film to Have $70 Million Budget

Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Live-Action Film to Have $70 Million Budget

Friday, July 21st, 2017 2:10pm CDT

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Thanks to Seibertronian SnoopDawg, we know that the Hollywood Reporter is, well, reporting that the upcoming Bumblebee Spinoff Film will have a extremely small budget of only $70 Million. This comes in at one third of the budget for The Last Knight, which strained Paramount's wallets at an estimated $217-$270 million. Here's the excerpt from the HW article, but read the full write up
here!

Now, Paramount is cutting costs. Its Bumblebee spin-off is pegged at $70 million-plus (according to sources), compared to Last Knight's $217 million.

A younger cast, headed by Hailee Steinfeld, 20, will be directed by Travis Knight when filming starts in August. The story, centered on the yellow bot, will be set in 1987.

Credit(s): Hollywood Reporter


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Re: Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Live-Action Film to Have $70 Million Budget (1898487)
Posted by breacher on July 21st, 2017 @ 5:38pm CDT
The more I see about this movie the less it interests me.

Low-budget

A bunch of C-list actors

Very few actual transformers

Do the people at Paramount actual listen to ANY criticism at all? FOR AN ENTIRE DECADE, the fans have been saying, "more transformers, less humans", and after TLK underperformed BOTH critically and financially, they make this. Wouldn't be surprised if this ends up putting the final nail in the coffin for this franchise.

However, If we finally get Cliffjumper, I can be swayed. If they do this right, I want a hotrod-cliff-bee team against starscream, barricade, and maybe a few others. But if this is by the same "transformers universe writers room" it'll probably crash and burn. I'm of the few in the fanbase that actually likes these movies for what they are, but TLK crossed multiple lines.
Re: Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Live-Action Film to Have $70 Million Budget (1898489)
Posted by griftimus prime on July 21st, 2017 @ 5:40pm CDT
after tf5 there is no more the sky is the limit budgeting. these movies have to prove to be profitable before than can happen again.
Re: Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Live-Action Film to Have $70 Million Budget (1898497)
Posted by BERSEKAEL on July 21st, 2017 @ 6:27pm CDT
Paint it in red, make the movie about cliff jumper... kind of too much yellow already
Re: Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Live-Action Film to Have $70 Million Budget (1898795)
Posted by Va'al on July 23rd, 2017 @ 2:57am CDT
According to online magazine Deadline, there is news for the Transformers Universe: Bumblebee movie set for 2018 in terms of casting: Pamela Adlon has been eyed for the role of Hailee Steinfeld's character's mother. Nothing has been confirmed as yet, but you can read more below!

Pamela Adlon, fresh off a Best Comedy Series Actress Emmy nomination for her FX series Better Things, is in negotiations to join the cast of Bumblebee, Paramount’s first spinoff of its Transformers franchise. Kubo and the Two Strings helmer Travis Knight is directing the pic, which is being toplined by Hailee Steinfeld.

Adlon will play Steinfeld’s mother in the movie scripted by Christina Hodson. The story is mostly under wraps, but it originated from Michael Bay and Paramount’s writers room project. Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Bay and Steven Spielberg are producing with Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis.

Bumblebee has staked out June 8 release date.


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Re: Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Live-Action Film to Have $70 Million Budget (1898832)
Posted by SG Roadbuster on July 23rd, 2017 @ 7:04am CDT
sing along if you know the words folks.
"we don't care a-bout the hu-mans
we watch these movies for the ro-bots"
Re: Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Live-Action Film to Have $70 Million Budget (1899138)
Posted by Optimum Supreme on July 24th, 2017 @ 10:32am CDT
BERSEKAEL wrote:Paint it in red, make the movie about cliff jumper... kind of too much yellow already



You don't even have to call a red Bumblebee by any other name, red Bumblebee's been a thing since 1984.
Re: Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Live-Action Film to Have $70 Million Budget (1899468)
Posted by Va'al on July 25th, 2017 @ 4:53am CDT
Some more news on the Transformers Universe: Bumblebee live-action movie comes from various local media sources such as the Marin Independent Journal, as we learn that the movie will shoot in North Bay Area - specifically, Marin and San Rafael! We did know that California tax breaks were ready for Paramount's production, so the rumours appear founded, at least. Read more about it below, and head here for the full article!

“Bumblebee,” a spinoff from the “Transformers” film series, is the major Paramount film being shot in Marin, a Paramount spokesperson confirmed Friday.

The spokesperson, who was unnamed, declined further elaboration except to say the film is due for a summer 2018 release.

The Paramount confirmation came as other news surfaced in recent days pointing toward the film.

Deborah Albre, Marin liaison to the California Film Commission, noted that a recent Los Angeles Times story referenced “Bumblebee” as being eligible for $22 million in tax credits — the largest amount assigned to a major film since the state film tax credits program started in 2015.

“It’s pretty impressive,” Albre said of the film project’s tax credits, which are tied into the local economy through jobs and use of area resources.

Last month, Albre and other sources indicated that Paramount was planning to shoot a major feature film in Marin and was building a set in Peacock Gap area of San Rafael.

The location for “Bumblebee,” a prequel to the popular “Transformers” franchise, has been a closely held commodity.


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Re: Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Live-Action Film to Have $70 Million Budget (1900550)
Posted by Va'al on July 29th, 2017 @ 10:32am CDT
Do you own a car? Do you own, specifically, late 70s early 80s car models? You may be in luck, as there's a new casting call making the rounds on the internet for the live-action Transformers Universe: Bumblebee movie!

