Upstart stop-motion animation studio Laika hasn’t been doing so hot as of late. Though such early efforts as Coraline and Paranorman generated healthy grosses, the box-office receipts have been in a steady decline with The Boxtrolls and last summer’s Kubo and the Two Strings. Though their films have been marvels to behold across the board, their expenditures have increased as they’ve expanded and invested in new technologies, and Kubo ended up as their first flop when it needed to be their biggest hit. In what might seem like the most dire sign of all for the studio, Kubo director and Laika President/CEO Travis Knight has now taken high-profile work elsewhere.
How do you save a franchise that never really took off? Combine it with another, bigger one from (technically) the same universe, of course! While Michael Bay has, uh, transformed Transformers into a billion-dollar industry with his live-action movies, G.I. Joe hasn’t exactly done as well. Apparently, there was talk at one point of joining the two franchises together in what would have been a beautiful, violent mess.
Even if you’re not a huge fan of Star Wars movies, with all the trailer announcements we’ve seen in the last few days, odds are good you might still find something to enjoy during Rogue One. A few days ago, we shared a fun little rumor that the first teaser for Spider-Man: Homecoming would be appearing before the highly anticipated Star Wars standalone when it hits theaters this December. Not to be outdone, Michael Bay took to social media to share that his first trailer for Transformers: The Last Knight would also be included with the film.
It looks like Paramount’s writers’ room approach is paying off for the Transformers franchise as the studio has reportedly landed on a script for their Bumblebee spinoff. The concept and screenplay are credited to Christina Hodson, a former development exec who transitioned to screenwriting four years ago — since then, three of her scripts have landed on the Black List and her resumé has quickly expanded, and now apparently includes an upcoming DC movie universe project.
Brits are in uproar over the newest installment in the Transformers franchise, as photos were published yesterday of Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill, dressed up in Nazi flags. Yeah, that Winston Churchill, the one who told Hitler that no, he was not allowed to invade Russia, sorry not sorry.
Transformers: The Last Knight is bringing back some familiar faces to add to the growing cast list that already includes Anthony Hopkins, Santiago Cabrera, and Liam Garrigan, who was just cast as King Arthur. Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, and Tyrese Gibson are all returning, and they’re bringing along Stanley Tucci, who played Joshua Joyce in Transformers: Age of Extinction.
All those rumors and speculation have turned out to be true: Transformers: The Last Knight will indeed feature the King Arthur legend in some capacity, and they’ve found their Arthur. Liam Garrigan will play the Once and Future King, a role he’s quite comfortable with, seeing as he plays the same character on ABC’s Once Upon a Time. Hopefully this doesn't mean he’ll end up in some niche typecasting hell, unable to find work until someone decides to reboot Excalibur or Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Autobots, assemble! Over the past few days, Paramount Pictures has released new images on their Facebook page for a handful of the new autobots in Transformers: The Last Knight. While I’m certainly no stranger to animated ’80s and ’80s television shows, I have to admit, Transformers was never my thing. So if you looked at those names and images and drew a complete blank, don’t worry! I’ve got you covered.
Great Odin’s raven! The official Transformers Twitter account just unveiled the latest member of the cast of next summer’s Transformers: The Last Knight. It’s Sir Anthony Hopkins:
The only constants in this world are death, taxes, and Megatron returning from the dead for another Transformers movie.