Hasbro hopes that even though their latest live action ‘Transformers’ flick ‘The Last Knight’ fizzled at the box office in the U.S., there is still a theatrical demand for their Robots in Disguise. (‘The Last Knight’ still managed to make $583M+ internationally.) While the ‘Bumblebee’ solo movie is already in the works, it looks like Hasbro is taking a different route: animation.
Boulder Media Studios, which is owned by Hasbro, will produce what the toy company hopes will be one new film a year, which will connect to the live action films. The first is reportedly the origin of the Autobots and Decepticons.
The current crop of live action movies, ‘Transformers’ (2007), ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’ (2009), ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ (2011), ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ (2014) and ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ (2017) have produced billions and were released by Paramount, but at this point, it isn’t known how involved they will be in the animated movies beyond distribution via AllSpark Pictures.
Of course, there has been a ‘Transformers’ cartoon on television pretty much nonstop since Generation One in the early 80s. But only one made it into theaters, dubbed simply ‘Transformers: The Movie’. It flopped but is considered an important part of G1 history today, marking the (first) death of Optimus Prime.
The film also featured the rock song ‘The Touch’ which was, oddly, reused in the R-Rated 1997 Paul Thomas Anderson porn-themed drama ‘Boogie Nights’, as sung by Mark Wahlberg. ‘Boogie Knights’ is considered the film that kicked off Wahlberg’s acting career. And who stars as the lead in the latest live action ‘Tranformers’ movies? Mark Wahlberg,
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