Fascinating. The as of yet unmade Bumblebee solo spinoff film will be like Iron Giant, and set n the 1980s. What do I think about that? Well, first it can’t be like Iron Giant because that film was pretty much all about a giant robot acclimating to earth, although we’ve already seen that Bumblebee arrived on earth long before the 1980s, according to the Last Knight. The only real comparison: a boy and his robot trope, which both films share, except now it’s a girl instead of a little boy, because we all know little girls love robots more than boys. And it’s set in the 1980s, which makes sense only if you forget the original first live-action film in which Bumblebee came to earth as a giant fireball from Cybertron, or the Ark, or somewhere. What form will he take? He’s already taken a 1980s Camaro, and he can’t take a Beetle because Volkswagon won’t lend their car image to war movies. Perhaps then this isn’t a war movie? No Decepticons?
Regardless and despite my questions, for the next generation, effectively, of Transformers films, the franchise is definitely going back to the beginning by setting Bumblebee in the 1980s. In a new interview with Collider, di Bonaventura confirmed the year the film will take place:
“I know we’re doing a spinoff first in the Bumblebee movie, and that is a very distinctive departure from what you’ve been seeing so far… The objective of that movie is to develop more time with less robots in a way, and to go back to 1985 and go back to sort of the original heritage if you would of the Transformers. G1.”
“In fact it reminds me a little bit of Iron Giant years ago when I did that movie at Warner Bros. It just reminds me a little bit of that where it was very contained and yet it didn’t feel small.”
My take: They’ve made a mess of the timeline with their stupid Transformers in the past nonsense, so why not a ‘Bumblebee in the 1980s’ film, just so the kid, the little mechanic gynosexual, can find Bee, fix him up, and drive off to the races with him. Yeah! Kaching!