Bumblebee Director Will Bring ‘Intensity,’ ‘Warmth’, ‘Humor,’ and ‘Heart,’ to Transformers

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The upcoming Bumblebee spinoff is something of an odd beast since it's set before the modern Michael Bay Transformers films but is also trying to carve out its own identity. While most films in the series focused on explosions and MacGuffins, director Travis Knight is hoping to bring a bit more heart and humor to this spinoff.

Knight's directorial work in Kubo and the Two Strings already has fans interested and the fact that he wants to do something different with the franchise is great to hear. In an interview with Empire, he stated that the goal was to focus on a smaller part of the series' universe. Previously comparing his film to The Iron Giant, it's clear that Knight wants to breathe some variety to the franchise.

"I wanted to approach this massive, expansive franchise and really focus in on a tiny corner of the canvas. Everything I've tried to do at Laika, searching for an artful blend of darkness and light, intensity and warmth, humor and heart, I wanted to bring to the Transformers franchise."

Not many story details have been released for the Transformers spin-off, so it looks like fans will have to wait for those in 2018. As long as the film avoids centering the plot on a MacGuffin with infinite power, it should be better than the previous films.

Bumblebee is currently slated for a December 21, 2018, release.

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