According to Acting-Auditions.org, who also prohibit the actual information to be posted elsewhere without permission, they're searching for 70s-80s cars except in the colours black, red, and yellow (and we've seen some of these previously) - but also small USA townfolk, military, highschoolers and minors in the Northern California area for extra and background work! Check out the link above, and good luck if you choose to apply!

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Re: Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Live-Action Film to Have $70 Million Budget (1900553)
Posted by Kurona on July 29th, 2017 @ 10:41am CDT
Do... do they not have the funds to just purchase 70s/80s cars?

I'm sorry, I really hate to be a negative nancy, but this just seems bizarre. One of if not the most profitable movie franchises of the last 10 years is asking for donations?
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Posted by Microraptor on July 29th, 2017 @ 11:18am CDT
Kurona wrote:Do... do they not have the funds to just purchase 70s/80s cars?

I'm sorry, I really hate to be a negative nancy, but this just seems bizarre. One of if not the most profitable movie franchises of the last 10 years is asking for donations?


TLK underperformed, so they have to save as much as they can. It's only got 70 mil to use after all.
Re: Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Live-Action Film to Have $70 Million Budget (1900592)
Posted by Tyrannacon on July 29th, 2017 @ 12:39pm CDT
We talked earlier about the casting news, now we have new information from DenOfGeek regarding the Bumblebee film from producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. Here are the main quotes from the article. The first details what to expect from the Bumblebee film moving forward.

We are starting to shoot a week from today. We had decided to do this well before (The Last Knight) had come out. Our feeling was that we wanted to give the audience a different experience. Bumblebee's designed to be a more intimate movie. There's many fewer Transformers in it. It's set in 1987, so it actually predates all of Michael's movies and therefore is not burdened by the history of those, 'cause it predates it. You have a certain amount of creative freedom.


And as for the future of the Transformers film franchise?

Yeah, I think so. I do. Look, it was a great run. I think going forward, we learned some lessons and I think we need to change it up. I think Michael (Bay, director of all five Transformers films) would be the first one to say that. It's one of the reasons why we were trying to bring in the Arthurian myth, in fact, in (The Last Knight), to create that different sense of what that movie's about. I think we were successful in that way, but obviously not in the box office.


We will update with further developments as they become available!

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Re: Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Live-Action Film to Have $70 Million Budget (1900624)
Posted by Deadput on July 29th, 2017 @ 2:43pm CDT
First it was 1985 and now it's 1987?

Make up your darn minds.
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Posted by Va'al on July 31st, 2017 @ 12:33pm CDT
As was mentioned in the latest interview with producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, the production for Transformers Universe: Bumblebee is starting, with locations including North California areas such LA, Marin, San Rafael and more - and previously rumoured actor Jason Ian Drucker confirming his presence on set via Instagram! We will keep you updated as news rolls in, but for now join the discussion in the Energon Pub!

Looking forward to a great day #onset #bumblebeemovie #work #work #transformers If you have the power to make someone happy, do it, the world needs more of that. #kindnessrules #rockluv #free2luv



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Re: Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Live-Action Film to Have $70 Million Budget (1901037)
Posted by Va'al on July 31st, 2017 @ 1:47pm CDT
Were you worried you might miss the Wahlberg arms factor* in Transformers Universe: Bumblebee? Fear not, as Paramount has you covered! The spin-off featuring Hailee Steinfeld as lead character, and which has just started production, will also star a WWE wrestler, and his name is... JOHN CENA. Check out more below, and here for the full piece!

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John Cena has nabbed a lead role in the Transformers spinoff Bumblebee.

Hailee Steinfeld is leading the cast of Paramount's new film, which will center on the yellow and black bot Bumblebee. The film will feature a young cast including Jorge Lendeborg, Jason Drucker, Abby Quinn, Rachel Crow, Ricardo Hoyos and Gracie Dzienny.

The story is set in the year 1987, where Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.


*do not underestimate the arms
Re: Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Live-Action Film to Have $70 Million Budget (1901040)
Posted by Quantum Surge on July 31st, 2017 @ 1:52pm CDT
I'm not a big wrestling fan, but I'd love to see what John can bring to the table. Still not a big fan of the BumbleBeetle idea though.
Re: Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Live-Action Film to Have $70 Million Budget (1901042)
Posted by EvasionModeBumblebee on July 31st, 2017 @ 1:54pm CDT
Va'al wrote:
The story is set in the year 1987, where Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW



Not that I'm complaining, but isn't that basically the same way AOE started off? Anyways, we do have confirmation Bumblebee will be turning into a VW beetle now, so that's cool.
Re: Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Live-Action Film to Have $70 Million Budget (1901045)
Posted by Kurona on July 31st, 2017 @ 2:01pm CDT
This is the best movie news since it was confirmed we got a new director. This is... this is just amazing.
Re: Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Live-Action Film to Have $70 Million Budget (1901046)
Posted by Ig89ninja on July 31st, 2017 @ 2:02pm CDT
AND HIS NAME IS JOHN CENA!!!!!!

I'm so sorry :oops:
Re: Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Live-Action Film to Have $70 Million Budget (1901048)
Posted by Kurona on July 31st, 2017 @ 2:06pm CDT
Ig89ninja wrote:AND HIS NAME IS JOHN CENA!!!!!!

I'm so sorry :oops:

do do do dooooooo
Re: Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Live-Action Film to Have $70 Million Budget (1901049)
Posted by megamanfan on July 31st, 2017 @ 2:13pm CDT
if i dont see bumblebee in a WWE-style rumble, i will be insanely disappointed.

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