Transformers spinoffs focus on 1980's Bumblebee, animated Cybertron prequel

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The Transformers franchise looks to be the beast that no amount of negative reviews can slay, and it's only getting bigger. But these spinoff ideas actually don’t sound half bad.

The flagship series continues on June 21 with Transformers: The Last Knight, but now some fresh information on the line of spinoffs has started to trickle out. According to a new report from Empire, that long-rumored Bumblebee spinoff will apparently be set in the 1980s and not feature many other robots. That one will be directed by Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings) and reportedly skew a bit younger. 

The studio is also developing an animated prequel that will focus on the “origin myth” of Cybertron, with Ant-Man alums Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari writing. One project that is less developed, though still on the table, is another film that could follow Transformers in ancient Rome. Which is insane, but yeah, we still kind of want to see it.

Transformers: The Last Knight is looking to blow the mythology wide open, telling a story that spans centuries — so it could set the stage for a slate of spinoffs set in all eyes of eras.

Do you like the direction they’re heading with the Transformers franchise? Would you check out any of these flicks?

(Via io9, Transformers World 2005)