For ten years, superstar director Michael Bay has dedicated his life to destroying the childhoods of Transformers fans with his blockbuster movie franchise. Following Transformers: The Last Knight, in theaters in June, Bay will move on to destroy the childhoods of the fans of other popular 1980s properties. But Bay's work will continue, entrusted in the hands of others.
The first Bay-free Transformers film will be a 2018 Bumblebee standalone movie, for some reason. And according to schedule-themed Hollywood gossip site Deadline, that movie will be directed by Travis Knight, who was the director of the Oscar-nominated stop-motion animated film Kubo and the Two Strings, which you may be familiar with from seeing it during the Academy Awards show and saying to yourself, "what the heck is that movie and how did it get nominated so many times when I've never heard of it?" The untitled Bumblebee film will be Knight's first live-action movie, so far as Transformers films, which are almost entirely CGI, can be considered live action.
Now, we know what you're thinking. Perhaps a talented, Oscar-nominated director can turn the financially successful but critically panned Transformers franchise around. Well, chew on this: Michael Bay's movies were nominated for Oscars 9 times before he took on the franchise, and Pearl Harbor even won one (for sound editing).