The upcoming animated origin film ‘Transformers One’ has been delayed from its release date of July 19, 2024, to September 13, 2024. The film will be directed by Josh Cooley (Toy Story 4, Riley’s First Date) and will not slow down the ‘Bumble Bee’ sequel ‘Transformers: Rise of the Beast.’
“While the sole competitor on its new date is an untitled film from Uni/Blumhouse, the project hits theaters shortly after the September 6th debut of Warner Bros’ ‘Beetlejuice 2,’ Disney’s ‘Blade’ and another unknown Disney pic. It had previously been set to contend with Universal’s Twisters,” Deadline reports.
‘Transformers One’ is being made by Paramount Animation, Hasbro, and eOne. It will tell the story of how Optimus Prime, voiced by ‘Thor’ actor Chris Hemsworth, and Megatron, voiced by ‘Eternals’ actor Brian Tyree Henry, go from being allies to enemies in the war for Cybertron. ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ director Michael Bay will be a producer while ‘Bridge of Spies’ director Steven Spielberg will act as an executive producer.
‘Black Widow’ actress Scarlett Johansson is also on board to voice Elita-One. The rest of the cast includes Keegan-Michael Key as Bumble Bee, Jon Hamm as Sentinel Prime, and Laurence Fishburne as Alpha Trion.
Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Animation president Ramsey Naito expressed enthusiasm for the project.
“I’m so excited and proud to be working with Hasbro and eOne to bring the first animated Transformers movie to theatres for a never-before-told story,” he said according to a Digital Spy article. “I’m honored to have such incredible talents come together to portray these well-known and much-loved characters in an origin story at the heart of the franchise.”
The origins of the Autobots and Decepticons prior to their arrival on Earth were explored in the unfinished comic book series ‘Transformers: The War Within’ by the now-defunct Dreamwave Productions. They would get a second look in the 2018 Netflix television series ‘Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy.’ The animated series ‘Transformers: Cyberverse’ also explored the origins of the Robots in Disguise.
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