‘Kubo & The Two Strings’ director Travis Knight to helm ‘Bumblebee’ spinoff

Throughout the years, Bumblebee has been a fan favorite of Transformers fans and now he’s his own film. Hot off the Oscar-nomination for Kubo & The Two Strings, Variety is reporting that Travis Knight has been tapped to helm the Transformers spinoff for Paramount. Knight beat out fellow contenders Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Seth Gordon (Baywatch), and newcomers the Nee Brothers (The Last Romantic).

Kubo marked Knight’s directorial debut and Bumblebee will mark his first live-action film. Bumblebee was conceived from the Paramount/Transformers writer’s room and was written by Christina Hodson (Shut In, upcoming Transformers 6). Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Michael Bay, and Steven Spielberg are producing.

Knight, the son of Nike founder Phil Knight, is well-known for being the CEO of Laika, one of the last great stop-motion animation houses out there. The animation house was founded 11 years ago and has created a number of high-quality animation films including Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls.

What do you think of Travis Knight making his live-action directorial debut with Bumblebee? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below!

The next Transformers film, Transformers: The Last Knight, comes out on June 23rd.

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