'Toy Story 4' Director Hired For Transformers Animated Movie

Nerdy Nook: Movies
May 1, 2020
by Kyle Brester
Transformers: The Last Knight
Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures

Paramount and Hasbro's eOne studio have hired Josh Cooley to direct a new Transformers movie. Cooley is just coming off of winning a Best Animated Film Oscar for directing Toy Story 4. The project will be an animated Transformers prequel movie that will be released in theaters.

The script was written by Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari, who were recently the writers responsible for Ant-Man and the Wasp. The two have been working on the film for years ever since they joined the "writers room" that was meant to expand the Transformers franchise.

This Transformers movie is set to take place on Cybertron, which is the planet where all of the Autobots and Decepticons come from. The film will also showcase the relationship between Optimus Prime and Megatron. It will also be separate from the previous Transformers films Paramount has made including the Bumblebee spinoff.

I should have Transformers fatigue thanks to Paramount and Michael Bay, but it seems the studio has made some strides to turnaround the franchise. Bumblebee became a shining example of how a Transformers movie could be done right, and hopefully, Paramount will continue on that route. Having an animated Transformers movie that hopefully focuses heavily on the Transformers and no humans could be another great direction for the future of the franchise.

But I do have one question: why is this called a prequel? I assume this story is centered on Cybertron before their big war happened, but that's still not what defines a prequel to me. If it's not connected to any previous show or movie, then what is it a prequel of? Maybe I'm reading too much into this, but I just find the wording to be odd.

Despite that confusion, I do hope to see another Transformers movie find success the way Bumblebee did. Attaching Cooley to an animated Transformers movie could be the right step for Paramount.
Transformers: The Last Knight
Transformers: The Last Knight - Paramount Pictures
Toy Story 4
Toy Story 4 - Walt Disney Studios
Bumblebee
Bumblebee - Paramount Pictures
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