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Travis Knight Tapped To Direct Transformers Bumblebee Spin-Off

File this one under "utterly unexpected director choices". It's not so much that Laika CEO Travis Knight, who last year directed the excellent Kubo And The Two Strings, has signed on to make the Transformers Bumblebee spin-off, more that we're a little surprised Knight would want to tackle such a film as his live-action debut. And yet: here we are.

The movie, which represents Paramount's first attempt to widen the Transformers universe, has been in development for a while, spawned from the writers' room set up by the studio to generate an expanded cinematic universe for the Autobots and Decepticons.

Christina Hodson has been at work on the script, with TF regulars Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Michael Bay acting as producers. The movie is intended to arrive in theaters next year, so Knight will have to put the pedal to the metal. As for Bay's current robo-conflict effort as director, Transformers: The Last Knight crashes in on 23 June.

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