Steven Caple Jr has reportedly been selected to take the reins of Paramount’s giant franchise relaunch, following the success of Creed 2.

Although a deal is not yet reported to have been struck, Deadline has broken the news that Steven Caple Jr. will direct Paramount’s long-mooted reimagining of the Transformers franchise. Caple Jr most recently directed 2018’s Creed II, which was a solid earner for MGM, proving that the director could successfully handle a large franchise picture.

Even before director Michael Bay stepped aside from the franchise following 2017’s Transformers: The Last Knight, both Paramount and Hasbro were looking for a way to successfully relaunch the series. Initial ideas from a widely-reported writer’s room in 2015 resulted in an announcement of a shared universe along with Hasbro’s other properties such as GI Joe, Micronauts and M.A.S.K. 

Whilst that idea was eventually scrapped, developments did lead to the well-received Bumblebee spin-off in 2018, directed by Travis Knight.

Now it seems that Paramount, along with Hasbro, has decided firmly upon its future vison for the franchise.

A script, by Joby Harold (who has also scripted the forthcoming Disney+ Kenobi series) has been selected, and of the various takes on that story pitched by different directors, Caple Jr’s appears to have been chosen.

Some outlets are also reporting that the story will take place in the same timeline as the 2018 Bumblebee film, which was set in the 1980s and featured the original ‘Generation One’ incarnations of the characters (closer to their original toy counterparts). But this is very much unconfirmed.

The film also has no bearing on the already-announced animated prequel feature, directed by Toy Story 4 director, Josh Cooley. We’ll bring you more news as we have it on this one, as further details are released.

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