Love them or loathe them, the Transformers movies continue going from strength to strength at the box office, hence why Paramount Pictures is now hoping to expand the world with a shared universe – one which will include Bumblebee, a spinoff that just recently found a director in the form of Travis Knight.
It turns out that a number of prolific filmmakers were being considered though before Knight ultimately ended up landing the job. According to The Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit, the studio was also eyeing Jaume Collet-Sera (The Shallows), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Seth Gordon (Baywatch), and Aaron and Adam Nee (The Last Romantic).
That’s an impressive list of talent, and the inclusion of Famuyiwa’s name is particularly notable, especially as he was being lined up to take the helm of The Flash before parting ways with Warner Bros. over creative differences. Now that he’s been passed over for Bumblebee, what his first blockbuster will end up being remains to be seen, but color us intrigued.
You have to give Paramount credit after looking over that list, though, as it’s clear that they’re trying to attract some solid talent for the Bumblebee spinoff. The names above all have some strong credits on their resume and each one of them would have brought a lot to the table.
Regardless, Bumblebee now has its director, but it’ll definitely be interesting to see if any of the individuals on the short list find themselves being eyed for future Transformers movies.