It’s been a year since Bumblebee was released; it was the last–and best–entry in the Transformers live action film franchise. It may not have made as much money as the first films, but it made up for that in having one of the best damn stories in the series. I’m not exaggerating when I say that; quite literally everything in that film had a purpose and wasn’t wasted potential, like one of the other films. (Glaring at you, The Last Knight.)
Paramount has kept relatively quiet about any potential new films and to be honest, I thought Bumblebee might be the end of it.
Thankfully, I was wrong.
You’re seeing that correctly. There’s talk of a Beast Wars movie. When I heard that last night, my jaw nearly hit the floor.
To say that I’m a bit nervous is being polite; Beast Wars was hands down the best entry in the Transformers television franchise. The writing was absolutely amazing, the characters were incredible and the world building was too notch. For older fans, there were Easter Eggs galore; if you didn’t catch the name drop of Rugby’s Starbase, you might have caught the mention of Wonko the Sane. Then, there were the threads that bound the show to it’s past: I can remember staring in disbelief when Starscream’s ghost appeared and possessed Waspinator and the sheer shock of hearing Ravage say “Decepticons forever!” as he was meeting his fate.
I was an adult when the show premiered but it was absolutely mind-blowing. It wasn’t just a goofy twenty three and a half minute toy commercial; this had depth.
Now we’re going to get a movie. I’m cautiously optimistic, but guarded, to say the least.
The original Beast Wars feels like lightning in a bottle; can Hollywood recreate that? Can Paramount do justice to this piece of the franchise? When it came to Bumblebee, they did a hell of a job; I can easily say that Bumblebee is my favorite movie of all time, usurping Who Framed Roger Rabbit. That’s no mean feat. But everyone is going to have to be at the top of their game to make this work. If you thought the scrutiny of the original Transformers was bad, this one will be worse. A lot worse. Because Beast Wars was a high point in the franchise and if this isn’t done properly, then fans all across the board will be livid.
Lastly, here’s hoping that the writers have excellent encryption for their laptops and computers. Because they are going to need it. If they don’t believe me, they can just ask Michael Bay.