Bumblebee gave a smaller scale take at the Transformers franchise, however, it would appear that the same equation probably won’t be connected to another iconic character.
In an ongoing meeting with Metro US, producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura was asked about some information about rumblings about a potential Optimus Prime spinoff film. As he had revealed in past meetings, the film is possible, when they make sense of precisely how it could function.
“We actually have an animated movie in the works that will tell the whole Cybertron mythology. The fans will love that,” Di Bonaventura teased. “We’re trying to figure out an [Optimus Prime solo movie].”
“It will be hard with Optimus, he is always right, very stoic and is a man of few words … It is kind of like saying, ‘Lets do a movie about Obi-Wan Kenobi?’” Di Bonaventura continued. “But how much is there to say about Obi-Wan? It is not so easy.”
Any shade towards the potential Obi-Wan spinoff aside, it sounds like Di Bonaventura has a keen interest in making an Optimus-driven story.
“We hope so.” Di Bonaventura explained earlier this month. “Optimus Prime is a tricky one, because he’s so wise and smart, that it’s hard to decide how you can create an emotional story.”
Bumblebee sees the main Autobot crash-arriving on Earth during the 1980s while getting away from the war on Cybertron, getting to know a young lady named Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld) meanwhile. While the film isn’t totally retconning the standard of the past Transformers films, it is blending things up somehow.
“Reboot, I always hate that word because for one, I’m not sure I really understand what it means,” Di Bonaventura said in a previous interview. “We are going to do another big Transformers movie. It is going to be different than the ones that we’ve done before.”
“It’s not like we look at the elements of what we did before and go, ‘Well, let’s not do this’ or ‘Let’s not do that,’” Di Bonaventura explained. “It’s more about how do you evolve the experience for the fans. Let the fan have a new experience. When we did the first movie, at first there was a lot of pushback that we weren’t doing it the way it was done before,” he added. “My feeling was always that if we’d done it, you would’ve gone, ‘Well, I’ve already seen it.’ So how do you evolve things forward is I think the hardest thing because you’ve got to retain why people love it, but at the same time if you give them the same experience, they’re going to be bored with it.”
“I think we’ve learned something in this movie about tone that I would think the next big Transformers movie is going to have,” Di Bonaventura added. “It’s not like we’re going to copy it but we’ve learned something. There’s more freedom than I think we originally thought in terms of what we can do.”