The Transformers franchise has been a Hollywood staple for almost a full decade. The movies may not be critical darlings, but financially they've done extremely well, ranking as the 10th most successful film series. Following the release of Transformers: The Last Knight this summer, the franchise will shift from a simple film series to a cinematic universe through the Bumblebee spinoff. Last week, it was announced that Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight would helm the yellow Autobot's solo adventure, but there were plenty of other contenders in the running for the blockbuster.

Bumblebee in Transformers: Dark of the Moon

After Travis Knight's hiring was made public, The Hollywood Reporter writer Borys Kit sent out the below tweet about who Knight beat for the Bumblebee directing job.

In case you're not familiar with some or all of the names Borys Kit mentioned, here's a quick rundown of some of their work. Jaume Collet-Serra's has mainly worked in the horror world, directing movies like Orphan and The Shallows, while also dipping his toes into the action genre with Non-Stop and Run All Night. Rick Famuyiwa's notable credits include Brown Sugar and Dope, and for several months he was attached to direct The Flash movie until he dropped out due to "creative differences." Seth Gordon's directorial work has primarily been with comedy, including Horrible Bosses, Identity Thief and the upcoming Baywatch. Finally, The Nee Brothers' most notable work is The Last Romantic.

Of all the folks Borys Kit mentioned, Jaume Collet-Serra seems like he would have been the most well-suited for the Bumblebee movie since he has the most experience with action-packed stories, though given the Transformers series' use of humor (which has sometimes been unwise), Seth Gordon might have worked, too. Nevertheless, Travis Knight was the one Paramount tapped to direct the Bumblebee movie, so the bigwigs at the studio clearly saw something special that edged him out over the others. While Knight has been involved in the movie and TV business for over two decades through his animation work, Kubo and the Two Strings was his first time directing a movie, meaning that the Bumblebee spinoff will his first time helming a live action movie.

No plot details have been released about the Bumblebee spinoff yet, but it will be the first time one of the robots in disguise separates from the pack to lead their own story. Before his solo adventure, Bumblebee will appear in Transformers: The Last Knight, and while the trailer for that movie showed him receiving an unfortunate beatdown from his pal Optimus Prime, evidently it's not something permanent or easily fixed if he's striking out on his own a year later.

The Bumblebee spinoff is slated to hit theaters on June 8, 2018.

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