While things might still be in a bit of flux on the film side, the Transformers franchise appears to be doing just fine on the television/streaming side, thanks to the fine folks at Netflix, Hasbro, Inc., and Rooster Teeth.
Need proof? Look no further than the recently-released first teaser trailer for Chapter One ("Siege") of the highly-anticipated Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy, set to premiere on the streaming service. Presented with an animation look and style unlike any series before it, the six, 22-minute episodes promise to raise the stakes of the Autobot and Decepticon war – with "Siege" focusing on a critical time period in Transformers history on Cybertron.
TRANSFORMERS: WAR FOR CYBERTRON TRILOGY: SIEGE begins in the final hours of the devastating civil war between the Autobots and Decepticons. The war that has torn apart their home planet of Cybertron is at a tipping point. Two leaders, Optimus Prime and Megatron, both want to save their world and unify their people, but only on their own terms. In an attempt to end the conflict, Megatron is forced to consider using the Allspark, the source of all life and power on Cybertron, to "reformat" the Autobots, thus "unifying" Cybertron. Outnumbered, outgunned, and under SIEGE, the battle-weary Autobots orchestrate a desperate series of counterstrikes on a mission that, if everything somehow goes right, will end with an unthinkable choice: kill their planet in order to save it.
The voice cast for Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy: Siege includes Jake Foushee (Optimus Prime), Jason Marnocha (Megatron), Linsay Rousseau (Elita-1), Joe Zieja (Bumblebee), Frank Todaro (Starscream), Rafael Goldstein (Ratchet), Keith Silverstein (Jetfire), Todd Haberkorn (Shockwave, Red Alert), Edward Bosco (Ultra Magnus, Soundwave), Bill Rogers (Wheeljack), Sophia Isabella (Arcee), Brook Chalmers (Impactor), Shawn Hawkins (Mirage), Kaiser Johnson (Ironhide), Miles Luna (Teletraan I, Cliffjumper), and Mark Whitten (Sideswipe, Skywarp).
"The TRANSFORMERS brand is a global phenomenon with toys, consumer products, films, television shows, and literature, resonating with millions of passionate fans around the world. This brand new Netflix series will add to the incredible slate of TRANSFORMERS offerings with a truly unique story that will delight both existing fans and those being introduced to the wonder of robots in disguise."
– Tom Warner, Senior VP- Transformers franchise, Hasbro
Rooster Teeth (RWBY, gen:LOCK) is set to produce the original series for Netflix, with Polygon Pictures (Godzilla, Knights of Sidonia) serving as the animation studio. Transformers veteran F.J. DeSanto (Transformers: Titans Return, Transformers: Power of the Primes) will serve as showrunner, with several contributing writers, including George Krstic (Megas XLR), Gavin Hignight (Transformers: Cyberverse), and Brandon Easton (Agent Carter, Transformers: Rescue Bots).
Details regarding second chapter "Eartrise" and Chapter Three will be released soon.