The Transformers movie franchise seems to have been under the assessment of Paramount and Hasbro regarding the direction the ‘robots-in-disguise’ series was going to take going forward. Reboots, sequels, and reinvigorations were all on the cards, but it’s now confirmed that the next Transformers film will be a prequel within the main universe.
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts will be set in 1994, after the events of Bumblebee but before the first Transformers film, and follow Optimus Prime and the rest of the Autobots’ encounter with the Maximals, a similar race of robot lifeforms who transform into giant animals. While the Autobots have to constantly battle the Decepticons, the Maximals bring enemies of their own in the form of the Predacons and Terracons.
The battle on Earth is no longer just between Autobots and Decepticons… Maximals, Predacons, and Terrorcons join Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, in theatres June 24, 2022. pic.twitter.com/VtS4CjSxLy
— Transformers (@transformers) June 22, 2021
Fans of Transformers TV shows will be familiar with the Maximals thanks to the spin-off Beast Wars, which aired during the mid-90s.
The film will be directed by Steven Caple Jr. (Creed II) with franchise producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura returning to the series, with Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback in the starring roles. As for the robots themselves, the director did reveal a bit regarding exactly what we’ll see in the upcoming prequel.
“The Predacons in our film are more reptilian in nature. We’ve seen a few in other Transformers films, but [in the new film], we get to see another side of them,” said Caple. “It’s all about building a backstory to these characters, and we’ll see that more on the Predacon and Terracon side.”
“You’re going to see villains you’ve never seen, Autobots you’ve never seen, elements we’ve never done before,” added Di Bonaventura. “One of the driving decisions along the way is, ‘Have we done that before?’ whether that’s an action scene or a character.”
Paramount Pictures is set to release Transformers: Rise of the Beasts on 24 June 2022.