One of the biggest complaints fans had about the Michael Bay Transformers movies was they really weren’t about the Transformers. They were human stories with Transformers as supporting characters. Well, the producers heard those sentiments and they’re changing the franchise.
Optimus Prime could get a solo movie. Photo: Paramount
“We’ve gotten a lot of feedback from the fans that they wanted us to do a deep dive on one or two of the robots, because they wanted to get to know them better,” Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura told Entertainment Weekly.
“Bumblebee was selected [to be first] because he’s such a loved figure, and he’s also more emotional than Optimus [Prime]. Those were the two likely characters.”
So, yes, if the upcoming Bumblebee movie is a hit, an Optimus Prime movie could be next. “I’d certainly like to do that,” di Bonaventura said. “It would be a very different kind of movie than a Bumblebee movie, but equally interesting and different.”
After four ultra successful movies, including two that crossed $US1 billion ($1.3 billion), 2017’s Transformers: The Last Knight bombed, at least in comparison. That forced di Bonaventura and his team to reevaluate the franchise and, wouldn’t you know it? They were already working on just the right thing.
“We were headed down the Bumblebee path well before the release of the last Transformers,” he said. “We had felt that with the fifth movie, we had sort of run out of room with where to take it.”